August 30, 2011 09:08 ET

Coal Accounts for 40% of the Global Electrical Generation

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2011) - has announced the addition of the new market intelligence report "The Future of Coal Fired Power Generation Technologies," to their collection of Energy market research. For more information, visit

Many of the world's largest economies, such as the United States and China, base their success on the availability of coal power. However coal is also an extremely dirty fuel and its combustion is one of the main sources of carbon dioxide, responsible for global warming. The future of coal burning for power generation depends on adapting to new environmental restrictions.

Coal accounts for over 40% of total global electrical generation -- more than 1,700TWh in 2010 -- and the installed generating capacity in 2010 was around 1,500GW out of a world total of 4,500GW.

Total global proven reserves at the end of 2010 were 860,938 mtonnes. Total coal production in 2009 was an estimated 6,903 mtonnes of which 5,990 mtonnes were hard coal and 913 mtonnes were lignite. This compares with production in 2008 of 6,759 mtonnes. Total hard coal production in 1990 was 3,497 mtonnes.

Japan is the most important coal importer, consuming 165 mtonnes of imports in 2009. China is now the second largest importer with 137 mtonnes in 2009, followed by South Korea with 103 mtonnes, India with 67 mtonnes, Taiwan with 60 mtonnes, Germany with 38 mtonnes and the UK with 38 mtonnes.

Key Questions answered by this research report include:

  • What are the drivers shaping and influencing coal fired power generation technology development in the electricity industry?
  • What does coal fired power generation cost? What will it cost in the future?
  • Which coal fired power generation technology types will be the winners and which the losers in terms power generated, cost and viability?
  • Which coal fired power generation technology types are likely to find favor with manufacturers moving forward?
  • Which emerging technologies are gaining in popularity and why?

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