Cool Water: Demonstration of a Clean and Efficient New Coal Technology

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Science  02 May 1986:
Vol. 232, Issue 4750, pp. 609-612
DOI: 10.1126/science.232.4750.609


Cool Water, the world's first commercial-scale, integrated coal gasification combined cycle power plant, has been operating successfully since May 1984 near Barstow, California. The 100-megawatt plant, which was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, is probably the cleanest coal-fired power generating facility now in commercial operation. An ongoing demonstration program at Cool Water shows that future baseload power plants that use this technology can be built modularly in increments of a few hundred megawatts and compete economically with much larger, conventional coal-fired power plants equipped for flue gas desulfurization.