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1 Reigniting the… mid-1990s to mid-2000s

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Peter Roberts
Sheffield, Monday 16th April 2018

The fourth in our series of articles exploring IFRF’s archives…

As part of our commemmoration of IFRF at 70, and following on from contributions to our ‘Reigniting the...’ series in January, February and March from former IFRF Director Neil Fricker and former Investigators Giovanni Coraggio and JarosÅ‚aw Hercog (looking back to the key IFRF activities and outputs of the 2010-2016  period, the 2000s, and the evolution of the IFRF Solid Fuel Database respectively), we now travel back a bit further in time to the last few years of IFRF’s tenure at IJmuiden in the Netherlands. 

Our ‘guide’ to this fascinating period of IFRF’s history is a familiar face to many of you – none other than Peter Roberts, a Visiting Investigator at IJmuiden in the 1960s who loved it so much that he came back as Director from 1978 to 2005!



2 #IFRFAt70: A Royal Message

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 16th April 2018

During 2018 we are celebrating the existence of IFRF for the past 70 years with our ‘Seventy Years of Success’, our IFRF 2018 Conference, our ‘Reigniting the…’ series and a number of other activities.

As we are now based in the UK, and with the British Flame Research Committee being one of our founders in 1948, we shared these activities with HRH Queen Elizabeth II and she was kind enough to send us this congratulatory message:

The Queen sends her best wishes to you all for a most memorable anniversary year.

You too can get involved in our range of celebratory anniversary activities by downloading a copy of our ‘Seventy Years of Success’, booking your tickets to IFRF 2018 Conference or reading all the ‘Reigniting the…’ articles.

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3 Comité Français General Assembly – announced

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Sébastien Caillat
Sheffield, Monday 16th April 2018

The next Assemblée Générale of Comité Français (the French Committee of IFRF) will be held 5th – 6th June 2018 at TOTAL OLEUM in Dunkirk, France.

The event will include technical exchanges followed by a visit to OLEUM  - the European training centre for Oil & Petrochemicals industries of Total Group - and the BioTfueL project demonstrator which is the transformation of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuel. 

Comité Français would like to invite any French speaker who may wish to participate. To register your attendance and to find our more information please contact the Comité Français Secretary: David Honoré – CORIA

Check out the full list of IFRF-related events on our Events Page.

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4 ERA funds new technology to convert biomass into ‘coal’

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Philip Sharman
Sheffield, Monday 16th April 2018

The University of Nottingham in the UK is working with CPL Industries to produce a commercial-scale facility capable of converting biomass into next-generation solid fuels with coal-like properties (i.e. ‘biocoal’).

The new facility is being supported by the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) – an initiative funded by Innovate UK (the UK’s de facto innovation agency) – which works with universities and industry to support research and innovation in energy.



5 Combustion Industry News

From the IFRF's correspondent in Australia
From the Sydney office
Contributed by Patrick Lavery
Australia, Sunday 15th April 2018

Patrick Lavery pic.jpgCombustion Industry News brings together interesting and important stories about or affecting the combustion industry, and is collated for the IFRF every fortnight by Patrick Lavery. For each news story cited, a link is provided to the original publication. Where news relates to IFRF Member Organisations, the name of the organisation appears in green with a link to the associated profile page on the IFRF website. Subscription-free article links are given in blue, and subscription-required article links in red.

If you have a news item to share, please contact Patrick Lavery.

Business Trends

- Shell ‘Sky’ scenario posits 10,000 CCS installations by 2070
- Investment in transport infrastructure to push Argentinian shale gas


- China meets 2020 climate targets three years early, while Australian emissions rise instead of fall
- Plant nitrogen theory overturned with new research which may affect climate models

Research, Development and Technology

- New brown coal to hydrogen project to launch in Australia
- Bellona criticises cost-benefit analysis of Norwegian CO2 transport and storage network
- Total joins Canadian CO2 Solutions project as an industrial partner

Company and Project News

- Then is now VGB PowerTech Executive Managing Director
- India’s JSW Steel to invest $500 million in US plants



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