ECT to turn brown coal into char

Reduced-emission technology company Environmental Clean Technologies has signed a five year deal for the supply of lignite from deposits at Yallourn in Victoria to supply its Coldry ‘low and zero emission’ char project.

The deal will involve the recommissioning of lignite delivery infrastructure including the outfeed conveyor at the former Yallourn power station (pictured) to supply a small-scale commercial demonstration plant for drying brown coal.

Up to 50,000 tonnes of coal a year will be delivered to ECT’s facility at Bacchus Marsh which the company says will produce an ‘ideal feedstock for high-value downstream applications including char, syngas, fertiliser and hydrogen’.

ECT executive chairman Glenn Fozard said “We are the only company undertaking a demonstration of Yallourn lignite on a new, high-value application at scale, positioning us at the leading edge of advancing the low-emission future use of this valuable resource.”

ECT has a suite of technologies for coal drying, and iron making and hydrogen production from brown coal which the company describes as low emission, lower emission and zero CO2 emission processes.

The two companies will jointly invest in repair of the Yallourn lignite terminal.

Picture: Environmental Clean Technologies

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