How Flexible Do Thermal Power Plants with CCS Need to Be?

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Matthias Schnellmann

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

David Reiner

University of Cambridge

Stuart Scott

University of Cambridge

Chi Kong Chyong

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Abstract

The growth in electricity generation from variable renewable energy sources has led to a greater requirement for power plants that can adjust their power output to balance supply and demand. To reduce CO2 emissions associated with thermal power plants, they can be fitted with carbon capture and storage. There are a number of different technology and operational options to capture CO2. We investigate several of these options for post-combustion capture using amine solvents in the context of different scenarios for the evolution of the UK electricity system. We find that the key factor influencing which option is most attractive is where the plant sits in the merit order.

Keywords: CCS, CCGT, electricity system, amine, GHGT-14

Suggested Citation

Schnellmann, Matthias and Reiner, David and Scott, Stuart and Chyong, Chi Kong, How Flexible Do Thermal Power Plants with CCS Need to Be?. 14th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference Melbourne 21-26 October 2018 (GHGT-14) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3366141 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3366141

Matthias Schnellmann (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering ( email )

Cambridge
United Kingdom

David Reiner

University of Cambridge

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

Stuart Scott

University of Cambridge

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

Chi Kong Chyong

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School ( email )

Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 1AG
United Kingdom

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