BCS addressed coal mine ventilation air methane utilization at the Fall 2008 North American Coalbed Methane Forum
On October 22, 2008, BCS’ Manager of Environmental Programs, H. Lee Schultz, gave a presentation on Utilization of Mine Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) to the Fall meeting of the North American Coalbed Methane Forum in Morgantown, West Virginia. His presentation provided an update on the availability and applicability of technologies for the oxidation of VAM and for capturing its inherent energy content. It described operating principles of thermal flow-reversal (TFR) oxidizers and provided an overview of field demonstrations of that technology that have been held to date in the US and abroad. It highlighted the similarities and differences among the three current providers of TFR systems suitable for VAM oxidation, and gave practical guidance for key considerations that must be addressed when planning and operating TFRs under field conditions. TFRs offer gassy coal mines the opportunity to economically capture and beneficially use VAM-derived energy and to generate carbon emission reductions (carbon credits) for sale or for bundling with coal sales contracts so as to offer “green coal” to industrial customers.
BCS CEO Named One of the “25 CEOs You Need to Know” in Maryland
Ken Boras, CEO of BCS, Incorporated, was named one of the “25 CEOs You Need to Know 2008” by The Gazette of Politics and Business, a Maryland business publication. The CEOs selected by the magazine were chosen for their ability to execute their strategy and inspire others to follow their vision. Mr. Boras was nominated for the award by the Howard County economic development office and was chosen from 130 nominees.
BCS Team Achieves Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Preparedness Milestone
BCS, Incorporated was recently awarded a contract to design an energy information database for the State of Maryland. The work, which will be performed for the Maryland Energy Administration, will utilize BCS staff expertise in the energy sector. BCS will develop a database containing a variety of Maryland-specific energy information that will be deployed on the Maryland Energy Administration website. The data will be utilized by other Maryland agencies and stakeholders.
BCS Supports the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), Permitting, Siting and Analysis Division
BCS was recently awarded a task to support the Permitting, Siting and Analysis Division’s electricity import/export program. BCS staff will assist program staff in assuring that data regarding electricity imports and exports across U.S. borders shared with Mexico and Canada remains timely and accurate.
BCS Organizes Biomass 2008: Fueling Our Future Conference
BCS recently organized the successful Biomass 2008: Fueling Our Future Conference, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program. The one-and-a-half day forward-looking conference brought together over 300 representatives from government, industry, academia, the scientific community and non-governmental organizations to discuss ways to further the development of the biofuels sector in the United States. Discussion topics included biotechnology as an enabling technology for advanced biofuels, policy, finance, infrastructure, conversion technologies, and sustainability. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman, Senator Byron Dorgan and Brookings Institution fellow David Sandalow were among the keynote speakers at the Conference.
BCS gave a presentation at Coal Mine Methane Recovery and Utilization workshop held in Szczyrk, Poland
On the behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s, Coal Mine Methane Program, BCS gave a presentation on technologies for oxidizing very low concentrations of methane in gassy underground coal mine ventilation air exhaust flows and on the potential of ventilation air methane (VAM) emission mitigation project opportunities in Poland. The presentation was given at the New Trends in Coal Mine Methane Recovery and Utilization workshop held in Szczyrk, Poland on February 27-29, 2008. The workshop was held in association with the International Mining Forum.
Methane emission for gassy underground coal mines contribute significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions. The presentation focused on the safe capture and the utilization of the ventilation air methane flows from active mines as well as a review of the technologies designed to utilize this gas as an energy source. The technologies reviewed included thermal and catalytic flow-reversal coal/VAM rotary kiln and gas turbine systems among others.