The 41st International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems

The Clearwater clean coal conference

June 5 to 9, 2016

Sheraton Sand Key, Clearwater, Florida, USA

Five Days – The Hottest Topics – The World’s KEY PLAYERS, Leading Experts and "Super Scientists" – 

The Most Comprehensive Program on Coal Technologies –

From “Dawn to Dusk” – Representatives from 6 Continents

the Official Call for Papers will be available in August.


To get a flavor of what the conference is and has to offer check out the official program for the 2015 conference 2015 Official Program.pdf


For 5-1/2 days in 2015 the world’s experts were in Clearwater, Florida, to share their knowledge and expertise on coal technologies. The issues on the front burners of the electric utility industry were spotlighted. All in attendance had a firm grasp on the major issues facing the industry today and tomorrow in the tutorials, panels and technical sessions that delved into critical energy topics.  

The Clearwater Clean Coal Conference has earned a reputation as one of the premiere conferences on coal technologies as it grows in size and scope since its inception in 1975. This technical conference and networking event – where utility executives and world-leading experts present 150 technical presentations in the major areas of interest – is sponsored by Coal Technologies Associates, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Power Division.


Technical Sessions The conference presents topics of the greatest interest to the industry in the technical sessions.  In some instances, energy leaders organize technical sessions on their area of expertise and invite specific topics for these sessions.  The conference will offer 25 technical sessions over the 5 days of the conference. 



The Conference Committee seeks papers from all countries worldwide that deal with: technical solutions to problems; specific strategies; projects; innovations; industry trends; and/or regulatory compliance.  The goal is to present an extensive overview of emerging, evolving, and innovative technologies, fuels and/or equipment in the power generation industry, through the presentation of accomplishments, opportunities and challenges in the major technological areas.  Through their efforts we present this year’s excellent technical program. 

American Electric Power, J. J. Letcavits
Air Products, Reed Hendershot and
Jeff Kloosterman
ALSTOM Power Inc., John Marion
Arizona State University, Dr. Klaus S. Lackner
Babcock Power Inc., Bonnie Courtemanche
Chalmers University, Klas Andersson
Clyde Bergemann Air Pollution Control, Products Division,Dr. Edmundo R. Vasquez
Consulate General of CANADA, Dr. Georgette Pepper
Consultant., Horst Hack
Covanta, Alan Paschedag
CSIRO Energy Technology, Coal Technology Portfolio, Dr. Erik Meuleman
Doosan Babcock Energy Limited, Gerry Hesselmann
DTE Energy, Jason Wong
Energy & Environment, Prof. Dr. Klaus R. G. Hein (Co-chair)
Fuels & Combustion Consultant, David Tillman
Fuel Tech, Inc., Chris R. Smyrniotis and
Dr. Ian Saratovsky
Gas Technology Institute, Howard Meyer
Government Contracting Specialists, LLC, Philip W. Winkler
Illinois Clean Coal Institute, Dr. Joseph C. Hirschi
J-POWER, Hiroshi Sasatsu
Leonardo Technologies, Massood Ramezan
Linde LLC, Krish R. Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Janos M. Beer and Student Representative, Cristina Botero
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH, Gosia Stein-Brzozowska
Mobotec Inc., Dr. Guisi Liu
Monash University, Prof. Sankar Bhattacharya
Natural Resources CANADA, Dr. Ligang Zheng
Northeastern University, Dr. Yiannis A. Levendis
Ohio University, Dr. Gerardine G. Botte
Ontario Power Generation, Les Marshall
Pennsylvania State University, Bruce G. Miller
Praxair, Inc., Dr. Lawrence E. Bool III (Co-chair)
Reaction Engineering International, Bradley Adams
Savannah River National Laboratory, Dr. Xin Xiao
Somerset International AUSTRALIA Pty Ltd., AUSTRALIA, Dr. Dave Osborne
Tampa Electric Company, Byron T. Burrows, P.E. BCEE and Yogesh M. Patel
Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alfons Kather
The Babcock & Wilcox Company, Hamid Sarv
Tsinghua University, Prof. Yue Guangxi and Dr. Yao Qiang
University of Alberta, Dr. Rajender Gupta
University of Maryland, Dr. Ashwani Gupta
University of Newcastle, Prof. Terry Wall
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, Dr. Nenad Sarunac
University of North Dakota, Energy & Environmental Research Center, Christopher J. Zygarlicke
University of South Carolina, Prof. Jochen Lauterbach
University of Utah, Prof. JoAnn Lighty and Andrew Fry
U.S. Geological Survey, Ronald H. Affolter
Wrocław University of Technology, Poland, Dr. Halina Kruczek




BACKGROUND -- Over 200 professionals representing nearly all the major players in the electric utility industry were in Clearwater, Florida, USA for the 39th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems (informally known as “the Clearwater Clean Coal Conference”) from June 1 to 5, 2014. The Clearwater Clean Coal Conference has earned a reputation as one of the premiere conferences on coal technologies as it grows in size and scope since its inception in 1975.

