Coal Gasification for Electric Power Generation

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Science  26 Mar 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4540, pp. 1571-1576
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4540.1571


The electric utility industry is being severely affected by rapidly escalating gas and oil prices, restrictive environmental and licensing regulations, and an extremely tight money market. Integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants have the potential to be economically competitive with present commercial coal-fired power plants while satisfying stringent emission control requirements. The current status of gasification technology is discussed and the critical importance of the 100-megawatt Cool Water IGCC demonstration program is emphasized.