Fossil Power Plants
to Mirror Power Plants
There are significant benefits from upgrading a
500 Megawatt coal-fired power plant
with 80% capacity factor to a 1,300 Mirror Power plant with 95% capacity
factor. First, the fossil power plant has 1,500 megawatts thermal rating and
500 Megawatts electrical rating, which means the plant is 30% efficient.
A 1,300 Mirror Power plant would more than triple the quantity of
electricity being produced by increasing the capacity factor and eliminating
the wasted energy.
500 Megawatt coal power plant can generate 4.38 billion kilowatt-hours per year. But since the
coal plant has 80% efficient, 3.5 billion kilowatt-hours is generated.
The power plant burns 1.4 million tons of coal and creates 3.7 million tons of carbon dioxide, 125 thousand tons of
fly ash, 193 thousand tons of sludge, 10 thousand
tons of sulfur dioxide, 12 thousand tons of nitrogen oxides and other waste
materials including mercury.
At 10 cent per kilowatt-hour, the gross revenues is about $350 million.
By comparison, a 1,300
Megawatt Mirror Power plant can generate 11.4 billion kilowatt-hours per
year. With a 95% capacity factor, the plant generates 10.8 billion
kilowatt-hours. Energy comes from converting 228 grams of matter and
directly into electricity or hydrogen for vehicles and oxygen for industrial applications. The environmental issues
mitigated since there is no carbon dioxide, fly ash, sulfur dioxide,
nitrogen oxides, & mercury. At 10 cent per kilowatt-hour, the gross revenues
triples to $1.08 billion.
This is a Win-Win-Win
situation: People, Utility companies and U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. The health related issues, linked to coal-fired plants, have been
eliminated. The over
24,000 people's lives, which
are being cut short each year by pollution coming from
coal-fired power plants, can be spared using currently available
Upgrading 100 coal-fired power plants could supply 20% of America's
and reduce greenhouse gases by one billion metric tons per year.