Global energy demand is expected to increase by 40% in the next 20 years and with 13% of the world’s current population living in complete darkness, there is a significant global challenge to increase global energy production.
However, industry leaders suggest that this goal is achievable with the use of coal and the technologies being developed to minimise emissions released and allow it to keep up with clean energy “electrocutionary” waves.
Dr. Sacha Parneix, Commercial General Manager GE Power, said: “The major advantage of this project is that all its outputs are used commercially. Coal ash is being sold to road paving companies, salinity percentages extracted are being frozen and sold. As for the operational efficiency, 97% of the toxic sulphur gases resulting from the use of gas or other fuels can be disposed of.”
With rising energy demand there is greater importance in diversifying the world’s energy resources, meaning clean coal technologies will play a significant role alongside nuclear and renewable power to fulfill global electricity demand.
Earlier this year, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for a global alliance to encourage the use of technologies to help use fossil fuels in a clean and efficient way.
Malaysia is one country that has openly adopted the technology to provide cheap and reliable electricity with the opening of its Manjung 4 project – the largest clean coal power plant in Southeast Asia – owned by Tenaga in cooperation with its technical partner General Electric.
Datuk Shamsul, Managing Director of TNB Manjung 4, said: “The world, and especially Malaysia requires accessible, reliable and sustainable energy, and GE can provide solutions in this sector.”
Meanwhile Dubai’s Hassyan power plant, which started being constructed in November 2016 at a cost of $3.4 billion, is on course to begin operations in 2020 and it set to be the first of its kind in the Middle East.
Tie Sijia, deputy manager of the Dubai Hassyan Power Plant project, said: “Once fully completed by 2023, this clean coal power station will be the first of its kind in the Middle East, a symbol of UAE-China green energy partnership, and a successful joint venture under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.”