Feb 14, 2017

Coal’s part in a future energy mix

Coal’s part in a future energy mix

A formal case has been launched to have coal generated power remain part of Australia’s energy future.

It’s in a new report released by The Minerals Council of Australia based around high efficiency, low emission (HELE) coal technology.

Called ‘new generation coal technology’, the report describes the benefit that nations are achieving in emissions reductions through building HELE coal-fired plants.

It says there are more than 1,000 HELE units already operating around the world and more than 1,200 planned or under construction.

The report suggests, among others:

  • Supercritical and ultra-supercritical plants have already reduced global output of CO2 emissions by over 1 billion tonnes since 2000.
  • Building more HELE plants that would improve the global efficiency rate of coal generators from 33 per cent to 40 per cent would reduce CO2 emissions by 2 billion tonnes per year.
  • There were no barriers to the construction of a HELE plant in Australia.