|BCIA Seminar Series|
|Another two events in BCIA’s highly regarded research seminar series were held late last year. Both focused on gasification, with a short course run by the Environmental Energy Resource Center (EERC), and a seminar titled ‘Coal to Products - Gasification, Pyrolysis and Beyond’, supported by the CarbonNet Project through the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation. |
|Gasification, Pyrolysis and Beyond... |
|The one-day short course on gasification technologies was run by Jason Laumb and Josh Stanislowski of the Environmental Energy Research Centre (EERC), University of North Dakota. The EERC is a world leader in gasification research. |
Mr Laumb and Mr Stanislowski provided an excellent overview of a wide range of aspects of gasification, including large scale commercial technologies, syngas clean-up and CO2 capture technologies, end-products and cost analysis to name a few.
The course was very well received by all participants and it was clear that there is significant industry and research interest in gasification technologies, and in the wide range of products that can be created from syn-gas.
The one-day format only skimmed the surface of the knowledge that the EERC has in this area, as was clear in the practical advice available from the presenters.
|Above: Mr Laumb and Mr Stanislowski present the Gasification Short Course|
|The Coal to Products seminar was held the following day and opened by the Deputy Secretary, Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, Ms Sandra Denis. A diverse agenda of local, national and international speakers followed, updating the audience on the latest technologies and key issues for brown coal in relation to gasification and pyrolysis. |
Dr Andrew Minchener OBE, Managing Director of IEA Clean Coal Centre (CCC) in the UK delivered the keynote address on Coal gasification for chemicals, gaseous and liquid fuels in Asia. He also launched the IEA CCC report 'Challenges and opportunities for coal gasification in developing countries' at the seminar.
Dr Minchener - author of the report – told the seminar “China has a major government backed coal-conversion development and deployment program. Building on new technologies from a strategic R&D program, coal-to-chemicals processes are set to become a significant, large scale commercial element in China’s economy. Victoria’s world-class brown coal deposits also provide major opportunities for the deployment of large scale coal gasification technologies that could convert brown coal to fertilisers, liquid fuels and fine chemicals.”
The plenary session included presentations from Mr Laumb of EERC on Coal to Products in the United States, and Professor Frank Larkins provided his personal views on brown coal to products.
|Above: Dr Minchener delivers the keynote address|
|Another three sessions followed with the first looking at Gasification Technologies Ready for Commercial Deployment on Victorian Lignite with presentations from gasification technology vendors including, HRL Developments, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions (from Paris), Esvin Advanced Technologies Ltd (from India) and Mitsubishi Australia Limited. A question and answer panel with the speakers generated strong audience interest and participation.|
Session two had an R&D focus with presentations from researchers on what the future might hold. Speakers included representatives from CSIRO Energy Technology, Monash University and Thermaquatica Inc. (see article on page 4 from Ken Anderson).
The final session focused on potential Australian brown coal projects and markets with presentations from Latrobe Fertilisers on ‘The Latrobe Urea Project’, GHD/Coal Energy Australia on ‘Reducing CO2 Emissions via Pyrolysis of Lignite’ and CORE Minerals Resources Pty Limited on ‘Coal Refining”.
More than 130 participants registered for the seminar, with a good mix of industry and research organisations in attendance also providing great networking opportunities.
Positive feedback from attendees indicates a need for these sorts of seminars to keep the industry up to date with what is going on with research and technologies and to bring together like minded people to network.
BCIA would like to acknowledge the CarbonNet Project for their sponsorship of this event.
|Above: Panel presenters from left to right; Baden Firth - Mitsubishi Australia Limited, Venkat TS - Esvin Advanced Technologies Ltd, Daniel van der Merwe - Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions and Alf Ottrey - HRL Developments.|