|SPOTLIGHT ON BCIA|
|What’s News at BCIA?|
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
|The R&D portfolio is currently in a transition phase, with most projects from the 2010 Funding Round either finished or winding up, and projects in the 2013 Funding Round just getting under way. PhD students are putting the finishing touches to thesis manuscripts prior to submission, while new students are beginning their literature reviews.|
Some new projects, which are based on a strong existing base, are already making good progress. A good example is a project being led by HRL Technology, in which O2 and CO laser sensors have been installed in an air heater outlet at Yallourn W Power Station.
The aim of this project is to test whether the advanced laser sensors can provide more reliable and representative gas composition measurements than the standard sensors used throughout the industry. Having successfully installed the two test instruments, HRL Technology will now monitor and assess their performance over the next six months.
The advanced post-combustion capture (PCC) project, to be sited at Loy Yang A Power Station is also off to a good start. This project will involve the installation and operation of a new PCC process which is intended to significantly reduce the cost of capturing CO2 from power station flue gas.
The pilot plant will be designed and built by the Japanese technology company IHI, and operated in collaboration with CSIRO. The pilot plant must be designed to conform to both Japanese and Australian industrial and safety standards, which adds to the complexity of the task. However, good progress is being made, with the final design nearing completion.
The new oxy-fuel combustion project, being led by Monash University, builds on a successful project undertaken through the 2010 Funding Round. The feasibility of combusting Victorian brown coal under oxy-firing conditions has already been demonstrated at Shanghai Boiler Work’s pilot test facility.
The focus of current work is to further understand the nature of the chemical species produced during oxy-fuel combustion of brown coal, and their likely role in ash formation and metal corrosion.
Reaction rate kinetics for evolution of sulphur-containing species are being studied, to improve the quality of the models being developed for the oxy-fuel process. Experimental investigations on ash reactions and tube corrosion are being conducted at Chubu University in Japan, using a specially-constructed horizontal furnace.
|The highly detailed nature of the work already under way is a direct result of the strong collaborations forged during the previous funding round.|
These three projects, like the others in the 2013 Funding Round, are intended to accelerate the deployment of low-emissions power generation technologies in Victoria.
Developing practical experience with such technologies will support the long-term sustainable utilisation of Victoria’s brown coal resource.
COMMUNICATIONS AND STAKEHOLDER RELATIONS
|During recent months, BCIA’s 2013/14 Funding Round has generated significant positive media coverage of brown coal low-emissions technology innovation and R&D activity funded by the Victorian and Australian governments; the latter via BCIA’s relationship agreement with ANLEC R&S.|
In late April this year, an initial five projects awarded BCIA funding were announced by the Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Russell Northe, at the opening of the Third Low Rank Coal Symposium held in Melbourne.
Mr Northe told stakeholders at the symposium: “Victoria has a great opportunity to capitalise on projects such as this with its abundant reserves of brown coal which, with the right measures in place for making brown coal an efficient and sustainable industry, has great potential for boosting the economy.
“That is why the Victorian Government is supporting and investing in projects that can deliver real outcomes for innovating the industry, creating jobs and delivering a sustainable energy source for future demand.”
Publicity of the initial five projects resulted in more than 30 media interviews and articles across radio, television and press including various specialist industry, trade and environmental publications.
In early August, BCIA announced the sixth project to be awarded funding via the 2013/14 Funding Round: Victoria’s first 24/7 capable CO2 capture facility for brown coal power generation.
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