Ultra Clean Coal (UCC) technology
Ultra Clean Coal (UCC) is a process for producing a high purity, chemically cleaned coal that can be used to fuel Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) such as diesel engines and gas turbines to generate electricity with high efficiency.
Typically, ICE can convert 50 to 55 per cent of the fuel’s energy into electricity, whereas black coal fired power stations in Australia only convert 33 to 35 per cent.
This improved efficiency makes UCC an environmentally preferable alternative to conventional coal power generation, producing less carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas) emitted per unit of electricity produced. Further work is currently underway to commercialise the process.
Yancoal acquired ownership of the UCC patented technology in December 2009 as part of the corporate takeover of Felix Resources and now manages the use of the technology on behalf of its major shareholder, Yanzhou Coal Mining Company.