Advancing towards cleaning coal

In an effort to reduce environmental degradation and ensure energy security, a new Clean Coal Technology Centre (CCTC) will be established in the region of Śląskie.

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The project will result in 60 new jobs and include the construction of several laboratories and facilities covering more than 9 000 m2, equipped to support the innovative work of young Polish scientists, businesses and foreign professors and doctors.

Establishing a solid basis

The CCTC will form a comprehensive research complex with research laboratories in Katowice and a technology unit in Mikołów and Zabrze. The bodies in charge of the project are the Central Mining Institute (GIG) and the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal (IChPW). By 2017, some 30 young Polish scientists (up to 30 years of age) will be employed in research projects at the CCTC and some 200 enterprises a year using the CCTC infrastructure.

Capturing the power of research

The new building on the GIG premises will house fully-equipped research laboratories to study coal processing, energy issues, the environment and hydrogeology. The laboratories will investigate reducing the environmental impact of coal use to a minimum, environmental monitoring, identifying the potential for CO2 capture and storage, process engineering for mining, and coal processing. The unit will also conduct interdisciplinary research, inter alia into the properties of solids, liquids and gases, energy, process engineering and nanotechnologies.

Technological facilities will also be constructed at the Zabrze technology unit. Plans include building test benches for the gasification and pressurised oxy-combustion of solid fuels, CO2 disposal in an absorption reactor, conversion of fuels in reactors with an oxide chemical loop and a node for grinding, screening and preparing coal mixture.

The third CCTC unit will be located in Mikołów, where an underground test bed will be built for research into coal gasification. This unit will mainly conduct R&D work on underground coal gasification. New test benches will also be constructed in the existing technology hall, with a focus on CO2 disposal and hydrogen production.

Results to rewards

The CCTC will look to develop cooperation with commercial entities interested in applying and/or marketing its research results, and in particular, conduct an ongoing market analysis to establish scientific and business needs. Analysis will focus on both contract research and the exploitation of innovative solutions in business and research. By 2017, up to 15 patent applications per year are expected as a result of the new CCTC infrastructure as well as up to 20 products and processes implemented in enterprises.

Draft date

15/02/2011