10.2 FUNDING

10.2 FUNDING

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FUNDING
Overview of successful projects


SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS



1. $1,000,000 for 'Victorian Direct Injection Carbon Engine (DICE) development – derisking and small scale development'

2. $650,000 for ‘Evaluation of advanced Post Combustion Capture process and equipment with two advanced liquid absorbents for application in Victorian brown coal-fired power stations’

3. $450,000 for 'Advanced chemical looping combustion technology for Victorian brown coals'

4. $400,000 for 'Accelerating the deployment of oxy-fuel combustion technology for Victorian brown coal'

5. $350,000 for 'Combined low-cost pre-treatment of flue gas and capture of CO2 from brown coal-fired power stations using a novel integrated process concept – closing the Sulphur loop (coCAPcO2)'

6. $250,000 for ‘Laser based O2 and CO monitoring'




BCIA awarded $1M in funding for a CSIRO project that plans to trial high efficiency power generation using Victorian brown coal processed into a water-based slurry and directly injected into a large adapted diesel engine.

The
Direct Injection Carbon Engine (DICE) project is targeting a step-change in fuel cycle efficiency enabling a 50 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions intensity compared with Victoria’s existing brown coal-fired power plants.

Successful completion of a stage one risk assessment will facilitate a new three year research program. This is a significant progression of earlier BCIA-funded research and will inform development plans for commercial production of the first direct injection carbon engine powered by water-based lignite slurry.

The project will include a world-first trial of 20 tonnes of micronised refined carbon fuel from Victorian brown coal in a

large stationary diesel engine, to be specially adapted in Japan by leading international engine manufacturer, MAN Diesel &Turbo.

Previous research in a laboratory-scale prototype direct injection carbon engine proved that the lignite slurry can make a high quality fuel. The new CSIRO research project will help to determine if DICE technology can deliver Australia’s lowest cost, low emissions power generation from brown coal; providing an option for the staged replacement of existing brown coal power plants.

The direct injection carbon engine also offers the potential of increased operational flexibility to support peak load electricity demand and supply from intermittent renewable energy; thereby supporting a higher penetration of renewable energy supplies in both Australia and developing countries throughout the world.

CSIRO scientists also believe successful development of the technology will create valuable new export markets for brown and black coal (see
page 4 for more detail).

In addition, BCIA allocated a total of $850,000 for funding of two research projects submitted by Victoria’s Monash University.


Both of the Monash projects significantly extend earlier BCIA-funded research - including the first known study of chemical looping combustion (CLC) and gasification of Victorian brown coal - as an emerging alternate technology for the capture of CO2 at a significantly lower energy and cost penalty.

This research project aims to advance the commercial prospects - in Victoria - of this emerging technology (see
page 6 for details).

The second Monash project is a continuation of earlier BCIA-funded research (via ANLEC R&D) and is expected to accelerate the deployment of oxy-fuel combustion for Victorian brown coal; thereby improving power generation efficiency and significantly reducing CO2 capture costs.


Oxy-firing technology is a process for the combustion of coal in a mixture of high-purity oxygen and recirculated flue gas; the resultant high purity CO2 requires minimal additional treatment and can be stored almost directly deep underground in geological formations or used in other conversion processes (see page 7 for details).


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