Carbon Technology Research Centre

Faculty of Science and Technology

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Rubicon Staff Visit for Some Upskilling

Rubicon Outdoor Centre is an outdoor secondary school operated by the Department of Education of Training (DET), they visited the Lab this week to enhance their staffs knowledge staffs knowledge base about energy issues.

A/Prof Vince Verheyen provided a fantastic talk, tour and discussion. 'It really increased our understanding of the issues and complexities in this area' said Paul Banks.

Pictured left to right: Jon Merry, Mark Cook, Centauri Hirt, Maddie Ovens, Paul Banks, Matthew Bretherton (Rubicon Staff) and Vince Verheyen (FedUni).

Bioresource Processing Institute of Australia (BioPRIA)

Thilina is a chemical engineering PhD student at Monash University, Clayton. His thesis is on “Biorefinery Opportunities in a Thermomechanical Pulping Mill” for which he collaborates with Norske Skog Australia Paper Mills at Boyer, Tasmania.

Thilina is currently visiting the CCS Laboratory for resin acids analysis using GC – FID and terpene analysis using Headspace GC. His research interests are thermomechanical pulping, refining, nanocellulose production and application, phytochemicals, biorefineries, life cycle analysis, and technoeconomic feasibility analysis.

Welcome Thilina!

International guests visit the lab

We recently had a visit from a group of International visiting scientists and engineers from the International CSS Knowledge Centre, Canada and the United Kingdom. They were escorted by the CO2CRC to discuss progress in Carbon Capture and Storage and conduct a CTRC Lab tour.

Our center looks forward to collaborating with them in our research projects.

Laboratory staff update their skills

CTRC staff recently attended a training day by ATX updating their skills for utilisation of the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Training was specifically for the energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) located at its Federation University Australia, Gippsland Campus. The SEM has the advantage over optical microscopy of greater resolutions and magnifications.

EDX / EDS allows quick, semi-quantitative sample characterisation and can be used to identify surface contamination and impurities located by the SEM examination. EDX / EDS is also required to ascertain if the correct material has been used in the manufacture of a product, e.g. grade of alloy.

Carbon capture and storage laboratory opens at Gippsland Campus

CO2CRC Limited and Federation University Australia officially opened a new carbon capture and storage (CCS) laboratory at Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Campus in September 2016.

The Hon Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Federal Member for Gippsland, opened this vital technology and analytical resource.

The FedUni laboratory is part of the Australian CCS Research Laboratories Network (CCSNet). It is funded through a $2.3 million agreement between the Australian Government’s Education Infrastructure Fund and CO2CRC Limited.

The new laboratory will conduct important research into a range of CCS technologies, with the aim of reducing the cost of implementation so as to make price-competitive carbon reduction options.

“The new laboratory’s location at Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Campus is particularly fitting, given that nearly 90 per cent of Australia’s brown coal reserves are located here,” Dr Vincent Verheyen, Director of the Carbon Technology Research Centre at Federation University Australia, said.

“The laboratory will make a significant contribution to the understanding and implementation of solvent-based post-combustion capture at Latrobe Valley Brown Coal power generation facilities.

“While the initial focus of the facilities will be on local flue gas, the knowledge gained will be relevant to other power generators and broadened to pre-combustion coal to product applications around the country and internationally,” Dr Verheyen said.

Tania Constable, CO2CRC’s CEO, believes that carbon capture storage can and should play a vital role in supporting the renewal of the Gippsland region and Federation University Australia will play its part. Ms Constable said, “CCS is the only proven and reliable technology to remove large scale emissions from power generation and industrial processes. The Gippsland community’s plan for action highlights the potential of CCS. This means thousands of jobs for the Gippsland region and will remove over 10 per cent of Australia’s emissions.”

One of the goals of the Commonwealth Education Infrastructure Funded Centre will be to focus on undertaking future energy training and research towards environmentally neutral and cost effective carbon based technologies.

The facility will provide a community focal point for science on brown coal and related energy knowledge topics. It will provide energy education services to community groups and students from primary school to post-graduate level.