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ACI industry stakeholders can potentially encompass a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, construction, fuels and chemicals, bioplastics, transport, food processing, medical diagnostics, renewable energy and CO₂ capture. Current industry members are entrepreneurial developers of carbon upgrading technologies, along with interested industry representative groups in the United States and Japan.


We have developed a comprehensive membership benefits program that is tailored to the interests of each member organisation and, by pooling membership funds, our members can access programs of considerable scale – up to 10 times the value of their annual membership fee.

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Click HERE to download ACI Membership Brochure


Organisations interested in advancing a sustainable future for lignite and other sources of carbon are invited to become members of ACI.

Members join a network of stakeholders and have direct access to ACI projects and initiatives. Our industry stakeholders include coal-fired energy operators, original equipment manufacturers, companies involved in the conversion of carbon to value-added products and services companies operating in the carbon-based sector.

As an ACI member you will have access to:

  • Commissioned Research Reports including intelligence gathering and in-depth analysis of global activities and R&D

  • Research Reports and Symposiums with the ability to inform and identify focus areas for ACI sponsored PhD projects

  • Seminars and Published Reports on BCIA’s extensive research program including development and demonstration projects

  • Wide-ranging expertise in government, industry and R&D including access to our MEMBERS only web portal

  • Participation in ACI’s Skills Development activities, international linkages and networks and community forums

  • Recognition of each member organisation’s commitment to a low-emissions future for carbon-based resources and value-added products with opportunity to promote member organisation through the ACI newsletter ‘Perspectives’ and website.

Membership enables ACI’s stakeholders to work with like-minded organisations to drive the future of the carbon sector through active participation in our skills, networking and R&D programs.


For further information regarding ACI membership, please contact Kirstyn Krausz, ACI Membership Support Manager by emailing

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ACI membership offers significant benefits for industry, research providers, tertiary education institutions, governments and national and international organisations with objectives aligned to ACI's strategic direction. ACI is committed to become an international focal point and an authoritative source of advice and information for the sustainable development and deployment of lignite and other sources of carbon.

State Government Victoria

State Government of Victoria

The Victorian Government is committed to providing an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supply for Victorians and to foster the efficient and responsible operation of Victoria’s earth resource sectors.

The Government is also committed to ensuring a transition to low emissions brown coal power generation as quickly and economically as possible, alongside development of the greatest practicable use of renewable and other lower emission energy sources.

The Victorian Government is committed to the following.

  • Actively promoting research and development in technology to reduce emissions from coal-fired generation and encourage the development of carbon capture and storage.

  • Promoting the development of Victoria as a CCS hub, including confirming the continuation of the $30 million CarbonNet project.

  • Introducing a restriction on new approvals for coal-fired power stations that would exceed a target emission level of 0.8 tonnes of CO2 per megawatt hour.
    Working with the Federal Government to ensure that Victoria has access to its fair share of federal funding for the development of cleaner coal technology and CCS.


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Environmental Clean Technologies

Environmental Clean Technologies Limited (ECT) is an ASX-listed, Victorian-based company focused on developing and commercialising technologies that transform low-value feedstocks into higher-value products with a low or zero-emission footprint. 


ECT’s technology can play a key role in the transition to net zero by utilising abundant low-rank and waste fuel and chemical sources in a new, clean way.


The Company's core technology COLDry is a low-cost, zero-emission drying process that enables the efficient use of lignite and waste biomass in various downstream applications, including clean hydrogen, agricultural char, fertiliser, industrial chemicals, primary iron production and battery-active carbon.


The company’s Viridian Hydrogen demonstration project northwest of Melbourne, Australia, includes a 35,000 tonne per annum COLDry facility, with plans to demonstrate a range of downstream products including clean hydrogen production, agricultural char, formic acid, methanol and dimethyl ether. 


                “ECT bridges the gap between today's use of resources and tomorrow’s zero-emission future”

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Federation University

Federation University Australia (FedUni) has a Churchill Campus which lies on the doorstep of Victoria’s greatest brown coal assets. FedUni is the nation’s newest university and as a new university with a community focus we are committed to further research into the responsible utilisation of brown coal in our region for the benefit of all stakeholders. There is growing scope for new manufacturing industries producing value added products particularly gases and liquids based on the State’s large carbon resource.

Our Gippsland campus has a long history of involvement in brown coal research, including being the site for the Victorian Brown Coal Council research laboratory which opened in 1984. Our vision is to create research facilities that combine both community energy education with laboratories and services that assist industry with the demonstration and operation of their new generation of brown coal technologies.


Currently, there is no single entity devoted to applied research and practical demonstration of known and novel technologies for the sole purpose of developing Victoria’s brown coal resource. We have recently created a new research centre to offer technology developers advanced facilities and technical support to undertake research from concept through to commercial demonstration. The Churchill campus setting is not space limited and the proximity to the existing coal extraction sites minimises constraints that would be rapidly apparent in an urban setting.

