|On 19 February 2015, BCIA held a Research Symposium to showcase the nine projects involved in its 2013 Funding Round. This was the first opportunity for the brown coal community to gain an overview of the scope of the various projects and their progress to date. Due to space limitations at the venue (CSIRO, Clayton), invitations to the event were limited mainly to interested parties in Victoria. Fortunately, the researchers agreed to share their presentations through the BCIA website, making them accessible to the wider community.|
The nine projects presented in the 2013 Funding Round were selected to address three broad areas of technology development:
- Improved efficiency of brown coal-fired power generation;
- Adaptation of carbon capture technologies for use with brown coal-fired power generation; and
- Oxy-fired brown coal combustion technologies to further reduce the cost of carbon capture.
|1. Improved efficiency of brown coal-fired power generation|
|The first area involves three projects, having short-, medium- and longer-term horizons for commercialisation:|
- ‘Laser based O2 and CO monitoring’, presented by Mr Tom Cooper of HRL Technology, is evaluating the potential of laser instruments to provide tighter control of boiler operation, with the potential to deliver significant efficiency improvements and cost savings.
- ‘Victorian DICE development – derisking and small scale development’, presented by Dr Louis Wibberley of CSIRO Energy Technology, will demonstrate the potential of stationary diesel engines to deliver high-efficiency power using micronized coal-water mixtures as fuel.
- ‘Feasibility study for Direct Carbon Fuel Cell on Victorian brown coal’, presented by Dr Christopher Munnings of CSIRO, is developing a roadmap for development of ultra-high efficiency electricity from brown coal, without combustion, by using fuel cell technology.
|2. Adaptation of carbon capture technologies for use with brown coal-fired power generation|
|The second area involves four projects, investigating different aspects for adapting carbon capture technologies to deal with brown coal-specific issues:|
- ‘Evaluation of advanced PCC systems’, presented by Dr Erik Meuleman of CSIRO, is a major collaboration between CSIRO and IHI of Japan, to gain long-term operating data with efficient carbon capture technology and advanced amine solvents.
- ‘Combined capture of CO2 from flue gas’, presented by Dr Erik Meuleman of CSIRO, is an extension of a successful previous project and is developing technology to recover both CO2 and SO2 in a single system, thereby eliminating the cost of a separate process step.
- ‘Carbon monoliths for capture of CO2 by electrical swing adsorption’, presented by Professor Alan Chaffee of Monash University, involves a collaboration with Professor Paul Webley, of the University of Melbourne, and an EU-funded consortium of industry and academia. This project is investigating the use of brown coal itself as a carbon capture substrate, in conjunction with energy-efficient electrical swing adsorption technology.