With regards to general trends of retiring from coal-based power production, Goodway is developing, similar solutions for other power sectors – based on natural gas, biomass and wastes. It is related with increasing importance of those sources in worldwide power production.
Global natural gas demand is growing, in 2018 it increased by 4,9% compared to 2017, rising to 3922 billion cubic meters. 9% of that amount was related to electricity production . Considering, that natural gas is a fuel much “cleaner” than coal, it may be concluded, that in the future that demand will be still growing. Natural gas is a versatile fuel and its growth is partly linked to its environmental benefits (relative to other fossil fuels), particularly for air quality, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Only in US, it is expected that the share of U.S. total utility scale electricity generation from natural gas-fired power plants will rise from 34% in 2018 to 37% in 2019 and to 38% in 2020 .
Similar prognoses are made for renewable energy resources: biomass and wastes. In 2018, the capacity of biomass power plants was estimated for 130 GW . What’s more, bioenergy – solid, liquid or gas fuels – is the largest growing source in renewable consumption over the period from 2018 to 2023 and will account for 30% of the growth in renewable consumption in this period . In turn, worldwide there is 2,430 waste treatment plants with more than 4,500 incineration units worldwide (another more than 1,000 projects are planned) .