Coal
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 09:36

The future of coal- CCS technologies


Coal is very high in carbon content; this means that if we continue using this resource the way we do now, our problem with climate change will continue to escalate. Leading academics from the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) have issued a report called “The future of coal- options for a carbon constrained world”,  which focuses on how the world can use coal in a way that alleviates, instead of worsening the global warming crisis. 


Coal is very high in carbon content; this means that if we continue using this resource the way we do now, our problem with climate change will continue to escalate. Leading academics from the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) have issued a report called “The future of coal- options for a carbon constrained world”,  which focuses on how the world can use coal in a way that alleviates, instead of worsening the global warming crisis. The main finding of the report was that carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is critical in enabling technology to help reduce CO2 emissions significantly, while the worlds energy needs will still be met by coal.


Other important findings in the study include:
• Coal is a low-cost, per BTU, mainstay of both the developing and the developed world- its use is anticipated to increase.
• A rather large charge on carbon emission is needed in the near future to increase the economic magnetism of new technologies which will avoid carbon emissions and, specifically, to lead the large scale CCS in the future.
• Leaders should only provide coal projects with CO2 capture with assistance.
• The governments should not favour any technical company in particular, but rather support several “first of a kind” coal utilisation demonstration plants.
• Key changes need to be made to the current Department of energy RD&D program to successfully promote CCS technologies. This means that a wider range of technologies needs to be explored.
• There needs to be a sense of global adherence to the CO2 emissions constraint.

For the CCS technologies to be completely beneficial to our word, we need to proceed with carbon sequestration projects as soon as possible.

Source: www.web.mit.edu

 

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