Cornerstone Mag

Cornerstone, the official publication of the world coal industry, was launched by the World Coal Association in the spring of 2013. Cornerstone is an internationally recognized, high-quality, objective publication that includes content investigating all aspects of the global coal industry. The electronic version is offered free of charge through this website.

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Volume 4 Issue 4
The fourth issue of Volume 4 of Cornerstone is focused on carbon capture and storage.

“…without CCS, the transformation of the power sector will be US$3.5 trillion, or 138% more expensive.”

– Andrew Minchener
IEA Clean Coal Centre


Highlighted Articles

The Urgent Need to Move From CCS Research to Commercial Deployment

By Andrew Minchener, IEA Clean Coal Centre

Minchener TOCClimate change is a serious issue that requires a global response. However, that response will not be a “one size fits all global solution”. In this article the General Manager of the IEA Clean Coal Centre discusses the urgency of moving CCS research to large-scale demonstration and deployment.

Beyond HELE: Why CCS Is Imperative Now

By Brad Page, Global CCS Institute

Page TOCIt is now clear that the outcome of the Paris climate talks was a game changer, delivering a renewed global commitment to addressing climate change. No longer are we aiming to limit global warming to 2°C. We are now aspiring for well below that—perhaps as low as 1.5°C. Significantly, the agreement also sets out global ambition for carbon neutrality by midcentury. In the post-COP21 discussions, thinking has shifted from “how much do we do?” to “how do we do so much?”

The Future of CCS in Norway

By Camilla Bergsli, Gassnova SF

BergsliTOCThe Norwegian government seeks to realize at least one full-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project by 2020, and three industrial carbon capture projects are about to enter the concept phase. Twenty years of experience with full-scale CCS combined with the world’s largest CCS test facility and more than 20 years of CCS research underlie the country’s ambition to contribute to further development of CCS. This article examines Norway’s efforts to mitigate CO2 emissions by applying CCS and the importance of industrial emissions being mitigated as well as power generation CO2 emissions.

Development of Coal Gasification Technology in China

By Wang Fuchen, Yu Guangsuo, and Guo Qinghua, East China University of Science and Technology

WangTOCCoal is utilized in three ways in China: direct combustion (through coal-fired power plants and industrial boilers), coking, and gasification. Among these three methods, coal gasification is the cleanest option, and the most complex. Coal gasification accounts for 5% of China’s total coal consumption; it is a core technology in efficient and clean coal conversion, and important in the development of coal-based bulk chemicals (chemical fertilizers, methanol, olefins, aromatics, ethylene glycol, etc.), coal-based clean fuel synthesis (oil, natural gas), advanced integrated gasification combined-cycle power generation, polygeneration systems, hydrogen production, fuel cells, direct reduction iron-making, and other process industries. Coal gasification is not only the foundation for the modern coal chemical industry, and widely used in the oil refining, power generation, and metallurgical industries, it is the common key technology of these industries.