The United States has historically had an extensive coal industry and is the world’s second largest coal producer after China. The United States has enough recoverable coal to last approximately 200-250 years, with a known reserve that represents 28% of the entire world’s coal supply. Coal will continue to play an important part in America’s future energy mix and is a key fuel which seeks to promote the United States’ energy independence.
The United States has two vast reserves of coal; the Western Coal and Eastern Coal regions. In the Western Region, the Powder River Basin is the largest sub-bituminous coal-producing region in the world producing over 468 million tonnes in 2010. The area contains 40% of the countries proven coal reserve. The coal in this region has a lower energy content, however the coal seem is extraordinarily thick, and contains a low ash and low sulphur product which makes the region appropriate for White Energy’s coal upgrading technology.
The United States is recognised as a world leader in innovation and identifying and incubating new technologies that can be leveraged in the energy sector. Coal technologies, such as White Energy, represent a significant step towards achieving a low carbon future and will assist to mitigate the challenges associated with reducing the importation of foreign sources of energy.