The Mission of the Unity Power Alliance is to the develop and commercialize POXC™ “pressurized oxy-combustion” as a new, preferred clean combustion platform for repowering existing coal-fired power plants in the USA and building new power plants around the world with near zero air emissions.
Conventional coal-fired power plants burn coal in air at atmospheric pressure. Pressurized oxy-combustion replaces that air with highly-purified oxygen at high pressures—creating significant improvements in both environmental and economic performance over atmospheric oxy-combustion and other competing technologies.
Unity Power Alliance’s strategy is to form alliances with engineering companies, utilities, independent power producers, air separators, service companies, CO2 pipeline companies, transportation companies, and other key industry stakeholders who believe near zero emissions fossil fuel power production is a desirable and achievable near-term goal that will provide maximum benefit to the global environment and economy.
Power companies around the world are facing new or expected regulations that would put limits on the emissions of both conventional pollutants and CO2. As a result, many utilities in the United States are shutting down older, less profitable coal plants. New EPA air emissions standards will likely result in the decommissioning of about 70 gigawatts of conventional coal-fired power capacity over the next 2-8 years, representing $40 billion in annual power contracts and costing the industry and tax payers an estimated $10 Billion per year. Retrofitting those plants with pressurized oxy-combustion technology could allow them to produce clean, efficient power that takes advantage of existing coal supplies and other infrastructure. The technology would also allow the creation of new clean coal plants around the world at locations where supplies of coal are cheap and abundant.
In the United States, the Unity Power Alliance will first seek to repower legacy power plant assets with the latest “pressurized oxycombustion” platforms while simultaneously using these plants to further the development of “pressurized oxycombustion” to bring about greater operating efficiencies and economies of scale.