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Monday, April 17, 2017

Natural Gas Plant Makes A Play For Coal's Market, Using 'Clean' Technology

Natural Gas Plant Makes A Play For Coal

President Trump wants America to use more "clean coal" to make electricity. He hasn't elaborated on what kind of coal that might be.

But there is, in fact, a way to capture and contain or reuse one of coal's worst pollutants — carbon dioxide, which warms the atmosphere. Though "carbon capture" has been slow to catch on among those who run coal-fired power plants (despite billions spent on research), entrepreneurs are now starting to adapt the technology for natural gas — coal's biggest competitor.

Bill Brown, co-founder of the venture capital firm 8 Rivers Capital, in Durham, N.C., is one of those entrepreneurs. I met him on a construction site near Houston. He's a big guy in steel-toed boots and a hard hat, and he's got a big idea: Build a demonstration power plant that burns fossil fuels without dumping carbon dioxide into the air.

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