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2020 Conference

2020 International Pittsburgh Coal Conference

The Thirty-Seventh Annual Pittsburgh Coal Conference

September 8 - 11, 2020

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Outdoor Westin

Westin Convention Center Hotel

1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, USA

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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/

    Program Topics

    1. Gasification Technologies

    Topic Coordinators: TBA

    • Industrial Applications, Economics and Environmental Issues

    • Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)

    • Syngas to Power (Gas Turbines, Fuel Cells) 

    • Gasification Science and Modeling

    • Novel Gasification Technologies and Concepts

    • Co-Gasification of Coal and other Carbon-Based Fuels

    • Systems Analysis

    • Low Rank Coal Utilization

    • Polygeneration 

      2. Clean Coal Demonstration and Commercial Projects

      Topic Coordinators: TBA

      • 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

        Topic Coordinators: 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

          Topic Coordinators: TBA

          • Coal-To-Liquids Fuels, CTL (Direct Liquefaction, Fischer-Tropsch, MTG, DME, etc.)

          • Gas-To-Liquid, GTL

          • Synthesis Gas Cleanup 

          • Substitute Natural Gas (SNG)

          • Hydrogen Production

          • Syngas to Chemicals/Materials

            5. Carbon Management

            Topic Coordinators: 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 Issues

            • Legal and Regulatory Issues

            • Carbon Dioxide to Chemicals/Fuels

              6. Coal Science

              Topic Coordinators: TBA

              • Chemistry

              • Geoscience/Coal Resources

              • Trace Elements/Emission

              • Coal Processing

              • Coal Preparation

              • Coal Utilization

              • Coal Utilization By-Products (Ash, Fertilizers, etc.)

                7. Coal Mining, Preparation, and Handling

                Topic Coordinators: 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

                  8. Coal Bed Methane and Shale Gas

                  Topic Coordinators: 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

                    9. Power Plants

                    Topic Coordinators: TBA

                    • 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

                      10. Sustainability and Environment

                      Topic Coordinators: TBA

                      • Energy Production and Water Use – Conservation and Recycle

                      • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) or Energy Production Systems

                      • Energy Production on the Environment

                      • Energy Sustainability – Efficiency and Conversation to Reduce GHG

                      • GHG, Inventory Protocol, Legal and Regulatory Considerations, Credits

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

                        Topic Coordinators: TBA

                        • 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

                          Topic Coordinators: TBA

                          • 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

                            Topic Coordinators: TBA

                            • Nano-carbons

                            • Fibers

                            • Composites

                            • 3D Printing

                            • Additive Manufacturing

                            • Electrodes

                            • Capacitors

                            • Construction Materials

                            • Concretes

                            • Thermal Insulators

                            • Activated Carbons

                            • Tars, Cokes and Pitches

                            • Chemicals

                            14. Energy Storage

                            Topic Coordinators: TBA

                            • Chemical (Hydrogen, Ammonia, Methanol)  

                            • Thermal (Thermochemical, Sensible, Latent)

                            • Mechanical (Compressed Air, Pumped Hydro)

                            • Electrochemical (Batteries:  Flow, Li-ion, Lead Acid)

                            • Other (Geothermal)


                            ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

                            Abstract Requirements: An abstract template is available here: Abstract Template. Abstracts of potential papers may be submitted in all program topics. 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 program topic)
                            2. ABSTRACT TITLE
                            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 for each author)
                            5. ABSTRACT TEXT   

                            Deadline for Submission: May 31, 2020

                            Abstract Submission: Please submit an abstract online at this link or by email to ipcc@pitt.edu

                              AUTHOR NOTIFICATION

                              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 by TBA. In addition to submitting a manuscript, authors must submit an Author Data Sheet.

                              The Preliminary Program will be publicized prior to the conference.

                              Poster Presenters: 

                              • The dimensions of the poster boards will be 40 inches x 60 inches.

                              SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS

                              Deadline: TBA

                              Submission: Completed Manuscripts are to be submitted by E-MAIL (preferred) to: ipcc@pitt.edu or via US mail on a CD-ROM/Flash drive in *Unsecured/Unprotected PDF Format (preferred) or Microsoft Word. Please notify the conference secretary if you have changed your Title or Authors since the original abstract submission! There is NO page limitation for the manuscripts.

                              Manuscript Format:

                              We have partnered with Curran Associates, Inc. to have the conference proceedings indexed in SCOPUS (the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, scientific journals, books and conference proceedings) and have them available at various international scientific libraries. Manuscripts with clear sections containing the following items will be indexed in the conference proceedings on SCOPUS. Please take care to include these items in your manuscript.

                              • TITLE
                              • AUTHORS
                              • ABSTRACT
                              • BODY OF MANUSCRIPT
                              • REFERENCES
                                ****** If your manuscript contains multiple graphs, charts, or figures please submit your manuscript in PDF Format (must be UNSECURED/UNPROTECTED). The PCC will NOT be responsible for errors resulting from conversion to PDF.

                              Presentation Slides: 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 in the proceedings. **NOTE: Presentation slides submitted as a manuscript will not be indexed in SCOPUS.

                              Requirements for Publishing in Conference Proceedings:

                              As is common practice for professional conferences, authors are required to register and pay the appropriate registration fees for the conference. Manuscripts and presentation materials will only be included if the author has met ALL of these requirements:

                              Guidelines for Oral and Poster Presentations:


                              Please contact:

                              Kristen Harper, Conference Coordinator

                              International Pittsburgh Coal Conference

                              University of Pittsburgh 

                              3700 O'Hara Street
                              940 Benedum Hall 

                              Pittsburgh, PA 15261 USA

                              Phone: + 1-412-624-7440

                              Fax: +1 (412) 624-1480
                              Email: ipcc@pitt.edu


                              Abstracts Due May 31, 2020
                              Author Notification TBA
                              Manuscripts and Author Data Sheets Due  TBA
                              Preliminary Program TBA
                              Early Registration Discount Deadline July 31, 2020
                              Deadline to receive PCC hotel discount rate
                              August 14, 2020
                              International Pittsburgh Coal Conference September 8 - 11, 2020