The coal industry is important to Australia’s economy contributing exports of more than 280 million tonnes per year valued at $44 billion (2010/11). Source Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics [external link].
However coal mining in Australia is being carried out in an increasingly challenging environment characterised by deep and more complex geological conditions.
CSIRO carries out strategic research into technologies that maximise the long term value of our coal resources by improving efficiency of recovery in a safe and environmentally responsible way.
We work with industry to deliver innovative solutions such as: