Thermochemical Energy Storage Plant

David MooneyThe 2017 Luxton Memorial Lecture

Thursday 22 June 2017, 5.30 for a 6pm start

The Braggs Lecture Theatre

Dr David Mooney, Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratories, Colorado, USA.

This is a FREE PUBLIC LECTURE, please register.

New ideas and innovative technologies are critical to energy system transformation. The lecture will provide insights from a leading global think tank to assist South Australians to identify the path to economically attractive, sustainable and secure energy.

South Australia is already at the forefront of the transition to a renewable energy future and there is great potential for local industry to benefit from the new investments that are needed to meet national and international targets for CO2 mitigation.  Our outstanding resources of solar, wind, ocean and geothermal, offer potential for economic opportunity if the transition is well managed.  However, careful planning, local-global partnerships in technology development and market reform are also needed to manage the risks and ensure a successful transition to  a clean,  economically productive and secure energy future.

Dr Mooney is a global leader in efforts to identify and address technical issues associated with large-scale deployment and integration of renewable and efficiency technologies into existing energy infrastructure. The Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL is at the forefront of increasing understanding around the interactions and roles of energy policies, markets, technologies, environmental impacts, economic impacts and infrastructure in the deployment of clean energy technologies.

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The University of Adelaide has today been announced as a founding partner of a national initiative aimed at better positioning entrepreneurs, developers and low carbon technology start-ups to bring their climate solutions to market.

Known as the Australian Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC Australia), the University of Adelaide has committed to becoming one of two founding partners in the state, along with the Government of South Australia.  Read more

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A team of scientists, engineers and regulators are working to increase the sustainability of copper production from Australia’s iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) resources.

Work is underway at the ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium to investigate new process technologies that are cost-effective and reliable for separating non-target metals from the copper ore.

“Cost-effective ways to remove non-target metals from copper concentrates will increase the industry’s economic and environmental sustainability” said Professor Stephen Grano, Director of the Research Hub.

Lead removal looking promising

Lead is one of the non-target metals being investigated. Working with OZ Minerals, members of the Research Hub undertook a field trip to Prominent Hill to investigate if it was possible to increase the lead removal by regrinding ore in the first cleaning stage. Due to the finer size of the reground lead sulphide, more was expected to be transported in liquid and so removed during this stage.

Initial results showed noticeable improvements in the amount of lead removed and the appearance of the froth in the first stage of cleaning.

What’s next?

Further investigations will look at whether the extra grinding has changed the floatability of the lead. This will involve Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, a technique used for the detection of trace metals, and further technical analysis to see if the lead itself has changed.

About the Hub

This work is part of the research being conducted by the Research Hub, which aims to build a better understanding of non-target metals in the rocks, and translate this into developing new processes and technologies to separate them from copper-uranium ore.

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The ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium can now undertake state of the art minerals processing research, thanks to its partnership with the University of Queensland. The newly-established extensive and well-equipped minerals processing laboratory means researchers can replicate the majority of operations used in processing plants, with the aim of investigating cost-effective and reliable ways […]

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Thanks to the support of BHP Billiton and OZ Minerals, there is now increased capacity for analysis at the ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium. The Research Hub brings together a team of scientists, engineers and regulators to find new ways of making Australian copper production more economically and environmentally sustainable. The industry support has […]

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7 December 2016 Premier Jay Weatherill opened the ARENA Firm Supply Forum at the University of Adelaide on 7 December 2016, initiating robust and wide-ranging discussion on South Australia’s energy supply and energy security. The meeting highlighted the important future roles of solar thermal and energy storage technologies. The event followed the severe storm event […]

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30 November 2016 Top German researchers and industry leaders mingled with Australian students and researchers as part of an “Energy Efficiency in Cities” seminar series recently held in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane. Energy consumption in buildings accounts for over 40 per cent of all energy consumed in Europe, mainly for heating and hot water generation. […]

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7 July 2015 The CET team has been awarded $645,000 to enable commercial scale production of biocrude from microalgae or biosolids at the Muradel production plant in Whyalla, South Australia. The project will advance knowledge about and develop new engineering design tools for a novel hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) reactor. The aim is to scale-up HTL […]

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