The primary use of coal is for combustion processes that drive electricity generation, steel production and cement manufacturing. TerraPower is demonstrating technology that can convert – rather than burn – this abundant U.S. resource into high value products suitable for transportation fuels, chemical industry feedstock and even advanced materials like carbon fiber.Download Fact Sheet
TerraPower developed a test loop for its unique coal conversion technology at its Bellevue, WA laboratory.
Hot, pressurized CO2 is used to break down coal molecules in an efficient manner. The CO2 then carries these products away from the process for collection while the CO2 is recovered for continual re-use. Usable liquid products (similar in nature to crude oil) are generated along with solid carbon (char). The char is valuable as a cleaner, more energy dense product than the starting coal.