Funding boost for innovative low emission technology

The brightest minds in the resources and power generation sectors have been awarded more than $8 million in funding for their research ideas.

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

Clement Yoong, Coal Innovation NSW Acting Program Director at the Department of Planning and Environment, said the funding will 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. That means we must embrace innovations in all technologies,” Mr Yoong said.

“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 eight successful projects include investigations into:

  • using membranes to capture carbon dioxide from a coal fired power station lead by Professor Vicki Chen. This project leverages extensive expertise on new generation of gas separation nanocomposite membranes.
  • 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;
  • 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. I look forward to see how the projects develop,” Mr Yoong said.

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