Asia Coal Catalyst Company has launched new product that promises to improve significantly energy efficiencies, as well as reducing environmental impacts from burning low calorie coal.

CC-88 is a combustion catalyst, which helps improve combustion burning solid fuel types, like coal and petcoke. CC-88 allows these fuels burn more thoroughly resulting in less harmful pollution.

CEO Evan W. Lipstein explains that, at a full-scale demonstration at a utility in China last month, the company was able to achieve a 20% improvement to combustion efficiency.

Lipstein explains CC-88 is a specially engineered fireside chemical treatment designed to reduce slagging in utility boilers. Slagging occurs in the convection areas of the furnace, and is caused by the collection of ash on the boiler tubes and internal surfaces inside the furnace, which in turn crystallizes and hardens, thereby reducing the heat transfer efficiency. If not corrected, it can cause damage to the internals of the furnace when the slag breaks off and falls away to the bottom of the furnace. In order to avoid forced outages, plant owners employ down-powers to remove slag during off-peak hours, thereby reducing the unit’s availability for dispatch.

ACCC is a self-funded company, with well-known clients that include General Electric and China National Coal Group.

Is it true? Is it possible? What do you think?
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It's a load of crap. It'll be 40+ years before the technology to make coal burning emissions environmentally friendly in any way even exists.

There are other, better ways to generate power that are far more eco-friendly such as Solar power, Geothermal and Hydrogen / Saltwater Fuel Cell whose emissions are merely hot water vapor. Overall as a whole, more efficient internal lighting systems and street lighting needs to take place.

If they can make a solar-powered Parking meter station that doesn't need an electrical hookup to work, they can make a light post to do the same thing. Indoor lighting could easily switch to 12V White LED lighting and it'd be far brighter and cost so much less to run in terms of electricity needs to replacement of the lighting elements themselves.

We generate power to 120 VAC in North America only to run it through a power supply on the device (TV, DVD player, radio, etc) only to drop it back down to anywhere from +5 to +18 VDC in most cases and a Solar array on the roof of a home can generate MORE than enough power daily to run all these appliances if it didn't have to invert up to 120VAC to feed the power grid in the house.

Such a waste. The technology to make an entirely self sufficient house using R3000 material exists (R3000 material means you could build a house in Antarctica, hold a party with 10 people and be opening the windows to cool off the house because the body heat will raise the internal temp in the house to very high levels) using minimal power requirements to heat or cool the home is possible.

But there's simply no profit in these practices so you'll never see it happen.
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Oh and for the record, the example cite comes from the most smog covered country in the world (China) so I guess that's another good indication of how bad the technology is.
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