By Editors of Power Engineering
A study by GE claims that carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas plants can be reduced by 10 percent by applying existing hardware and software upgrades.
The study estimated coal power plants could be made four percent more efficient with turbine and boiler upgrades and software improvements. Gas plants could be made 3.3 percent more efficient with similar improvements.
In total, improvements using existing technology could remove 1,103 million tons of carbon emissions, the study states.
GE’s study was undertaken with a proprietary set of data for each coal and gas plant in the world to find ways to improve plants’ heat rate and lower carbon emissions.