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Climate Change

Japanese power companies bet on 'zero-emission thermal'

Industry tries to buy time for fossil fuel plants as pressure to go green mounts

JERA's coal-fired power plant at Hekinan, Aichi prefecture. (Photo courtesy of JERA)

TOKYO -- At Japan's biggest coal-fired power plant, Hekinan, plans are underway to transform one of its generators to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 20% by 2024. The ultimate goal for the plant's operator, JERA, is to make its thermal plants carbon neutral by burning alternative fuels such as ammonia and hydrogen.

Doing so, the thinking goes, will allow these facilities to keep operating despite increasing environmental pressure to phase out fossil fuels.

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