Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund
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The Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund (LETDF) is an Australian government program managed by the federal Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism which aims to "help Australian firms commercialise world-leading low emissions technologies."
"The objective of the LETDF was to demonstrate the commercial potential of new energy technologies or processes or the application of overseas technologies or processes to Australian circumstances to deliver long-term large-scale greenhouse gas emission reductions, through:
- the demonstration of the commercial potential of new energy technologies or processes
- the application of overseas technologies or processes to Australian circumstances."
Round One Funding
In the first round of funding from the program, government support was offered to give projects. These were the:
- $60 million towards the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project associated with Chevron's Gorgon Project;
- $50 million to the CS Energy proposal for CCS associated with the use oxy-firing of the existing black coal fuelled Callide A power station at Biloela in central Queensland;
- $100 million to the proposed Integrated Drying Gasification Combined Cycle 400 megawatt power station proposed for the La Trobe Valley in Victoria. (After the decision, the project has been revised to be a 600 megawatt project. The project, which is now referred to as the Dual Gas Demonstration Project, is being proposed by Dual Gas Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of HRL.)
- $50 million to International Power Australia for the introduction of a brown coal dryer for one of the eight generating units at the Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria. A small trial CCS plant is included with the unit; and
- $75 million for Solar Systems Generation Pty Ltd's proposed 154 meagwatt solar concentrator power station in North-Western Victoria.
Articles and Resources
- Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, "Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund", Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism website, accessed September 2010.
- Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, "Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund (LETDF) Round 1", Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, August 2009.