Funding boost for low-emission coal technology

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Researchers in the resources and power generation sectors have been awarded more than $8 million in funding to develop low-emission coal technology.

The grants, made through the NSW Coal Innovation Fund that was set up via a four-year levy on electricity distribution companies in 2009-2013, supports research and development of low-emission coal technologies.

Coal Innovation NSW acting program director at the Department of Planning and Environment Clement Yoong said the funding would support eight projects specifically working towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the use of coal in the energy sector.

“Our state is working towards a secure, reliable, affordable and clean energy future,” he said.

“That means we must embrace innovations in all technologies.

“The winning eight research proposals all involve different investigations into cost-effective low emissions coal technologies.

“The successful applicants were selected by an independent and eminent expert panel.”

For this round of funding, the projects include investigations into:

  • using membranes to capture carbon dioxide from a coal-fired power station;
  • reducing the economic costs of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2 capture);
  • developing energy storage for coal fired power stations;
  • assessing emissions from post combustion CO2 capture;
  • demonstrating the use of ammonia as a CO2 capture;
  • harvesting energy from the post combustion CO2 capture process;
  • demonstrating a new type of gas-liquid contactor; and
  • building a first-of-kind 10kW Direct Carbon Fuel Cell, which has the potential to be one the most efficient ways of turning coal into electricity.

“These projects have the potential to have a significant impact on coal innovation technology,” Mr Yoong said.