Methane Plants: China’s Clean Energy Alternative

For their Connections series, NPR reports on an engineer who created the first methane plant to provide an alternative to to fill the country’s demands:

Coal is the dirtiest of fossil fuels. It is responsible for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions in . So the country is trying to modernize its coal-fired power plants to make them cleaner and more efficient, reducing emissions.

One way is to use captured methane gas, a natural byproduct of coal mining.

Huang Shengchu, an engineer, adopted the idea a decade ago. It gave rise to the country’s biggest methane power plant — and one of its best tools in its fight against climate change.

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