Sustainable Development and Expansion of Use of Lignite Underway in China
MANZHOULI, 15-17 October 2009 – Abundance of low-rank lignite in China sparks interest for sustainable development of its potential past its primary use for power generation as high-grade coal reserves are limited. As numerous coal chemical projects are using lignite as the material substitute for conversion, the use and value of lignite-based chemical conversion technology is drawing more attention, especially with pressures to achieve sustainability and technologies for environmentally friendly conversion.
Co-organized by the Manzhouli People's Government, 2009 China Lignite Summit, of Noppen's Coal Chemical Event Series, which took place 15-17 October 2009 in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, brought together top government and local officials from the Development and Reform Commission, solution providers, project developers, and coal industry leaders to partake in an unique exposure to coal chemical and lignite development in China.
Keynote speakers included Nikolaus Von Bargen, Senior Consultant for Coal Beneficiation at RWE Power International, who covered advanced lignite mining, processing, and utilization projects of RWE Power, specifically in regards to lignite beneficiation, power generation, mining and mine equipment. Kos Galtos, CEO at Environmental Clean Technologies Limited discussed opportunities for coldry in China with a case study and new environmental, clean, and economic coldry technology. Uwe Zwiefelhofer, Vice President of Sales in Asia, of Lurgi GmbH shared Lurgi’s experience and technologies with SNG.
Topics also included lignite dehydration and drying to improve efficiency, lignite-based coal chemical and single-step conversion of methanol-to-liquid trials, lignite quality advancement, and case studies on lignite power generation. After the sessions, attendees had the opportunity to attend site visits to Huaneng2x200MW Thermal Power Generating Units and Zhalainuoer 600.000 Tons Per Year Lignite-Based Coal-to-Methanol Plant.
Attendees noted that the summit was informative, valuable, well-organized and that the question and answer sessions were highly stimulating.