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Japanese technology squeezes more power out of coal

New plant touts 30% greater generating efficiency with 30% CO2 reduction

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A coal-burning power plant in the city of Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Fresh technology developed in Japan may be about to swing the global energy pendulum back toward coal, by turning the old fossil fuel into a much cleaner energy source.

With India and other emerging economies expected to increase their use of the still-abundant black rock, the new technology could help keep their carbon dioxide emissions in check.

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