Inidiana Plant to Produce Hydrogen from Coal

Coal gas-powered fuel cells seen as way to cleanly utilize America's abundant coal reserves.

Published: 15-Aug-2003

(West Terre Haute - AP) -- A new power plant near Terre Haute that uses coal to help create hydrogen for electricity is expected to start providing power later this year.

Officials ddicated the $32 million Wabash River Energy Plant yesterday. The government paid half the cost for the project, which was built as a partnership with Connecticut-based Fuelcell Energy and Ohio-based Global Energy.

Proponents of the technology say coal gas-powered fuel cells will decrease the United States' reliance on foreign energy sources by using coal, the nation's most abundant fossil fuel, in a way that creates almost no pollution.

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