Cornerstone - Summer 2013 - (Page 24)
Pollution Control of Coal-Fired Power
Generation in China:
An Exclusive Interview with Wang Zhixuan
By Li Xing and Chen Junqi
Q: Coal-fired power generation plays a dominant role in the
electricity mix in China, but it is also considered to be a
significant source of air pollution. What is the current overall
status of the emissions from coal-fired power generation in
A: For a long time, coal-fired power generation has accounted
for 75% of total power generation and the coal consumption for
power generation accounts for half of the total coal use in China.
Emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter,
and other atmospheric pollutants from coal-fired power plants
have been closely monitored by environmental protection
authorities and have resulted in the most important limitations
for the continued development of the power industry. Since the
1970s, with the increasingly heightened environmental
protection efforts by the Chinese government and the rapid and
constant growth of the power industry, coal-fired power plants
have continuously improved their efficiencies and emissions
control. This became particularly true after nearly a decade of
the widespread adoption of emission control facilities;
emissions have been under control, with the emissions per
kilowatt hour catching up with that of world’s most advanced
“A coal-dominated energy mix in
China is inevitable to ensure China's
Wang Zhixuan is a Member of the Leading Party Group and the
Secretary-General of the China Electricity Council. He is also a
Member of the National Climate Change Expert Committee.
In terms of energy efficiency, by continuous construction of
high-parameter, large-capacity units as well as elimination of
small thermal power units, the nationwide average net coal
consumption for coal-fired plants 6 MW and larger has been
reduced from 471 gce/kW·h in 1978 to 326 gce/kW·h in 2012.
The average energy efficiency, in terms of HHV, has increased
from 27.6% to 37.7%.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Summer 2013
Cornerstone - Summer 2013
From the Ground Up
Fueling the Future with 21st Century Coal
China’s Coal Industry Must Follow the Path of Sustainable Production Capacity
The Critical Importance of Innovation for the Future of Coal
The Challenges of European Energy Infrastructure Finance
Pollution Control of Coal-Fired Power Generation in China: An Exclusive Interview with Wang Zhixuan
The Rio Summit: Waking Up to the Three Pillars of Global Poverty, Energy Access, and Coal
What Will New U.S. DOE Leadership Mean for Energy?
Profile of Gina McCarthy
North American Shale Gas Production: A Bright Dawn for the Global Energy Trade or a Gloomy Monday?
Relationship between U.S. and International Coal Pricing
Toward Market Launch of Coal/Biomass Coproduction Technologies with CCS
Water Resource Protection Technology for Coal Mining in Western China
Unblotting the Landscape
Case Studies of Successfully Reclaimed Mining Sites
Covering global business changes, publications, and meetings
Cornerstone - Summer 2013
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