An innovative clean coal demonstration project in Texas, supported by the US Department’s Office of Fossil Energy, recently took a big step forward.

CPS Energy of San Antonio will purchase approximately 200 MW of power annually from the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) when the facility is complete in 2015. The $2.4bn plant will receive $450m in funding from the Department’s Clean Coal Power Initiative.

When operational, the 400 MW facility located just west of Midland-Odessa, Texas, will be the cleanest coal fueled power plant in the world.

Using integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), the total amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere from this plant will be less than 10 per cent of a conventional coal plant with similar energy output, and less than 25 per cent of a high-efficiency natural gas-powered power plant.

It will also be capable of capturing 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) it produces, as well as 99 percent of sulfur dioxide, 90 percent of nitrogen oxide, and 99 percent of mercury.

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