How do you clean coal anyway?


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There’s all this talk about “Clean Coal”, but how do you clean coal?  To be honest, I don’t really think you can.  How do you clean something that is so dirty?  Coal is a dirty substance, it’s dirty and messy from start to finish.  You can’t really argue that fact.  So, what can be done then about all the coal-fired power plants across the U.S. and around the world?

Well, that’s a different question.  Many people have their ideas about what to do, from shutting all coal-fired plants down to regulating them so they are accountable for significantly reducing their pollution, etc, etc.  But has anyone come up with anything that actually reduces the CO2 emissions and pollution that comes from burning the coal?

Yes, I’m happy to say Biofriendly Corporation has.  I know I’ve blogged about it before, but I thought it was something worth mentioning again, especially after President Obama talked about investing in clean coal tecnnologies in his recent speech,

“So I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America.  And to support that innovation, we will invest fifteen billion dollars a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power; advanced biofuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America.”

Well, the good news is Biofriendly Corporation now has a liquid combustion catalyst that has been tested and proven to improve thermal efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions in coal-fired power plants.  Trials showed reduction in unburned carbon (aka Loss on Ignition) of up to 55%.  So while we may never see “clean coal”, we can see coal being burned more completely and thus producing less harmful emissions.  Coal companies can now start doing something effective to lessen their harmful emissions.  It may not be the end-all solution, but it sure helps!!

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