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At IEA Clean Coal Centre webinars our expert authors give presentations on the findings of their latest reports. Webinars usually take place on the second Wednesday of the month at midday (UK Time). If you are unable to attend the event live, they can be viewed at any time after the event from this page.

Prospects for clean coal technologies in Italy, is the subject for the next webinar, which will be presented by Dr Stephen Mills  on Wednesday 22 July at midday (UK time).

Italy is one of the world's leading economies and a major European industrial player. Despite its on-going economic problems, the industrial sector remains the main driver of the economy. However, the country faces challenges that include poor economic growth and restricted competitiveness. Average electricity prices are higher than elsewhere in the EU – they continue to have a negative impact on the competitiveness of Italian industry. The high prices result largely from a heavy reliance on imported natural gas and highly incentivised renewables for power generation. Italy is one of Europe’s biggest energy importers, importing much of its oil, natural gas, coal and electricity. This high level of dependence increases vulnerability in terms of security of supply. It is also expensive; in 2012, energy imports cost €65 billion.
With the aims of achieving a more secure, less expensive, and environmentally sustainable energy supply, and stimulating investment in the energy sector, a National Energy Strategy (NES) has been published. As options for diversification of energy sources are limited, this concentrates on the greater use of natural gas and renewables for electricity generation. Both options are likely to keep electricity costs high. Little consideration has been given to the increased use of coal, particularly for power generation. Recent years have seen three major coal-based power projects proposed - for a variety of reasons, none appear likely to proceed. However, a further project for the Sulcis area is currently being developed.
Through substantial investment, during the past decade, emissions of SO2, NOx and particulates emanating from the coal-fired power sector have decreased significantly. The country now has a number of plants that are cleaner and more efficient than many of their counterparts elsewhere.
A number of Clean Coal Technologies (CCTs) are in use or under active development in Italy. There is also on-going activity in the area of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Significant technological advances have been achieved via projects that have ranged from small scale RD&D to technology demonstration. 




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Previous webinars
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Advanced systems and smart controls by Toby Lockwood

An overview of carbon capture systems by Robert Davidson
Blending of coals to meet power station requirements by Lesley Sloss
CCS challenges and opportunities in China, by Andrew Minchener

Co-utilisation of renewable energy with coal by Stephen Mills
Developments in CFBC by Qian Zhu 
Developments in oxycombustion technology by Toby Lockwood
Direct Injection Carbon Engine by Kyle Nicol

Non-greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plant in China, by Andrew Minchener
Outlook for environmental equipment under new mercury emission regulations, by Lesley Sloss
Potential for enhanced coalbed methane recovery by Lesley Sloss
Pre-drying coal - technologies and economics by Nigel Dong
Prospects for coal and clean coal technologies in the Philippines by John Kessels    
Prospects for coal in Turkey by Stephen Mills

Challenges and opportunities for coal gasification in developing countries, by Andrew Minchener
Climate implications of coal-to-gas substitution in power generation by Hermine Nalbandian
CO2 abatement in the iron and steel industry, by Anne Carpenter
Coal and gas competition in power generation by Nigel Dong
Coal and gas competition in power generation in Asia, by Nigel Dong
Coal mine site reclamation by Lesley Sloss   
Coal prospects in southern Africa by Paul Baruya Cofiring high ratios of biomass with coal, by Rohan Fernando 

Energy issues for Mongolia by Andrew Minchener
Global forest resource for power generation fuels by Paul Baruya
High efficiency power generation - alternative system concepts by Qian Zhu
Impacts of seaborne trade on coal importing countries by Paul Baruya 
Increasing the flexibility of coal-fired power plants by Colin Henderson
Legislation, standards and methods for mercury control, by Lesley Sloss
Low water FGD technologies by Anne Carpenter
Management of coal combustion wastes by Xing Zhang
Microalgal removal of CO2 from flue gas by Xing Zhang

Recent developments is particulate control by Kyle Nicol
Status of advanced ultrasupercritical pulverised coal-fired power plant by Kyle Nicol
Sustainability of biomass for cofiring by Debo Adams
Techno-economic analysis of PCC versus CFB combustion technology by Toby Lockwood
Trace element emissions from coal, by Herminé Nalbandian
Understanding pulverised coal, waste and biomass combustion by Ian Barnes
Upgrading and efficiency improvement in coal-fired power plants by Colin Henderson
Upgrading the efficiency of the world’s coal fleet to reduce CO2 emissions by Ian Barnes












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