|Funding For New Research in Brown Coal|
|BCIA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Phil Gurney|
|It is always a pleasure for BCIA to be able to announce the availability of additional innovation funding, and to seek proposals for new research to be undertaken. In late September, we announced a call for proposals for both coal-to-power projects, and PhD projects – the details of these can be found on Page 2. We are looking forward to receiving some interesting research proposals, and are happy to discuss potential research areas with proponents.|
|The process of calling for proposals allows us to see in action the collaboration of industry and academic groups in advancing technologies for the environmentally responsible use of brown coal. This is particularly important for BCIA, as we are currently reviewing our long-term plans. If you have a view on the long-term future of brown coal R&D, and how BCIA can better support the environmentally responsible use of brown coal in Australia, we’d love to hear from you. |
In this edition of Perspectives on Brown Coal (Perspectives) you will get an update on progress of some of the projects we are currently funding. PhD research student Joanne Tanner reports on an international collaboration that was facilitated, in part, by BCIA funding. Process Group R&D Manager, Trina Dreher also gives an update on the WES froth generator project. This is a larger scale research project that has received BCIA investment, and which is showing significant promise to help with lowering the cost of CCS. In addition, we hear from Bithi Roy, who gives an update on her PhD work, which focuses on oxy-fuel fluidised bed combustion.
We also update you on a recent Community Forum BCIA held in Traralgon. The forum is part of BCIA’s successful seminar series, which allows us to share the outcomes of our research program, and the potential technologies for low-emissions use of brown coal, with researchers, industry and the community at large. We are planning a
|big end to the year with two further opportunities for you to learn about novel brown coal technologies and projects. |
On Friday, 6 December we will be running our last major seminar of the year, titled “Coal to Products – Gasification, Pyrolysis and Beyond”. The seminar will involve some major local and international speakers, talking about what is available today and into the future. This seminar will be free to attend, but you will need to register in advance.
The day before the seminar, Thursday 5 December, we will be running a one-day short course covering in detail some of the technical and commercial considerations of coal gasification technologies. The course will be presented by Jason Laumb, Senior Research Manager of the Energy and Environment Research Centre in North Dakota. In order to cover our costs in running this course, we will be charging a small fee.
Both the seminar and course will be held in Melbourne - see BCIA's News and Events page for details. Also on the horizon for early next year is a further major seminar on carbon capture technologies.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Perspectives.