GE Energy recently announced the acquisition of high-pressure feeder pump technology from Stamet Inc., a developer of industrial pumps, as part of its drive to provide a total plant solution for the "cleaner coal" sectdor. The investment that is expected to accelerate GEs offerings for sub-bituminous coals, such as Powder River Basin (PRB) coal.
GE is currently a market leader in providing solutions for cleaner coal, or integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology, for plants using eastern bituminous coal or petroleum coke as fuel.
Stamet is a technology development company specializing in the commercialization of its proprietary rotary solids pump, which feeds coal and other materials into atmospheric and pressurized applications. For low rank coal applications, the Stamet pump is intended to be an alternative to GEs water slurry feed system. GE expects to integrate the newly acquired technology with its commercially proven gasification technology that is offered today for use in utility, refining and industrial applications for the production of power, hydrogen and chemicals.
GE's gasification technology is currently capable of operating on a range of bituminous coals and petroleum coke blends, with full performance guarantees that delivers a cleaner alternative to pulverized coal at a competitive cost.
GE also plans to offer a comparable solution for sub-bituminous coals, such as PRB.
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