ACI funding supports research and development initiatives that are technically excellent and that will lead to increased commercial deployment of low-emissions technologies utilising undervalued carbon resources.
ACI’s technology R&D portfolio has been constructed to achieve a strategic balance over three areas of activity:
1. Low emissions value-added products from carbon resources
Research into a range of processes that can produce export-quality products from low cost carbon-rich resources. The technologies needed to upgrade these resources include primary processes such as gasification, pyrolysis, extraction and CO₂ recycling, and additive processes such as polymerisation, 3D printing, laser etching and fibre spinning. These technologies may be further supplemented with emerging developments in renewable energy and hydrogen.
2. CO₂ capture technologies
Research into the integration of a range of CO₂ capture technologies into industrial carbon upgrading processes. The aim is to reduce the cost of the carbon capture technologies to enhance the cost-effectiveness of low-emissions carbon upgrading processes.
3. Low emissions power from lignite
Research into technologies that will allow power production from lignite to be cost-effectively integrated with carbon capture and storage.
The proportion of the total value of the research portfolio that was allocated to each of these priority areas during the period 2010-2015 is shown below.
Subsequent research investments have responded to the need for a more balanced portfolio by an increased emphasis on projects on low emissions value-added products from carbon resources.
RESEARCH REPORT - Opportunities for Carbon Dioxide recycling in Victoria
ACI has produced a report highlighting the potential of CO₂ recycling for the creation of new business opportunities in Victoria. Rapid progress is being made in CO₂ recycling overseas, while Victoria hosts a research infrastructure to allow similar developments locally.
This study reports on all the currently prospective CO₂ recycling technologies, including (i) direct use of CO₂, (ii) biological conversion of CO₂, (iii) inorganic carbonation, (iv) catalytic chemical conversion of CO₂, and (v) electrochemical conversion of CO₂. The report highlights the most prospective value-added products that could be made in Victoria using recycled CO₂.
The link for this report is provided below. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the password to download this report.
BCIA's FIVE YEAR REPORT - Positioning brown coal for a low-emissions future 2009-2015
Brown Coal Innovation Australia (BCIA) developed a report on the outcomes of the first five years of programs to create a brighter future for brown coal. This report covers the work undertaken by BCIA and our partner organisations and details how we have delivered on our mission to develop research, technologies and people to reduce the environmental impact - and deliver social and economic benefits - from sustainable use of brown coal.
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CURRENT ACI PROJECTS
Carbon fibres from Victorian lignite
Joint project by Monash University and Deakin University
COMPLETED BCIA PROJECTS
Evaluation of Advanced PCC Process and Equipment With Two Advanced Liquid Absorbents for Application in Victorian Brown Coal Fired Power Stations
Project by CSIRO in collaboration with IHI Corporation and AGL Loy Yang