Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) is developing a hybrid solar/coal gasification system and building a proof-of-concept gasifier; demonstrating that coal can be gasified with the hybrid system to generate clean syngas for energy production. The hybrid coal gasification system will be partly powered by solar energy to reduce the energy cost and associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The coal will be preheated by the hot molten salt from a concentrated solar tower and transferred to a gasification chamber. It is anticipated that the green hybrid technology developed can be easily retrofitted in existing and new power plants being developed – both solar and coal. Current project plans include the completion of the subscale prototype. ACT is also performing a process economic analysis.
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