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Video: Coal may be the bridge to ushering in new energy technology

Coal -- America was built in part from the black organic material. The Industrial Revolution was forged from the heat that coal provided, but the pollutants that belched from the numerous smokestacks that dotted the American landscape became an undeniable problem.

America moved on, latching onto the promise of another fossil fuel -- oil -- but with the instability of oil prices and the abundance of domestic coal, this other "dark fuel" is getting a second look while the world ponders its energy future.

Penn State researchers Jonathan Mathews and Harold Schobert are examining ways to burn coal more efficiently and cleanly. Watch the In Motion video here to learn more about their research.

Read the related Research Penn State article here.


While the world ponders its energy future, coal remains a plentiful and a reliable means to create much of the energy needed. This other "dark fuel" just may be the bridge we need to usher the world into the next generation of fuel technology. A related article in Research Penn State is at Produced by: C Roy Parker 

Last Updated April 17, 2009