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Cheap electricity derived from brown coal has supported Victoria’s manufacturing sector for many decades. There is also the potential to create a new generation of manufacturing industries, based on value-added applications of upgraded coal products. Blast furnace coke and new, efficient fertilisers are just two examples of what is possible. With these and other innovations in development, the future of brown coal in Victoria indeed looks bright.

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BCIA held a short course and industry seminar in Melbourne, Victoria, during December with a focus on coal gasification and pyrolysis. More details on these events is provided on page 7.

Work is underway for the next event in the series,
Reducing CO2 Emissions from Brown Coal Use. The seminar will focus on carbon capture technologies and we look forward to another successful event.

Details for BCIA seminars and events are sent to our brown coal stakeholders. If you are not on BCIA’s distribution list, please contact
updates@bcinnovation.com.au to ensure you receive information about these events.

Throughout recent months, BCIA has continued our program of regular briefings for local, state and federal political representatives in Australia.

The briefings provide an opportunity to report on progress in BCIA-funded technology innovation including the adaptation of existing low-emissions technologies to the unique properties of Australian brown coals.

BCIA strives to increase public awareness of the opportunities and challenges we foresee in securing a sustainable future for this nation’s world-class brown coal resources.

Our regular briefings and community forums underpin BCIA’s efforts to increase community support for the transition of the Australian brown coal industry towards a low-emissions world economy.




In recent months, the announced closure of several large Australian manufacturers and energy users has heightened public interest in advanced manufacturing opportunities for the conversion of brown coal into value-added products.

In collaboration with our members, BCIA recently submitted a discussion paper to the manufacturing industry taskforce; the Australian Government Economic Review (available from the BCIA member portal).

The BCIA paper outlined several prospective and emerging lignite-derived manufacturing sectors in Australia. It also identified key technology and infrastructure building blocks which would fast-track progression of low-emissions, brown coal manufacturing.

In December, BCIA announced that our latest competitive R&D funding round had been over-subscribed. Nearly 40 companies, ranging from large multinationals to medium-sized enterprises, were represented across the 18 project applications received.

During the past four years, BCIA has unlocked more than $50 million total investment in brown coal R&D and skills development.

The strong commercial interest and support for low-emissions brown coal power generation was covered by press and electronic media in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria. BCIA expects to finalise funding agreements and announce the successful applicants in the next few months.

Our relationship agreement with the Lignite Energy Council, announced in November last year, resulted in significant media coverage in North America. Additionally, BCIA’s seminar program in December was covered by Australian mining industry media.



For more BCIA news, go to the previous page of this e-newsletter.




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