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Alstom Outlines the Future of Clean Power Technologies in China: Targeting to Commercialize CO2 Capture Technology by 2015


Today, global power generation accounts for about 40% of overall CO2 emissions. It will double by 2030 from today’s level, with CO2 emissions increasing by two thirds. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has a central role to play in the global emissions reduction effort as fossil fuel will remain an important part of the energy mix. This is especially the case for China where the part of coal in the overall power generation will remain at its current level of 78% by 2030*.

There are three main technology paths for CO2 capture: pre-combustion, oxy-firing and post-combustion. Alstom is concentrating its R&D efforts on the latter two as they can be used for both existing and new power plants, while pre-combustion can only be used for new plants. This is crucial for emerging marketdeveloping countries like China which is in need of upgrading their existing power facilities to meet environmental requirements. In order to validate its carbon capture solutions, Alstom is currently testing its post-combustion and oxy-firing technologies at nine pilot plants located in Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, the United States and Canada.

“There is no economic growth without expansion in the power sector, which also means increased emissions,” said Philippe Joubert, Alstom Executive Vice President and President Alstom Power Systems. “The good news is that adapting clean power technologies allows countries like China to address environmental challenges without jeopardizing economic growth, thereby making it a winning proposition.”

Alstom, whose equipment is used in more than 25% of existing power plants worldwide, offers the broadest range of technologies for all fuel types. Its clean power solutions cover all major energy sources including coal, gas, hydro, wind, nuclear and solar. Alstom is also world leader in air quality control systems, allowing for the significant reduction of traditional pollutants, including dust, sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and mercury emissions from power production.

*According to the International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook 2007 Reference Scenario