Coal provides more energy density per pound than other forms of carbon-based feedstock. There are coal reserves in at least 70 other countries of the world. This means that regardless of other power sources available, coal will continue to play a vital role in supplying our primary electrical energy needs.
In a world that widely recognizes the negative impact of carbon emissions on global warming, coal is an infamous global pollutant. More than 50 percent of the electric energy in the U.S. alone comes from coal-fired power plants, which spew billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year. It is estimated that emissions from these plants contribute 41 percent of the man-made pollution in the atmosphere. Considering the statistics, it is no wonder coal has developed such a bad reputation.
Consider Coal's New Reality
Coal itself is not the culprit. In reality, the carbon-emissions problem actually stems from the process of burning coal to produce energy. Developed more than 80 years ago, the flawed technology used in today’s coal-fired power plants is not only dirty, but also inefficient. The best coal-fired power plants today capture only about 34 percent of the potential energy in coal.
Since Bixby Energy’s technology produces cleaner energy from coal, it can use all coal types for its feedstock. This means that coal which cannot be used by coal-fired technologies today because of their high sulfur content, for example, are readily usable with this technology. The Bixby Process can also provide America with a significant supply of carbon products as well.
Industry experts and engineers have spent billions of dollars on methods for cleaning up coal-fired carbon emissions on the back-end, such as the proposed Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) methodology, which would pump emissions many miles underground. The environmental impact is still uncertain and actual cost of CCS is still unknown. As a result no one to date, including governments or industry worldwide, has been willing to step up to the plate and invest the billions to test this concept.
Bixby Energy has taken a different approach. Since burning the coal is the root of the emissions problem, Bixby Energy’s team asked, “Is there a way to get energy from coal without burning it?” Turns out, the answer is yes, and it is the underlying premise of the Bixby Process.
The Case for Coal
Coal is the most plentiful fossil fuel on the planet, with more than 70 countries across the globe with significant coal resources and/or reserves. Measured in units of energy, 90 percent of the United States fossil fuel reserve is coal. In fact, coal is so prevalent in our production of energy that it would be impossible today for us to turn away from it to adopt another means of production that would equal the amount of energy coal provides right now. However, Bixby Energyâ€™s technology significantly reduces the impact that coal makes on the environment simply by maximizing its benefit by not burning it.
A Word About Carbon
We at Bixby Energy believe that carbon is the plastics of the future. It is a versatile material that can be used to produce oil, purify water and air, clean emissions in coal-fired power plants and create materials lighter than aluminum yet stronger than steel. Every day, more new valuable and practical uses are being found to use carbon to benefit our everyday lifestyle. Bixby Energy is committed to finding new and practical uses for carbon because our technology will allow us to make it in larger quantities than ever possible before at a level of quality not possible before and at more economical production costs which will increase the variety of applications that it can be used for in the future.Back to Top