Building a world of
resilient communities.

MAIN LIST

 

Japan-Power Aiming at Early Use of Fuel Cells for Power Generation

Japan's Electric Power Development Co. aims to soon commercialize a new electric power generation system that combines fuel cells and coal-fired thermal power, President Yoshihiko Nakagaki said Thursday.

Nakagaki said the new power generation is expected to serve as the key to an eco-friendly energy supply. The timing for the commercial launch is yet to be decided.

The power wholesaler, which operates hydraulic and thermal power plants nationwide and is better known as J-Power, faces the challenge of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, as electricity generated from coal-fired power accounts for 80 pct of the company's overall power generation.

In Kitakyushu in Japan's southern prefecture of Fukuoka, the company is conducting experiments on the so-called integrated coal gasification fuel cell combined cycle, which concurrently generates electricity from fuel cells using hydrogen and carbon monoxide obtained from gasification of coal, as well as from a gas turbine and a steam turbine.

Nakagaki emphasized that the new power generation, if achieved, will be able to raise the power generation efficiency of coal-fired electricity generation to 60 pct from the current 41 pct and greatly reduce CO2 emissions.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Find out more about Community Resilience. See our COMMUNITIES page
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.

 

This is a community site and the discussion is moderated. The rules in brief: no personal abuse and no climate denial. Complete Guidelines.


The Great Burning   

What will we do when the Great Burning comes to an end?

The Renewable Revolution

Don’t hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as …

Peak Oil Notes - Apr 16

Oil prices surged this week.

Putting the Real Story of Energy and the Economy Together

 What is the real story of energy and the economy? We hear two …

Fracking Increases Radon Gas Hazard, US Study Finds

Another major U.S. health study has found that the hydraulic fracking of …

How Conservative Texas Took The Lead in U.S. Wind Power

Innovative government policies have helped propel Texas into the forefront …

The Collapse phenomenon

Michael Ruppert's last book, first starring film role and ascendancy to the …