The 40th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems

May 31 to June 4, 2015

Sheraton Sand Key, Clearwater, Florida, USA

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

The Most Comprehensive Program on Coal Technologies –

From “Dawn to Dusk” – Representatives from 6 Continents

To See The Entire 2014 Program, click here 2014 Official Program.pdf

The Polk tour is on the agenda!

Mission Statement Increased demand – coupled with energy security issues, uncertainty and increasing costs in the oil sector, and tightening environmental regulations – make this conference a must for those involved in all aspects of power generation who must meet the competitive pressures and environmental concerns of coal utilization in the 21st century. To provide our attendees with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, we offer panel presentations throughout the conference.  The Panels, Tutorials, Technical Sessions and Plenary Sessions provide an overview of emerging, evolving, and innovative technologies, fuels, policy and/or equipment in the power generation industry.

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, 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.  The program presents an extensive overview of emerging, evolving, and innovative technologies, fuels and/or equipment in the power generation industry. 

For 5-1/2 days the world’s experts are in Clearwater, Florida, to share their knowledge and expertise on clean coal technologies.  Issues on the front burner of the electric utility industry will be spotlighted.  All in attendance will have a firm grasp on the critical issues facing the industry today and tomorrow.  4 short courses, 9 plenary sessions and 21 technical sessions will delve into the technological solutions for coal.

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 nearly 200 technical presentations in the major areas of interest.




Journal Publication: Quality papers from the Clearwater Clean Coal Conference will be considered for publication in the Journal of Applied Energy.  If an author wishes to pursue this then he or she must submit their papers to the journal website in the desired format

The paper will be peer reviewed prior to publication. The authors must note when submitting their paper that the manuscript is from the 39th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems.  Manuscripts must be submitted to APEN by for paper review by July 15, 2014; assigned to editors by August 15; peer review completed by November 30; Publication possible in January, 2015.

In addition, selected papers will be published in Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, published by Elsevier. This Journal is ranked first among 79 energy journals; its five year impact factor is over 13, one of the highest i.f.’s among all journals. 

Best Student Paper Award

Over the years the conference has benefitted from many excellent student papers.  To give these exceptional students well-deserved recognition, we now present the Clearwater Clean Coal Conference Best Student Paper Award.  Students whose papers have been accepted must follow the instructions in the Guidelines that have been prepared for them. In addition to the Award give in honor of the late Presidential Professor Adel F. Sarofim, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive cash awards of $500, $300 and $250, respectively.    

The Best Student Paper Award in 2013 went to to Cristina Botero, PhD Candidate, Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of On the Role of Thermodynamics and Kinetics in a Coal-CO2 Slurry-fed Gasifier: Optimization of CO2:H2O Ratio through CO2 Skimming and Steam Injection in the session on Gasification Technologies II

First Runner-Up in The Best Student Paper Award in 2013 went to Melissa Holtmeyer, Ph.D. Candidate, U.S. EPA STAR Fellow, Washington University, LACER - Laboratory for Advanced Combustion and Energy Research Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering Department Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the excellent presentation of Scaling Laws Associated with Biomass Cofiring and Prediction of Particle Breakthrough of the Volatile Flame in the session on Biomass Co-Utilization II

Second Runner-Up in The Best Student Paper Award Competitionin 2013 to Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Kern, PhD Student, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technologyfor his paper, Dual Fluidized Bed Steam Gasification of Coal and Biomass:  Influence of the State of Pyrolysis on the Process Performance, in the session on Gasification Technologies I

Winners From Past Years

The Best Student Paper Award in 2012 went to Cristina Botero, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of Impact of Finite-Rate Kinetics on Carbon Conversion in a Single-Stage Entrained Flow Gasifier with Coal CO2 Slurry Feed, Cristina Botero, Randall P. Field, Howard J. Herzog and Ahmed F, Ghoniem, Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA in the session on Gasification Technologies I.

First Runner-Up in The Best Student Paper Award went to Gosia Stein-Brzozowska, University of Stuttgart
Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the excellent presentation of Fireside Corrosion of Dedicated Austenitic Steels in Ultra-Supercritical Coal-Fired Power Plants, Gosia Stein-Brzozowska, Diana Flórez, Jörg Maier, and Prof. Günter Scheffknecht, Institute of Combustion and Power Plant Technology (IFK), University of Stuttgart, GERMANY, in the session on Improving Plant Availability/Utilization.

Second Runner-Up in The Best Student Paper Award Competition went to Keith Gneshin, University of Utah
Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the excellent presentation of Hydrocarbon Evolution and Porosity Development in Bituminous Coal Under Conditions that Simulate Underground Coal Pyrolysis, Keith Gneshin, Wang Ding, Rob, Krumm, and Eric Eddings, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, University of Utah, USA in the session on Alternative Liquid Fuels from Coal and Biomass.

