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This report assesses the prospects for thermal coal supply over the 30-50 year horizon primarily by examining at the markets and technologies that will be able to supply Clean Coal Technologies (CCT’s). CCT’s are classified essentially into two broad categories:
- Technologies which improve burning efficiency and reduce emissions, including integrated gasification, higher efficiency Pulverised Fuel (PF) combustion, fluidized bed combustion, and coal washing.
- Technologies which fundamentally change the way coal is used to create energy, including various gasification and liquefaction technologies.
Right now, about 98% of the power generated worldwide from coal comes from low thermal efficiency (about 35%) PF combustion. In order to capture more market share, CCT’s must be able to utilize coal stock in a wide variety of qualities as defined by Calorific Value (CV), ash and sulphur content, volatile matter content, etc.
It is unlikely that significant coal resources remain undiscovered. Revolutionary new techniques for better mapping of known resources are not developing rapidly, due to the traditionally moderate return on investment for coal production. Current or nascent technologies which should allow for improved mapping of resources include Helicopter Electromagnetics (HEM) to enhance aerial surveying, improved drilling techniques, new seismic mapping efficiencies, and database management techniques.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22644 EN (2007), 60 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: LD-NA-22644-EN-C)
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