Clean Coal Power R and D will start the commercial operations of its integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) system next April. Its IGCC system is more efficient than the conventional thermal power generation system. The company has been conducting the substantiative experiment of this system since September 2007, and it is scheduled to finish it next March on schedule. The demonstration unit will be converted to a commercial unit.
The power generated by the demonstration unit is being sold to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and will continue to be sold to TEPCO after the commercial operations starts. IGCC runs the gas turbine with the gas created by burning coals and the steam turbine with steam created by exhaust heat. It has higher generation efficiency than the conventional coal-fired thermal power, and it reduces carbon oxide emissions by 20%. Please click here for further information in Japanese.