|BCIA’s first stakeholder e-newsletter for 2013, Perspectives on Brown Coal, was released in early March and featured articles on opportunities for the solar conversion of brown coal and recent research developments in cost-effective, post-combustion carbon capture.|
The newsletter continues to be well received and widely circulated among brown coal stakeholders including industry, technology developers, research funders, international networks and the scientific and engineering research communities. Previous editions of the newsletter can be found online at www.bcinnovation.com.au/newsevents.
|During March, BCIA co-sponsored the Australia-China workshop held in Melbourne and funded by the Australian Government under the auspices of the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology.|
The workshop was a collaborative effort between Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and Tsinghua University, China, and highlighted many unique developments in emerging coal utilisation fields in both Australia and China.
For more information about the Australia-China workshop, read Assoc Prof Sankar Bhattacharya’s article on page 2.
|As part of BCIA’s annual research seminar program, an update will be provided on a number of BCIA-funded research projects on Friday 10 May, this year, in Clayton, Victoria.|
The seminar will include presentations from Dr Abdul Qader, CO2CRC; Dr Trina Dreher, Process Group and Dr Lian Zhang and Assoc Prof Sankar Bhattacharya, from Monash University. An outline of the presentation topics is below:
- Dr Abdul Qader, Capture Facilities Manager, CO2CRC: 'Operation of the PCC pilot plant at GDF SUEZ Australian Energy's Hazelwood Power Station'
- Dr Trina Dreher, R&D Manager, Process Group: 'Pilot-scale results with the WES frother absorber'
- Dr Lian Zhang, ARC Future Fellow, Monash University: 'Pilot-scale oxy-fuel combustion of Victorian brown coal'
- A/Prof Sankar Bhattacharya, Associate Professor Chemical Engineering, Monash University: 'Development of chemical looping combustion for Victorian brown coal'
|The BCIA research seminar program complements international exposure of BCIA-funded research projects and is part of our goal to contribute to intelligence-gathering and analysis of low-emissions, low-rank coal research and development.|
BCIA Chief Executive, Dr Phil Gurney, will address the 38th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal and Fuel Systems to be held in Florida, United States, June 2 to 6, this year.
Informally known as the Clearwater Clean Coal Conference, BCIA’s low-emissions brown coal research and development was featured at the Florida forum for the first time last year. Dr Gurney will address this year’s conference regarding challenges and opportunities for Australian brown coal development.
As part of a large Australian contingent, BCIA-funded researchers, Dr Erik Meuleman and Dr Louis Wibberley, from CSIRO Energy Technology, and former BCIA Research Fellow and Conference Co-Chair, Dr Klaus Hein, will also address the conference. Dr Meuleman will provide an insight into recent developments in post-combustion carbon capture, Dr Wibberley will talk about ultra high efficiency power from low rank coal and Dr Hein will discuss low rank coal utilisation more broadly.
BCIA is also sponsoring the 10th Clean Coal Forum to be held in Beijing, China, on June 13 to 14, this year. The Clean Coal Forum is Asia’s premier event for low-emissions coal utilisation and the biannual conference attracts more than 300 domestic and international delegates and 40 exhibitors.
|For more BCIA news, go to the previous page of this e-newsletter.|