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From time to time, DimWatt responds to consultations by government and others. Submissions relating to this campaign are posted here.



Why the promise of Global leadership in CCS is an easy but empty promise for the UK
Written by Paul McClory   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Why the United Kingdom will never install ‘Clean Coal’ technology – and why China, India and America could not - even if they wanted too.

China now burns some 3,000 million tonnes of coal every year (this compares to less than 50 million tons burned in Britain annually). Historically China has always been an exporter of coal but in the last few years it has become the world’s biggest importer of coal (overtaking Japan) with an estimated 175 million tons in 2012.

By 2020, just eight years away, China is expected to import 3,000 million tons – taking its total annual coal burning to a colossal 6,000 million tons, increasing its world share from 45% to almost 70%. The question for China – and the rest of the world is, where will this coal come from?

 
How credible are the assumptions underlying the National Grid's “Gone Green Scenario"?
Written by Hugh Sharman   
Thursday, 18 November 2010
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An informal straw poll conducted among my deep and wide circle of senior managers in the power and energy business reveals that no one believes that the plant stated as “available” in “Gone Green” will actually be available. The same straw poll indicated that the FGD‐non‐compliant plants that are being run down would need extensive investment if they are meant to run in any emergency after 2015.

icon Assumptions about capacity (98.35 kB)

 
The peak coal question
Written by Prof Dave Rutledge   
Saturday, 13 February 2010
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There seems to be a strong likelihood that the Global coal industry physically cannot, much longer, supply an annual, year to year, increase of 200 million tons per year of coal to China's already 3 billion tons per year

icon Hubbert's The Peak Coal Question (Prof Dave Rutledge) (3.04 MB)

If this is the case, there will be profound consequences.

 
Peaking of world oil production: Impacts, mitigation, & risk management
Written by Hugh Sharman   
Sunday, 24 January 2010
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This important paper, commissioned by the US DOE for publication in 2005, attempts to address the vitally important "what if..." risk issue of what happens if global oil demand cannot be met by affordable supply.  Not surprisingly, it focuses mostly on the consequences for the USA but its methodology has strong resonance for the rest of the World, in particular, the UK, now in terminal decline as a World-class producer of oil and gas.


icon Peaking of world oil production: Impacts, mitigation, & risk management (1.19 MB)