6.2 RESEARCH

6.2 RESEARCH

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RESEARCH


The Australia-China Workshop on Novel Carbon Capture Technologies 2013

By Sankar Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Monash University

The Australia-China workshop on Novel Carbon Capture Technologies was recently held in Melbourne from 20-22 March. Co-sponsored by BCIA and funded by the Australian Government under the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology, the workshop was well attended by over 50 participants.

The workshop was a collaborative effort between Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, to present a diverse range of insights centering on the development of low emission coal technologies.

The wide-ranging program succeeded in highlighting many unique developments in emerging coal utilisation fields in both Australia and China.

Over two days there were five plenary speeches plus 22 presentations by researchers from six universities; Tsinghua University, Monash University, The University of Stuttgart, Germany, Southeast University, China, University of Science and Technology Liaoning, China and Melbourne University, Australia.

The presentations included recent developments in a range of different low emission coal technologies, including chemical looping, CO2 capture, coal and biomass gasification, coal drying, oxy-fuel combustion in PF and CFB modes, direct carbon fuel cells, and CO2 mineralization.

Representatives from a range of governmental departments as well as research and industrial institutions were present including BCIA, ATSE, Department of Primary Industries (DPI), AGL Loy Yang, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and EnergyAustralia.

All BCIA sponsored PhD scholarship recipients were invited to present at the workshop.

The last day of the workshop was dedicated to a site visit in the Latrobe Valley with international guests and Monash University representatives visiting AGL Loy Yang’s power station and mine.


Above: International visitors view the AGL Loy Yang brown coal open cut mine.

Several project proposals for brown coal research are expected to follow from the discussions that took place at the sidelines of the workshop.


We would like to acknowledge the efforts of Assoc. Prof. Sankar Bhattacharya from Monash University, who played a vital role in bringing this workshop together.




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