Posted on 24. Aug, 2010 in Greening Victoria

Research projects that will help Victoria achieve a cleaner energy future have set the framework to reduce the States carbon emissions, Minister for Energy and Resources Peter Batchelor said today.

Mr Batchelor said the Brumby Labor Government invested more than $9 million over three years in nine key research projects through its Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS).

“These important research projects looked at technologies that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from brown coal and there have been some great results,” Mr Batchelor said.

“All the work over the last three years provides a great foundation for further development of technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from brown coal.

“Five of the projects warrant further investigation and will be now extended through Brown Coal Innovation Australia, an independent organisation that the Government has funded with a $16 million grant to work with industry on new brown coal technologies and the adaptation of existing low-emissions technologies.

“Our Government is committed to reducing emissions and supporting the development of both renewable and low emission sources of energy.

“It is vital we support research such as this now because this work could lead to the technologies of the future that will provide clean energy solutions.

“The work being done through this research can take years or even decades to refine and develop so it is important that we provide support early on to help advance it.”

The research involved 10 private companies and four Commonwealth funded research partners including the CSIRO, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales and Monash University.

Mr Batchelor said the ETIS funding had helped leverage a further $14.8 million in Commonwealth and private sector funds for the Victorian based research.

“These projects have played a big role in fostering the next generation of scientific research talent. Many postgraduates and final year engineering students were involved in the projects in what is world-leading research,” he said.

“Each of these projects has been a success from a research and development perspective. We now have some solid information on real technological possibilities for areas such as carbon capture and storage.

“The projects have also resulted in the publication of around 60 research papers which is particularly notable because they all concern a cleaner energy future for Victoria.”

The nine research projects were:

  1. Boiler optimisation

This project used real-time coal flow measurements and combustion diagnostics to reduce CO2 emissions and increase the efficiency of Latrobe Valley boilers.


  1. CFD Modelling of dried brown coal

This project aimed to develop and validate a computer model of power station furnaces to assess their use with dried brown coal in the Latrobe Valley.


  1. HRL Phased Array (advanced flaw detection)

This project looked at applying Phased Array technologies to Victorian brown coal generators. This x-ray technology can assist with asset management of ageing generation plants by picking up faults early, reducing the need for unplanned shutdowns.

  1. Latrobe Valley post combustion capture

The project tested capture technologies developed both locally and internationally, at CO2 capture plants located at Loy Yang and Hazelwood Power Stations.

This project will continue under BCIA.


  1. Advanced materials assessment

This project looked at using advanced materials in power stations in the Latrobe Valley, with the overall aim of improving plant efficiency and reducing unscheduled outages.

This project will continue under BICA.


  1. Oxyfuel combustion of brown coal

This project looked at unique combustion characteristics of burning Victorian brown coal in an oxygen rich environment. This vital information will provide an alternative to capturing CO2 by post combustion capture.

This project will continue under BCIA.


  1. Advanced gasification technology for brown coal

This project experimentally demonstrated the feasibility of using novel gasification technology on Victorian brown coal.

This project will continue under BCIA.


  1. Pre-combustion carbon dioxide capture technologies

This project researched pre-combustion carbon dioxide capture technologies using syngas from HRL’s research gasifier at Mulgrave.

This project will continue under BCIA.

  1. Using brown coal for dewatering, drying and waste-water clean-up

This project investigated the use of brown coal to increase the effectiveness of separation of sludge solids from municipal water treatment plants and pulp mills.

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