SynCoal Technology Economically Reduces Emissions While Optimizing Existing Generating Capacity
I. Mintzer, R. Sheldon
SynCoal Partners LLC, US
Keywords: SynCoal, emissions reduction policy
Abstract:SynCoal Partners LLC has developed the second generation of its patented, advanced coal-cleaning technology, (SynCoal Gen2 System). This promising new technology, called the Gen2 System, is typically located at the coal userís site, takes low-grade domestic coal and produces SynCoal, a clean, synthetic bituminous coal, for use by the local host and the surrounding industry. SynCoal reduces environmental releases of CO2, CO, NOx, SOx, particulates, and air toxics such as mercury. The local host and industry also benefit from a wider range of coal sourcing opportunities, improved combustion, increased efficiency, reduced gas flow, reduced draft losses, and reduced ash related impacts. The paper will provide an up to date review of the status of SynCoal technology and its national emissions reduction potential. It will also highlight the simple policy changes that are needed to unlock the value of vast domestic resources of low-rank coals and release them to join in the fight to protect our nationís economy as well as the global environment.