Coal and Coal BiomassBased Power Generation

James R. Katzer

Abstract Coal is a key, growing component in power generation globally. It generates 50% of U.S. electricity, and criteria emissions from coal-based power generation are being reduced. However, CO2 emissions management has become central to coal's future. To meet growing electricity demand, coal use is expected to increase in the foreseeable future because it is cheap and abundant. For this to happen CO2 capture and geologic sequestration (CCS) is a critical technology. With CCS, coal-based power generation can be made much cleaner. Commercial demonstration of existing technologies, including CCS, with the resultant improvements that will accrue, is key to advancing coal-based power generation and addressing important environmental issues.

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