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1 #IFRF2018 abstract deadline extended to 31 December!

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 11th December 2017

We had a great response to our Abstract call for #IFRF2018 and are grateful to everyone who sent their abstracts. However, we have decided to extend the deadline to 31 December 2017 as we received a high volume of extension requests plus we want to encourage some more industrial or application specific abstracts.

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2 Two more sponsors for #IFRF2018!

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 11th December 2017

We are delighted to announce that Honeywell UOP Callidus and Clearsign Combustion will also be sponsoring the #IFRF 2018 Conference in Sheffield next year. Read more about each sponsor plus how you could join them in sponsoring our event!

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3 Electrification… CO2 use… CCS… – striking the balance

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Philip Sharman
Sheffield, Monday 11th December 2017

In September, the European Zero Emission Technology & Innovation Platform – ‘ZEP’ –  launched an interesting report looking at the relative merits of electrification, carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), and carbon capture and storage (CCS) as potential solutions for decarbonising energy-intensive industries across Europe.  The report, ‘Climate solutions for EU industry: interaction between electrification, CO2 use and CO2 storage’, takes the 2016 Paris Agreement goals as its starting point, and looks at the potential contributions of these three approaches – and their limitations – in meeting these emission reduction goals.

Having looked at the subject of electrification – through the lens of EPRI’s ‘Integrated Energy Network’ concept – in a recent Monday Night Mail (7 August), and having looked at various aspects of the climate change challenge in the last two MNM editions (13 and 27 November), this ZEP report adds some interesting (and perhaps controversial) perspectives and is well worth a read.

What do IFRF members think of this analysis and ZEP’s conclusions?  Why not share your thoughts with the IFRF community through our LinkedIn Group, via Twitter (@IFRFOffice) or WeChat (IFRF-FlameResearch)? 

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4 AFRC’s 2017 Symposium in full swing!

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Philip Sharman
Sheffield, Monday 11th December 2017

As this edition of MNM goes to print, almost 90 delegates (including IFRF Director Philip Sharman) are gathered in Houston, Texas, for the American Flame Research Committee’s 2017 Industrial Combustion Symposium.  The symposium comprises over 20 presentations and two panel discussions – why not follow the discussion on Twitter (#AFRC2017).  It would be great to get some feed-in from the world outside of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston…!

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5 Industrial Combustion Journal – new paper published

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 11th December 2017

Here is the latest paper published in IFRF's Industrial Combustion Journal! ‘Characterisation of Epoxidation of Palm Kernel Oil based on Crude Oleic Acid’, by Mohd Jumain Jalil of Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia, looks at how the epoxidation of oleic acid was achieved by reacting it with formic acid and hydrogen peroxide with the presence of sulphuric acid as a catalyst.

This and other papers published in the Industrial Combustion Journal can be found here

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6 Combustion Industry News

From the IFRF's correspondent in Australia
From the Sydney office
Contributed by Patrick Lavery
Australia, Friday 8th December 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

- IEA’s World Energy Outlook sees demand falling in the EU, US and Japan, and ballooning in developing world, and renewables providing around 70% of net new power generation capacity to 2040

Business Trends

- IEA editorial argues need for clean coal technology
- Spanish government seeks to intervene to prevent coal fired plant closures

Research, Development and Technology

- Imperial College to be the centre of new European CCS research project, furthering its work in the field
- Global battery storage capacity set to reach 305 GWh by 2030

Environment

- UN climate talks seen as moderate success in surviving despite intended withdrawal of US
- Keystone oil leak fails to prevent Keystone XL pipeline from gaining approval

Company and Project News

- Shell plans to halve carbon footprint by 2050 while Engie will go to 100% biogas and hydrogen
- GE to cut 4,500 jobs in Europe

And Finally…

- New Delhi air pollution so bad sportsmen are vomiting

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