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Welcome to Excelsior Energy. We are glad you have taken an interest in our company and our efforts to meet Minnesota's need for innovative, clean, new base load generation resources.
Excelsior Energy has proposed the Mesaba Energy Project as the best means to meet Minnesota's base load power generating needs. The Mesaba Energy Project will use state-of-the-art Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology to generate electricity. Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology burns domestically abundant coal in an environmentally friendly manner that reduces emissions by 2/3 compared to the next cleanest coal technology.
About Excelsior Energy Inc.
Excelsior Energy Inc. is an independent energy development company dedicated to bringing the benefits of Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle (IGCC) power generation to Minnesota and the Midwest. Excelsior believes that IGCC is a critical component to a comprehensive national energy independence and environmental protection strategy. IGCC is a clean bridge to the large gap in power generation resources that remains when even the most comprehensive renewable energy and conservation efforts are implemented and large amounts of natural gas-fired generation are included in the mix.
Our leadership team consists of seasoned power industry executives who have developed, permitted, financed, constructed and operated innovative and technology intensive power plants around the world. Excelsior brings the know-how, creativity and tenacity required to overcome the barriers to providing market-based solutions to our national energy policy challenges.
The Mesaba Energy Project will incorporate the ConocoPhillips E-Gas™ technology to convert coal into synthesis gas and clean the gas of impurities prior to combustion.
Benefits of IGCC
IGCC is rapidly becoming the base load technology of choice, because coal-fueled IGCC plants reduce emissions by 2/3 from the next cleanest coal-fueled technology, supercritical pulverized coal (SCPC) plants, and they generate energy at lower, more stable prices than plants that depend on an increasingly expensive supply of natural gas.
IGCC plants are superior to others in almost every respect:
Beyond the immediate environmental benefits of reducing emissions of criteria pollutants and mercury, IGCC technology provides a pathway to cost-effective capture of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary greenhouse gas produced by all fossil fuel-fired power plants.
The rate at which air pollutants are emitted from IGCC plants is 2/3 less than those of recently permitted SCPC plants having the most modern environmental controls.
Pre-combustion cleaning processes used to remove air pollutants at IGCC plants produce marketable by-products. Processes used by conventional coal-fueled technologies generally produce solid waste that requires landfilling.
Gasification is the cleanest method of converting coal into power, making it superior to other coal technologies such as pulverized coal and fluidized bed boilers with regard to both environmental performance and efficiency.
IGCC's ability to efficiently remove air pollutants prior to the combustion process and its capability to capture CO2 makes it flexible to adapt to ever-tightening emission limits.
The Mesaba Energy Project is a leading example of the next generation of power generation facilities.
Excelsior Energy will license, construct, own and operate the Mesaba Energy Project, an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) electric power generating station. Mesaba, which is Ojibwa for "sleeping giant," will awaken coal's true potential for meeting the need for base load power generation while protecting the environment, putting Minnesotans to work, reducing pressure on scarce natural gas resources, improving trade balances, and minimizing dependence on energy imports using a secure, abundant domestic natural resource.
The Project promises to accelerate nation-wide deployment of advanced clean coal projects to help the industry meet the Department of Energy's aggressive goals for coal-fueled power generation.