Senior experts debate role of CCS in China's power sector

Senior academics from SCCS yesterday welcomed a delegation from a leading Chinese design and construction company, when ideas were exchanged on the way ahead for deploying carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at coal and gas power plants in China.

Experts from the Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute (EPPEI), the national organisation that advises China’s power planning and engineering sector, are visiting the UK this week to gain first-hand information on the progress of practical CCS projects, and the support systems created by the UK and Scottish governments to incentivise research linking universities to business.

Experts from EPPEI and SCCS at yesterday's meeting. From left, Prof Adrian Todd, Prof Stefano Brandani, Dr Philippa Parmiter, Prof Stuart Haszeldine, Mr Xie Qiuye, Mr Xiang Li, Dr Jia Li and Dr Xi Liang

The meeting began with presentations from Mr Xie Qiuye, executive vice president of EPPEI, and SCCS director, Prof Stuart Haszeldine, which led into a free-ranging discussion about the application of CCS across China’s power generating sector.

Prof Stuart Haszeldine said:

We were delighted to meet with Mr Xie and his colleagues from EPPEI, which is one of the top advisors to the Chinese state on matters relating to strategic planning for the power sector. As we move towards a low-carbon future, electricity producers in China and worldwide will continue to rely on fossil fuels for many years yet, and carbon capture and storage is a viable, and available, technology that will help mitigate the resulting carbon emissions."

EPPEI is a national company, which provides advice to the Chinese government, financial institutions, the power sector and other enterprises. Its work covers areas such as planning ahead for power generation, industrial policy, and new technology research and development.

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