Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Cleaner coal project to power Queensland? by Griffith Hack
January 4, 2010, 12:44 pm
Filed under: News

The Wandoan Power Consortium has announced that they have been short-listed for the next stage of the federal government’s CCS Flagship Program, using a plant which will combine Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IRC) coal based power production with carbon capture and storage.

While technically complex, IGCC has tremendous potential for Australia. CO2 can be efficiently captured from the IRC process before the gas is burnt, avoiding the complexity of post combustion CO2 capture. IRC is also thought to be a very useful solution to helping to reduce CO2 emissions from the burning of Victoria’s significant brown coal reserves. While the burning of coal and especially brown coal has its critics, the fact remains that the world may be dependant on coal for many years to come, and technologies which can reduce the impact of coal combustion may make a real difference to CO2 emissions worldwide.

Mike Lloyd


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