Low Emissions Research and Innovation – BCIA and Brown Coal in the NEWS

Low Emissions Research and Innovation – BCIA and Brown Coal in the NEWS

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(18 March 2016)

PICA 'Powers Up' to improve CO₂ Capture

CSIRO and industry partners today launched a two-year research program to improve efficiency of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture. Click HERE to read CSIRO's news release.

(4 August 2014)

BCIA funds Victoria’s first 24/7 capable CO2 capture facility for brown coal power generation

Brown Coal Innovation Australia (BCIA) today announced funding for a research and development project which will target significantly reduced carbon emissions from brown coal power generation in Victoria and throughout the world.

The project, selected in BCIA’s 2013/14 competitive R&D funding round, also aims to slash the capital and operational costs for large-scale carbon capture plants; arguably the greatest challenge facing global deployment of carbon capture for fossil fuel power generation.

BCIA has received multi-million dollar funding from the Victorian Government and the Australian Government via a relationship agreement with Australia National Low Emissions Coal R&D (ANLEC R&D). The ANLEC R&D relationship agreement provides for BCIA to manage ANLEC R&D’s brown coal energy research portfolio.

Today BCIA announced $650,000 awarded towards a research project which will combine CSIRO CO2 capture innovation with that of major Japanese technology vendor; IHI Corporation. The project targets a 40 per cent reduction in the energy usage of current plant post combustion capture (PCC) processes for Victorian brown coal-fired power plants. Capturing CO2 requires significant power and consequently increases energy costs. There are currently about 25 pilot-scale PCC processes operating throughout the world seeking to reduce this energy penalty.

BCIA Chief Executive, Dr Phil Gurney, said: “This research project is targeting a 40 per cent reduction in energy use of current post combustion capture (PCC) processes and will see the installation of a $1 M Japanese-built PCC pilot plant at AGL Loy Yang Power station; the first in Victoria to operate around the clock. The expected reduction in energy usage – as targeted by this project – would lead to significant savings in the cost of energy supplied to the consumer compared to implementing carbon capture using first-generation PCC plant."

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Caption: CSIRO's existing post-combustion carbon capture pilot plant scrubs CO2 from flue gas at the AGL Loy Yang brown coal power station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria; image courtesy of CSIRO.
  • TV: WIN Gippsland, Sale, WIN News, Bruce Roberts 4 Aug 2014 • VIC • Australia • Brown Coal Innovation Australia announces $650,000 in funding towards Victoria's first 24/7 CO2 capture pilot plant. The $1M Japanese-built pilot plant will operate at AGL Loy Yang in Victoria's Latrobe Valley.

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Play video: WIN News, Gippsland, Interview with BCIA CEO, Dr Phil Gurney and Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Russell Northe, 4 Aug 2014 7:04PM • VIC • Australia •




(28 April 2014)


$12M low emissions lignite R&D to power Victoria’s economy


Brown Coal Innovation Australia (BCIA) today announced funding for five research and development projects which will target improved efficiency and significantly reduced carbon emissions from brown coal power generation in Victoria and throughout the world.

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources Russell Northe said “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,” Mr Northe said.

BCIA Chief Executive, Dr Phil Gurney, said: “Our 2013/14 R&D funding round demonstrates there is substantial international and domestic commercial interest in securing a sustainable future for Victoria’s vast and unique brown coal resource; one of the largest and lowest cost lignite coal resources to be found anywhere in the world.


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Caption: CSIRO's existing post-combustion carbon capture pilot plant scrubs CO2 from flue gas at the AGL Loy Yang brown coal power station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria; image courtesy of CSIRO.
  • Radio: ABC NewsRadio, Melbourne, Afternoons, Shon Walker 29 Apr 2014 1:25PM • National • Australia • Carbon emissions from brown coal fired power stations could halve if the Direct Injection Carbon Engine is successful. Brown Coal Innovation Australia has given the CSIRO $1m to develop the technology. Phil Gurney of BCIA speaks about the technology and advancements overseas, as well as the mix of energy
  • Radio: ABC Gippsland, Sale, 06:30 News, Mark DeBono29 Apr 2014 6:30AM • VIC • Australia • The CSIRO has announced plans to try new technology to reduce carbon emissions from coal in the Latrobe Valley, with Brown Coal Innovation Australia allocating $1m to a trial involving the direct injection carbon engine
  • TV: WIN Gippsland, Sale, WIN News, Bruce Roberts 28 Apr 2014 7:04PM • VIC • Australia • The Victorian Government insists there is strong international interest in brown coal from the Latrobe Valley. It comes as funding is announced for five research and development projects using the Valley's rich coal deposits. The CSIRO plan to generate electricity with a large diesel engine using a water based slurry.
  • Radio: ABC Gippsland, Sale, 10:30 News, Newsreader 29 Apr 2014 10:30AM • VIC • Australia • A new trial has been announced for technology in the Latrobe Valley to create cleaner energy from coal by Brown Coal Innovation Australia. The CSIRO says the advances might allow Australia to develop coal reserves while reducing the environmental impacts.
  • Radio: ABC Gippsland, Sale, Mornings, Kath Sullivan 29 Apr 2014 10:42AM • VIC • Australia • Report from Stephanie Anderson. Interview with Dr Phil Gurney, Brown Coal Innovation Australia. Sullivan says Brown Coal Innovation Australia is looking at ways to use more brown coal innovatively while reducing emissions, and will head to Japan for its latest research project of a direct injection carbon engine. Gurney says they are funding research with CSIRO and MAN Diesel for the project, and if the research proves successful the commercialisation of the technology could be very quick. He says it has the potential to replace the current generation power stations, and create a low emissions pathway for coal exports.

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Play video: WIN News, Gippsland, Interview with BCIA CEO, Dr Phil Gurney 28 Apr 2014 7:04PM • VIC • Australia •


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(13 November 2013)


American-Australian partnership signals strong international investment in low-emissions lignite


Brown Coal Innovation Australia (BCIA) today announced it is partnering with the renowned North American Lignite Energy Council to foster and exchange research and development focused on reducing carbon emissions and increasing the efficiency of lignite coal conversion industries in both countries.

The reciprocal membership arrangement between BCIA and the Lignite Energy Council, based in Bismarck, North Dakota, will enable the two organisations to “harness their complementary resources and expertise” to further develop and support opportunities for collaboration in low-emissions brown coal utilisation.

Lignite Energy Council President and Chief Executive Officer, Jason Bohrer, announced the membership agreement with BCIA following a rigorous review of international R&D organisations. “We were studying international R&D groups that we could partner with in order to leverage the benefits of our R&D program,” said Mr Bohrer.


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