- Inefficient power plants pour millions of tons of pollutants into the atmosphere, land and water.
If a quarter of the 25% loss associated with coal-fired generation could be displaced through the installation of HTS transmission and distribution, it would preclude the emission of 200 million tons of CO2, 30,000 tons of NO, and a million tons of SO2 annually (1995) based on today's coal plant technology.
An equivalent, additional amount of reduction would occur when HTS-based electric motors and generators are fully implemented. A reduction of 500 million tons of CO2 converts to an annual saving of 40 million tons of carbon equivalent.
Converting the carbon equivalent to a 50% fixed carbon coal results in a reduction of 70 million tons of coal yearly.
And remember, electricity use is increasing exponentially.