A.xgust 7, 1974 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SENATE s 14597
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, MHD
electric power generation, which was ftrst
developed in the United states, promises
operating e'Hiciency 50 percetit better-
1m to 40 percent-than the most advanced
steam turbine plants. and a
greater ihcrease-60 to 32 percent--over
that of nuclear plants. It will burn coal,
our most abtmdant domestic fuel resource.
It will operate with greatly retfuced
stack emissions, well within the
SPecified llmlts for pollution control. And
lt will reQuire much less, or no, cooling
water, thus greatly "decreasing or eliml.
nating thermal pollution.
MHD 1s currently .under development
in other coantrieM besldee the United
~. pa.rticul.a.rl.y the Soviet Unicm,
which has built and operates a.n experimental
25 MW MHD powerp.la.nt. W.e a.re
!e.l.li.ng behind. If MHO is to play .iU rc»e
.in aolwing tlle Na.tian'.s energy crisis by
~,-and if the United state~; is to lllAintain
its technological le&decship in the
Jield and establish ltsel! u a prlncW&l
world supplier of l4HD liY8tem.i, a.n .ag_
iXessive national MliD Eievelopment lH"D.
gz:a.m is needed.
Since 1968, Senator METCALF and I
have been urgi-ng a national program to
-develop MHD power generation. I believe
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