Archive for April, 2009

This second case study looks at the development and deployment of flue gas desulphurisation technologies in the US. Flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) describes a range of technologies employed to remove SO2 from exhaust flue gases in coal-fired electricity generators. Between the 1950s and the 1990s, the U.S. government employed a number of policy instruments that […]


The first of the innovation and technology case studies looks at atmospheric fluidized bed combustion technology in the United States. For more detail, take a look at the key references shown at the end of the post. Atmospheric fluidized bed combustion (AFBC) originated in the chemical industry and was transferred to the power sector in […]


This post continues some of the reflections on the potential for nuclear to play a role in the supply of low carbon energy. Here we are considering the adequacy of uranium supplies. Let’s start with estimates of global uranium reserves… According to the Nuclear Energy Agency’s Red Book, there is 5.5 million tones of conventional […]