|The Seventh International Conference on |
Clean Coal Technologies – CCT2015
|The IEA holds its conference on Clean Coal Technologies on a bi-annual basis, and CCT2015 was held in Krakow, Poland, from 17th to 21st May. Over 200 delegates from over 30 countries attended. The conference covered a wide range of topics, from improving the flexibility and efficiency of power generation, through to reducing pollutant emissions such as SOx, NOx and CO2, with a growing emphasis on flexible fuel use and the co-firing of biomass.|
A number of regional overviews were included, showing different approaches to coal use that are being driven by the climate policy and economic circumstances of the various regions. In Europe, there is a significant focus on flexibility of plant, and improving ramp up and ramp down to meet an increased renewable penetration, and this is driving a focus on smaller plant designs. In China, the focus is still on delivering large and high efficiency plants, while in the US there is a considerable focus on R&D that can significantly lower emissions, through carbon capture, new plant designs, and improved control. For Australian lignites, the current focus is on R&D for improved efficiency and flexibility for new power plant designs, with a growing emphasis on alternate use of coal outside the power sector.
A strong theme from the conference was carbon capture and storage, with a number of research groups providing updates on their activities. Juho Lipponen of the IEA provided a keynote presentation, outlining the progress in demonstration activities and the drivers for future commercial deployments.
|A number of sessions on oxy-firing showed how the lessons learned from the first generation of pilot and demonstration plants can show the way for future adaptation of this technology.|
The session on efficient use of lignite included interesting talks from around the globe, focussing on the application of low rank coals for power generation. An excellent talk by Dr Hu from China showed a scheme for capturing and re-use of the water from high ash, high moisture content lignites, aimed at improving efficiency and reducing water use. Two talks focussed on increasing the flexibility of operation of lignite fired power stations, one showing how excess energy could be used for coal drying, the other looking at systems improvements to decrease the minimum operation load and improve ramp rates. A further talk covered options for co-firing lignite and hard coals.
In addition to the technical sessions, there were plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues from around the world. The conference dinner was held in the Wielickza Salt Mine, which is well worth a visit if you find yourself in Krakow – just bring walking shoes, as the tour starts with a long descent into the mine down many, many flights of stairs. After the conference, there was an opportunity to visit the Lagisza power plant, which when built was the world’s first ever supercritical circulating fluidised bed boiler, and remains the largest of its kind outside China.
The next CCT event will be held in May 2017 in Sardinia, Italy.
|BCIA sponsorship of ICCS&T-2015 conference|
|Brown Coal Innovation Australia is proud to announce its participation as a Conference Partner at the 2015 International Conference on Coal Science & Technology (ICCS&T-2015), being held in Melbourne Australia on 27th September to 1st October 2015.|
|ICCS&T-2015 will attract a diverse international audience, and will focus on coal science and technology, bioenergy / biofuels, fuel cells, energy storage materials and related areas of interest.|
BCIA would like to offer the opportunity for BCIA members
|to promote their company / organisations via the BCIA stand at this year’s event.|
Please contact Shae Ford, Membership Support Manager on +61 3 9653 9601 or email email@example.com to arrange your marketing collateral / brochures to be displayed on BCIA’s 3×3 stand.
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