The future of energy production may be natural gas and zero carbon dioxide emissions. There is a plant near La Porte, Texas, that uses a new technology called the Allam Cycle and is operated by NET Power. It’s been in operation over a year.
It burns fossil fuel (natural gas) with oxygen instead of air to generate electricity. It also avoids generating NOx, a contaminant emitted from gas plants. This process can also burn gasified coal, producing CO2 and water. The CO2 is used to turn the turbine and then is recycled. Excess CO2 is piped away for sequestration or to be sold to vendors who use it for products like carbon fiber materials or carbon nanotubes. Nothing enters the atmosphere; the plant doesn’t have a stack.
The plant is not only smaller but, when combined with the sale of carbon dioxide and other by-products, produces dirt-cheap electricity, about 1.9 cents per kilowatt-hour as opposed to the 4.2 cents per kilowatt-hour from a conventional natural gas plant. Exxon Mobil is an investor in the carbon capture plant.
This technology could make a big difference in worldwide carbon dioxide emissions if implemented globally. There’s a desperate need for energy in the developing countries. The current plans are to install thousands of coal plants that represent the largest potential increase in carbon emissions over the next several decades. The U.S. has the largest natural gas supply in the world and it’s getting cheaper to get it out of the ground.
The oil/gas industry that solved the energy crisis by developing hydraulic fracking to remove oil and natural gas from shale formations is the same industry that’s developed the solution that gives people more power, with less cost and no carbon emissions.
It is the industrious American industry that, through freedom and the free market, allows progress like this.
Contrast this with some in government who want to implement the Green New Deal. Proponents want to ban fossil fuels, ban air travel, banish personal vehicles and target cattle because they produce flatulence. It’s designed to upend the American economy.
It’s never about seeking real and good solutions for problems with them; it’s always about control and destruction of the good as well as the bad.