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21st Century Fuel? Coal!

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:53 am    Post subject: 21st Century Fuel? Coal! Reply with quote

I love this. I have been arguing with so many people that it's not the fuel, it's how we process it that matters. In fact, I made a statement, semi-facetiously, that coal would be the idea propellant for cars, and that we should convert our trunks to hoppers for coal like old time steam locomotives -- only using a "coal fuel cell". Well, glory be, today I read there is such a thing!

Coal-powered fuel cell aims for efficiency


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A new coal-powered fuel cell may lead to a more efficient way of extracting energy from the fossil fuel than simply burning it.

“The idea was to look at a way of converting the chemical energy in coal directly into electrical energy,” says Douglas Weibel, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US. Weibel led the team with colleague Roman Boulatov, now at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US.
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