Issue 3 (2012)

Issue 3 (2012)



AUGUST 2012: ISSUE 3



THE NEWSLETTER OF BROWN COAL INNOVATION AUSTRALIA


IN THIS ISSUE:

CEO's Update


New Brown Coal Initiatives
1


Ignite Energy Resources

Cat-HTR Technology
2


BCIA PhD Scholar - Karen Little


Sustainable Soil Health and Soil Carbon through Victorian Brown Coal-derived Products

4


Industry News


Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program
5
Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap
6


Spotlight on BCIA


What's News at BCIA
What's News continued
7
8
BCIA Membership
9
Spotlight on BCIA member
Recent BCIA Research Seminar
10
11


Upcoming Events


BCIA Short Courses - EOI
12
Events Calendar
13



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New Brown Coal Initiatives

BCIA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Phil Gurney
Brown coal has been in the news quite a bit recently, not only in Australia but also on the world stage. Earlier this month, RWE inaugurated the world's largest power plant fired by brown coal. Closer to home, the Victorian and Australian Governments announced a $90M program to assist in the demonstration of new brown coal technologies.
The RWE Group plant in Grevenbroich, near Cologne, Germany, will operate at around 43 per cent efficiency and demonstrates the practical steps being taken worldwide to reduce emissions from brown coal.

The new Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program (ALDP) will support the pre-commercial scale demonstration of technologies which will upgrade Victorian brown coal, lower emissions and ultimately improve the economic value of this world-class resource.

As Australia’s only organisation with a sole focus on the future environmentally sustainable use of brown coal, BCIA is investing in a range of projects that seek to accelerate R&D for low emissions uses of coal, improve process efficiencies, reduce the costs of carbon capture technologies and deliver alternate uses of Australia’s coal resources.

With the announcement of programs such as the ALDP, we are already seeing increased international interest in low emissions R&D. Following my recent visit to the US, I will be visiting China and Japan in the coming weeks.

The intention is to build formal research links between Australian and international researchers to ensure that we gain from, and contribute to, the global body of knowledge on the environmentally responsible use of brown coal.





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In this edition of Perspectives on Brown Coal, one of BCIA’s PhD Scholars, Karen Little, gives an update on progress in her research into brown coal derived products to improve crop yields.

We also put the spotlight on the Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap, an initiative aimed at understanding the skills impact of the carbon tax on the Latrobe Valley.

Plus we feature the new ALDP program, jointly-funded by the State and Commonwealth governments, to accelerate the deployment of advanced brown coal technologies in the Latrobe Valley.

Ignite Energy Resources provides an overview of their Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor Technology, Cat-HTR, and we give you all the news on BCIA’s activities over the last couple of months including our seminar, research, skills and communications programs.




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