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2015 Pittsburgh Coal Conference
October 5 - 8, 2015 - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
The David L. Lawrence Convention Center


The David L. Lawrence Convention Center 

1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 565-6000


Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center effectively blends unparalleled space, functionality, and flexibility with cutting-edge technology to offer an unforgettable event experience. 


Hosted By: 

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 Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


The Thirty-Second Annual Pittsburgh Coal Conference

October 5 - 8, 2015

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

The World Coal Association* reports that, “Coal provides around 30% of global primary energy needs, generates 41% of the world's electricity, and is used in the production of 70% of the world's steel.” Furthermore, as oil resources diminish, coal use as a source of liquid fuels and chemicals is expected to increase. If coal, the world’s most abundant and affordable fossil fuel, is to continue playing a vital role in improving universal living standards and economic well-being, research is required to improve coal extraction and handling methods, and to develop cost-effective coal utilization technologies with reduced environmental emissions, including those contributing to global warming. 


 By providing an open forum for discussion, The International Pittsburgh Coal Conference wishes to promote research activities that advance the economic benefits of coal technologies while greatly reducing their environmental impact.

 * http://www.worldcoal.org/resources/coal-statistics/ 


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Sessions and Topics


1. Gasification Technologies


Chair: Massood Ramezan, Leonardo Technologies, Inc. (LTI)


  • Industrial Applications, Economics, and Environmental Issues   
  • Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)   
  • Synthesis Gas Cleanup  
  • Gasification Science and Modeling   
  • Novel Gasification Technologies and Concepts   
  • Co-Gasification of Coal and other Carbon-Based Fuels  
  • Systems Analysis  
  • Low Rank Coal Utilization  
  • Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM) Improvements  
  • Polygeneration  


2. Clean Coal Demonstration and Commercial Projects


 Chair: Thomas Sarkus, U.S. DOE/NETL

The session on Clean Coal Demonstration and Commercial Projects is expanding its topical breadth to include presentations from technology suppliers, as well as from technology users, project developers, financiers, risk managers, insurers, etc.  The session will now cover:

  • Existing and planned clean coal major demonstrations (process and technology demonstrations, i.e. IGCC, SCPC, USC, SNG, CTL, Oxy-combustion, etc.)
  • Existing and planned clean coal commercial projects (fully integrated systems) and trends
  • Industrial scale and utility scale carbon capture and carbon storage projects (i.e., >250,000 tons/year of CO2)
  • Lessons learned from technology demonstrations and first commercial deployments
  • Intermediate scale demonstrations (i.e., 25-50 MWe)
  • Commercially available technology reviews/updates  (Vendor reports on advanced technology  commercial offerings)
  • Financing, business and risk management strategies for major demonstration and commercial projects, including first-of-a-kind projects with or without carbon capture and storage
  • Regulatory impacts on major demonstration and commercial projects
  • Insurance strategies for CO2 capture and geologic storage

3. Combustion Technologies

Chair: John Wheeldon, EPRI 

  • Industrial Applications, Economics, and Environmental Issues
  • Advance Pulverized Coal Combustion Technologies (Supercritical, Fluidized Bed, Etc.)
  • Novel Technologies (Oxyfuel, Chemical Looping, Etc)
  • Flue Gas Clean Up
  • Science And Modeling
  • Materials, Instrumentation, and Controls
  • Turbines (Steams)


4. Clean Coal and Gas to Fuels


Chair: Vann Bush, Gas Technology Institute 


  • Coal-To-Liquid Fuels, CTL (Direct Liquefaction, Fischer-Tropsch, MTG, DME, etc) 
  • Gas-To-Liquid, GTL  
  • Substitute Natural Gas (SNG) 
  • Hydrogen Production  
  • Syngas to Power (Gas Turbines, Fuel Cells)  
  • Syngas to Chemicals/Materials 

5. Sustainability and Environment

Chair: Jim Hower, University of Kentucky, CAER

  • Energy Production and Water Use - Conservation and Recycle
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Energy Production Systems
  • Energy Production Impact on the Environment
  • Energy Sustainability - Efficiency and Conversion to Reduce GHG
  • GHG: Inventory Protocol, Legal and Regulatory Considerations, Credits  


6. Carbon Management


Chair: Evan Granite, U.S. DOE/NETL

  • Pre-Combustion Capture
  • Post-Combustion Capture
  • CO2 Sequestration (Monitoring, Mitigation, and Verification; Storage: Depleted Oil/Gas Reservoirs, Aquifers, Basalt, Coal Bed Methane, etc.)
  • Transportation Infrastructure and Issues
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues
  • Carbon Footprint Comparison: CTX (DCL/ICL), Petroleum

7. Coal Science


Chair: Jim Hower, University of Kentucky, CAER

  • Chemistry
  • Geoscience/Coal Resources
  • Trace Elements/Emission
  • Coal Processing
  • Coal Preparation
  • Coal Utilization
  • Coal Utilization By-Products (Ash, Fertilizers, etc.)


