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Thu, May 21, 2020

Carbon capture and the Allam Cycle: The future of electricity or a carbon pipe(line) dream?

The race to net-zero emissions is an uphill one. Despite the effects of climate change mounting and time running out, global energy demand is set to grow 50 percent by 2050. One solution to decarbonizing the global energy system while also meeting rising natural gas demand is carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). However, CCUS has historically been too expensive to be viable, and deployment remains far off track. Enter the Allam Cycle: a novel natural gas power plant design that can theoretically capture 100 percent of emissions while being cost- and efficiency-competitive with advanced natural gas plants.

EnergySource by David Yellen

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Wed, Feb 26, 2020

The trade war we want China to win: China’s nuclear exports can challenge Russian dominance

Russia and China are competing for nuclear industry market share, not working together to dominate, and China’s rise gives Russia a real competitor in nuclear energy—that is good for the United States.

EnergySource by David Yellen

China Geopolitics & Energy Security
Oil rig

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Finding a path forward for oil and gas companies in the energy transition

2019 appears to be ending bleakly for the old guard of the energy sector—recent third quarter (Q3) reporting paints a gloomy picture: across the industry, profits have plummeted despite rising oil production. Observers have blamed those results on several potentially transitory headwinds, but are they actually what's driving the concerning outlook?

EnergySource by Reed Blakemore and David Yellen

Energy Transitions Oil and Gas

David Yellen is a program assistant at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, where he focuses on decarbonization technologies, oil and gas in transition, and energy security and decarbonization strategies in the Asia-Pacific region. His interests currently include China’s industrial strategies and policies in energy industries; carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies; the nuclear energy industry; and energy transition policies in developing countries. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, David worked at the Council on Foreign Relations on clean energy economics and in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office, and he has contributed pieces to Scientific American and the Economist, among other publications. David graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University, with a focus on energy markets and policy and a minor in economics. He was also a national Rhodes scholarship finalist.