Seems odd that the Idaho National Laboratory should be the facility studying the Wellsville, OH, CTL facility. But, there has seemed nothing logical, at all, to us about the entire CTL story since we began studying it.
However, the important thing is that stuff is, somehow, getting done.
In any case, we're still studying the environmental issues surrounding coal conversion, and are growing increasingly convinced that the environmentalists who are protesting are doing so because they're being funded by Big Oil - who, we think, killed the 1970's Synfuel plant south of Moundsville.
Coal conversion still sounds like a promising way to clean things up, as in this statement, excerpted from the enclosed link:
"According to the year-long INL study of the Ohio River Clean Fuels project modeling, Baard’s CTL fuels will yield 46 percent less emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases than conventional low-sulfur diesel transportation fuels. (Carbon dioxide emission reductions are achieved using a 30 percent biomass co-feed, carbon capture and storage technology, and combined cycle, co-generation processes.) All emission reductions documented in the study were measured on a wells-to-wheels basis using the Argonne National Lab GREET (Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation) model of transportation fuels.
The INL study demonstrates that CTL fuels produce dramatically fewer emissions of regulated pollutants when compared to low-sulfur diesel fuel. Baard’s virtually sulfur-free CTL fuel will reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide by more than 80 percent and cut nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 20 percent. In addition, INL found that Baard’s CTL fuel will reduce particulate matter emissions by nearly 20 percent, slash emissions of volatile organic compounds by close to 20 percent and also reduce emissions of carbon monoxide...".
Yeah, yeah, we know - there is the biomass co-feed stipulation, but we've been urging that, anyway. And, instead of storage, we can use the CO2, along with waste heat, to generate the needed biomass.