7.7 SEMINARS

7.7 SEMINARS

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SEMINARS
BCIA Coal Drying & Handling Seminar
Proves Strong Interest in Low-Emissions Brown Coal Use


BCIA’s seminar series aim to show what is possible today, and what the future might hold for developments in brown coal applications.



Strong domestic and international interest in low-emissions brown coal utilisation was evident with more than 120 people registering to attend a recent BCIA one-day seminar and mini exhibition on coal drying and handling.

The Melbourne seminar showcased state-of-the-art coal drying, from research through to commercial operation, together with a mini expo which provided for interaction and networking opportunities among participants and companies working in the area.

BCIA Chief Executive, Dr Phil Gurney, told seminar registrants that coal drying, and the ability to handle and work with dewatered coal, was a necessary precursor to any future low-emissions brown coal development.

“Seminars like these are needed to bring together interested parties, build knowledge in what is now possible for brown coal drying and other low emissions technologies, and to explore next steps required for the expansion of low-emissions brown coal utilisation”, Dr Gurney said.

A broad range of local, national and international presenters from across industry, research and technology development provided the audience with an insight into what is possible in coal drying and handling. The seminar was held in June as part of BCIA’s 2013 seminar series.

Dr Fedir Woskoboenko, General Manager, Technical at HRL Limited (New Ventures) opened the seminar with a plenary session focussed on the unique opportunities and challenges for the utilisation of Victorian brown coal.

Prof. Robin Batterham, Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne examined the history of brown coal drying and Assoc. Prof. Andrew Hoadley, a senior lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Monash University provided an update on the BCIA funded project ‘Improved Handling Properties of Lignite-based Products’.


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Above: BCIA CEO, Dr Phil Gurney introduces the plenary panel.

Participants also heard from a number of speakers with experience in coal drying technologies, processes and engineering services to support technology deployment, as well as the latest research in this area including:

  • Ashley Moore, Managing Director, Environmental Clean Technologies - Coldry: Low Cost, Zero Emission Lignite Drying
  • Slade Wormington, Director/Technical Development Manager, Exergen - Exergen’s Continuous Hydrothermal De-Watering of Low Rank Coal
  • Paula Murphy and Kate McCowan, J.C Steele & Sons Australia - The Merits of Brown Coal Extrusion
  • Chris Johnston, Principal Mechanical Engineer Service Line
Above: Ashley Moore from ECT presents at the Coal Drying & Handling Seminar

Leader – Plant Engineering, GHD - Delivering Coal Drying Projects in Latrobe Valley
  • Jan Wolff, Sales & New Business Manager, Mines Engineering Centre, RWE Power AG - WTA Coal Drying Technology – An Update
  • Dr Len Humphreys, Chief Executive Officer, Ignite Energy Resources - Lignite, a Pathway to drop in Fuels
  • Mark Frecheville, Chief Executive Officer, Torreco Pty Ltd - Torrefaction Technology as applied to Brown Coal Upgrading and other Beneficial Uses
  • Shigeru Kinoshita, Process Engineer, Coal & Energy Technology Department, Kobe Steel, Ltd. - Prospects for UBC (Upgraded Brown Coal) Technology
  • Dr Nawshad Haque, Research Scientist (Process Modelling)/Project Leader (Environmental LCA), CSIRO Process Science & Engineering- Use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to Evaluate Drying Technology and Mineral Processing
  • Rohan Zauner, Principal, Power and Energy Strategic Consulting, Sinclair Knight Merz - Dried Brown Coal Project – How the “Due Diligence” Reviewer will look at it
  • Arash Tahmasebi, Visiting Research Fellow from the Key Laboratory of Advanced Coal and Coking Technology at University of Science Technology Liaoning, China - China & Australia Research: Microwave and Steam Fluidized-Bed Drying of Low-Rank Coals
  • Rod Touzel, Global Director Power Networks, WorleyParsons (and Great River Energy) - Evaluation of the DryFiningTM Technology for Existing Power Units Firing Brown Coals

A post-event survey amongst participants identified other topic areas of strong interest in low-emissions brown coal utilisation and endorsed the information sharing and international networking opportunities provided by BCIA’s seminar series.

A seminar focussed on developments in Carbon Capture and Storage, to be held in early October in Melbourne, will be the subject of BCIA’s next open seminar.






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