|Expanding the horizons for coal research|
|BCIA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Phil Gurney|
|Over the past five years of operations, BCIA has funded research projects that have led to over 30 students being enrolled in higher-degree research in brown-coal related areas. Many of these students are now writing up, or have recently completed their PhD studies, have recently taken up new jobs, or are currently seeking employment in the area. |
|In the Skills section on page 9 you can see brief status updates from some of our brown coal alumni, and in this issue we also feature three excellent projects being undertaken by PhD candidates. |
Adam Rady provides an overview of his work on using brown coal in direct carbon fuel cells – and shows that Victorian coals work surprisingly well in this application.
David Stokie provides an update on recent progress in steam fluidised bed drying of brown coal – his investigations into the physical and chemical changes of coals that have been through a drying process may be interesting to companies seeking to establish new coal-to-products applications.
BCIA members will soon receive copies of our Research and Technology review for Oxygen Blown Gasification. In parallel to the development of this report, Sunaina Dayal has been working on a project with Monash University and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in the area of coal gasification.
Sunaina reports on the work done on understanding brown coal slag viscosity under the conditions to be found in an oxygen-blown entrained flow gasifier. This has shown that some brown coal deposits are more suited than others for this application.
BCIA funds research with the aim of accelerating, de-risking and optimising the potential for environmentally sustainable uses of brown coal. An important aspect of this is to ensure that projects progress from the laboratory bench to demonstration and deployment.
| While BCIA does not take an intellectual property or equity ownership position in the technologies we support, we are able to provide advice, assistance and introductions to potential partners that will help in moving technologies along the commercialisation pathway. |
As such, we are delighted to announce that the UNO technology for CO2 capture – for which BCIA provided research funding – has been taken up by a new company; UNO Technologies Pty Ltd.
UNO was formed to commercialise a range of globally relevant CO2 capture technologies and services. On page 4, Barry Hooper provides an overview of how this company will contribute towards the transition to a carbon neutral future in the second half of this century.
BCIA’s membership continues to grow, and in this edition of Perspectives, it is the turn of Greenpower Energy Limited to share with us their plans for conversion of brown coal to a range of chemical products.
In this issue of Perspectives you will also find information on how BCIA is developing an industry driven research agenda for the next four years, as well as details on our recent events and activities.
As always, I trust that you will enjoy this issue of Perspectives.