|International partnerships point the way for the future of brown coal|
|Dr Phil Gurney|
BCIA CEO & Director
|This issue of Perspectives has a strong focus on international and industry partnerships – partnerships that BCIA is supporting to take brown coal R&D out of the laboratory and towards commercial adoption. In doing so, BCIA’s research and industry partners are helping to accelerate the deployment of improved, environmentally responsible uses of brown coal.|
|BCIA’s focus in funding R&D activity is to ensure that Australia has access to the skills and technologies necessary to continue the economically beneficial use of brown coal - in an emissions-constrained world. By supporting top-class Australian researchers to partner with international R&D facilities, BCIA encourages the cross-fertilisation of ideas, and enables access to equipment that is not available locally. When research is nearing commercialisation, BCIA also assists researchers to work with appropriate local and international industry partners, enabling full economic evaluation of the benefits of R&D, and access to facilities that enable the rapid scale-up of technologies. |
In this issue of Perspectives, Seng Lim provides an update on the chemical looping combustion project; an excellent example of how BCIA funded research projects are collaborating locally and internationally. David McManus provides an overview of a range of other BCIA funded research, and how the links to Europe, Japan and China are helping these projects to fulfil their true potential.
In an exciting development, the BCIA funded PICA project, a collaboration between AGL Loy Yang, CSIRO, IHI (Japan) and BCIA, has recently started capturing CO₂ from the power station flue gas. This project uses a new carbon capture plant (the fourth pilot plant BCIA has helped fund) to enable long-term testing of CO₂ capture - we feature an update on the launch event on page 8.
Over the last five years, BCIA has directly supported 16 PhD students, with around 40 research students involved in our program of R&D. In this issue, we hear from two of these PhD students about their projects. Adeel Ghayur has recently commenced work on how CO₂ capture will change the industrial ecology of the Latrobe Valley, while Manabendra Saha has now submitted his thesis on MILD combustion and its application to Victorian brown coal. We also feature a “where are they now” section on some of BCIA’s PhD students who have recently completed their projects – if you are looking for highly skilled and motivated employees, you will find them here!
The Victorian State Government has recently announced an aspirational target of “net zero” CO₂ emissions for the State by 2050. This will be a difficult target to achieve, and will have an impact on all sectors of the economy, not least in how the State uses its brown coal resources into the future. Through the Take2 initiative, the State Government is calling on Victorian companies to drive innovation and technology to address climate change. BCIA has taken the “Take 2” pledge, as you can see on page 7.
As always, I trust that you find this issue of Perspectives interesting and informative, and hope that it will inspire you to contribute to the future for brown coal in Australia!