Researchers from MIT have created a way to generate electricity from coal without having to burn it. The technique is used in processing plants to produce hydrogen gas. The hybrid system they have created is presumed to be able to cut coal emissions by 50%. They combine coal gasification and fuel cells to allow the two processes to gain hear with little energy loss. The coal is crushed into a powder and then heated into a flow of hot steam. The process, using steam produce two to three times more power than using carbon dioxide. In conventional coal-burning, only about 30% of the energy is actually made into electricity. The hybrid system would cost a lot more than existing processing plants, but could be paid off in a few years after its development.They claim that the only realistic way to cut down emissions is to make the resources we utilize now, more efficient.