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The Kemper County energy facility is an electric power plant using an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) design called TRIG technology.

TRIG was developed over the last two decades at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) in Wilsonville, Alabama - a research facility for the Department of Energy and Southern Company.

A unique feature of the TRIG technology is the high-efficiency design that sends lignite not converted to gas in the initial process back for a second round of gasification. This allows a high rate of lignite-to-gas conversion to take place at a lower temperature — and thus lower cost — than what's possible with other available gasification technologies.

TRIG produces gas that can be used to generate electricity while making it easier to remove emissions, such as carbon dioxide, that otherwise would end up in the atmosphere.

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