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Livorno - Week 12 - Monday 19th March 2018

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1 IFRF 2018: Full programme released!

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 19th March 2018

We are delighted to share with you the full programme for the #IFRF2018 Conference, to be held in Sheffield, UK on 30-31 May.

We received some fantastic and wide ranging abstract from our call last year and as a result have a diverse and interesting programme for you including a trip to PACT, a great range of keynote speakers, a panel discussion on the environmental constraints of industrial combustion, a triple tier parallel session, an exhibition and poster session, a drinks reception and finally a gala dinner!

So click here to view the programme in full and visit our Eventbrite page and book your tickets. We’ll see you in May!



2 IFRF 2018: New sponsor announced!

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 19th March 2018

We are delighted to announce that the IFRF 2018 Conference has a new sponsor – Emerson!

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Their Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximise production, protect personnel and the environment while optimising their energy and operating costs. Their Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit Emerson.com.

Book your place at the IFRF 2018 Conference today!

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3 'Reigniting the...Solid Fuel Database'

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Jarek Hercog
Livorno, Monday 19th March 2018

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

Following on from contributions to our ‘Reigniting the...’ series in January and February from former IFRF Director Neil Fricker and former Investigator Giovanni Corraggio (looking back to the key IFRF activities and outputs of the 2010-2016  period and the 2000s respectively), this month is different...  In this article, former IFRF Investigator JarosÅ‚aw Hercog of IEN in Poland is our guide as we now look back at a specific topic – the creation of the IFRF’s Solid Fuel Database.



4 AFRC Industrial Combustion Symposium 2018: Abstract deadline!

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 19th March 2018

There are just two weeks left to submit your abstract to the 2018 AFRC Industrial Combustion Symposium before the deadline of 31 March 2018.  This year the American Flame Research Committee’s annual event will be held at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah on 17-19 September 2018.



5 European Union generates more electricity from wind, solar and biomass combined than from coal in 2017

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Philip Sharman
Sheffield, Monday 19th March 2018

According to two European ‘thinktanks’, the EU’s 28 member states (EU-28) generated more electricity from the renewable sources of wind, solar and biomass than from coal for the first time last year.  This is quite a change from as recently as five years ago, when coal-fired generation was more than twice that from wind, solar and biomass combined. 

Wind, solar and biomass together now supply over one-fifth (20.9%) of the electricity generated in the EU – up from less than 10% in 2010 – more than that from coal (20.6%) and from gas (19.7%).




6 Does gas have a role in future energy systems in Europe?

From the IFRF Office
Contributed by Philip Sharman
Sheffield, Monday 19th March 2018

Just a week ago, on 12th March, we noticed that the National Grid (UK) launched the final report for its ‘Future of Gas’ Programme, a collaborative and interactive consultation that started in November 2016 and that we have been following with some interest. 



7 Combustion Industry News

From the IFRF's correspondent in Australia
From the Sydney office
Contributed by Patrick Lavery
Australia, Saturday 17th March 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.

Top Story

- First demonstration of carbon capture and utilisation for the cement industry a success

Business Trends

- CERAWeek conference finds oil industry in higher spirits but tinged with concern for future
- Imperial College research suggests 100% wind, water and solar power sector may be unfeasible


- IIASA identifies pathways to limit average global temperature rises to 1.5oC

Research, Development and Technology

- US government calls for help to develop small-scale coal-fired plants
- Econic Technologies opens demonstration plant for CO2 utilisation
- US DoE opens funding for pre-combustion CCS technology research

Company and Project News

- Japanese companies launch joint venture to help develop ‘hydrogen society’
- Chinese utilities to merge coal-firing assets

And Finally...

- Serbia-Kosovo dispute slows European clocks



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