May, the 8th International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies (CCT2017) is a leading forum for the global coal industry and research community. CCT2017 showcases the latest technological innovations helping to reduce the environmental impact of coal, as well as bringing insight from key figures in the industry.
Despite the current public focus on alternative energy sources, coal is the world’s largest source of electrical power and continues to grow as developing countries strive to reduce energy poverty. It is therefore essential to develop and encourage the use of technologies which minimise emissions of CO2 and other pollutants.
The programme features keynote addresses from Jean-Francois Gagne – Head of Technology Policy at the International Energy Agency, Scott Smouse – Senior Advisor to the US Department of Energy, Ashok Ganesan of GE Power Services – a major manufacturer of some of the world’s most efficient coal plants, Partha Mazumder – General manager of coal mining at NTPC – India’s largest power company.
Programme highlights on Tuesday 9th May includes updates on the cutting-edge high-efficiency coal technologies under development in Japan (Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems) and China (Shanghai’s record-breaking Waigaoqiao Power Plant), as well as sessions on how biomass can help further reduce CO2 emissions.
The growth in intermittent renewable energy in many countries is changing how grids operate, yet coal power is often still required to provide back-up generation. In ‘coal in a low carbon world’ on Wednesday 10th May, analysis from the World Energy Council, Germany (VGB Powertech), and India (Reliance Power) looks at how coal power is adapting to this new environment
Carbon capture and storage is considered essential by the IPCC and IEA for meeting the goals of the Paris agreement. Revolutionary CO2 capture technologies are covered throughout the CCT2017 programme, and on Thursday 11th May features an update on the EU’s only remaining large CCS proposal – Rotterdam’s ROAD project, as well as a report from the well-advanced programme in the USA, and an expert panel discussion on the future of CCS.
On Wednesday 10th May at 15:30, CCT2017’s centrepiece panel session ‘the Energy Trilemma’ will look beyond the coal industry at the main issues affecting the whole global energy sector: cost, energy security, and environmental impact. Finding the right balance between these conflicting goals is the challenge facing all energy policy makers. A panel of six experts in energy economics and policy:
Chandra Bhushan – Deputy Director of the Centre for Science and Environment, India
Nick Butler – Kings College London and Financial Times energy columnist
Craig Morris – Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and Energiewende commentator
Charles Soothill – Vice-Chair of the Zero Emissions Platform
Benjamin Sporton – Chief Executive of the World Coal Association
Alessandro Lanza – President of Sotacarbo
On the final day of the conference, delegates are invited to visit Sardinia’s historic coal mining region of Sulcis, including Sotacarbo’s state-of-the-art research facilities, the Museo del Carbone, and Enel’s ‘Grazia Deledda’ coal and biomass power plant at Portoscuso.