General Electric and British petroleum are teaming up to build new hydrogen-fueled power generating plants. The plan is to use a gasification technology developed by GE to produce a hydrogen rich syngas from fossil fuel feedstocks. The separation process would also produce carbon dioxide which would be captured and sequestered in underground geological formations. This reverses the process that happens with most carbon sequestration projects which capture the carbon from the exhaust stream.
The GE process would start with either petroleum coke or bituminous coal and capture ninety percent of the carbon in the original fuel. The hydrogen gas would then be burned in the power plant to produce 500MW of electricity. The first two of five plants are planned for Carson, California and in Western Australia.

[Source: General Electric and BP]

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