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2017 Conference

2017 Pittsburgh Coal Conference

The Thirty-Fourth Annual Pittsburgh Coal Conference

September 5 - 8, 2017 - Pittsburgh, PA, USA 


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Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

300 W Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, USA  15219

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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: TBA

  • 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:  TBA

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: TBA

  • Industrial Applications and Environmental Issues 
  • Flue Gas Clean Up and Ash Chemistry
  • Combustion Technology Advancements (Pulverized Coal, Fluidized Beds, Co-Firing, etc.)
  • Novel Combustion and Cycle Technologies (Oxyfuel, Chemical Looping, CO2 Cycles, etc.)
  • Modeling and Economic Evaluation
  • Basic Studies, Materials, and Instrumentation

4. Clean Coal and Gas to Fuels

Chair: TBA

  • 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: TBA

  • 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: TBA

  • 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: TBA

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

      8. Coal Mining

      Chair: TBA

      • 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:  TBA

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

      10. Power Plants (Fired by any fossil and biomass fuels)

      Chairs:  TBA

      This track will consider papers related to relevant subjects in power plants fired with any fuels (coal, natural gas, syngas, hydrogen, liquid fuels, and biomass), including Rankine cycles, combined cycles, IGCC, and supercritical CO2 cycles.

      • Thermodynamic and economic analysis 
      • Boiler technology and design
      • Steam turbine technology (reheat, regeneration, steam seals, blade aerodynamics)
      • Gas Turbines technology (syngas or hydrogen-rich combustion, compressor aerodynamics, turbine blade heat transfer, materials)
      • Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG)
      • Condenser design and operation
      • Cooling tower design and improvements
      • Water treatments
      • Post combustion gas cleaning
      • IGCC integration and components (ASU, gasifiers, syngas cooling, gas clean up, water gas shift, and desulfurization)
      • Oxy-fuel combustion plants
      • Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC)
      • Combined Heating and Power (CHP)
      • Energy storage (CAES, ice)
      • Power Plants Operation and Maintenance experiences
      • Any other or innovative new cycles (supercritical CO2 cycles, HAT, etc.)

      11. Rare Earth Elements in Fossil Fuel Derived Solids and Liquids

      Chairs:  Evan J. Granite (NETL / DOE), Allan Kolker (USGS), Elliot A. Roth (NETL / DOE) and Morgan Summers (NETL / DOE)

      This symposium will cover several aspects of the rare earth elements associated with the exploration, recovery, and utilization of coal, petroleum, and natural gas. Topics will include, but not limited to:

      • Rare earth element capture/recovery from fossil fuel derived solids and liquids
      • Rare earth elements in coal and petroleum fuels
      • Rare earth element chemistry in power systems
      • Mining waste
      • Fly ash and slag
      • Separation methods
      • Rare earth geochemistry
      • Measurement and characterization: challenges and solutions
      • Modeling
      • Mining and recovery methods in industry
      • Status of supply and trade
      • Emerging issues 

      12. Coal Ash Management

      Chairs:  Tarunjit S. Butalia (Ohio State University)

      • Ash pond reclamation
      • Extension of landfills over ash ponds
      • Long-term recovery of materials from ash ponds
      • Secondary uses of closed ash ponds
      • Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) landfill management
      • Beneficial uses of CCRs
      • Rare earth element extraction from CCRs
      • Role of CCRs for CO2 storage

      13. Value-Added Products from Coal 

      Chairs:  Evan J. Granite (NETL/DOE), Elliot A. Roth (NETL/DOE), Christopher Matranga (NETL/DOE), and Edgar Lara-Curzio (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

      A This symposium will cover value-added products produced from coal.  Topics will include, but not be limited to:  

      • Nano-carbons
      • Fibers
      • Composites
      • 3D Printing
      • Additive Manufacturing
      • Electrodes
      • Capacitors
      • Construction Materials
      • Concretes
      • Thermal Insulators
      • Activated Carbons
      • Tars, Cokes and Pitches
      • Chemicals 


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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 July 31st , 2017. Please submit using this template and send it to: ipcc@pitt.edu. Make sure"2017 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)
        5. ABSTRACT TEXT

        Abstracts are due in the PCC office on or before July 31st, 2017.


        By June 2017, 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 July 31, 2017. In addition to submitting a manuscript, authors must submit a 2017 Author Data Sheet.


        Deadline July 31, 2017

        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 July 2017.

        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 July 31, 2017
        Author Notification June 2017
        Preliminary Program July 2017
        Manuscripts and Author Data Sheets Due July 31, 2017
        Early Registration Discount Deadline June 30, 2017                 
        Deadline to receive PCC hotel discount rate at the Sheraton
        August 14, 2017
        International Pittsburgh Coal Conference September 5 - 8, 2017