United Technologies Corp.'s rocket-motor division is negotiating a deal to license technology to China to demonstrate coal-gasification as a more efficient, less polluting alternative fuel source.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne says signed a negotiation framework agreement with two Chinese energy-industry leaders, Zhongyuan Da Hua Group Company Ltd. and East China Engineering Science & Technology Co.
According to Pratt, all three companies will collaborate to design, construct and operate a commercial-scale advanced gasification demonstration plant in China's central eastern Henan Province.
The agreement is a key step toward commercializing technology designed to lower the cost of coal gasification and provide an alternative fuel source that reduces water use and carbon dioxide emissions.
Zhongyuan is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Henan Coal Chemical Industry Group Co. Ltd., China's No. 2 coal company.
East China Engineering has completed more than 2,000 projects China and 10 other countries.
P&W Rocketdyne says its gasification technology provides a higher-efficiency and lower-cost alternative to current gasification systems.
It also boasts the cost to build a commercial-scale advanced gasification plant using its technology is estimated to be 10 percent to 20 percent less than conventional gasification plants.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's advanced gasifier is also expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 10 percent and water usage by up to 30 percent compared to current gasification technologies.
Pratt says it collaborated with others, including oil giant ExxonMobil, to refine its gasification technology.