20-11-2018 - 21-11-2018
Glen Hove Conferencing
Glen Hove Conferencing
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Clean Coal Technologies for South Africa: Can coal clean up its act?

Introduction and Motivation

Coal has been a key component in the economic development of South Africa and its neighbouring countries. It remains the primary source of power generation, it contributes one third of the country’s liquid fuels and chemicals, and it provides great economic benefit from the exporting of specific grades of coal. The mining, beneficiation, transportation and utilisation of coal also provides considerable employment opportunities in a country high in unemployment.

However, the “appetite” for coal is decreasing. In many countries gas is the preferred fuel for new thermal power stations, and the cost of electricity from Renewable Energy (RE) technologies, in particular photovoltaic, is tumbling. It is inevitable that RE will contribute an increasing fraction of our electricity. The IRP, which is currently out for comment, states that coal would only be considered post 2030 if "affordable cleaner forms of coal to power are available".

For these reasons, coal is facing a great challenge. To remain relevant, and part of the country’s future energy mix, coal needs to “clean up its act”. In particular the following issues need to be addressed:

  • Environmental degradation from mining activities
  • Emissions of CO2, Sulphur and Nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and heavy metals
  • Flexibility (fast load changing in coal-fired power generation) to complement variable RE sourced energies
  • Affordability

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