Australia and China have signed a partnership agreement that will pave the way for the installation of low-emission coal energy technology in Beijing next year.
Signed by CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Geoff Garrett, and Mr Li Xiaopeng, the President of China’s state-owned energy enterprise, the China Huaneng Group, the agreement will see a post combustion capture pilot plant installed at the Huaneng Beijing co-generation power plant.
Post combustion capture (PCC) is a process that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from power station flue gases and is a technology that can potentially reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing and future coal-fired power stations by more than 85 per cent.
The installation of the PCC pilot plant in Beijing forms part of the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate initiative (APP) which first announced funding for PCC research in November 2006.
The APP program for PCC also includes a pilot plant installation at Delta Electricity’s Munmorah power station on the NSW Central Coast, with additional Australian sites currently under negotiation for PCC installation and demonstration.
PCC research in Australia is also taking place outside the scope of the APP program with the announcement of the Latrobe Valley post combustion capture project – a $A5.6m endeavour that focuses on the reduction of emissions from brown coal power stations.