A review of emerging technologies for sustainable use of coal for power generation

T. M. Yegulalp, Klaus Lackner, H. J. Ziock

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Abstract

Concerns about climate change and environmental consequences of increased levels of atmospheric CO2 will require the power generation industry to reduce CO2 emissions from current levels. Unfortunately, for reductions to have the desired effect they will have to be large. While the schedule of the Kyoto Protocol may appear daunting, in the long term mere compliance with the protocol will hardly change the rate of increase of atmospheric CO2. There are, however, technical, economical and practical choices that will allow the industry to meet the requirements of protocol and ultimately stop the increase in atmospheric CO2 without eliminating coal from the fuel mix. In this paper, we present a review of current and emerging technologies for CO2 sequestration. We provide a summary of the underlying scientific principles and discuss the practical and economic aspects of sequestration technologies, which will allow continuing use of global coal resources with minimum or no impact on CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-68
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environment
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CO sequestration
  • Coal
  • Environment
  • Power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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