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Technology piloted in NSW also to be trialled in Beijing: post combustion capture could reduce CO2 emissions by 85pc

Posted by gmarkets on 28 September, 2007

Australia and China signed a partnership agreement on 6 September that would pave the way for the installation of low-emission coal energy technology in Beijing next year, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced. Potential to reduce emissions by 85pc: Signed by CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Geoff Garrett, and Mr Li Xiaopeng, the President of China’s state-owned energy enterprise, the China Huaneng Group, the agreement would see a post combustion capture pilot plant installed at the Huaneng Beijing Co-generation Power Plant. Post combustion capture (PCC) was a process that captured carbon dioxide (CO2) from power station flue gases and was a key technology that could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing and future coal-fired power stations by more than 85 per cent, CSIRO said.

PCC technology in use in Australia: The installation of the PCC pilot plant in Beijing formed part of the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate initiative (AP6) which first announced funding for PCC research in November 2006. The AP6 program for PCC also included a pilot plant installation at Delta Electricity’s Munmorah power station on the NSW Central Coast, with additional Australian sites currently under negotiation for PCC installation and demonstration. PCC research in Australia was also taking place outside the scope of the AP6 program with the announcement of the Latrobe Valley post combustion capture project – a A$5.6 million endeavour that focused on the reduction of emissions from brown coal power stations.

Reference: Primary Contact, Dr David Brockway, Chief, CSIRO Energy Technology. Phone: 61 2 4960 6046. Fax: 61 2 4960 6054. Email:

Erisk Net, 23/9/2007

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