8. Coal Mining


Chair: Richard Bajura, West Virginia University  

  • Coal Seam and Coal Mine Methane/Gas Management in Coal Mines
  • Geological Issues Related to Coal Mining/Properties of Coal-Measure Rocks/Ground Behavior
  • Coal Mining and Reclamation
  • Mine Safety


9. Coal Bed and Shale Gas



 Chairs: Richard Winschel, CONSOL Energy Inc., Steve Carpenter, Advanced Resources International, Inc., and Leslie"Jingle" Ruppert, US Geological Survey

  • Geology
  • Exploration
  • Resources and Reserves
  • Drilling and Production
  • Completion Methods
  • Gas Quality and Processing
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Abating Methane Emissions from Gas and Coal Production

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Papers may be contributed in all subject areas dealing with coal technologies and related policy issues. To qualify for acceptance, you must submit a one-page abstract by e-mail on or before March 1, 2015. Please submit using this template and send it to: ipcc@pitt.edu. Make sure"2015 Abstract Submission" is in your Subject line. PLEASE SEND YOUR ABSTRACT IN WORD FORMAT. PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU ARE REQUESTING A POSTER PRESENTATION.

Conference Secretary
International Pittsburgh Coal Conference
University of Pittsburgh
940 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261 USA
Phone: +1-412-624-7440
Email: ipcc@pitt.edu  

The abstract must include sufficient content and information for adequate evaluation by the Program Committee. The International Pittsburgh Coal Conference Program Committee reserves the right to accept, place on a waiting list, or reject any paper. Each abstract should include the following in WORD format:

  1. PROGRAM TOPIC (Please see the list above for your appropriate major topic)
  3. AUTHOR LISTING (Principal/Corresponding Author First)
  4. CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EACH AUTHOR (Please list each authors' valid mailing address, COUNTRY, telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses INDIVIDUALLY)

Abstracts are due in the PCC office on or before March 1, 2015. Manuscripts and Author Data Sheets are due in the PCC office on or before August 31, 2015. The conference welcomes papers from academia, industry, nonprofit organizations, government institutions, research institutes, and other interested parties.


By July 2015, the Program Committee will inform the submitting author of the paper's status. If a paper is accepted, an original copy of the manuscript sent by email is due in the PCC office on or before August 31, 2015. In addition to submitting a manuscript, authors must submit a 2015 Author Data Sheet.


Deadline August 31, 2015

Completed Manuscripts are to be submitted by E-MAIL (preferred) to: ipcc@pitt.edu or via US mail on a CD-ROM in *Unsecured/Unprotected PDF Format (preferred) or Microsoft Word. Please make sure to notify the conference secretary if you have changed your Title or Authors since the original abstract submission!  There is NO general format or page limitation that the Manuscript has to follow because it will be published on a CD-ROM.

Please note that we request a written manuscript of all oral and poster presenters. However, a PDF of your slide presentation or poster presentation will be accepted as your "manuscript" should a written manuscript be difficult to produce. You may also submit both a written manuscript and a PDF of your presentation and both will be included on the CD.

If your manuscript contains multiple graphs, charts, or figures please submit your manuscript in PDF Format. The PCC will NOT be responsible for errors resulting from conversion to PDF.

Authors who have not submitted a completed registration form and paid registration will not have their papers included in the Proceedings.

A Conference Brochure containing the preliminary program will be sent to you in June 2015.

As you prepare for your presentation in either the Poster or Oral Session, please follow the Guidelines for Poster and Oral Presentations Please note all manuscripts and presentations must be in English.


Abstracts Due March 1, 2015
Author Notification July 2015
Preliminary Program July 2015
Manuscripts and Author Data Sheets Due August 31, 2015
Early Registration Discount Deadline July 31, 2015
Westin Hotel Reservation Deadline to receive the PCC discount rate September 11, 2015
Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference October 5 - 8, 2015