Cornerstone Mag

Cornerstone, the official publication of the world coal industry, was launched by the World Coal Association in the spring of 2013. Cornerstone is an internationally recognized, high-quality, objective publication that includes content investigating all aspects of the global coal industry. The electronic version is offered free of charge through this website.

Click on the image below to read Volume 2 Issue 3

wiley_cornerstone_2014autumn 1The third issue of Volume 2 of Cornerstone focuses on the progress and opportunities in the rapidly expanding field of gasification.

“Increased flexibility, vastly increased scale, and new applications are driving gasification technologies to gain greater prominence than ever before.”

Alison Kerester
Executive Director
Gasification Technologies Council


Highlighted Articles

Gasification Can Help Meet the World’s Growing Demand for Cleaner Energy and Products

“Increased flexibility, vastly increased scale, and new applications are driving gasification technologies to gain greater prominence  than ever before.”Energy is fundamental to economic growth. Economies cannot grow and people cannot raise their standard of living without adequate supplies of affordable energy. The global demand for energy is projected to rise by 56% between 2010 and 2040, with the greatest increase in the developing world. This growing energy demand is a direct result of improving individual prosperity, national economies, and infrastructure, and thus living conditions.

The Drivers and Status of the Texas Clean Energy Project

The site of the Texas Clean Energy Project (photo courtesy of Jason Lewis, U.S. DOE, National Energy Technology Lab)This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-to-2 to affirm the right of  the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from large industrial sources; four former EPA chiefs testified before a Senate subcommittee that man’s contribution to climate change is a matter of national security; and a coalition of business leaders, including three former U.S. Treasury secretaries, issued a report detailing economic drivers for combating climate change.

A Coal-Based Strategy to Reduce Europe’s Dependence on Russian Energy Imports

PrintEurope is dangerously dependent on Russian natural gas (NG): 13 European nations rely on Russian NG for over 50% of their requirements. In addition, Europe relies on Russia for about one third of its oil imports. Europe is acutely aware of this high level of energy dependence, which has been, once again, highlighted by the Ukrainian crisis.


Moving Forward With the Huaneng GreenGen IGCC Demonstration

A 250-MW capacity IGCC power station was designed, constructed, and operated under Phase I of the GreenGen Plan.China has abundant coal reserves, but is short on oil and gas resources; therefore, its power generation fleet is expected to rely primarily on coal for the long term. However, coal-fired power generation can result in undesirable emissions such as particulate matter, SO2, NOx, Hg, and large quantities of CO2. As global environmental concerns mount, especially those related to climate change, controlling criteria emissions and greenhouse gas emissions has become increasingly important.