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2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session Bottom Line "World coal outlook: Innovations for tomorrow's energy"

World coal outlook

Coal is not going away soon as a major world source of thermal energy, regardless of the remarkable developments in shale gas in North America, concluded a panel of experts speaking at the World Energy Congress on 14 October. The main economic driver for the continuance of coal, they said, is its comparatively low cost […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session What does it take? "Transition a country in a decade"

Energy Transition must have societal support to be sustainable

Transitions are only sustainable if they follow the will of society If change is desired then the costs must be made visible Renewables must be scrutinised for how they perform against the market Ideal energy mix is specific to each country World Energy Congress Daegu 2013, Republic of Korea The energy transition desired by many […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session What does it take?, "Fusion: Betting on a different future?"

Korea well positioned for “knowledge-based” fusion energy

A leading researcher into nuclear fusion as a potential energy source says the drive to develop fusion energy is both “important and urgent,” especially for South Korea. Lee  Gyung-Su, Research Fellow at South Korea’s National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI), told attendees at the World Energy Congress on 14 October that “fusion is knowledge-based energy, not […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

Ms Tatiana Mitrova, Russia, Session Regional Crossroads "New dynamics of Asian LNG Markets", 2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1

Shale gas could have major impact on Asian LNG market

Participants from the US, Australia, Indonesia and Japan discussed the Asian LNG market with moderator Tatiana Mitrova, Head of the Oil and Gas Department at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. “In the last couple of years there were some shifts on the demand side,” she said in her opening statement. “First […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session Game Changer "CCUS: Making a difference in time?"

Policy needed to implement carbon capture technologies

Panelists at the World Energy Congress at the 14 October session said carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies are a necessary factor in a world in which fossil fuels are expect to continue servicing a significant portion of global energy demand for decades to come. However, they said policy decisions are crucial for key market […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, bottom line session "Renewables: Is the honeymoon over?"

Future of renewables debated at the Daegu 2013 Congress

After almost a decade of growth, renewable energy is under immense pressure now – to the extent that UK policymakers are reportedly seek to put the lid on the renewables movement in order to shift resources to fracking. Subsidies have been the main drivers of both development of and investment in renewables, but economic instability […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

Mr Olivier Appert, France, Session What does it take?, "Future of transport: Decarbonizing growth", 2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1

Global decarbonization starts with innovations in transport technology

The number of cars worldwide is expected to double to 2.6 billion vehicles by 2050. With that will inevitably come a rise in CO2 emissions. To avert this increase in atmospheric pollution, governments and the automotive industry must find ways to decarbonize the transportation sector. New technologies can help cut transport emissions, which now account for […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

Neil Hirst, UK, 2013 World Energy Council, Day 1

WEC Chair says 2050 CO2 emission targets will not be met without international collaboration

Pierre Gadonneix, the World Energy Council Chair, issued an urgent appeal on 14 October for international cooperation in developing carbon capture, the technology needed to prevent CO2 escaping into the atmosphere to cause climate change. “This problem is too big for any single nation to solve by itself,” said Gadonneix. “There is no way we […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

Mr Ahn, Namsung, Day 1, 2013 World Energy Congress

Wrong to leave energy issues only to the market

“It would be wrong to leave energy issues only to the market,” said Robert Kleiburg, COO of the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). Speaking at the RD&D session of the World Energy Congress on 14 October, Kleiburg explained that the close relationship between energy and politics as well as the large social impact […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

Regional Crossroads "Latin America and the Caribbean: Blessed with resources, overwhelmed by choice?"

Latin America and the Caribbean: Blessed with resources, overwhelmed by choice?

Latin America is a fossil fuel-rich region with strong oil and gas reserves and a great potential for the exploitation of renewable energy sources, in particular large hydropower projects. But the region’s energy wealth is unevenly distributed and has enormous untapped potential, said panel moderator José Antonio Vargas Lleras, Vice Chair of Latin American and the […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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