Energy, Environment & Minerals

Energy, Environment & Minerals

The Energy, Environment & Minerals Research Group has over 35 years’ experience in the implementation of industrial research and development to improve material processing in the most cost-effective manner. Personnel are drawn from academic and industrial backgrounds from pure scientists to plant engineers and offer services in the following fields:

  • Coal, biomass and coke research, development & technology
  • Coking plant developments
  • Coke plant condition monitoring
  • Coal and biomass conversion processes
  • Mineralogy and slag chemistry
  • Process and materials know-how and capabilities

Research, consultancy and project management is carried out in the areas of:

  • Productivity improvement (throughput and yield)
  • Lifetime extension of installations (monitoring and remediation)
  • Operating cost reduction (energy consumption and balance, input costs)
  • Identification and exploitation of low cost raw materials
  • Improving recycling of reverts and waste to improve process yield and reduce costs
  • Energy efficiency and CO2 reduction for environmental compliance
  • Process environmental impact and control to improve public perception

Laboratories

Microscopy

Microscopy

A specialist laboratory providing image analysis and micro-structural analysis.

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Coal and Biomass Analysis

Coal and Biomass Analysis

A specialist laboratory providing a range of equipment for coal analysis along with equipment to determine carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sulphur contents of carbonaceous solids.

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Pyrolysis

Pyrolysis

A specialist pilot plant for coal, coke, mineral and biomass preparation and sizing as well as handling and degradation equipment to simulate plant conditions for bulk material processing.

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