- Coal-fired plants can be converted to gas-fired technology
- New power plants can be constructed that are one-third the cost of today’s coal-fired technology … and cleaner!
- Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) technologies are very high cost and would require an additional energy build of 50 percent, as well as underground storage, which is unproven.
- FischerTroepsh based technologies are much dirtier and very expensive to build and operate. FischerTroepsh is a catalyzed chemical reaction in which syngas, which is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, is converted into liquid hydrocarbons of various forms (see table below for comparison).
|Creates excessive carbon emissions if Natural Gas is used as feedstock. NG has to be reformed by partial combustion||Â||If gas from the Bixby Devolitization process is used as feedstock, no reforming is required|
|Yields Low Octane Gas and Low Cetane Diesel Products. Cetane numbers are in the range of 48 to 52||Â||Potentially yields High Octane and cetane Diesel products. Cetane numbers of Bixby Diesel is in the range of 55 to 62|
|Consumes large quantities of water for cooling to maintain process temperature||Â||Generates potable water as a result of reaction|
|Life of catalysts are damaged by any sulfur in the syngas used in the process||Â||Process is not affected by any sulfur or metals in the feedstock|
|Can only use syngas produced by partial combustion as a feedstock; all these processes produce high CO2||Â||Process uses either Devolitized gas or Bixby-produced Semi-Activated Carbon as the base feed stock|
|Use of coal-derived syngas causes problems due to ratio of H2 and CO||Â||The Bixby Process is not affected by use of coal-derived gas|
|Huge, expensive plants are the only way
to use this technology
|Â||The technology is inexpensive and can be scaled large or small|
|Fuels derived from Fischer-Tropsch process are normally 10 percentÂ more expensive than normal fuels||Â||Fuels produced with the Bixby Process are less expensive than normal fuels|