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Software Offers Cleaner Future to African Coal-Fired Power Plants

As much as we would like coal to stay in the ground, the fuel still supplies nearly 30 percent of global energy consumption - its highest share since 1970 - and provides 40 percent of the world's electricity. While this number is expected to drop to 30 percent by 2040 (34 percent in America), coal will remain the backbone of the power systems in Africa as well as other developing countries, despite new capacity coming from natural gas and renewables. If coal-fired plants are not going away, GE Power's Ganesh Bell and his team want to make them cleaner and more efficient. More on GE in Africa in this BRIEFING.

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Inside the Medupi coal-fired power plant, South Africa