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SYNTHETIC LIQUID FUELS FROM COAL + BIOMASS WITH NEAR-ZERO GHG EMISSIONS

Robert H. Williams, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University

12 January 2005

 

CONCLUSIONS

• It seems feasible to make a major contribution in addressing challenges posed by the automobile—in this quarter century—via production and use of designer synfuels from coal/biomass with CCS

    • Major technical uncertainty is “gigascale” viability of CO2 storage—many more “megascale” CO2 storage demos needed…soon
    • Biomass synfuel production technology must be brought to commercial readiness (commercial gasifier needed) and demonstrated…new Swedish biomass synfuel test facility at former BIGCC demo site
    • Also demos needed for synfuels plants with CCS…but radical new technologies not needed

 

  • Carbon mitigation policy needed
  • Institutional/cultural challenges:
    – Overcoming widespread ill feelings about coal synfuels costly synfuels failures of late 1970s-early 1980s
    – Political will to enact ambitious automotive efficiency improvement policy
    – Coalition-building for proposed strategy—across multiple industries and
    involving international collaborations (e.g., among Australia, Brazil, China, US)

 

 

Link to this paper at : http://www.princeton.edu/~cmi/events/2005/WilliamsWpm.pdf

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2 Comments

  1. *wonders how cold it\’s going to get today*

  2. Nice post! I’m always reviewing things ffrom the potential investment angle…


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