The US could generate power with little to no carbon emissions by 2050 – EPRI
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President Arshad Mansoor told energy stakeholders at the US Energy Association's (USEA) 2020 Advanced Energy and Technology Forum that a cleaner electric grid will be the catalyst for the entire US energy sector to produce zero or near-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050.
"The electricity sector is the trailblazer on the road to decarbonization," Mansoor said.
In a speech to the US Energy Association’s (USEA) 2020 Advanced Energy and Technology Forum on September 17, EPRI’s president addressed the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI), a collaborative effort across the electric and gas sectors to help drive emissions to zero or near zero by 2050 by advancing existing and emerging low-carbon technologies.
The electricity sector is the trailblazer on the road to decarbonization. Right now, 20 percent of the energy used in the United States is electricity. By 2040, more than 40 percent of the economy could be electrified. But we need more than electrification to decarbonize the energy system, Mansoor said..
Economy-wide decarbonization will require a holistic view across electric and gas grids to deliver resilient, integrated systems providing clean, affordable, and reliable energy across the US and around the world.
We have the opportunity to produce other forms of low-carbon energy using clean electricity. We know how to produce clean electricity, and we can produce clean energy from clean electrons. Now we’re embarking on this moonshot, our Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, Mansoor said
LCRI already being deployed
Through the LCRI, EPRI and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is already collaborating with more than 20 companies worldwide to advance research, development, and deployment of low-carbon technologies, including nuclear energy and renewables.
Such efforts would benefit the public through cleaner energy that supports reduced air pollution, healthier quality of life, and environmental protection.
This level of industry engagement is just the start. We expect to work with more than 100 companies through the initiative, and to leverage its $100 million funding target many times over through public and private collaboration, said Arshad Mansoor.
LCRI also includes research, testing, and technology demonstrations for large-scale use of low-carbon energy carriers – hydrogen, ammonia, synthetic fuels, and biofuels – and processes such as blending hydrogen in natural gas pipelines, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies.
The industry initiative is designed to bring together the Department of Energy, national labs, universities, and startup companies to uncover emerging, low-carbon technologies and enable their application at scale in the energy industry through coordinated research and development, said Arshad Manssor.
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers and experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety, and the environment.
EPRI members represent 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States with international participation extending to 40 countries. EPRI’s principal offices and laboratories are in Palo Alto, California (CA); Charlotte, North Carolina (NC); Knoxville, Tennesse (TN); Dallas, Texas (TX); Lenox, Massachusetts (MA); and Washington, D.C.