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Could the smoke stack of a power station soon be a thing of the past?

Today, fossil fuel power stations are usually built with towers that emit vapour as well as greenhouse gases into the air.

But what if a new kind of power station could create electricity without belching harmful gases into the air?

Despite the development of renewable technologies, fossil fuels are still used to generate the overwhelming majority of the world’s power, and it is likely they will continue to do so for many years.

In the US, about 70% of the country’s electricity comes from burning fossil fuels. Other major economies, such as China, are even more dependent.

But now Net Power, based in the US state of North Carolina, believes it can redesign the power plant so it can still run on coal or natural gas, but without releasing harmful fumes.


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