Challenges of Coal as an Energy Source

Often described as "America's fuel," coal historically has been an abundant, domestic and affordable source of energy for the U.S. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy). In fact, more recoverable coal is located in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world, and according to the U.S. Department of Energy, these domestic reserves are vast enough to last over 200 years.

America's known reserves alone constitute 28 percent of the entire world's coal supply. Coal is the source of nearly half of all electricity generated in the U.S. and is one reason why the U.S. enjoys some of the most affordable electricity rates in the world.

Despite its benefits, coal faces lingering challenges, specifically with the pollutants that are emitted into the atmosphere when burned. In fact, coal-fired power plants are the largest source of mercury air emissions in the U.S., which have been linked to a variety of health problems including brain, kidney and lung damage.

In the face of mounting regulatory requirements, utilities and power companies need to continue generating power but in a way that meets evolving public expectations and new governmental rules and regulations. However, given the complexity of plant operations as well as a weak national economy, the necessary pollution control measures have been cost-prohibitive. The Chem-Mod™ Solution was developed specifically with this challenge in mind; to create an effective pollution control strategy that can be cost-effective.

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