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Friday, 30 January 2009

Coal Research Forum_Minerals and Coal Mining Concerns, Efforts and Progress Tackling Global Energy and GHG-CO2 Emissions Challenges

Today, I wish to take a couple of minutes of your time to bring to the fore the Advanced and Mature Minerals and Mining Communities concerns and efforts, pitting their wits to face the global energy and greenhouse gas emissions challenges represented here by the focus on CO2.

I shall largely base my enquiry upon the rich resource offered by the Coal Research Forum (CRF).

Such is the abundance of high quality freely available online CRF contributions, that, I can only trust many of you, globally will help me read, digest and bring the best "Options For the Future for a Global Future " to the fore.

In previous posts, I started to dress the Venn Diagramme presentation, whose focus is CO2-GHG reduction , posting briefly, too briefly on the green power field or universe, and on the planetary UN-blue metallurgical, materials science, industries and markets field_universe. Now we shall take a rapid look at things from the coal, minerals and mining perspective.

To help a reader new to the field come to grips rapidly with these issues, I find the divisional structure of the forum useful cf below.


1. Advanced Power Generation.
2. Coal Characterisation.
3. Coal Conversion.
4. Coal Preparation.
5. Combustion.
6. Environment.
Divisions, Division Chairmen and contact details

Conference Meeting Titles and the freely available Online Papers are obviously of incredible assistance. Main Title Headings and full links to papers are given below.
-Coal Preparation Division Seminar.
- EU Conferences on Coal Research and its Applications
-Industrial perspective.
-Research Events
-Combustion/Coal Characterisation/Coal Conversion Divisional Meeting.
-Understanding the Low Carbon Economy.
-Zero Emissions Power Plant, with Annual Meetings of the Coal Research Forum and the Coal Utilisation Subject Group.
-Recent Developments in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
Link to all the conference papers listed under the above headings

More information and global links from The Minerals Engineering Society...

NB. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs...!

As I post this a "new mining environmental theme" has been brought to my attention, namely, the project to pipe leaching residue-acid and heavy metals- waste from nickel mining and separation into a lagoon in New Caledonia-Nouvelle Caledonie by a large mining group (Brazilian) involved in Nickel mining in New Caledonia-Nouvelle Calédonie. ref the reputable Thalassa longest runing TV prog.(FR3) in France. All data highly appreciated. Follow-up all next week by Thalassa.

High Purity Cr sources for Superalloys

Energy for th Future:Phil.Trans.A-Vol. 365, N° 1853 / April 15, 2007, curtesy The Royal Soc. London

Engineered foams and porous materials: Phil Trans A. Vol 364, N° 1838 / 06 curtesy_The R Soc. Lond