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08-28-2010, 01:52 AM
IRJ Aug 27 - PRESS RELEASE--- Clean energy pioneer B9 Coal has today announced a revolutionary proposition for efficient, cheap power generation from coal with carbon capture. The UK-based company is bringing together a consortium of major corporations, including WSP Group, AFC Energy and Linc Energy to develop a unique project that will put the UK at the forefront of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

The 500 megawatt (MW) project is being put forward for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) CCS demonstration competition. Rio Tinto Alcan's Lynemouth Plant in Northumberland has been announced as a potential site for the plant. The proposal has the support of the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) and Renew, the organisation tasked with commercial energy and environmental technology projects across North East England.

At a time when the government is expressing a desire to show global leadership on CCS, we are offering a project that has the potential to become a world-leading template, explained B9 Coal Director Alisa Murphy. Our combination of technologies is truly game-changing and offers CCS without inflated cost or loss of efficiency. The B9 Coal project also has major implications for UK energy security, job creation and technological achievement.?

B9 Coal offers a groundbreaking combination of keystone technologies: AFC Energy's alkaline fuel cells and Linc Energy's (http://www.australian-shares.com/mining/LNC) Underground Coal Gasification (http://www.ucg-gtl.com/australian-UCG-underground-coal-gasification-process.html) (UCG), a process supported by the UK Government?s Environmental Agency. UCG produces syngas which is then passed through a clean-up process resulting in separate streams of hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The hydrogen is used to power highly efficient fuel cells whilst the carbon dioxide is already captured and ready for transport and storage.


The project will offer greatly enhanced efficiency conversion of coal to electricity, whilst enabling upwards of 90 per cent carbon capture. AFC Energy?s alkaline fuel cells convert hydrogen to electricity at 60 per cent efficiency and, when combined with UCG (http://www.ucg-gtl.com/australian-UCG-underground-coal-gasification-process.html), can provide a projected cost per kWh of as low as 4p. UCG potentially gives access in the UK to an extra 17 billion tonnes of coal without the major environmental impacts of conventional mining. Together the technologies have the potential to transform coal from the dirtiest fossil fuel to the cleanest.

?This project is an impressive integration of technologies which addresses the energy challenges the UK is currently facing. It gives us the opportunity to maximise our coal resources but in an environmentally sensitive way, Ian Balchin, CEO of AFC Energy commented. AFC Energy is delighted to be a part of such a forward looking project that will inevitably bring us closer to a low energy, low carbon economy.?