The Clearwater Clean Coal Conference offers participants 150 technical presentations in four days (Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in five concurrent sessions). Buffet style luncheons, and a fabulous beach reception on Tuesday night offer networking opportunities with 300 conference participants. Pre-conference short courses held on Sunday provide opportunities to learn about state-of-the-art and cutting-edge technologies. In addition, panels on the important energy issues of the day are also scheduled on the four-day agenda.

Buffet style luncheons, and a fabulous beach reception on Tuesday night offer networking opportunities with conference participants. Twelve tutorials held on Sunday and Monday provide opportunities to learn about state-of-the-art and cutting-edge technologies.

An Exhibit Center showcasing 24 booths also provide opportunities to highlight accomplishments and achievements. The conference is held every year in Clearwater, Florida, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. We expect warm and sunny days with temperatures during the day in the 80’s. To take advantage of our glorious beach locale we offer all lunches out on the beach under our spacious tent.


THEMED LUNCHEONAt Wednesday's lunch industry leaders host tables on timely topics of interest to many. Sign up is "first-come-first-served".

Best Student Paper Award Over the years the conference has benefitted from the many excellent papers given by students.  To give these exceptional students well-deserved recognition, the Conference Committee now awards the best paper from a student with the Clearwater Coal Conference Best Student Paper Award. In addition, the First, Second and Third Place Winners will now receive cash prices of $500, $300 and $250, respectively.    Guidelines for Student Papers 2013.doc

To further encourage student participation the Conference Committee offers a reduced registration fee of $395 for students currently enrolled in a college or university.


Papers from the international community are strongly encouraged. In the 2014 conference 16 countries were represented at the conference. In addition, one-third of all attendees were from the international community. The international papers were related to energy/environmental developments throughout the world. The Committee also encourages papers that deal specifically with the topics covered in the Keynote Session, Panels, Short Courses and Plenary Sessions


  • The abstract (one page in length), required immediately, must be submitted via email and include:
  • The Proposed Paper with Exact Title and one page of information (no equations and no figures). The abstract must summarize the objective and current status of the work; and provide the committee with an accurate scope of the paper. Please indicate under which Technical Topics To Be Presented this paper falls. You should also indicate the name of the session chair if this also pertains to your paper.
  • Principal Presenter Listing (name, title, company, address, phone, FAX and email). Email addresses are required since this will be the primary mode of communication.
  • Complete Listings for all Co-Authors (name, title, company, address, phone, FAX and email).

The Principal Presenter must provide the information and is the person to whom all correspondence will be sent and who must meet the deadlines and obligations of the conference, which include: making a presentation at the 2015 conference; submitting a manuscript; and paying a conference fee.

The Principal Presenter is eligible for a discount and must remit the non-refundable registration fee of $795 before February 15, 2015. There is no reimbursement for time spent or expenses incurred in preparing manuscripts or illustrations, or for transportation to, and expenses at the conference.

The Clearwater Clean Coal Conference does not provide financial support to authors. The registration fee covers one technical paper; authors submitting more than one paper must include an additional $100 per paper.

Notification of acceptance will be made by January 31, 2015. A manuscript for inclusion in the Proceedings and for distribution on CD-Rom (not to exceed 12 pages in length, with illustrative material) is required by April 16, 2015.

Instructions for preparation of manuscripts will be sent with letters of acceptance. Presentations will be scheduled in Panels, Technical and/or Poster Sessions, as determined by the Conference Committee. The one-page abstract should be sent via email to

To encourage the participation of students, the Conference Committee is offering a reduced registration of $395. In addition, one student paper will be awarded the Best Student Paper at the 2015 Clearwater Clean Coal Conference. The student will be evaluated in the quality of the paper, grasp of the topic presented and quality of the presentation at the conference. The student must be present to win.

Complete details on participation (important dates, fees, etc.) may be found in the Guidelines for Authors. 2015 Guidelines for Speakers.pdf


The program covers innovative and evolving technologies in a forum that encourages the exchange of information on power generation and policy issues. The State-of-the-Art in coal utilization will be presented in up-to-date technical papers, tutorials, plenary sessions and panels, covering cutting-edge developments on a range of timely topics. The presentations will deal with technical solutions to problems; specific strategies; projects; innovations; industry trends; and/or regulatory compliance.

