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'Coal plants best choice for now'

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First of all, the energy can be stored in liquid salt. Secondly, there is far less use for power at night.

3rd, it`s not like this plant is going to be the only source of power, so solar and wind power is a good

idea. Pattaya have wind and sun almost every day year round, and so have many other places in

Thailand. Burning coal is a bad idea.

And then there is Thorium which there are plenty of in Norway,

India and Japan. It just have to be become safer/cheaper to mine it.

Here is some reading about storing energy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_energy_storage

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Why not encourage solar power and create feed-in tariffs for consumers. A few panels a grid tie inverter and a meter spinning backwards sending power to the grid while your out all day is good for the consumer and the environment. Make the panels affordable, this could be far better scheme to subsidize than new cars...

I can tell you why not: Solar panels have only a small electric output and the electricity produced by them is extremely expensive and what do they produce at night, nothing! So you need to have a second power source to provide electricity during night. Now you know why not.

Why not encourage solar power and create feed-in tariffs for consumers. A few panels a grid tie inverter and a meter spinning backwards sending power to the grid while your out all day is good for the consumer and the environment. Make the panels affordable, this could be far better scheme to subsidize than new cars...

Whilst I completely agree that solar power generation should be encouraged - and FITs are probably one of the most succesful ways to encourage this, there still the problem of how to generate adequate power when the sun isn't shining - so you still need "other" types of power gen - the cheapest of which (nuclear/coal/heavy oi/ etc.) cannot quickly or easily be turned up or down.

Sharchen's latter point about gasification of waste, would be compatable, as it provides fuel suitable for gas-turbines, which do have quick-start capability.

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"This fact is evident in the vision of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, which believes that "clean-coal" technology would be a perfect solution for this country."

There is no clean-coal technology per se. Coal burns dirty. Past technologies focus on "scrubbing" ash particles out of smoke stack emissions before release into the atmosphere to prevent lung disease but do nothing to prevent release of CO2 that will cause global heating from the greenhouse effect.

What Thai officials saw was a demonstration 30MW coal-fired power plant NEXT to the 1,600 MW coal-fired power plant located in Schwarze Pumpe, Germany that uses “oxycombustion” technology that liquefies CO2 emissions. The liquefied gas would then be piped into geological structures 1-2km below the earth’s surface where it will be stored for more than 10,000 years and eventually carbonized into rock. The 30MW power plant is NOT connected to the electric grid and the oxycombustion technology is not yet available for commercial use.

Thai officials apparently misunderstood what they saw or the article was horribly written. The “perfect solution” is to do everything to avoid building coal-fired power plants.

[media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwSHif_qE0I&feature=player_embedded[media/]

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The headline says it all: Coal plants best choice for now.

Planning for the present.

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