Issue 5 (2013)

Issue 5 (2013)



FEBRUARY 2013: ISSUE 5



THE NEWSLETTER OF BROWN COAL INNOVATION AUSTRALIA


IN THIS ISSUE:

CEO'S UPDATE:

1


TECHNOLOGY:

A Boost for CO2 Capture Initiatives
2


RESEARCH:

Prof Klaus Hein reflects on his time as a BCIA Research Leader Fellow
3


HIRRA AZHER:


Water Recovery from Brown Coal using Membrane Separation Processes
5



KEITH LOVEGROVE:


Solar Conversion of Brown Coal
6


TECHNOLOGY:

J C Steele & Sons Australia LLC
7


BCIA SHORT COURSES:


- One day workshop - Taking technologies out of the laboratory: challenges and opportunities
- One day expert seminars on gasification and coal drying
8


8


SPOTLIGHT ON BCIA:


What's News at BCIA
What's News continued

9
10
BCIA Membership
11
Events Calendar
12


SPOTLIGHT ON BCIA MEMBER:


Victorian Government
12




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CEO's Update

BCIA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Phil Gurney
The new year is often a time for reflection on past success and an opportunity to look ahead to what the future holds.

BCIA and our funding recipients have achieved some notable successes in recent times. An example is the boost to BCIA’s CO2 capture initiatives.

The Hazelwood test facility managed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) has been extended (see page 2), and now has the ability to pilot multiple technologies, including the CO2CRC’s Uno precipitating solvent, and the WES Group’s frother technology.

In the area of low emissions power, both the CSIRO’s Direct Injection Coal Engine (DICE) project and Monash University’s oxy-fuel pilot project have made major advances, while the brown coal (humate) fertiliser project also with Monash University is proceeding with field trials.

BCIA Research Leader Fellow, Klaus Hein, has made significant contributions to building bridges between Australian and international research activities during his time in Australia. Klaus has now come to the end of his term with BCIA, and provides his perspective on brown coal developments on
page 3 and 4.

BCIA has also been contemplating potential new research areas for brown coal. We recently funded IT Power to undertake a study on opportunities to integrate
advances in the fields of solar thermal research with brown coal technologies – Keith Lovegrove talks about the outcomes on page 6.

Looking to the future, over the coming year BCIA will seek to extend our research program, further grow our membership base and expand our funding base.

We will continue to encourage international collaboration through support of international seminars and conferences, and work to encourage expanded collaboration between academic and industry research; for example working with early-career researchers to plan for success, and examine how they can take their research outcomes to the next level of deployment (see
page 8).

We will also share the results of our activities to deliver an environmentally sustainable, low emissions future for brown coal with a broad audience.

This will be an exciting year for BCIA, and I look forward to sharing it with you.





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