The U.S. is not the only player involved in pushing the envelop on advanced clean coal technologies to capture and store carbon.
China is involved in a project like the FutureGen project here in the U.S., a public-private partnership to build a near zero-emissions coal-fueled power plant.
(Click here for the latest on FutureGen's status.)
The Chinese project — known as GreenGen — is larger in scale then the proposed FutureGen project, and it promises to show continued progress on advancing technologies that will ensure that coal remains a viable energy option for meeting growing energy demand even as we move to enact measures to reduce greenhous gas emissions.
As we've learned, there is no word in the Chineese language for NIMBY (not in my backyard), so I suspect that it will be full-speed ahead for the GreenGen project. That said, I'm hopeful that as a country, we move aggressively in achieving the goal set by the incoming Obama administration to have at least five full commercial-scale carbon capture and storage projects deployed in the U.S. over the next several years.
If we fail to do that, the technologies that we use here at home to capture and store CO2 could come with a "made in China" logo. While I'm pleased to see that China is taking such a strong leadership position, it would be a shame to see us miss out on the opportunity to export U.S. developed technologies abroad.
See below as Fred Palmer, senior vice president at Peabody Energy, discusses the plans for GreenGen: