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BCIA sponsored both the 8th Annual Clean Coal Forum held in Beijing, China, in late March and the Second International Symposium on the Sustainable use of Low Rank Coal, held in Melbourne, in mid-April.

Approximately 300 Low Rank Coal stakeholders from around the world attended the Symposium; more than double the attendance of the inaugural conference. BCIA Chief Executive, Dr Gurney, addressed the Symposium on ‘The future of R&D projects and technologies utilising Victorian brown coal’ and BCIA Chair, Mr Morvell, welcomed delegates to the BCIA-sponsored Symposium networking event.

A number of Symposium delegates expressed interest in finding out more about BCIA membership and our inaugural newsletter was well received by both delegates at the Symposium and existing BCIA stakeholders.

In mid-April, BCIA conducted our annual Strategy Planning Day with participation by BCIA member organisations, our Board of Directors and Research Advisory Committee members, and organisation senior executives. The planning day was very productive and resulted in a refresh of the Company’s five-year plan. Following approval by the BCIA Board, the updated plan will be published on BCIA’s member web portal in coming months.

Also in April, BCIA hosted a brown-coal R&D stakeholder meeting at our regional office located at PowerWorks in the Latrobe Valley. The meeting was well attended with representation from generation companies, universities and industry. The purpose of this series of meetings is to provide a forum to discuss research progress, new opportunities and strategic directions. Contact BCIA if you wish to be informed about future meetings.

National Carbon Capture Center visited in Birmingham, Alabama.

As mentioned previously, Dr Gurney recently visited the United States and met with the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC). The NCCC is located just outside Birmingham, Alabama, and is sponsored by the US Department of Energy.

The NCCC has facilities for testing pre- and post- combustion capture technologies with slipstreams of flue and synthesis gas. These facilities are available for use by project partners (including international organisations) who wish to test novel capture technologies in a real-world environment. If your project could benefit from such a facility,
contact BCIA for further information or to facilitate an introduction.

For stakeholders with a research interest in carbon capture technologies, now might also be a good time to look to partnering with organisations in the EU. The EU is seeking to encourage cooperation between EU and Australian organisations in this important research area and a call for proposals is expected soon. As this is an EU initiative, Australian partners will need to identify their own funding.

BCIA will hold its next research symposium on Wednesday 18 July at CSIRO in Clayton. Visit our website
News and Events section for more information and to register for this event; a reminder invitation will be sent to BCIA stakeholders soon.

In our final stakeholder news, Ignite Energy Resources (IER) was recently accepted as a member of BCIA. IER is a diversified Australian resource company with offices in Sydney and Melbourne and a Demonstration Plant for the Cat HTR technology at Somersby on the NSW central coast.

The primary focus of IER is the development of Exploration Licence 4416 (‘EL 4416’), which covers an area in excess of 3,800km2, contains a multi-billion-tonne lignite resource and is prospective for a world-class biogenic coal bed methane (‘CBM’) resource.


In April, BCIA launched the first edition of our regular stakeholder e-newsletter. Printed editions of the newsletter were distributed at the Symposium on the Sustainable Use of Low Rank Coal and the Company’s marketing collateral was also on show including new conference display banners.

Those of you who have flown Qantas airways in the last month or so may have heard BCIA’s Chair, Gerry Morvell, talking on the in-flight business channel about our research program. Mr Morvell’s interview with well-known Australian business commentator, Alan Kohler, proved a great opportunity for BCIA to share our message about progress towards a low emissions future.

The Victorian Government continues to drive considerable interest in new brown coal allocations. In April, Dr Gurney was invited to talk to a lunch time session at Parliament House on some of the challenges and opportunities for environmentally sustainable use of brown coal. In addition, BCIA’s research activities and objectives were referenced in a front page article in Melbourne's
The Age newspaper during the Low Rank Coal Symposium.

BCIA’s research program has also received considerable international exposure in recent months. In addition to our sponsorship of internationally-renowned conferences held in Melbourne and Beijing, Dr Gurney was also part of a large Australian delegation at the Clearwater Coal conference in Florida. Dr Gurney took part in the conference as the Australian representative on a low-rank coal utilisation panel session, and also presented on progress in carbon capture in Victoria.

In addition, BCIA’s research program was the subject of a feature article in the May edition of
Australian Resources and Investment magazine. We are also continuing our program of regular briefings with senior journalists to inform news media and the Australian community about BCIA’s research activities and progress towards a low emissions future for brown coal.

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