|Accelerating a Low Emissions Future|
|In June I attended the Clearwater Clean Coal Conference in Florida. This was an opportunity to see the latest research, hear industry presentations on current developments, and renew acquaintances with those in the global community working towards a lower emissions future for coal. |
|BCIA CEO, Dr Phil Gurney|
|This year, however, there was a growing sense of frustration from some in the audience about the cost and pace of development and deployment, especially in light of the announced changes in EPA regulations for emissions from new coal fired power plants in the USA. It is clear that there is a real role for applied RD&D to play in accelerating the development to lower emissions coal technologies.|
Here in Australia, the CCS flagship program, part of the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Initiative, has been established to accelerate the construction and demonstration of large-scale integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects.
CarbonNet, one of the two projects with funding from the Flagships program, is seeking to create the conditions required for commercial deployment of CCS. On page 4 you can read about CarbonNet’s plans for the next phase of its activities.
A major challenge in accelerating the development of any emerging industry is providing the skills and training required.
On pages 2 and 3, Stephen Zitney from the AVESTAR project in the USA tells us how an immersive virtual reality environment is helping to train the next generation of coal gasification engineers. In fact, by putting computer games technologies in the right hands, the AVESTAR facility is even helping researchers analyse gasification performance, and establish safe practices for plant operators.
Accelerating the deployment of low-emissions coal technologies will require
|ongoing cost reductions. On pages 5 and 6, Sharmen Rajendran introduces his BCIA funded project on Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC), a potentially lower cost means of providing oxygen for coal combustion. This project, which forms part of a larger collaboration with Kyushu University in Japan, aims to determine the right conditions for application of CLC to brown coal. |
Accelerating the adoption of new coal technologies will involve a wide range of stakeholders, from industry and government to research and finance. BCIA’s seminars and membership programs are designed to bring together these people, and to help them understand what is possible for today, and what is coming for the future. BCIA is delighted to announce Mantle Mining Corporation Limited as our latest member (see profile on page 12).
In the last 12 months, over 350 people have attended a BCIA seminar. BCIA’s upcoming seminars for 2013 include a community forum in the Latrobe Valley, a seminar on deployable CCS technologies, a one-day course on gasification and a seminar on coal-to-products technologies.
See page 7 for a write-up on our latest seminar on coal drying and handling, and page 8 for dates of upcoming BCIA events.
We would love to see you at one of our upcoming events, and hope you enjoy this issue of ‘Perspectives on Brown Coal’.