Since November 2012, Barry Isherwood has operated his own independent coal consultancy company, Carbon Connections Pty Ltd, providing services to both Australian and international companies in the fields of thermal coal utilisation, coal sampling and analysis, coal blending and clean coal technologies.
He commenced his career as a trainee Chemist in the coal industry in 1970, and following the completion of a number of courses including a Chemistry Certificate and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, he has remained active in the industry for over 45 years
He has worked for a number of companies in a variety of roles. As Chief Chemist, he managed a medium sized coal sampling and analysis laboratory for Peko Wallsend for approximately 15 years. He then moved into the role of Group Manager, Coal Technology/Marketing Technical Support (CT/MTS) for companies through acquisitions including Oakbridge, Xstrata Coal and Glencore, for approximately 25 years.
In his last 10 years with Xstrata Coal, apart from his marketing support role, he was also involved in the areas of clean coal technologies and Carbon Capture and Storage research and projects. He has sat on numerous Boards, such as CCSD (Cooperative Research Centre for Coal in Sustainable Development), CO2CRC (Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies), CO2CRC (Otway) Pilot Projects, Callide OxyFuel Project, IEACCC, USA Futuregen Project, NIER (Newcastle University Institute for Energy and Resources, Macquarie University Science Advisory Board, World Coal Association Working Groups on Mercury as well as Emissions Performance Standards.
In his Group Manager, CT/MTS roles, he was involved in the blending of coals for both domestic and international markets, and has visited numerous power stations throughout SE Asia and around the world, attending test burns and advising on coal utilisation issues. He has also peer reviewed numerous publications from researchers as well as the recent IEACCC “Coal Blending” publication. He also co-chaired the Australian Coal Association Research Project (ACARP) Technical Market Support Committee for over 10 years.