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Experts can talk about 'clean coal' technology--Purdue News

October 7, 2008

Vice presidential opponents Sarah Palin and Joe Biden touched on the potential merits of so-called "clean coal" technology during their Thursday (Oct. 2) debate. But what is clean coal tech? Purdue University experts can talk about the technical and economic aspects of clean coal technologies, including "integrated gasification combined cycle" technology, which has been shown to produce near-zero emissions when used in conjunction with carbon dioxide sequestering. The technology uses "coal gasification" and cleaning, a process in which the coal is turned into a gas to run turbines that generate electricity. The waste heat from these turbines is used to create steam, which is again used to generate electricity in steam turbines.  Purdue is home to the Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research, part of the university's Energy Center at Discovery Park.

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