BLACK COAL R&D
Australian black coal industry’s R&D program – ACARP
The Australian black coal industry’s R&D program, known as ACARP, is a unique and highly successful mining research program that was established in 1992. It is 100% owned and funded by all Australian black coal producers through a five cents per tonne levy paid on saleable coal.
The research program is designed to provide for collective and integrated research on black coal for the purpose of:
- Providing strategic leadership to industry research and development (R&D) within the coal and its associated industries
- Improving the management and application of coal research in Australia
- Ensuring the more effective use of Australia’s black coal resources
- Increasing the economic, environmental, safety and social benefits of that research to the industry and wider community
- Promoting the competitiveness, sustainable use and management of Australia’s coal resources.
ACARP’s mission is to research, develop and demonstrate technologies that lead to the safe, sustainable production and utilisation of coal. ACARP has long supported early stage R&D projects into the mitigation of methane, particularly in underground but also in open cut mines. This work includes improved drainage in underground mining and R&D into abatement of methane in mine ventilation air (MVA) in:
- Using MVA as the combustion air with another primary fuel, eg gas turbines or nearby power stations
- Using MVA supplemented with secondary fuels, with energy recovery
- Developing catalytic systems for converting ultra-lean air-methane mixtures.
Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research & Development conducts research that underpins the development of low emission coal technologies.
In particular, ANLEC R&D aims to provide independent and objective analysis, data and expertise to effectively facilitate the design, permitting and operation of LECT plants using Australian coal under Australian conditions.
The project is co-funded by both the Australian Government and the Australian coal industry, which are each contributing $75 million towards the project over a ten year period.
Other R&D activities
CSIRO, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) and various Australian universities undertake R&D relevant to low emissions coal technologies. Please refer to the Useful Links page for further information.