Between 2006 and 2010 Around 295 Gigawatts of Clean Coal Capacity were Installed, According to GlobalData20 Nov 2012 • by Natalie Aster
Countries are attempting to balance global warming with the continued use of fossil fuels, by developing clean coal technologies, states a new report by energy experts GlobalData.
While coal is the most commonly used source of energy for electricity generation globally, it is also the least clean energy source in the world, releasing a number of pollutants such as mercury, sulfur, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide (CO2) when burnt, according to the new "Clean Coal Technologies - Global Market Size, Trends, Regulations and Key Country Analysis to 2020" report by GlobalData. The damage caused to human health and the environment by these pollutants has driven nations to demand cleaner power generation.
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However, the rising population and high rate of industrialization, especially in developing countries, is driving up the demand for electricity, and since coal is an economical source of power generation with abundant resources, it has remained a prominent energy source globally. Although the focus on renewable sources of energy is increasing, it has been difficult for a major shift towards alternative sources to take place, as the generation using these sources is still too expensive and unreliable.
The term “clean coal” refers to the minimization of carbon emissions and other pollutants from coal usage in power generation, with the aim of limiting these negative effects. Supercritical (SC), ultra-supercritical (USC), Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technologies are becoming more widely used for new build coal burning power plants. These technologies provide improved power generation output through increased efficiency and produce lower emissions in comparison to traditional subcritical technology. Between 2006 and 2010, around 295 gigawatts (GW) of clean coal capacity, based on SC, USC, CFB and IGCC, was installed. Coal-fired capacity additions based on SC technology dominated clean coal capacity additions, with China driving the market, and India expected to follow suit in the future.
More information can be found in the report “Clean Coal Technologies - Global Market Size, Trends, Regulations and Key Country Analysis to 2020” by GlobalData.
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