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.
TerraPower tested its unique coal conversion technology at its laboratory.
TerraPower has produced material from coal that is now being analyzed for use in the production of low-cost carbon fiber. The process operates at temperatures TerraPower’s Natrium™ and Molten Chloride Fast Reactor designs can achieve and illustrates one of the many ways nuclear power can be integrated into industry to avoid fossil fuel combustion.