As the largest source of electricity generated in the United States, coal power plays a key role in the energy mix. While recognizing coal as an abundant, reliable and affordable resource, there is a need to further reduce emissions and increase the efficiency of coal-fired plants around the world.
This was the focus of the ‘Coal Technology Symposium’ held on March 5, 2014, in Washington D.C., sponsored by West Virginia University and the Energy and Environmental Research Center. Alstom was represented by Matt Dooley, Executive Consulting Engineer, who participated in a panel entitled ‘Increasing the Performance of the Coal Fleet’.
Several US senators spoke at the event, on various coal-related topics from carbon capture, to the need for international collaboration, to the future of coal in the global energy mix. Leading experts from government, industry, academia, and environmental groups presented updates on current and near term technology options for coal-based power.
Alstom's Matt Dooley comments on what he learned from the event: “I was most impressed with the recognition by Senators Heitkamp, Manchin, Donnelly and Warner of the need for coal fired generation in the US for the next 20-30 years at a minimum. They also recognized the importance for the US to maintain a leadership position in improving the efficiency of our coal fleet so that other countries may be able to follow our lead and reduce their carbon emissions as well.”