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1 First meeting of the new IFRF Council agrees forward strategy

From the IFRF office
Contributed by Philip Sharman
Sheffield, Monday 26th June 2017

Last week saw the first meeting of the new IFRF Council, convened under the new articles and legal structure.  The main topics of discussion were about the forward strategy for IFRF as we move towards our 70th anniversary year in 2018, ensuring the services we offer to our members, and the activities we undertake to attract new members, are ‘fit-for-purpose’, revitalised and focussed on the future challenges for combustion research.
 
Items discussed included revamping Monday Night Mail (MNM) into a more modern format better suited to our readers, updating and refreshing the website, member database and archive access, and developing our online journal – Industrial Combustion.  We also discussed initial plans for our 19th Member Conference (MC19) to celebrate our 70th Anniversary year in 2018, and new training short-courses.
 
We will be updating you on these initiatives over the next few editions of MNM, and a preliminary announcement about MC19, so watch this space!

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2 New format for Monday Night Mail

From the IFRF office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 26th June 2017

In July, we will be moving to a new, more modern format for Monday Night Mail - using the “MailChimp” software system.  Further details will be in the next MNM.

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3 Nordic Flame Days 2017, 10-11 October, Stockholm, Sweden PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED

From the IFRF office
Contributed by Philip Sharman
Sheffield, Monday 26th June 2017

Following the submission of nearly 60 abstracts, the Preliminary Programme for the ‘Nordic Flame Days 2017’ has been published – see flamedays2017.sfrc.se/program.  Details on how to register for these full and fascinating Nordic Flame Days can be found at flamedays2017.sfrc.se.

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4 Advanced Power Plant Flexibility Campaign

From the IFRF office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 26th June 2017

On 6th June, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) announced the launch of the Advanced Power Plant Flexibility Campaign which has been established to build momentum and commitment from participants to implement solutions that make power plants more flexible. The campaign covers all forms of dispatchable power plants, particularly coal, gas, hydro and bioenergy.
 
Mr. Li Fanrong, Vice Administrator of the Chinese National Energy Administration said “Flexibility of power plants will play a central role in the large-scale deployment of renewable energy in the future. We are committed as a part of this campaign to explore the potential for power plant flexibility and to identify and implement viable solutions”.

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5 RJM International appoints Chennai-based Buka Power to develop sales opportunities

From the IFRF office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 26th June 2017

RJM International, British Flame Research Council member and the UK–based provider of emissions reduction technology and equipment to the global power generation and large combustion plant sectors, announced this week that they have signed a Representative Agreement with Indian company, Buka Power, based in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

John Goldring, Managing Director of RJM said, “India is committed to a major expansion of its power generation capacity and whilst renewables are increasingly important, a significant proportion of the additional gigawatts required will be delivered by thermal plant.”

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6 Combustion Industry News

From the IFRF's correspondent in Australia
From the Sydney office
Contributed by Patrick Lavery
Australia, Sunday 18th June 2017

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.

Top Story

- Japanese CoolGen demonstration plant aiming for 55% coal-firing efficiency with 30% lower carbon emissions

Business Trends

- US Secretary of Energy aims to push clean energy while ensuring baseload capacity
- BP report finds energy demand relatively flat for third consecutive year
- Australia’s chief scientist releases recommendations for future energy supply as Australia’s largest coal mine is given investment decision

Research, Development and Technology

- US DoE commissions studies into extraction of rare earth elements from coal plant byproducts
- CCS ‘insider’ says technology will never be commercially viable for coal

Company and Project News

- GE to continue to pursue digital strategy under new CEO
- Kansas City Power & Light to retire aging units

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