Cornerstone - Spring 2016 - (Page 1)
F R OM THE EDI TOR
Valuing Technology Transfer
to Support the Paris Agreement
n late 2015 world leaders took a unified step toward addressing climate change
with the culmination of the COP21 agreement in Paris. Although implementation
will be far from simple, this agreement demonstrates that the world is largely
ready to collaborate to meet our common objectives on climate. One of the most
challenging aspects of the negotiations leading up to the agreement was how
developing countries could participate in the agreement without sacrificing their
development goals. Thus, the involvement of developing nations throughout the
negotiation process was particularly important.
Asia is home to about 60% of the world's population and China and India alone
make up about half of Asia's population. While contributing a relatively small fraction of historical emissions, the expanding population and rising living standards
throughout the region are poised to increase emissions dramatically.
Executive Editor, Cornerstone
Few would argue against increasing access to low-emissions, reliable, and affordable energy in developing Asia can improve the quality of life for billions of people.
China is leading the way, as the country has achieved full electrification over the
last few decades and is now working to grow its fleet of modern, low-emissions
coal-fired power plants, in addition to growth in nuclear power, natural gas, and
Other developing countries in Asia are using coal to fill their increasing energy
demand as well. As coal use grows in developing Asia, especially in India and ASEAN,
there is an opportunity to apply the best coal technologies-including high-efficiency,
low-emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plants. As described in one article in this
issue, to avoid "lock-in" of carbon emissions from new power plants, researchers
in Japan and Taiwan are advancing research to find safe sub-sea CO2 storage sites.
HELE coal technologies and carbon capture and storage have the potential to dramatically reduce the footprint of new power plants being built in the developing
world. The Paris agreement itself recognizes that technology transfer for a myriad
of low-emissions technologies is vital to meeting the goals set by the agreement.
Technology transfer and communication are closely tied and it is my hope that
Cornerstone is supporting this process by starting conversations internationally on
the research, development, and demonstration of clean coal technologies.
For this reason, I write this letter with a somewhat heavy heart. This is my last issue
as Executive Editor of Cornerstone. For the last three years, I've been honored to
serve in this role and to help tell the story of the technologies and opportunities
for coal around the world. Even as I step down to focus more closely on technology
development and deployment, I'll continue to tell the story of coal and plan to do
so for the rest of my career.
On behalf of the editorial team, I hope you enjoy this issue of Cornerstone, and
thank you for your continued readership and engagement. The challenges facing
the energy community can be daunting, but I firmly believe that technologies can
and will lead us to success as they have done so readily in the past.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Spring 2016
From the Editor: Valuing Technology Transfer
to Support the Paris Agreement
CoverStory: Fueling Increased Electricity Production in the Emerging Economies of Asia
Recognizing the U.S. Cooperative Difference
Calling All Technology Developers: XPRIZE’s US$20-Million Competition for Breakthroughs in CO2 Conversion
The Paris Agreement and 21st Century Coal
A Utility Overview of the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan
The Importance of System Utilization and Dispatchable Low-Emissions Electricity for Deep Decarbonization
Coal’s Role in ASEAN Energy
What’s Driving India’s Coal Demand Growth
Polygeneration as a Means to Reduce Energy Poverty in Pakistan
The Future of Gasification
Application of Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion With Low-Rank Asian Coals
Oceanic Storage of CO2 by Japan and Taiwan
Cornerstone - Spring 2016