|8th Australia-China Joint Coordination Group Meeting on Clean Coal Technology|
|The 8th meeting of the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology (JCG) was held this year in Perth on Thursday 5 February and attracted over 150 delegates, including BCIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Phil Gurney, who chaired session 5 on up‐grading low rank coals.|
|The event is specifically designed to aid the developing relationship of the Australian-Chinese CCS community through the Australian Department of Industry and Science and the China National Energy Administration, who support the ongoing collaboration between Australia and China in Low Emission Coal Technology (LECT). Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) technologies are expensive for commercial implementation and the joint collaboration between the two countries is intended to help drive cost of development down. The event facilitates this coalition, as China can progress CCS at a cheaper cost than Australia, however it seeks Australian support of skills and R&D resources, particularly from CSIRO.|
Discussed at this year’s meeting was the China PCC Feasibility Study (PCCS) project, the largest co-ordinated agreement between Australia and China funded by the Australian Government. Currently in Phase 1 of the study, the next phase would be to develop a pilot demonstration. Other initiatives discussed at the meeting were the ATSERI-CERI, which enhances teamwork on CCS through workshops and exchange programmes, and the other CAGS, which focusses on storage, public awareness, technical exchanges and potential environmental practice.
|Above: Dr Phil Gurney from BCIA (left) and Roland Davies from AGL Loy Yang (right) at the 8th Australia-China Joint Coordination Group meeting on Clean Coal Technology.|
|The ATSE / CERI Workshop (Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering / China Huaneng Clean Energy Research Group) allowed strategic relationship building and networking opportunity for the CCS research community. Presentations that covered current research activities and potential future exploration were followed by collaborative conversation. Highlighted in this workshop was the need for the JCG to expand its effort with continued R&D obligation and policy commitment on developing LECT technologies to continue success, and presenters recognised the contribution of sponsoring governments, CERI and ATSE to clean coal technology.|
For more information on the ATSE / CERI Workshop, you can access presentations at atse.org.au.