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Inspired by: scientists/researchers » Clean coal technology discovered

version: 3 / updated: 2011-01-21
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Scientists/researchers (incl. reports, plans and statements)


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Clean coal technology discovered


(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
Energy industry in number of countries will be still to a large extent based on conventional coal energy. Despite of the fact that coal is the most pollutive fossil fuel, it is still to be the most widely used source of energy also in the near future. For that reason, advanced technologies reducing negative aspects of burning coal for electrical power is being developed. Today the clean coal technology refers to carbon capture and storage, which pumps and stores CO2 emissions underground, and to plants using an Integrated gasification combined cycle which gasifies coal to reduce CO2 emissions.


clean coal, technology, discovery, energy, fossil fuels


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Discovery of clean coal technology, which reduces negative aspects of burning coal for electrical power.


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Type of event

Human planned (e.g. terrorist attack or funded scientific breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A new development/situation
(e.g. a Romani state is established in central Europe; A message from an alien civilisation existing on a distant planet is received and understood, etc.
energy from coal becomes environmentally-friendly

Type of systems affected





please specify:
please select
Level 2: important for a particular world region the implementation of the new technology will be however geographically very selective
Level 4: important for the whole world

Early indicators

(including weak signals)

More financial support aimed at development of new technologies related to fossil fuels and their processing

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

economic filters (business/market interests)
affective filters (emotions, anxiety, self-doubt)
social filters (class, status, education level)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

In a probably enclosed way (e.g. geographically, sectorally)

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Transformation of a system (e.g. new applications, change in stakeholders relations/influence)

Key drivers or triggers

Provide up to 2 possible drivers or triggers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
please describe
Driver / Trigger 1
please describe
Driver / Trigger 2
Environmental continuous damage of natural environment

Relevance for Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Coexistence and conflicts
Energy security/dynamics
Economic prosperity/dynamics
Innovation dynamics the implementation of the new technology will be geographically very selective
Sustainability and climate change clean coal technology would mean an improvement of health of the natural environment

Relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Environment (including Climate Change)
Nuclear research
International S&T Cooperation

Pan-European strategies potentially helping to deal with the wild card

please justify:
particularly relevant
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer

 Features of a research-friendly ecology contributing to deal with the wild card

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.