The thermodynamic foundation of the zero emission concept

Klaus Lackner, T. Yegulalp

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Zero emission coal plants capture their own CO 2 emissions. Since they have no smoke stack, they emit no pollutants to the air. Zero emission plants circulate a gas stream, to which fresh fuel is added and from which spent fuel and impurities are removed as solids or liquids. Coal is gasified via hydrogenation, steam reforming or CO 2 gasification (Boudouard reaction). The gas is oxidized in a fuel cell and the resultant water and CO 2 are partially removed before returning the remaining gas to the gasifier. The high conversion efficiency of zero emission power plants, which exceeds 70% even in realistic designs, stems from combining fuel cells with careful heat management. The paper generalizes the concepts and outlines the thermodynamic basis of zero emission power plants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2004 SME Annual Meeting Preprints
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 SME Annual Meeting Preprints - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Feb 23 2004Feb 25 2004


Other2004 SME Annual Meeting Preprints
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver, CO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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