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.

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Iman

The liberal invented climate chaos club are not going to like this at all. It's wind and solar, bicycles and vegetables. That's the only way to save the planet.


dmilroy

The scientific evidence of human-caused climate change is both robust and compelling. https://science2017.globalchange.gov Iman's vague conspiracy theory is meaningless.


dmilroy

Karen Hochstein is mistaken. Green New Deal does ban fossil fuels, ban air travel, banish personal vehicles or target cattle. It promotes green technology like carbon capture and storage.



The biggest challenge is what to do with all the carbon dioxide. If Net Power plants can sell their carbon dioxide to EOR operations, it will improve their competitiveness. But that's a limited outlet; the scale of fossil fuel power generation far exceeds the ability of EOR to soak up carbon dioxide. (And it's somewhat perverse to use avoided carbon emissions to dig up more carbon anyway.) What happens if this technology scales up and we start having tons and tons of carbon dioxide to deal with? The sequestration part of CCS is still looming out there. Someone's got to pay for it. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/6/1/17416444/net-power-natural-gas-carbon-air-pollution-allam-cycle


dmilroy

Karen Hochstein is mistaken. Green New Deal does NOT BAN: fossil fuels, air travel, personal vehicles or cattle. It promotes green technology like carbon capture and storage.



The biggest challenge is what to do with all the carbon dioxide. If Net Power plants can sell their carbon dioxide to EOR operations, it will improve their competitiveness. But that's a limited outlet; the scale of fossil fuel power generation far exceeds the ability of EOR to soak up carbon dioxide. (And it's somewhat perverse to use avoided carbon emissions to dig up more carbon anyway.) What happens if this technology scales up and we start having tons and tons of carbon dioxide to deal with? The sequestration part of CCS is still looming out there. Someone's got to pay for it. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/6/1/17416444/net-power-natural-gas-carbon-air-pollution-allam-cycle


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