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Chemical Looping Combustion (CLD)

Sharmen Rajendran
Monash University

August 13, 2014 at 10:00am
Ben Bandy Conference Center
UK Center for Applied Energy Research


Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) is a developing carbon capture technology with benefits such as inherent CO2 capture together with a potentially lower cost and energy penalty relative to a conventional power plant. In Victoria, Australia, large reserves of brown coal exists and contributes to 80% of the state’s energy mix. These reserves are expected to last over 400 years at the present rate of consumption. The presentation will detail some of the work that has been done on CLC as well as other avenues of brown coal utilization.

The Speaker:

Sharmen Rajendran is a 3rd Year PhD candidate at the Department of Chemical Engineering in Monash University. He obtained his Batchelor’s Degree from Monash University in 2011 and subsequently went on to undertake a PhD in the field of combustion. His work focusses on determining the applicability of using Victorian brown coal in a Chemical Looping Combustion process. To date, he has performed experiments in a TGA, 0.1kWth and 10kWth fluidized bed reactors operated in an alternating mode. He has also trialled and tested iron ores, synthetic oxygen carrier as well as commercial materials. The obtained results suggest that Fe-based ores are good oxygen carrier candidates for Victorian brown coal-fuelled Chemical Looping Combustion.