A comparative study of emissions from coal-fired power stations in South Africa and other selected countries

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. C.J. Cooper en
dc.contributor.author Wilreker, Gerlinde Isabelle
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-29T12:09:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-29T12:09:40Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-29T12:09:40Z
dc.date.submitted 2004-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1976
dc.description M.Sc. en
dc.description.abstract Worldwide, coal is one of the major sources of energy. In 1999 it was estimated that the global electricity generation from coal was about 36% of the total world electricity production (Knapp, 1999:11). With the combustion of coal for electricity generation however, negative environmental impacts occur. These are mainly caused by carbon dioxide, nitrous oxides, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter emissions. With an ever-growing global population, the need and demand for electricity is increasing. These needs and demands need to be addressed in an economically, socially and environmentally acceptable manner. In this study the author examines, analyses and compares the emissions from coalfired power stations in South Africa, Australia, Canada, Germany, India and the United States of America over a chosen period of time (1995-2001). The results of the study indicate, that, within the comparative group, South Africa is not the greatest producer of emissions from coal-fired power stations. It is the fourth biggest emitter of CO2. It has the highest SO2 emissions, because of the low-grade coal burned in the power stations that have been specifically designed to burn this type of coal. It is the second biggest emitter of NOx, and the third biggest emitter of particulates. Germany is the country that has shown the greatest progress in emissions reductions. This has been the result of restructuring and economic incentives. Overall, South Africa can be ranked third, on par with Australia. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Coal-fired power plants en
dc.subject Australia en
dc.subject Canada en
dc.subject Germany en
dc.subject India en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.title A comparative study of emissions from coal-fired power stations in South Africa and other selected countries en
dc.type Thesis en

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