United States Patent: 4379744

We submit herein yet another example of the technology developed by a core team of scientists at California's Chevron, wherein a "slurry", or blend, of fine Coal particles in a carrier fluid is directly hydrogenated and converted into liquid hydrocarbons.

We have made report of closely-related Chevron developments previously, as in:

West Virginia Coal Association | Chevron 1982 Clean Liquid Hydrocarbons | Research & Development; which concerned both:

United States Patent: 5783065

This submission demands some extended preamble, so please bear with us.

First, we remind you that we have documented the founding of a sophisticated and seemingly extensive Coal liquefaction technology base at the University of Utah; an effort that spanned decades.

That effort seems to have been driven by a core team of scientists; with one, in particular, Wendell H. Wiser, apparently leading the charge; and, a large part of that effort was paid for by our USDOE. 

United States Patent: 7199482

As we've many times documented, and as seen for just two examples in our reports of:

West Virginia Coal Association | Exxon 1982 CoalTL Uses WVU CoalTL Hydrogen Donor Solvent | Research & Development; concerning: "United States Patent 4,345,989 - Catalytic Hydrogen-donor Liquefaction Process; 1982; Exxon Research and Engineering Company; Coal ... is converted into ... liquid hydrocarbons by contacting the feed material with a hydrogen-donor solvent ... and molecular hydrogen"; and

United States Patent Application: 0110287503

We've presented many reports documenting the potentials for utilizing certain, well-known varieties of Algae, grown and cultivated in various types of enclosures, to capture and recycle, and to convert into hydrocarbon oils, industrial effluent Carbon Dioxide.

A succinct summary of how it all could work is seen in our report of:

USDOE Algae Recycle CO2 into Liquid Fuels | Research & Development; concerning: "Liquid Fuels from Microalgae; 1987; USDOE Contract Number: AC36-99-GO10337; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO; USDOE; Abstract: The goal of the DOE/SERI Aquatic Species Program is to develop the technology to produce gasoline and diesel fuels from microalgae. A technical and economic analysis, "Fuels from Microalgae," demonstrates that liquid fuels can be produced from mass-cultured microalgae at prices that will be competitive with those of conventional fuels by the year 2010."

United States Patent Application: 0030206843

There is, actually, a lot "going on" in the US EPA-sponsored technical development for capturing and sequestering Mercury in the emissions of Coal-fired power plants.

And, there will be a lot "going on" in our presentation, herein, of the issue.

First of all, whether we like it or not, current and pending laws do or will require that Coal-fired power generating stations have or install some form of Mercury emission control within the next decade.


West Virginia Coal Association - PO Box 3923 - Charleston, WV 25339 | 304-342-4153 | website developed by brickswithoutstraw