Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)

This is a good video from GE explaining the process and technology behind IGCC. With tighter environmental controls on emissions especially coal fired power plants, this technology will be well received moving forward. A big thanks to my friend, Venkad Naidu for sending me this video link.

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Waste to Power

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Look at how this company, Rutland Plywood, feed their wood waste to boilers to generate process  steam to be used in their daily operation. They also turn the biomass project into a cogeneration project.

(http://www.sustainableplant.com/2013/05/renewable-energy-becomes-profitable-byproduct-for-rutland-plywood/)

In Singapore, Sembcorb Industries has opened its first enery from waste plant in Jurong island. I will be looking forward to visit this plant on my next visit to Jurong Island.

(http://www.greenprospectsasia.com/content/singapore%E2%80%99s-first-energy-waste-plant-jurong)

 

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Geothermal Basics

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A good link plus video explaining the basics of geothermal energy.

(http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/04/back-to-basics-video-what-is-geothermal-energy-anyway)

I haven’t have a chance to visit a geothermal site yet but feedback from my colleagues told me that geothermal region is usually very beautiful with many resorts.

Care to share your geothermal experience ?

 

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Why ‘Clean Coal’ ?

 

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Read this article today, ‘Could ‘Clean Coal’ Finally Live up to Its Name? (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ideas-innovations/Could-Clean-Coal-Finally-Live-up-to-Its-Name-208382461.html).

It explains the meaning of what is clean coal and the process of how to make the coal ‘clean’. The ongoing debate of coal vs natural gas as a fuel source is interesting. With the uncertainty of natural gas pricing, coal is still a preferred choice due to low cost and a large surplus. For a power starving earth hungry for cheaper energy, clean coal is certianly one of the option moving forward.

 

 

 

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How is Electricity Tafiff in Singapore Determined ?

Thanks to my good friend Simon Tay (www.simontay78.com) for sending me this link of how electicity in Singapore is calculated.

(http://www.ema.gov.sg/electricity/new/about_electricity_tariff.htm).

Now I understand better on the 2 components which are the fuel cost and non-fuel cost.

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Why green energy is still falling behind hydrocarbons in power generation ?

Just read a very interesting article posted by Ian Wright on ‘ Why Black is the Real Green’. (http://seekingalpha.com/article/1444461-why-black-is-the-real-green-in-energy-production)

I believe that although it is important to continue the effort to look into alternative energy such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, we can’t discredit fuel sources such as oil, coal and natural gas. Talking about environmental concerns, the investment of better fuel gas conditioning systems in coal or combine cycle power plants is equally important in my point of view.

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