The New York Times is reporting that the Chinese cabinet has committed to cutting pollution from its coal fired plants by 60 per cent, by retrofitting its coal-powered power plants to be more efficient, and onsume less coal in the electricity generation process. See the article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/world/asia/china-plans-to-upgrade-coal-plants.html?_r=0
From the article:
The cabinet, the State Council, said Wednesday that the upgrades to coal-fired power plants would mean a reduction in raw coal use of around 100 million metric tons. That is consistent with an earlier policy plan announced by the government that said new coal-fired power generating units would consume about 300 grams of coal per kilowatt-hour on average. The power industry accounts for about half of China’s annual coal use.
China seems to be pursuing an “all-of-the-above” strategy of trying to solve its pollution problems and reduce carbon emissions. They are involved with wind, solar and nuclear projects, and now increasing the efficiency of coal plants.
How about LENR? We know that Tom Darden has been working in China, and he wants to use LENR to eliminate the need for coal. While there have been documented meetings between Darden and Chinese government officials, there has been little public mention from the Chinese government as a solution to their energy needs. Perhaps that’s to be expected, even if they were interested. Few people want to publicly endorse a technology that is not proven to work in the marketplace, and we are still waiting for that confirmation, although the signs seem positive.