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Peabody Energy Honor's Germany's Trianel With Clean Coal Award For Achieving Best Emissions Performance

Peabody Energy honored Germany’s Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Lünen GmbH & Co KG (Trianel) and its Lünen plant with an Advanced Energy for Life Clean Coal Award recognizing global leadership in deploying high-efficiency clean coal technologies that deliver ultra-low emissions.

 

Peabody Energy Honors Indian Power Plants With Clean Coal Awards For Achieving Lowest Emissions

Peabody Energy honored Essar Power and CLP India with Advanced Energy for Life (AEFL) Clean Coal Awards recognizing leadership in deploying clean coal technologies that deliver low emissions. Presented at the Power-Gen India Conference in New Delhi, the honors recognize the best 2014 environmental performance of India’s coal-fueled power plants based on self-nominated emissions data for sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and heat rate, the measure of a plant’s efficiency.

 

Clean and High-Efficiency Coal-Fired Power Generation in the Shenhua Group

In 2011, energy consumption in China reached 3.48 billion tonnes of coal equivalent, out of which 70% was supplied by coal. A slight majority of coal (53%) used in China in 2011 was used for electricity production. The demand for coal for electricity production is expected to further increase; by 2020 it is predicted that coal for power generation will account for about 63% of total coal consumption.

 

The Development Strategy for Coal-Fired Power Generation in China

China is the largest coal producer and consumer in the world. In 2012, China produced 3.65 billion tonnes of coal. By the end of 2010, China’s proven coal reserves were 114.5 billion tonnes, approximately 13.3% of the total proven global reserves. Coal accounts for over 96% of China’s fossil energy reserves, and coal output accounts for more than 85% of all fossil energy output. Since 1990, the proportion of coal production and consumption in China’s total energy mix has always been greater than 70%, considerably higher than the approximately 20% in the U.S. and about 30% globally. It is predicted that, in 2030, China’s coal consumption will still account for more than 55% of its primary energy.

 

Clean Coal Conversion: Road to Clean and Efficient Utilization of Coal Resources in China

In 2012, global coal consumption increased by 2.5%, far less than the average growth rate of 4.4% over the past decade, although it remained the fossil energy source undergoing the most rapid growth in consumption. In addition, in 2012 coal accounted for 29.9% of global primary energy consumption, the highest percentage since 1970.1 For the foreseeable future, the role of coal as an important global energy source, especially in non-OECD countries, will remain unchanged.

 

A Roadmap for the Advancement of Low-Emissions Rate Coal Technologies

In the U.S., our vast, domestically secure supply of coal has fueled the American economic machine for many decades and our fleet of existing coal-fired power plants provides very inexpensive electricity. This means that U.S. industry has a competitive edge over manufacturers in other countries that do not have reliable, abundant, low-cost electricity generated from coal resources, and consumers are able to keep more of their income to spend on other expenses. Further, our coal-based power generation is fully dispatchable—when you need it, it is there. In addition, affordable and reliable electricity generated by coal enables the expansion of electro-technologies, which are the basis of modern society.

 

Keeping Coal Alive on the Canadian Prairies: Carbon Capture and Storage at Work in Saskatchewan

When you think of natural resources on the Canadian Prairies, the first thing that likely comes to mind is wheat. While it is true the Province of Saskatchewan has a strong agricultural economy, according to the Premier, it is also rich in energy resources such as uranium, oil and a 300-year supply of coal.

 

Carbon Capture and Storage Advancement Is Urgent: An Exclusive Interview with Brad Page, Head of the GCCSI

With the release of its latest global status report, “The Global Status of CCS: 2013,” in October, the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI) sees progress in CCS projects but says more work needs to be done to overcome policy barriers as well as demonstrate operational feasibility and present business cases for expanding the use of CCS. In this article, GCCSI chief Brad Page details how his organization balances the reality of coal’s primacy as a fuel with the desire to curtail greenhouse gas emissions rates.