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“Increased flexibility, vastly increased scale, and new applications are driving gasification technologies to gain greater prominence than ever before.”
– Alison Kerester
Gasification Technologies Council
Energy is fundamental to economic growth. Economies cannot grow and people cannot raise their standard of living without adequate supplies of affordable energy. The global demand for energy is projected to rise by 56% between 2010 and 2040, with the greatest increase in the developing world. This growing energy demand is a direct result of improving individual prosperity, national economies, and infrastructure, and thus living conditions.
This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-to-2 to affirm the right of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from large industrial sources; four former EPA chiefs testified before a Senate subcommittee that man’s contribution to climate change is a matter of national security; and a coalition of business leaders, including three former U.S. Treasury secretaries, issued a report detailing economic drivers for combating climate change.
Europe is dangerously dependent on Russian natural gas (NG): 13 European nations rely on Russian NG for over 50% of their requirements. In addition, Europe relies on Russia for about one third of its oil imports. Europe is acutely aware of this high level of energy dependence, which has been, once again, highlighted by the Ukrainian crisis.
China has abundant coal reserves, but is short on oil and gas resources; therefore, its power generation fleet is expected to rely primarily on coal for the long term. However, coal-fired power generation can result in undesirable emissions such as particulate matter, SO2, NOx, Hg, and large quantities of CO2. As global environmental concerns mount, especially those related to climate change, controlling criteria emissions and greenhouse gas emissions has become increasingly important.