Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle
Coal has powered much of the industrial world for more than a hundred years - and it's still an abundant, low-cost resource today. But with growing concern over emissions and their effect on the environment, coal must be used in a cleaner, more efficient way to solve the world's growing demand for energy. GE Energy is doing just that with Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle, or IGCC.
- IGCC is a process that turns coal into a cleaner fuel that is used for more efficient power generation.
- Gasification turns coal into a synthetic gas - or syngas - so that we can remove emissions like SOX, mercury and particulate matter.
- Syngas is also carbon capture ready, meaning it is possible to capture any amount up to and including 90% of the CO2 generated from coal during the IGCC process.
- To further increase efficiency and output, IGCC takes any leftover heat or steam to power a second turbine - that's combined cycle.