10.3 FUNDING

10.3 FUNDING

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FUNDING
Overview of successful projects...
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BCIA recently announced $650,000 towards a new research project which combines CSIRO technology with that of major Japanese technology vendor IHI Corporation.

By operating a new PCC pilot plant, the project also aims to demonstrate technologies that could slash the capital and operational costs for large-scale carbon capture plants; arguably the greatest challenge facing global deployment of carbon capture for fossil fuel power generation.

Specifically, this project will allow long-term trials of technologies that have the potential to deliver a 40 per cent reduction in the energy usage of current plant post combustion capture (PCC) processes for Victorian brown coal-fired power plants (see
page 5 for more detail).

BCIA has awarded $350,000 for a further project submitted by CSIRO, building upon earlier BCIA-funded research and aims to achieve significant reductions - up to $200 million for a 550MW plant - in the capital costs for retrofitted post combustion capture (PCC) of CO2 from coal-fired power stations.

This research program is targeting a 50 per cent reduction in PCC capital costs by integrating the removal of sulphur (SO2) and carbon (CO2) in PCC with a CSIRO-developed solvent (see
page 8 for details).

A further research project announced in April was awarded $250,000 and aims to improve the efficiency of brown coal-fired power stations by using state-of-the-art tuneable laser sensors to measure oxygen (O2) and carbon monoxide (CO) in power station flue gases prior to emission (see page 9 for details).

Project trials will determine whether novel Tuneable Laser Diode Spectroscopy (TLDS) instrumentation, used successfully in the oil and gas industry, can optimise the burning of brown coal in existing Latrobe Valley power stations; thereby improving power plant efficiency and simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions.

The significant industry investment in this R&D round shows that Australia is recognised as a leader in low emissions technology innovation.

Each of the research projects will contribute to the global push for clean energy and commercialisation of these technologies will create new industries and employment and export opportunities for our country from low emissions brown coal utilisation.

For more information on BCIA's successful funding projects, contact BCIA Research Investment Manager, Dr David McManus by email
david.mcmanus@bcinnovation.com.au or phone +61 3 9653 9601.


2013/14 Funding Round Process



The BCIA Research Advisory Committee (RAC) assessed the merits of all submitted proposals and provided advice to the BCIA Board. As a co-investor in brown coal research, BCIA sought well-leveraged projects that offered high value for the company’s financial contribution.

To be eligible, project participants were required to at least match the level of funding provided by BCIA and, preferably, to demonstrate a high level of industry involvement.

The BCIA Board considered all proposals and only project applications of the highest merit were selected. The amount of funding released and the funding allocations against each focus area were at the discretion of the BCIA Board.

All approved projects will be stage-gated to ensure continuing support only on the basis of demonstrable achievement of clearly-defined milestones.




For more information on successful projects, go to the previous page of this e-newsletter, or click here to continue reading.




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