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IEA Clean Coal Centre Webinars

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  • Non-energy products from coal
    Non-energy products from coal Dr Ian Reid Recorded: May 23 2018 38 mins
    In this webinar we will consider potential uses for coal beyond power generation and steel blast furnace furnaces. There are opportunities to use coal derived feed stocks in chemicals, minerals, agriculture, new materials and pollution control. With the electrification of energy use that is projected to double by 2040 this is raising demand for new materials and minerals that can be derived from coal to support renewable energy generation and the electrification of ground transport. The problems of desertification and fresh water supply are set to increase and coal products can be used to mitigate soil erosion, improve water quality, and also reduce emission from fossil fuel power plants.

    The recent discovery of new forms of carbon is leading to applications in energy storage, aerospace and composite materials. When considering new carbon-based materials a major issue is the source of carbon and whether it is suitable to use a coal feed stock, and what the effect of that is on the quality of the product and the manufacturing complexity. In addition to new applications for carbon there is an established coal to chemicals industry that provides a host of everyday products that is encountering new environmental challenges. The versatility of carbon means that this webinar will cover a broad range of topics exploring issues and opportunities for the non-energy uses of coal.
  • Production and supply chain costs of coal
    Production and supply chain costs of coal Paul Baruya Recorded: Apr 18 2018 30 mins
    Before the price recovery in 2016, the price of internationally traded coal took a downward trend for five consecutive years, forcing coal producers to rationalise their operations. Today we see the export coal industry in a much healthier situation, with stronger prices and a lower cost base. This webinar will examine the costs of production of coal from major exporting countries around the world, and look at how cost trends have changed over the years.
  • The use of coal-derived wastes as a source of energy
    The use of coal-derived wastes as a source of energy Dr Stephen Mills Recorded: Mar 21 2018 35 mins
    Inevitably, the production of coal creates various waste streams, some of which contain enough residual coal to give them potential as sources of energy. Some types may be used directly or alternatively, reprocessed to recover their coal content. They can form low cost fuels that reduce the demand for fresh coal. Furthermore, their use helps minimise the amounts stored in dumps or settling ponds, reducing their unwanted environmental impacts.
    This webinar will examine the types of wastes, the amounts generated, and their utilisation for the main coal-producing countries.
  • NOx control for high ash coal-fired plant
    NOx control for high ash coal-fired plant Maggie Wiatros- Motyka Recorded: Feb 21 2018 41 mins
    Many countries have strict emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and so NOx control systems are widely used on coal-fired power plants. India has recently introduced NOx emission limits so pollution control technologies will need to be installed. This webinar will review available NOx controls for coal-fired units in general. With examples of recent developments, systems that could be successfully applied in Indian power plants are identified. The challenges facing Indian utilities are also considered. The new Indian standards have created opportunities for equipment manufacturers, as well as a need for global technology leaders to modify their products to meet local market requirements, particularly high ash content coal.
  • Supply chain costs of biomass cofiring
    Supply chain costs of biomass cofiring Ben Dooley Recorded: Jan 24 2018 41 mins
    This webinar will review the supply chain costs of biomass cofiring. In order for cofiring to continue to play a long-term role in a emissions reduction strategy it must be competitive with other renewable technologies in terms of cost and CO2 abatement potential. Tune in to get a better understanding of the current supply chain costs, analysis of the emissions associated with biomass utilisation and the possible effects of government policy on future deployment.
  • Water issues and wastewater treatment in coal-fired power plants
    Water issues and wastewater treatment in coal-fired power plants Anne Carpenter Recorded: Dec 13 2017 38 mins
    Significant areas of the world are facing a high level of water stress. This webinar will look at the the power generation industry and the challenges it is facing with water availability. Power plant operators can reduce their dependence on fresh water by using non-fresh water sources and conserving water within a power plant. The emphasis will be on the treatment of wastewater from coal-fired power plants and its reuse.
  • HELE technology: A key step towards near zero emissions
    HELE technology: A key step towards near zero emissions Dr Andrew Minchener Recorded: Nov 22 2017 46 mins
    This timely webinar will review the implications of development and deployment of HELE (high efficiency, low emissions) coal power technologies. Some 40% of world power generation comes from coal, which means huge CO2 savings are possible by using HELE technologies. Therefore it is essential to support the use of more efficient coal-fired power, as it's the only realistic way to bring down CO2 emissions. The aim should be to minimise the emissions of CO2 from coal, through improvements in efficiency and the subsequent introduction of CCS.
  • What does the Minamata convention mean for coal?
    What does the Minamata convention mean for coal? Dr Lesley Sloss Recorded: Oct 25 2017 28 mins
    This timely webinar will review the implications of the Minamata Convention on Mercury on coal. COP1, the 1st Conference of the Parties, of the convention was held in Geneva at the end of September. Tune in to to get a full update on the final text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and a discussion on the potential consequences for emerging economies who have a significant dependence on coal.

    UNEP (the United Nations Environment Programme) first raised the issue of mercury as the most important, unregulated, pollutant in the global environment in the mid 2000s and, in response, established the first INC (International Negotiating Committee) and the UNEP Partnership Areas in 2008. The IEA CCC has been lead of the Coal Partnership since its inception.

    Coordinating mercury reduction programmes throughout the world will include numerous social, economic and technological challenges and will be dependent on technology transfer as well as significant international funding. By the time COP1 of Minamata eventually closed, 83 countries had signed the Minamata convention and committed to developing national implementation plans. The next step will be the acceptance of those plans and, ultimately, the movement of these plans into action.
  • Overcoming barriers to  carbon capture through international collaboration
    Overcoming barriers to carbon capture through international collaboration Toby Lockwood Recorded: Sep 27 2017 32 mins
    Carbon capture and storage must be implemented on a global scale if ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emissions are to be met, yet deployment of the technology over the last decade has been slow. CCS faces a number of unique barriers, including high upfront costs and investment risks, uncertain public and political support, and a need for new regulatory regimes. To help overcome these barriers, a number of formal collaborations have been established between countries with commitments to CCS development. Multilateral initiatives such as the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum and the Clean Energy Ministerial have sought to share research experience, spread favourable policy and regulation, promote public acceptance, and build mutual trust on commitment to CCS. Several bilateral agreements, often between an OECD country and China, have also been created over the last decade with a view to promote investment and joint research into CCS. This webinar will briefly review the barriers to CCS development and highlight the work of some key multilateral and bilateral initiatives, as well as the challenges they have faced.
  • Environmental impacts from coal mining and transport
    Environmental impacts from coal mining and transport Dr Lesley Sloss Recorded: Aug 23 2017 47 mins
    This webinar addresses the environmental effects of coal mining and related transport, reviewing the potential environmental impacts arising at all stages of the coal chain. Potential environmental impacts from emissions of dust, water, and local land use are reviewed, highlighting emerging techniques to limit and reduce negative effects.

    Examples of best practice for mine operation, transport logistics and dust control will demonstrate the potential for improved performance and environmental sustainability in the field. Socioeconomic impacts, as well as regional employment and community engagement, are also covered. In this day and age mining companies will need to comply with environmental law as well as demonstrating best practice and public engagement to have new projects approved.

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