Emissions and renewable generation

Emissions and renewable generation

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Progress on the reduction of emissions is proceeding slowly across the world by the largest emitters. Emissions in China were 26 times those of the United Kingdom in 2015 but initiatives are being made to expand their nuclear fleet. In the USA, the success of fracking for gas has resulted in increases in gas-fired generation at the expense of coal and it is claimed that their reduction in emissions exceeds that of Europe with all its subsidised wind and solar generation. This is the result of emissions from gas CCGT generation being around 40% of those from coal-fired generation.

Chapter Contents:

  • 4.1 Progress on global emission reduction
  • 4.2 Impact of managing intermittency on generation emissions
  • 4.3 Modelling operation with intermittency
  • 4.4 Impact on generation loading
  • 4.5 Curtailment of renewable output
  • 4.6 Evaluating wind installations
  • 4.7 Biomass
  • 4.8 Waste to energy
  • 4.9 Solar
  • 4.10 Displacing coal with gas
  • 4.11 Economic comparisons
  • 4.12 Optimal mix of low carbon generation
  • 4.13 Conclusions

Inspec keywords: steam power stations; solar power stations; wind power plants; air pollution control

Other keywords: renewable generation; gas CCGT generation; nuclear fleet; United Kingdom; coal-fired generation; USA; gas-fired generation; China; solar generation; emission reduction; subsidised wind

Subjects: Steam power stations and plants; Wind power plants; Pollution detection and control; Solar power stations and photovoltaic power systems

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