CCS Retrofit: analysis of the globally installed coal-fired power plant fleet
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a working paper analysing of the global coal-fired plant fleet, drawing on existing research on carbon capture and storage (CCS) retrofitting. This study illustrates the size and regional distribution of the globally installed coal-fired power plant fleet relevant for CCS retrofitting, and presents criteria relevant to differentiating between technical, cost-effective and realistic potentials for CCS retrofits. The paper then examines the coal-fired power plant fleet from a statistical perspective by looking at age, size and the expected performance of today’s plant across several countries. The paper also highlights the growing demand for applying CCS retrofitting to the coal-fired power plant fleet of the future. It highlights the need for policy makers and innovators to complete the development of the CCS technology and to identify key countries where retrofit applications will have the largest extent and impact.