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SKILLS
International skills development and student showcase

BCIA is committed to both skills development for new low-emissions brown coal technologies and the creation of new commercial opportunities for such technologies.

Our company seeks to support collaborative projects that help to create strong links with leading overseas organisations with brown coal expertise. One of the ways we do this is by supporting international exchanges and workshops, with the strong involvement of PhD students.

Previous newsletters have highlighted several examples of this. BCIA recently provided support for Joanne Tanner, a PhD student at Monash University, to travel to Germany to undertake experimental work at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ). This exchange has helped to build and strengthen the relationship with FZJ, providing Australian students with direct access to world-leading expertise in ash and slag chemistry.

Dr Lian Zhang’s pilot-scale oxy-fuel combustion project has been an effective vehicle for building strong linkages with Shanghai Boiler Works Co Ltd (SBWL), the second-largest boiler manufacturer in China. Dr Zhang’s project involves regular trips to Shanghai to participate in trials of oxy-fuel combustion of Victorian brown coal in SBWL’s pilot boiler facility, including Dr Zhang himself, postdoctoral research fellow Dr Jian Zhang, and PhD students Baiqian Dai, Wirhan Prationo and Anthony De Girolamo. In return, SBWL has seconded three employees, Dr Xiaojiang Wu, Dr Kai Yan, and Dr Xueyuan Xu, to work at Monash University for a year each, with funding assistance from ATSE/JCG.

In a previous Perspectives newsletter issued in March, we reported on an Australia-China Oxy-fuel Combustion Workshop hosted by Dr Lian Zhang with ATSE/JCG support. This brought experts on oxy-fuel combustion from China, Australia, Germany, Japan, Sweden and the USA for two days of fruitful discussions.

International exchanges and workshops such as these help to break down the barriers of distance and cultural differences, and build the cooperative and constructive relations that are needed to foster new commercial brown coal developments in Australia.

These international relationships are also incubated through the diverse multicultural backgrounds of the PhD students currently engaged in brown coal research. This was highlighted recently, when BCIA ran a one day seminar for early career researchers,
‘Opportunities for higher degree students in low emissions coal technologies’, which was followed by a networking event.

This provided an opportunity for early career researchers to showcase their projects to their peers, companies and research institutes involved in the brown coal industry. It also highlighted the growing number of international linkages that are being leveraged in local brown coal student projects, including companies and universities in both China and Japan.

Over 20 student presentations were delivered, and students had the opportunity to try their hand at chairing the sessions. The quality of presentations and the overall success of this seminar proves that the future of coal research is in good hands. Presentations provided on the day were:

  • Kazi Bayzid Kabir, Monash University - Catalytic Gasification and Assessment of Dimethyl Ether Synthesis from Victorian Brown Coal
  • Joanne Tanner, Monash University – Laboratory Techniques and Apparatus for Entrained Flow Gasification Studies
  • Sunaina Dayal, Monash University - Slag Viscosity: Entrained Flow Gasification of Brown Coal
  • Anthony De Girolamo, Monash University - Developing an Advanced Computer Modelling Program for the Prediction of Brown Coal Ash Slagging/Fouling Propensity under Oxy-Fuel Combustion Mode
  • Kawnish Kirtania, Monash University - Entrained Flow Pyrolysis and Gasification of Selected Biomass - An Experimental and Modelling Study
  • Tahereh Hosseini, Monash University - Investigating Leaching Behaviour of Fresh and Weathered Victorian Brown Coal Fly Ash using Hydrochloric Acid and Ammonium Chloride as Leaching Agents
  • Anita D’Angelo, Monash University - Cerium Based Oxides as Oxygen Selective Sorbents
  • Jinchen Ma, Monash University/Huazhong University of Science and Technology - Experiments of Cold Flow and Thermal Interconnected Fluidized Bed Reactor of Chemical Looping Combustion
  • Sharmen Rajendran, Monash University - Chemical Looping Combustion of Victorian Brown Coal
  • Baiqian Dai, Monash University - Enhanced Precipitation of Magnetic Iron from the Fly Ash Generated During the Combustion of Lignite Mixed with Silica Additive
  • Christian Vogt, Monash University - Improvements in the Working Capacity of a MgO-Cs2CO3 Mixed Sorbent for Pre-Combustion CO2 Capture
  • Alicia Reynolds, Monash University - Degradation of amine solvents during PCC of CO2 from a Victorian brown coal-fired power station
  • David Stokie, Monash University - Steam Fluidized Bed Drying of Victorian Brown Coal
  • Shah Taghavi, Monash University - Effect of Hydrothermal Dewatering of Morwell Brown Coal on Spontaneous Combustion Behaviour
  • Mohammad Reza (Mehrdad) Parsa, Monash University - The Effect of Densification Process of Brown Coal on its Spontaneous Combustion Propensity
  • Hirra Azher, University of Melbourne - Separation Performance of Polymeric Membranes for Water Separation from Brown Coal Flue Gases
  • Manabendra Saha, University of Adelaide - Flameless/MILD Combustion of Solid Fuels
  • Adam Rady, Monash University - Assessing the Performance of Victorian Brown Coal in Direct Carbon Fuel Cells (DCFCs)
  • Karen Little, Monash University - The use of Commercial Brown Coal-Derived Amendments for Pasture Growth and Soil Health
  • Mamun Mollah, Monash University - Attempted Production of Blast Furnace Coke from Victorian Brown Coal
  • Rahmat Dirgantara, RMIT University - Victoria-Latrobe Valley Brown Coal Fly Ash Geopolymer Mortar



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