FedUni has a strong tradition of education and training delivery which spans more than 140 years via our predecessor institutions, the University of Ballarat and Monash University’s Gippsland Campus. FedUni is Australia’s only regional, multi-sector university and a pivotal provider of post-secondary education for regional Victoria. With a proud track record in business innovation and entrepreneurship, we strive to enhance the relevance and currency of our education, training, research and consultancy capabilities.

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Monash University

Monash University was established in Melbourne in 1958, and is Australia's most internationalised university. It has eight campuses including one in Malaysia and one in South Africa, and a centre in Prato, Italy. An energetic and dynamic university, Monash is committed to quality education and research. Through collaborative research, student exchange programs and an ever-growing Alumni network, Monash has links with people and organisations throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East.

About the Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering is one of the largest in Australia, renowned worldwide for the quality of our teaching and research, and the calibre of our graduates. Our equipment and facilities are outstanding, and include the following:

  • Microscopy and microanalysis equipment worth $8 million.

  • An 80-metre wave tank.


At Monash, we teach our students to design creatively, to take an innovative approach to both the development and the application of engineering technology. Our academic staff – many of whom are acknowledged leaders in their fields – provide a stimulating learning environment that extends well beyond the lecture hall. Recent graduates can now be found working for government departments, for large industrial corporations, and in the banking and finance sector. Many have gone on to form their own companies. Every one of them is relying on the firm foundation of technical problem-solving skills developed during their time at Monash.

About Chemical Engineering
Established in 1962, the Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the leading Chemical Engineering Departments in Australia who pride themselves in their commitment to outstanding research and teaching. The Department’s mission is to create fundamental knowledge and pioneer technologies in the chemical engineering sciences. Undergraduate programs are modern and relevant to today’s and tomorrows engineers. With outstanding academic staff and well funded research programs, our facilities provide excellent opportunities for postgraduate research work leading to Masters or PhD degrees.

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CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO’s vision is to make a profound and positive impact for the future of Australia and humanity through delivering great science and innovative solutions for industry, society and the environment.

CSIRO’s Advanced Coal Technology Portfolio is the largest coal research program in Australia and is leading the nation’s low emissions coal research effort.

The research program covers the entire coal value chain and works with government, industry and research partners to meet national and global emissions reduction targets and facilitate the transition to a viable low carbon energy future and includes the following:

  • Technologies to increase efficiency and safety of underground mining while lowering fugitive emissions.

  • New coal-based low emission power technologies for electricity generation.

  • Financially viable carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies.


CSIRO’s coal research program delivers research solutions that minimise the adverse environmental and social impacts of Australia’s coal resources and maintains the direct benefits of national economic prosperity and access to affordable and reliable electricity supply.

Through CSIRO’s multidisciplinary and extensive science and engineering capabilities, it has the ability to undertake long term research and development that will underpin more efficient, safer and lower environmental impact coal mining and utilisation.

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JCOAL (Japan Coal Energy Centre)

Japan Coal Energy Centre (JCOAL) is the first international member of ACI. The reciprocal membership arrangement between BCIA and JCOAL will enable linkages between Australian and Japanese researchers and industry and support opportunities for collaboration in low-emissions brown coal utilisation.

JCOAL is a leading Asia-Pacific coal energy-related organisation in human resources and technology R&D to support the sustainable development, commercialisation, transfer and dissemination of clean coal technologies.

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Lignite Energy Council

Lignite Energy Council

Lignite Energy Council’s primary objective is to maintain a viable lignite coal industry and enhance development of America's lignite coal resources for use in generating electricity, synthetic natural gas and valuable byproducts.

Based in North Dakota, members of the Lignite Energy Council include mining companies, major users that use lignite to generate electricity, synthetic natural gas and other valuable byproducts, and businesses that provide goods and services to the lignite industry. At the heart of the Lignite Energy Council’s efforts are programs covering the following four separate areas.

  • Government Action

  • Research & Development

  • Education

  • Public Relations & Marketing


Through these programs, the Council provides timely, accurate information that enables elected officials, government leaders and the public to make sound, informed decisions on lignite issues. The R&D program is a joint venture between industry and the State of North Dakota. The program helps maintain jobs, increase economic activity and tax revenue to the state and local government entities. As regulations are implemented to reduce emissions from existing power plants, research and development activities that lead to new novel technologies become increasingly important.

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Omnia Specialities Australia Pty Ltd.

Our core philosophy is sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on optimising the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. Our foremost challenge is to manufacture organic based bio stimulants that maximise and sustain soil productivity for the benefit of our customers.

The Omnia Group (parent) is a fundamental producer of a wide range of fertilizers. Our manufacturing plant is in Morwell, Victoria. Omnia has expanded its Humate production capacity through investment in new plant and technology. Due to our access to unique quality of raw materials in Australia and our innovative product development, we have grown into the largest Australian manufacturer of natural humate based products.

We collaborate with Federation University and other Australian research institutions to develop new products and tools locally for use in Australia and worldwide; with the bounty of Australian talent and exceptional raw materials, our contribution to agriculture and research is significant.

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