UQ has one of the largest critical mass of engineers and scientists in Australia working in the clean energy delivery area, including a large concentration of internationally recognized researchers in low emission coal technology. The CCETech adds value by integrating and leveraging UQ’s research capabilities in the context of coal energy and low emission technology by assembling over 20 leading academics in their field in a single centre to deliver the technical solutions required in a decabornized economy.

Research Focus and Aims

The CCETech is composed of three research programs: (i) Novel Clean Coal Processing Technologies, (ii) Gas Processing (Separation, Cleaning and Reaction), (iii) Modeling, Simulation and control as follows:

(i) Novel Clean Coal Processing Technologies

  • Storage in Enhanced Coal Bed Methane (Rudolph, Massaroto, Wang)
  • Ultra Clean Coal (Nguyen, Steel, Rudolph)
  • Underground Coal Gasification (Klimenko, Cleary and Feng)
  • Oxygen and Oxy-fuels (da Costa and Smart)
  • Chemical Looping (Feng, Wang and da Costa)

(ii) Gas Cleaning/Separation/Reaction

  • Gas Cleaning (da Costa, Zhu and Rudolph)
  • Gas Separation (da Costa, Zhu, Feng, Wang and Smart)
  • Reaction and Gas to Liquids (Rudolph, Bhatia, Birkett, Zhu, Ladewig and da Costa)

(iii) Modelling/Simulation/Control

  • Adsorption, Modeling and Simulation (Bhatia, Do, Zhu, Klimenko, Birkett and Rudolph)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (Klimenko, Macrossan and Cleary)
  • Sustainability Metrics (da Costa, Rudolph, Howes, O’Brien, Korda)
  • Thermodynamics of ash slag in coal gasification (Hayes and Jak)
  • Control and Diagnostics (Cameron)
  • Geo-mechanics of coal bed storage (Pedroso)

Research Contact

Joe da Costa
School of Chemical Engineering
Email:  j.dacosta@uq.edu.au

Industry Partners

  • Xstrata
  • RioTinto

Project members