This fact sheet describes oxyfuel combustion, the technology
that burns fuel in almost pure oxygen. Because this makes it
easier to capture carbon dioxide from flue gas, it may be
possible to achieve near zero carbon dioxide emissions from
the production of coal fired electricity. A diagram
illustrating this process is included as well as a brief
description of a new project aiming to integrate oxyfuel
combustion with carbon capture and sequestration.
Educational value statement
- Explains how the process can lead to decreased carbon
- Lists the advantages and disadvantages of oxyfuel
- Outlines the Callide Oxyfuel Project being trialled in
- Can be downloaded as a MSWord file.
- Students describe the reversible and irreversible changes
occurring during oxyfuel combustion and carbon capture
- Students explain the techniques for separating components
of flue gases
- Students describe how scientific understandings,
discoveries and inventions have been applied to the problem
of carbon dioxide emission from power stations.
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