To see who has won in the past and for the roster of the Best Student Paper Award Committee members, click here Roster of Former BSPA Winners.pdf


Endorsing Organizations:
• American Public Power Association
• CanmetENERGY
• China Coal Research Institute
Ministry of Coal, People's Republic of China
• Edison Electric Institute
• Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service
• Illinois Clean Coal Institute
• International Energy Agency: Coal Research
• Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL)
• National Mining Association
• National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
• Ohio Coal Development Office
• U. S. Geological Survey




    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.  Rates for single or double rooms:  $184/night.

    Sheraton Sand Key
    1160 Gulf Boulevard
    Clearwater, Florida 33767

    Phone: 727-595-1611; FAX: 727-596-8488

    $183/night – Single or Double

    Visit for information about the Sheraton Sand Key.  Or go directly to their on site reservations created specifically for us. Go to click Conferences and then click on the hotel site reference.

    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.

Getting to Clearwater & The Sheraton Sand Key: The Sheraton Sand Key (on the Pinellas Sun Coast) in Clearwater, Florida, is approximately 21 miles from Tampa International Airport.  Limousine Shuttle Service ($24/person) is available at the airport that will take you directly to the hotel. In addition, service is increasing at the Clearwater/St. Petersburg Airport; so please check with your carrier to see if you can fly in there because it is closer to the Sheraton than Tampa International.

Climate: June is a beautiful time to be in Florida on the Gulf Coast.  During the day the temperature is perfect for the beach and the evenings are balmy.  In addition, a baseball cap or hat is advisable for times when we are outside.


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. 

Air Products & Chemicals
Dr. Reed Hendershot and Jeffrey Kloosterman
ALSTOM Power, Inc.
John Marion
American Electric Power,
J.J. Letcavits
ASME Power Div.:
Dr. Ashwani Gupta, University of Maryland
The Babcock & Wilcox Company
Hamid Sarv
Babcock Power, Inc.
Bonnie Courtemanche, P.E.
CanmetENERGY, Canada
Dr. Ligang Zheng
Chalmers University

Dr. Klas Andersson
Columbia University
Dr. Klaus Lackner

Jason Wong

Clyde Bergemann
Dr. Edmundo Vásquez
CSIRO, Australia
Dr. Erik Meuleman
Doosan Babcock Energy Limited, Scotland
Gerry Hesselmann

Energy & Environment, Germany
Prof.-Dr. Klaus R.G. Hein (Co-chairman)
Energy & Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota
Christopher Zygarlilcke
Foster Wheeler North America Corp.
Horst Hack and Alan Paschedag
Fuel Tech Inc.
Chris Smyrniotis

Gas Technology Institute
Howard Meyer
Government Contracts Specialists
Philip W. Winkler
Illinois Clean Coal Institute

Joseph Hirschi
Leonardo Technologies, Inc.
Massood Ramezan
Hiroshi Sasatsu
Linde LLC
Krish Krishnamurthy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Janos M. Beer and
Cristina Botero (2012 Best Student Paper Award Winner) (Student Representative)
Monash University, Australia
Dr. Sankar Bhattacharya
Northeastern University
Yiannis Levendis
Ohio University
Dr. Gerardine BotteOntario Power Generation, Canada
Les Marshall
Pennsylvania State University, EMS Energy Institute
Bruce G. Miller
Praxair, Inc.
Dr. Lawrence Bool (Co-
Reaction Engineering International
Bradley Adams

Savannah River National Laboratory
Steve Xiao
Tampa Electric Co.
Byron Burrows
Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany
Dr. Alfons Kather
Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China
Prof. Yao Qiang and
Prof. Yue Guangxi
University of Alberta
Dr. Rajender Gupta
University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr. Terry WallUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, Dr. Nenad Sarunac
University of Utah Prof. JoAnn Lighty and
Prof. Andew Fry
U. S. Geological Survey
Ronald Affolter
Wroclaw University of Technology
Dr. Halina Kruczek
Xstrata Coal, Australia
Dave Osborne



Click here for

Official Program 2010.pdf

The 35th conference was successfully concluded; and the program has been announced for the 36th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems that will take place at the Sheraton Sand Key, Clearwater, Florida, USA, from June 5 to 9, 2011.


Student Recruitment In addition, the Conference will facilitate students meeting with potential employers at the conference. Through a specific site in the Exhibit Center, we will notify students of those companies who are seeking candidates and facilitate their getting together.



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

Attention: Barbara A. Sakkestad (CTA)

Phone: 301/330-2256