New coal-fired power plant could reduce CO2 emissions to near zero

June 07, 2014

By KAZUKI KIMURA/ Staff Writer

OSAKIKAMIJIMA, Hiroshima Prefecture--A joint venture of two utilities is building an advanced coal-fired power plant here that could feasibly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 100 percent.

Osaki CoolGen Corp., set up by Chugoku Electric Power Co. and Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power), will use coal gasification and CO2 separation and recovery to cut CO2 emissions by 30 percent compared with emission levels of conventional coal-fired power facilities.

If technologies are also used to store the recovered CO2 underground, the CO2 emissions would fall close to zero, the company said.

“Coal, which is easily procured, is an important energy source. By making (the new facility) a success, we hope to contribute to a solution of environmental problems,” Osaki CoolGen President Yoshiaki Kaihara said.

The company plans to start operations at the facility for demonstration purposes in March 2017.

By KAZUKI KIMURA/ Staff Writer
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A worker shows a pressure vessel used for coal gasification in Osakikamijima, Hiroshima Prefecture, on June 3. The equipment will be used in a coal-fired power plant that could reduce CO2 emissions by close to 100 percent.

A worker shows a pressure vessel used for coal gasification in Osakikamijima, Hiroshima Prefecture, on June 3. The equipment will be used in a coal-fired power plant that could reduce CO2 emissions by close to 100 percent.

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  • A worker shows a pressure vessel used for coal gasification in Osakikamijima, Hiroshima Prefecture, on June 3. The equipment will be used in a coal-fired power plant that could reduce CO2 emissions by close to 100 percent.

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