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Presenation on Mineral Engineering Conference MEC 2020/2021

On October 21, the 5th Mineral Engineering Conference 2020/2021 was held. The conference was held on-line. At the conference, an employee of the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Dr. Eng. Michał Rejdak gave a lecture presenting selected results of the project with the acronym BioCoke4FAI (Bio-coke for ferroalloys industry production), concerning the impact of the addition of commercially available charcoal on the mechanical strength of the compacted coal charge. This form of coal charge is used for the production of coke in coke oven batteries using the stamp-charging method. Therefore, from the point of view of industrial production of bio-coke based on coal-biomass blends, the assessment of the impact of the addition of bio-components on the strength parameters of the coal charge is very important.

The 72nd meeting of the ICCP

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The 72nd annual meeting of the ICCP (International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology) was held on September 19-24, 2021 in Prague, as part of which a Symposium entitled: ‘Future of Coal and Organic Petrology in the Era of Transition from Fossil to Renewable Fuels” was organized . The meeting was organized by the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Masaryk University in Brno, Charles University in Prague. The meeting and the symposium was attended by researchers from all over the world, including: Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Serbia, Romania, Portugal, USA, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, India, Australia, South Africa.

As a representative of Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal Dr. Małgorzata Wojtaszek-Kalaitzidi attended and presented, inter alia, poster entitled: The influence of biochar addition to coking blend on coke structure and quality by: M. Wojtaszek-Kalaitzidi, M. Rejdak, G. Gałko, B. Mertas. The poster contained preliminary results of pyrolysis tests of various types of biomass performed as part of the BioCoke4FAI – Bio-Coke for Ferroalloys Industry Production project.

Working visit of Dr. Eng. Michał Książek from SINTEF – research partner of the BioCoke4FAI project.

On Thursday, June 24, there was a working visit of a representative of our research partner under the BioCoke4FAI project – Dr. Eng. Michał Książek from the SINTEF research institute in Norway. As part of a fruitful visit, the research infrastructure of the Institute was presented, including individual installations and analytical equipment used during the implementation of our joint project. During the meeting, the scope of research carried out as part of the next work package of the project, whose leader is SINTEF, was also discussed.


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Presentation of the BioCoke4FAI project at the “Project Kick-off Conference” organized by the NCBR.On June 14-15, two events were organized by the National Center for Research and Development related to the implementation of projects under the “Applied Research” program, EEA and Norway Grants. On the first day, the on-line event “Project Kick-off Conference” took place, during which, within 7 thematic sessions, there were presentations of projects from the current edition of the above-mentioned program. As part of the conference, the BioCoke4FAI project – Bio-coke for ferroalloys industry production was presented The BioCoke4FAI project is implemented jointly with the SINTEF Institute (Norway) and industrial partners from Norway – Eramet and Poland – Koksownia Częstochowa Nowa. IChPW acts as the Project Promoter. Our Norwegian partners also took part in the session. The aim of the project is to develop an innovative and economically viable technology for the production of bio-coke for the production of ferroalloys used in the metallurgical industry. On the second day “Workshops for Project Promoters” took place, in which participated, inter alia, IChPW employees involved in the project. The workshop was attended by 150 people from both Poland and Norway.


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The implementation of the project entitled “Bio-coke for ferroalloys industry production” with the acronym BioCoke4FAI, which received funding in the POLNOR 2019 competition announced by the National Centre for Research and Development under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021, has been launched. The project funding agreement was signed on 20 October 2020 in Warsaw.
The aim of the BioCoke4FAI project is to develop an innovative and economically viable bio-coke production technology for the ferroalloy industry. The project will be implemented from 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2023 by the Polish-Norwegian Consortium represented by:

o SINTEF AS – research partner (Norway)
o KOKSOWNIA CZĘSTOCHOWA NOWA SP. Z O.O. – industrial partner (Poland)
o ERAMET NORWAY – industrial partner (Norway)

The total cost of project implementation: 6 792 278.00 PLN with the amount of co-financing:
6 275 990.46 PLN


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On 25 January 2021 the kick-off meeting of BioCoke4FAI project – Bio-coke for ferroalloys industry production was held. The purpose of the project is to develop innovative and economically viable technology for the production of bio-coke for ferroalloys used in the metallurgical industry. The meeting was organized by the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal (ICHPW) – Project Promoter. The project is implemented by a Polish-Norwegian consortium: ICHPW (Poland, Project Promoter), SINTEF (Norway, Scientific Partner), ERAMET (Norway, Industrial Partner – ferroalloys producer) and KCN – Koksownia Częstochowa Nowa (Poland, Industrial Partner – coke producer).
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the kick-off meeting was held online by MS Teams software. The meeting was divided into three parts. In the first part, all partners presented the scope of activities of their units. In the second part, the basic assumptions of the implemented project were discussed, the scope of R&D work and the role of individual partners in its implementation was discussed in details. In the third part, organizational issues related to the current implementation of the project were discussed. The main idea of this project is to produce a hybrid reductant based on coal-biomass blends (replacement of non-renewable fossil elemental carbon forming the structure of coke with carbon from renewable sources – biomass) and verification of its usability in a pilot scale.