Cornerstone - Spring 2015 - (Page 35)
S T R AT E G I C A N A LY S I S
Conceptualizing a Revolution
in China's Coal Utilization:
An Exclusive Interview With Cen Kefa
By Li Xing
r. Cen Kefa is one of the world's foremost experts in the
field of thermophysics engineering. Born in January
1935, Dr. Cen graduated from the Department of
Power Engineering, Huazhong Engineering College (now the
Huazhong University of Science and Technology) in 1956 and
later received his doctorate from the Department of Power
Engineering of Bauman Moscow State Technical University in
1962. He then accepted a professorship in the Department of
Mechanical and Energy Engineering at Zhejiang University. He
was appointed as an Academician of the Chinese Academy
of Engineering in 1995. Currently Dr. Cen is President of the
Institute for Thermal Power Engineering at Zhejiang University.
Academician Cen has overseen groundbreaking achievements
in a range of fields, including high-efficiency, clean energy
technologies; resource utilization, including utilization of fossil fuels and waste-to-energy; development and utilization of
renewable energy; utilization of biomass energy, hydrogen
production, clean coal combustion and gasification technologies; coal-water slurry combustion; fluidized bed combustion for power generation; technologies for simultaneous
multi-pollutant removal during the course of energy utilization; engineering gas-solid multiphase flow technologies;
power plant boiler computer-aided testing technologies; and
advanced laser diagnostic technologies.
Cornerstone sat down with Dr. Cen to discuss his perspective
on how the environmental impact of coal utilization in China
can be most effectively reduced.
Q: Coal is the principal energy source in China and has thus
supported rapid economic growth over the past few decades.
However, coal is considered one of the important contributors to air quality issues. In the report of the 18th National
Congress of the Communist Party of China, it was proposed
that an "energy production and consumption revolution"
must be carried out. How do you think a coal utilization revolution can and should be realized?
Cen Kefa, President, Institute for Thermal Power Engineering
at Zhejiang University and an Academician of the Chinese
Academy of Engineering
A: In 2014, coal consumption in China was approximately 3.5
billion tonnes. Coal-fired power is the largest coal-consuming
industry, accounting for 58% of China's coal consumption.
Presently, the main high-efficiency, low-emissions coal-based
power generation technologies include ultra-supercritical
steam cycles, ultra-low emission technologies, and integrated
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Spring 2015
From the Editor: Full Steam Ahead to Improved Efficiency
Cover Story: Upgrading the Efficiency of the
World’s Coal Fleet to Reduce CO2
Shenhua’s Evolution From Coal
Producer to Clean Energy Supplier
Global Platform for Accelerating Coal Efficiency
Breaking Through the Safety Plateau:
An Exclusive Interview With Bruce Watzman
What is on the Cards for the Coal Industry in 2015?
Navigating India’s Coal Maze
Conceptualizing a Revolution in China’s Coal Utilization:
An Exclusive Interview With Cen Kefa
Setting the Benchmark: The World’s
Most Efficient Coal-Fired Power Plants
China Brings Online the World’s First
600-MW Supercritical CFB Boiler
Challenging Efficiency Limitations for Coal-Fired Power Plants
Improving the Efficiency of Power Plants Firing High-Moisture Coal
Helping to Seed a CCS Industry: The White Rose CCS Project
Update on the 50-MWe Theunissen
Underground Coal Gasification Project
Cornerstone - Spring 2015
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