Introduction – Professional Development Centre In-depth courses have been developed for industry under the banner of The Professional Development Centre, the education and training arm of the Fossil Fuel Foundation. The programme of courses is under the directorship of well know coal analyst Xavier Prevost supported by a team of subject specialists. The courses run from 1 day to 3 days depending on the subject. The topics range from sampling and quality analysis of coal and associated hydrocarbon resources, through their exploration, production, utilisation, trade and marketing to advanced technologies in each sector to ensure high efficiency and low emissions (HELE). Alternative energy resources with the economic impacts will also be examined.
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PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME 2018
|Feb 19||COAL SAMPLING IN INDUSTRY – PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE:
Sampling is the most critical step in assessing the quality of coal at various points along the value chain.
|Feb 20-21||COAL QUALITY ANALYSIS FOR PRODUCT ASSESSMENT, TRADE AND UTILISATION:
Given the range of coal qualities now in the market place, both conventional and advanced analytical methods may be required to meet trade and utilisation requirements.
|March 27-28||CARBON IN THE METALLURGICAL INDUSTRY: COAL, COKE, CHAR AND BIOCHAR FOR THE IRON, STEEL AND FERROALLOY INDUSTRY.
South Africa has very limited resources of coke, the prime metallurgical reductant, and the costs of importing coke from abroad have reached unparalleled heights.
|May 21-22||COAL AND HYDROCARBON RESOURCES AND RESERVES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA, MOZAMBIQUE.
As sub-Saharan countries in Southern Africa continue to increase their potential for energy production, so the question arises as to what natural resources are available and how best to use them for energy and carbon-based multiproduct production.
|June 18-19||TO BENEFICIATE OR NOT TO BENEFICIATE COAL – THAT IS THE QUESTION!
As coal continues to reduce in quality in currently mined areas, the question arises as to how to make the process more efficient and cost effective and thereby beneficiate low grade coals to meet current and impending stringent market and emission requirements.
|June 20||MIXING AND BLENDING COAL: WHAT QUALITIES ARE COMPATIBLE AND WHAT ARE NOT?
Mixing of different qualities of coal to meet Industry’s specifications is a common and relatively simple practice in the trade and marketing industry, but this can lead to unsuspecting and unintended consequences. The blending of coal, on the other hand, is a highly scientific practice and is used in the specialised manufacture of coke and related high-value carbon products.