Walt Patterson On Energy

Cleaning up coal: Coal technology

In 1978 I co-authored Fluidized-Bed Energy Technology: Coming To A Boil for a New York consultancy called INFORM. New Scientist published 'To bed betimes', and Electrical Review 'Coal comfort in fluidised beds'. In 1981 the Guardian published 'In the hot bed of controversy', and in 1989 'How to make the coal flow cleaner'. In 1983, in Science 83, then published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), I described 'A New Way To Burn'.

In 1987, 1990 and 1993 Financial Times Business Information published my three book-length Management Reports on advanced coal technology. In 1992, in a Chatham House book on Emerging Energy Technologies, I contributed a chapter on 'Clean Coal'. By the mid-1990s, however, as the climate issue became more worrying, and in the face of complete coal industry indifference, I decided I was wasting my time trying to help them. The evidence is now unambiguous: coal is endangering the planet.

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