Thirty-Ninth Annual
September 19 - 22, 2022

Abstracts Deadline:

August 31, 2022

Technology Innovation and Solutions for Clean Energy

Participating Organizations

Ajou University, SOUTH KOREA
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), AUSTRALIA
CONSOL Energy Inc., USA
Freiberg University of Mining & Technology, GERMANY
Gas Technology Institute (GTI), USA
Hamilton Maurer International, USA
Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, POLAND
Istanbul Technical University, TURKEY
KeyLogic Systems, Inc., USA
Longbridge Energy Consulting, USA
MIE University, JAPAN


National Institute of Clean and Low Carbon Energy (NICE), CHINA
Osaka University, JAPAN
Penn State University, USA
Sotacarbo S.p.A., ITALY
Southern University of Science and
Technology, CHINA
The Ohio State University, USA
U.S. Geological Survey, USA
University of Kentucky, USA
University of New Orleans, USA
University of Pittsburgh, USA
University of Wyoming, USA
West Virginia University, USA

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39th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference

The Conference (PCC) will be held virtually September 19-22, 2022.

The PCC is the "premier" annual event focusing on all aspects of coal, energy, environment and sustainable development. It provides a unique forum for in-depth exchange of technical information and policy issues among all participants from industry, government and academia throughout the world. Coal remains one of the main components in the worldwide primary energy mix ( oil, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric, renewables and nuclear).

Coal is used in many important applications, including power generation, and production of many value added products, (e.g., chemicals, nanocarbon, construction materials, etc.). In 2020, about 7.6 billion tons of coal were produced worldwide (https://www.iea.org/reports/coal-information-overview). However, the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, combined with widespread policies aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of power generation, lowered global coal consumption. The economics and the speed of recovery from this pandemic will determine the size of the decline in the global coal utilization in 2022 and beyond. Nonetheless, with innovative research, coal will remain the most concentrated form of prehistoric biomass and the most abundant fossil fuel in the US and China.

Conference Theme: “Technology innovation and solutions for clean energy” surrounding the continued clean coal utilization for supporting the future clean energy market.

The PCC committees kindly invite you to submit papers and attend this important event online.

Abstracts Submission

Abstracts of potential papers may be submitted in all program topics. The abstract must include sufficient and adequate information for evaluation by the Technical Program Committee of the conference.

Please submit an abstract by email to ipcc@pitt.edu.
The deadline is August 31, 2022.

Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of the PCC 2022 will be published online after the conference.

For a paper to be included in the conference proceedings, a paid registration of the presenter must be received and a complete manuscript in English, must be sent by email to the conference office prior to the conference date.

Proceedings of the previous International Pittsburgh Coal conferences are available and can be purchased online: Proceedings

Note to Authors

The Pittsburgh Coal Conference does not provide any financial support to contributing authors. Benefits from participation include the privilege of presenting papers at the conference and publication of the papers in the Conference Proceedings for worldwide distribution.

Oral Presentations & Posters

All presentations will take place online via Zoom. Oral Presentations: Each author is allowed 20 minutes including a 5 minute Q&A period.

Conference Website:


Please contact the Conference Coordinator with any questions.

Nicole Drebsky, Conference Coordinator

Email: ipcc@pitt.edu
Tel: +1 (412) 624 7440

We are currently working remotely, please leave a voice message and we will return your call.

Program Topics


  • 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
  • Systems Analysis
  • Low Rank Coal Utilization
  • Polygeneration

  • Existing and planned clean coal major
    demonstrations (process and technology
    demonstrations, (i.e., CCS, 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
  • Energy storage demonstrations applicable to
    and long term storage of
    energy from coal and fossil energy systems
    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
  • Regulatory impacts on major demonstration and
    commercial projects
  • Insurance strategies for CO₂ capture and
    geologic storage

  • Industrial applications and environmental Issues
  • Flue gas clean up and ash chemistry
  • Modeling and economic evaluation
  • Combustion technology advancements
    (Pulverized Coal, Fluidized Beds, Co Firing, etc.)
  • Novel Combustion and Cycle Technologies
    (Oxyfuel, Chemical looping, CO₂ Cycles,
  • Basic studies, materials, and instrumentation

  • 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

  • Pre combustion capture
  • Post combustion capture
  • Direct Air Capture (DAC)
  • CO₂ sequestration (Monitoring, Mitigation and
    Verification; Storage: Depleted Oil/Gas
    Reservoirs, Aquifers, Basalt, Coal Bed Methane,
  • Transportation infrastructure issues
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Carbon dioxide to chemicals/fuels

  • Chemical (Hydrogen, Ammonia, Methanol)
  • Thermal (Thermochemical, Sensible, Latent)
  • Mechanical (Compressed Air, Pumped Hydro)
  • Electrochemical (Batteries: Flow, Li ion, Lead
  • Other (Geothermal)

  • Production
  • Transportation
  • Storage
  • Utilization

  • Geology
  • Exploration
  • Resources and reserves
  • Drilling and production
  • Completion methods
  • Gas quality and processing
  • Environmental impacts
  • Abating methane emissions from gas and
    coal production
  • Economics and future outlook

  • Thermodynamic and economic analysis
  • Boiler technology and design
  • Steam turbine technology (reheat, regeneration,
    steam seals, blade aerodynamics)
  • Gas turbines technology (syngas or
    rich combustion, compressor
    aerodynamics, turbine blade heat transfer,
  • 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
    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
  • Any other or innovative new cycles

  • Critical minerals and rare earth elements in coal
    and petroleum fuels
  • Critical mineral and 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

  • 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
  • Beneficial uses of CCRs
  • Critical mineral and rare earth element extraction
    from CCRs
  • Role of CCRs for CO 2 storage

  • Chemistry
  • Geoscience/coal resources
  • Trace elements/emission
  • Coal processing
  • Coal preparation
  • Coal utilization
  • Coal utilization by products (Ash, Fertilizers, etc.)

  • Coal seam and coal mine methane/gas
    management in coal mines
  • Geological issues related to coal
    mining/properties of coal measure, rocks/ground
  • Coal mining and reclamation
  • Mine safety

  • Energy production and water use
    conservation and recycle
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) or Energy
    Production Systems (EPS)
  • Energy production and the environment
  • Energy sustainability efficiency and
    conversation to reduce GHG
  • GHG, inventory protocol, legal and regulatory
    considerations, credits