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Baseline Studies Overview

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The NETL Baseline Studies for Fossil Energy Plants establish estimates for the cost and performance of combustion- and gasification-based power plants, as well as options for co-generating synthetic natural gas and fuels - all with and without carbon dioxide capture and storage - for several ranks of coal.  

These studies are considered to be the most comprehensive set of public data available for state-of-the-art technologies. The primary value of these studies lies not in the absolute accuracy of estimates for the individual cases, but in the fact that all cases are evaluated using a common methodology with an internally-consistent set of technical and economic assumptions. This consistency allows for meaningful comparisons of relative costs among the cases and with advanced technology cases build upon the same case assumptions.

The four volume set consists of the following:

Volume 1: Bituminous Coal and Natural Gas to Electricity
Volume 2: Coal to Synthetic Natural Gas and Ammonia (Various Coal Ranks)
Volume 3: Low-Rank Coal to Electricity
Volume 4: Bituminous Coal to Liquid Fuels with Carbon Capture

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