|Dr Phil Gurney|
BCIA Chief Executive Officer
|Transforming ideas into innovation|
|This September edition of Perspectives is timed to coincide with the International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T), which is being held in Melbourne for the first time. BCIA is the major sponsor of this conference. We look forward to welcoming the world leaders in coal science to our home town.|
|In this issue, we shine a light on some of the progressive research that BCIA has supported over the past five years, and also look forward to what is required to ensure a sustainable future for Australia’s brown coal resources.|
A key future role for coal will be to support the increasing penetration of intermittent renewable energy – so new power plants must combine fast start / stop / ramp times with significantly reduced emissions. DICE can potentially deliver all this and more, and Louis Wibberley reports on the latest developments.
Continuing the theme from last issue, David McManus explains the huge potential for agricultural products derived from brown coal, and the contribution of BCIA funded research. David also highlights a recent BCIA-supported report on CO₂ dispersion modelling, which will be made available soon to regulators and the general public.
Alan Chaffee provides a review of the work he has undertaken as BCIA Research Fellow, and provides some insights into the future uses of brown coal, from high-value manufacturing opportunities through to potential low-cost pathways to convert CO₂ into commodity chemicals.
The Australian Synchrotron has enabled fundamental research that would not otherwise be possible, and we feature an article on how this facility has added value to our research and development programme.
As always there is more going on than we can fit in to our newsletter Perspectives, so please visit our website for the latest updates, and if you are visiting Melbourne for ICCS&T 2015 conference, we welcome you to drop by our stand and learn more about how BCIA is transforming ideas into innovations that position brown coal for a low-emissions future.