Archive for the ‘Case Studies’ Category

The current Australian drought and the government’s response to this crisis, provide striking lessons for how we should respond to climate change. *** In the last one hundred years Australia has suffered six major droughts and fifteen less severe droughts. The current drought that is ravaging the Australian continent, its inhabitants and its economy is […]

Whether we are able to address climate change will come down to our ability to develop, commercialise and deploy low carbon technologies. This will not happen miraculously – some type of policy intervention will be necessary, but what type? As a fist step to exploring this subject, I want to look at the lessons that […]

Fluorescent lights require ballasts that help the lamps to start and then control the current flowing through the lamp; electromagnetic ballasts were the conventional ballast technology in the 1960s. Solid state electronic ballasts, developed in the 1970s and 1980s, improve the energy efficiency of fluorescent lights by 15% to 30%, but initially failed to gain […]

Strip casting technology is a new technology that significantly improves the casting and rolling of steel slab into final products. It has application in primary steel production, where it can deliver significant cost advantages over the existing casting technology. Strip casting technology has a number of advantages over conventional casting technologies. First, the capital expenditure […]

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 […]