ADVANCED POWER CYCLES for electric utility applications at new and existing power plants, such as:

  • FutureGen
  • Hydrogen from Coal
  • Clean Coal Power Plant Initiative
  • Oxy-Fuel Technology
  • Computer Simulations & Virtual Power Plants
  • Advanced Instrumentation, Sensors and Control Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Integration
  • Turbine Systems for Advanced Power Plants
  • Advanced Materials Development & Performance
  • Advanced Power Systems
  • Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)
  • Clean Transportation Fuels from Coal
  • NOx Control
  • Clean Coal Demos and Pilot Projects
  • Coal Compatible Fuel Cells
  • Gas and Steam Turbines
  • Coal Combustion (PC, fluidized bed)
  • Gasification
  • Advanced Gas Separations and Gas Cleaning
  • Chemical Looping


  • Fine particulate matter (PM 2.5); NOx, SO2 and SO3 Emissions
  • Mercury Emissions Control
  • CO2 Capture, Storage and Sequestration
  • Global Climate Change
  • Costs of Environmental Controls
  • CO2 Capture-Ready Technology


  • Fossil Fuel Carbon Products/By-Products
  • By-Product Issues
  • Ash Utilization
  • Ash Disposal & Emulsions


  • Availability and Recoverability of Clean and Compliant Coal Resources
  • Coal Quality and Trace Elements from the Mine to the Stack
  • Advances in Mining Technology
  • Clean Transportation Fuels from Coal
  • CO2 Transportation Pipelines
  • Biomass & Refuse Derived Fuels
  • Coal (including conventional slurries; coal water fuels; coal fines; and coal logs)
  • Mine Tailings; Ash Disposal & Emulsions
  • Beneficiation, Preparation and Utilization of Coal-based Fuels


  • Upgrading Existing Plants
  • Impact of Deregulation
  • Regulatory and/or Permitting Issues
  • Economic and Financial Perspectives (including carbon credits)
  • Distributed Generation
  • Issues Regarding Utilization of Powder River Basin Coal
  • Operational Issues
  • Utility Water Use
  • On-line Boiler Monitoring
  • Coal Quality/Performance Predictions
  • Advances in Coal Blending/Switching
  • Power Plant Reliability




  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Public Power Association
  • CanmetENERGY
  • China Coal Research Institute, Ministry of Coal Industry, People's Republic of China
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity: Office of Coal Development & Marketing
  • International Energy Agency: Coal Research
  • Japan Coal Energy Center
  • National Mining Association
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Ohio Coal Development Office
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance
  • U. S. Geological Survey
  • Utility Plant Managers
  • Utility Fuel Purchasers
  • Operations & Maintenance Providers
  • Independent Power Producers
  • Government Officials
  • Fuel Suppliers
  • Academicians and Students
  • Project Developers
  • Financial Managers
  • Coal Technology Companies
  • Materials Handling Specialists
  • R & D Firms
  • A & E Firms
  • Coal Producers & Mining Companies
  • Environmental Consultants/Emissions Controls Specialists
  • Contractors
  • Materials & Equipment Suppliers
  • Pipeline Companies



Sand Key is one of the 20 Best Beaches, according to many travel and tourism organizations. Directly on this beautiful beach is the Sheraton Sand Key, a 390-room luxury hotel. Each of the hotel’s newly refurbished rooms overlooks either the Gulf of Mexico or Clearwater Bay. Its seven secluded acres of white sandy beach set a tropical holiday mood for registrants to meet and discuss timely topics with colleagues from all over the globe.


Sheraton Sand Key
1160 Gulf Boulevard
Clearwater, Florida
Phone: 727-595-1611
FAX: 727-596-8488
$189/night – Single or Double
Visit for information about the Sheraton Sand Key

Overflow Hotels

We're working with a number of properties on Clearwater Beach who have very competitive rates and are within walking distance (approximately 1 mile) to the Sheraton Sand Key (for those who like to walk).

Sands Point Motel & Suites
433 Coronado Drive
Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767
Phone: 727-446-5608 or 1-800-433-2362
FAX: 727-442-7892
Rates: $65/day to $550/week


We're encouraging all speakers and attendees to adopt a business casual dress, i.e., no jackets or ties. This covers speakers, session chairmen, panel and tutorial chairs and speakers. Almost all of the food functions are outside and a business casual dress will make the long conference day and the outdoor functions more comfortable.


The 35th International Technical Conference on

Clean Coal & Fuel Systems Agenda  

June 6 to 10, 2010

Clearwater, Florida, USA

Our Best Student Paper Award winner was Aaron Fuller, University of Stuttgart.

To see all of the panels, tutorials, technical sessions, exhibitors, etc. click 2010 Program Announcement.pdf


The 34th International Technical Conference on

Clean Coal & Fuel Systems Agenda  

May 31 - June 4, 2009

Clearwater, Florida, USA

 To see all of the panels, tutorials, technical sessions and exhibitors, just click 2009 Official Prog.pdf

Our Best Student Paper Award Winners were:

Laura Bradley of Pennsylvania State University and Charles Reid, University of Utah.

The 33rd International Technical Conference on Coal Utilization & Fuel Systems
June 1 – 5, 2008
Sheraton Sand Key, Clearwater, Florida, USA

was successfully concluded in Clearwater, Florida. To see the Official Program and Exhibit Directory for this conference just click here 2008 Official Program.pdf

Presented by


Coal Technologies Associates
12548 Granite Ridge Drive
North Potomac, MD USA 20878

Attention: Barbara A. Sakkestad

Phone: 301/330-2256




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