News: EU tackles hard coal mining industry problems. An end to subsidies at last?

[tweetmeme Brussels, 20 July 2010.  The European Commission has approved a proposal for a Council Regulation on State aid to facilitate the closure of loss-making hard coal mines in the EU by 15 October 2014. Any further operating aid to the sector will be conditional on the presentation of a closure plan for the … Continue reading

Future fossil fuel electricity generation in Europe – Options and consequences

[tweetmeme This study investigates the development of the fossil fuel fired power generation sector in Europe up to 2030 and identifies the critical factors that influence its evolution. Through the application of the least-cost expansion planning method, the technology and fuel mix of fossil fuel power plant portfolios emerging from twenty-four techno-economic scenarios are described. … Continue reading

Methodology for Assessing the Sustainability of Hydrogen Production from Solid Fuels

Nirmal V. Gnanapragasam, Bale V. Reddy and Marc A. Rosen of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology have published a new paper titled „A Methodology for Assessing the Sustainability of Hydrogen Production from Solid Fuels.“  This paper introduces a methodology for for assessing the sustainability of hydrogen production … Continue reading

Technologies for coal based hydrogen and electricity co-production power plants with CO2 capture

Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plants allow the combination of the production of hydrogen and electricity because coal gasification process produces a syngas that can be used for the production of both commodities. A hydrogen and electricity power plant has been denominated as HYPOGEN. This report starts by reviewing the basics of the coal gasification … Continue reading

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