gasification

noun
gas·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌga-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce gasification (audio) \

Definition of gasification

: conversion into gas especially : conversion of coal into natural gas

Examples of gasification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1988, federal investigators found chemicals associated with coal tar in the aquifer and said the probable source was the former gasification plant. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Superfund pollution in Parramore gets concrete grave," 7 Nov. 2019 The liquid hydrogen will be produced in Latrobe Valley, Victoria through a brown coal gasification process. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "First Liquid Hydrogen Carrier Sets Sail in Japan," 17 Dec. 2019 But the coal-gasification plant left the ground saturated with a hazardous byproduct, coal tar. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Superfund pollution in Parramore gets concrete grave," 7 Nov. 2019 Another way to convert waste to energy is through gasification, a process that melts plastics at very high temperatures in the near-absence of oxygen (which means toxins like dioxins and furans aren’t formed). Elizabeth Royte, National Geographic, "Is burning plastic waste a good idea?," 12 Mar. 2019 But with natural gas so cheap, gasification plants aren’t competitive. Elizabeth Royte, National Geographic, "Is burning plastic waste a good idea?," 12 Mar. 2019 Coal gasification, on the other hand, takes coal and turns it into something similar to natural gas. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "Betting on 'clean coal': Why some see it as a crucial part of our energy future — and some don't," 18 Mar. 2018 Nazi Germany used coal gasification to mass-produce enough synthetic fuels to power tanks and aircraft in World War II. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "North Korea Turns Coal Into Gas to Weather Sanctions," 17 Dec. 2018 Diesel from the Dale plant wouldn't be competing with natural gas in the same way coal gasification does, and in this case ratepayers are not taking on the risk. Emily Hopkins, USA TODAY, "Could this 'clean coal’ plant proposal be an answer to Indiana’s 17 billion tons of reserves?," 19 Mar. 2018

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1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Gasification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gasification. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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