Zero Emission Coal Power Plant Design Makes Carbon Capture Profitable

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Power Plant Produces Hydrogen, Only Raw Materials Needed are Coal, Salt and Water

The only raw material required is coal (or natural gas), sodium chloride (salt) and water. The process locks carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) into sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate.

Florida International University (FIU, Miami, Florida) FIU Center for the Study of Matter at Extreme Conditions Director Surendra Saxena developed the system of reactions for a partial sequestration of carbon (CO2 and CO) from coal burning plants and zero emission production of hydrogen and hydrides. The only raw material to be used is salt (sodium chloride, NaCl), coal and water or a metal for the hydride. Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) generated from the chloride is used for locking carbon dioxide in sodium carbonate and bicarbonate, according to Saxena in U.S. Patent Application 20100028241

Saxena process also generates hydrogen from the reaction. The reaction takes place in a closed system to achieve zero emission of carbon gases while generating hydrogen from the reaction. The process of carbonation is not a direct conversion of NaOH to Na2CO3 but is a result of a reaction with other solids and gases usually producing hydrogen in important amounts.


2 Responses to “Zero Emission Coal Power Plant Design Makes Carbon Capture Profitable”

  1. audrey melanie

    In the process it is possible to recover additional cost by selling reaction products selected from sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, hydrogen, and chlorine at market prices to recover any additional costs that are incurred due to the use of sodium hydroxide.

    This carbon sequestration process earns money in addition to carbon credits.Hats off to Surendra Saxena.

  2. Catalina

    Surendra Saxena is author of 230 papers and 5 books in the field of Earth and Planetary Science, High-pressure Physics and Materials Science.

    Editor of several volumes of Advances in Physical Geochemistry and other books.

    Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1994. (The academy is the home of several committees which award many prestigious prizes, including the Nobel prize)

    La Laurea Ad Honorem in Scienze Geologiche, Padova University, Italy, 2001.

    This distinguished scientist addresses today’s burning issue –global warming. Saxena’s invention may well provide an answer to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions and pave the way towards a clean energy future. The system addresses carbon sequestration in coal or gas burning plants used for power generation or for manufacturing (cement, steel etc.).

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