RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT cont...
|BCIA is supporting the development of CCS technology by funding research on a number of projects involving CSIRO, the CO2CRC and the local power generators. The aim of these projects is to help reduce the cost of CCS, so that it will be commercially viable more quickly. These projects also serve to train our local engineers in the skills needed for large-scale implementation of CCS in our power stations. |
There is no good reason why brown coal cannot continue to be part of Victoria’s low-emissions future, but this will only be achieved by embracing the opportunity offered by our local geological resources and actively developing our local expertise in CCS technologies.
BCIA will be holding a seminar on CCS on 8 October 2013 in Melbourne as part of our 2013 seminar series – see page 8 for further details.
|BCIA’s e-newsletter, Perspectives on Brown Coal, continues to be well received. The second edition for 2013 was released at the end of May, featuring articles on the Australia-China workshop on Novel Carbon Capture, the Direct Injection Carbon Engine (DICE) project, and BCIA’s workshop for early career researcher amongst others.|
As part of BCIA’s annual research seminar program, an update was provided on a number of BCIA-funded research projects during May at CSIRO in Clayton.
The seminar included presentations from Dr Abdul Qader, CO2CRC; Dr Trina Dreher, Process Group and Dr Lian Zhang and Assoc Prof Sankar Bhattacharya, from Monash University, covering the following topics:
- 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'
A Community Forum will also be held in the Latrobe Valley on 8 August to provide an update on how BCIA is funding research to drive the future of brown coal, highlights from BCIA's R&D program and an update on the outcomes of our recent skills activities. Go to BCIA's News and Events homepage for more details about the forum.
BCIA hosted its first seminar and mini-expo on Coal Drying and Handling in June as part of a series of like seminars for 2013. The event was very successful with 125 registrations and great positive feedback, which will be used to assist in the delivery of future events.
Work is underway on the next event in this series on Carbon Capture and Storage to be held in Melbourne early October this year (details to be confirmed).
Chief Executive, Dr Phil Gurney, addressed the 38th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal and Fuel Systems held in Florida, United States in June, regarding challenges and opportunities for Australian brown coal development.
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.
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, also address the conference.
BCIA also sponsored the 10th Clean Coal Forum held in Beijing, China, on June 13 to 14. 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.|