Assessment of Barriers
ERI assesses barriers to the commercial use of advanced energy
technologies in developed and developing countries. ERI also
recommends actions that can be taken by industry, governments
and financial institutions to remove these barriers. Recent ERI
efforts in this area include the following.
- Barriers to Investing
in Cogeneration Projects in China. ERI analyzed the
risks facing cogeneration developers and the barriers
to foreign investment in cogeneration development in
China. ERI also identified the key policies and legislation
that will influence the future of cogeneration in China,
and recommended specific actions that can be taken to
address existing barriers.
- Distributed Energy
in the Southern States. ERI identified the key barriers
to deployment of distributed energy technologies in the
Southern U.S. states. ERI revealed many misperceptions
about such barriers, prioritized the actual barriers
and, by facilitating workshops with important regional
stakeholders, developed a vision, strategy and action
plan for overcoming those barriers.
- Strategic Plan
for Carbon Sequestration and Clean Coal Technologies.
ERI identified the key barriers to broader deployment
of clean coal technologies, including carbon sequestration,
through extensive stakeholder interviews. It revealed
many perception-based barriers that can be reduced through
strategic education and outreach efforts. ERI designed
a detailed action plan for education and outreach to
address the barriers and promote deployment.
domestic and international market analyses for advanced energy
technologies. ERI identifies incentive mechanisms that help
promote the commercial introduction of advanced energy systems.
- Domestic and International
Markets for IGCC.
ERI thoroughly assessed the international and domestic
markets for integrated gasification combine cycle (IGCC)
technology. ERI summarized current fossil-fuel applications
of gasification technology and identified the likely
path of IGCC market adoption, including factors affecting
its competitiveness. ERI determined each region and country’s
IGCC market potential post-2005. ERI ranked and assessed
the countries with the greatest potential for IGCC market
Markets for Renewable Energy Technologies.
ERI assessed the potential market for renewable energy
technologies in 28 target countries by analyzing over
300 market and resource assessments. Solar/photovoltaic,
hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal, and wind resources
were examined. ERI suggested ways to improve future renewable
- Issues Affecting
Deployment of U.S.
Clean Coal Technologies in Indonesia. ERI identified
the issues affecting deployment of U.S. clean coal technologies
(CCTs) in Indonesia (e.g. high capital cost and perceived
lack of operational experience). ERI also found Indonesia
to be a potentially key CCT market, and recommended actions
to promote U.S. CCT opportunities in Indonesia.
strategic planning, coordination, analysis and advice on
introducing advanced technologies into the commercial marketplace.
Recent efforts include the following.
of IGCC for U.S. Rural Electric Cooperatives. ERI analyzed
the environmental, economic and market issues associated
with use of coal-based integrated gasification combined
cycle (IGCC) for three rural U.S. electric cooperatives
that are planning capacity additions. ERI analyzed site-specific
issues, technology configurations, byproduct options and
IGCC competitiveness for each of the three cooperatives.
Study for Plant to Convert Coal to Dimethyl Ether in China.
ERI participated in a feasibility study for a plant to
convert coal to dimethyl ether (DME) in the Ningxia Autonomous
Region of China. ERI performed technical and economic assessments
of the markets for the plant’s principal products
(DME, methanol and sulfur), and an environmental assessment
for the plant.
Assessment for Air Pollution Control Technologies and Services.
ERI assessed the potential demand for air pollution control
technologies and services in 10 countries (in Asia and
Central/Eastern Europe) that are imposing stricter emission
limits for coal-based power plants. For each country, ERI
identified power plant configurations, rehabilitation options,
and applicable environmental requirements.ERI also
estimated the current and potential U.S. pollution-control
market opportunities for each country.
advisory services regarding changes to policies and regulations
may affect the introduction, use and competitiveness of advanced
Policies Affecting Coal and Clean Coal Technology Deployment.
ERI analyzed the political and policy factors that are
influencing the use of coal for power generation in the
U.S. These included RD&D programs for CCTs, incentives
for investing in CCTs, and related environmental rules
to Promote Clean Cogeneration Development in China.
ERI helped develop new guidelines for cogeneration technology
selection and use in China. The new guidelines were a
departure from China’s traditional rules. ERI and
the China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation
totally revised the guidelines to encourage cleaner fuels,
advanced technologies (domestic and foreign), and market-based
decision-making. The Chinese government fully approved
and implemented the new guidelines.
analysis briefs. ERI provides series of briefs on
a monthly or bimonthly basis to clients on key policy
issues affecting technology deployment. Such briefs have
encompassed a broad range of issues, including U.S. global
climate change policy developments, multi-pollutant control
proposals, and state and federal air quality regulatory
changes. ERI’s policy briefs highlight key recent
developments, clarify the context for understanding such
developments, and identify their strategic implications
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