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2015 International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference

School of Energy Resources

IACTC international advanced coal technologies conference jackson hole wy5th International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, October 6-7, 2015

2015 IACTC Program & Agenda

Background Information

The 5th International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference (IACTC) was held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on October 6-7, 2015. The conference brought together an international array of leading energy experts from government, industry, academic, and research sectors to discuss and share recent advancements in the development and deployment of low-emissions coal-based power and carbon emission mitigation technologies. The conference was hosted by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) in conjunction with Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Energy Resources & Chemical Engineering. 

The first international conference bringing together U.S., Chinese, and Australian stakeholders took place in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 2008. The subsequent two conferences were held in Laramie, Wyoming, USA in 2010 and Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China in 2012. The fourth international conference was held in Brisbane, Queensland in March 2014.


The IACTC conferences seek to advance, through collaboration with global partners in policy, education, and research, the environmental and economic use of coal to meet world energy sustainability and security. 

Speaker Presentations

The presentation videos linked here have been approved by the speaker to be posted on this website. Please note some videos are paired together.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 

Topic: Policy & Markets - Initiatives for Coal Based Carbon Engineering

Welcome and Stating of Goals

Mark Northam, Director, School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming (UW)

National Perspectives

David Mohler, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management UW Department of Energy

Zhou Binxian, Representative of Shaanxi, Director General-Shaanxi Provincial Financial Supervisor

State and Provincial Perspectives

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

Hei Xisheng, Director, Oil and Natural Gas Department, Shaanxi Provincial Development and Reform Commission - Resources and Development Perspectives of Energy and Chemical Industries in Shaanxi Province 

Bernadette Ditchfield, Executive Director, Mining and Petroleum Operations, Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines


Mark Northam, Director, School of Energy Resources, UW - Innovating New Technologies for the Future of Wyoming Coal 

David Harris, Research Director, Low Emissions Technologies, CSIRO Energy Australia - An Overview of Australian Research Programs and Priorities for Low Emissions Coal Technologies 

Zhou Lifa, Director, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Energy Resources and Chemical Engineering - A Feasibility Study of 10 Mt CO2 Utilization Projects in the Northern Shaanxi and Adjacent Regions 

Global Industry Outlook

Deck Slone, Senior VP, Strategy & Public Affairs, Arch Coal, Inc.

Ren Xiangkun, Board Chairman, Beijing Baota Sanju Energy Science & Technology

Global View on Use of Coal for Non BTU Value Added Products

Richard Horner, Deputy Director, Emerging Projects and Technology, School of Energy Resources, UW

Economic and Market Opportunities for Coal

Eric Richards, Commercial Manager, North American Operations, Ignite Energy Resources

Kipp Coddington, Director, Carbon Management Institute, UW - The Market for Commodity CO2 

Summary and Closing of Day One

Mark Northam, Director, School of Energy Resources

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Topic: Technical Talks on Innovative Research - Invited Presentations

Session 1-A: Product Industries

Yue Yang, General Manager, Yanchang Petroleum Group - The Developments of Yanchang Coal / Petroleum Conversion

Justin Swift, Chief Executive Officer, Synfuels Americas - Vision for Advanced Coal Conversion (CTX) Technologies Through Research and Development

Richard Boardman, Manager, Energy Systems Integration, INL

Session 1-B: Tech Companies

Stephen Kennedy, CEO, Zerronox Corporation - Zerronox Corporation: Removal of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other emissions from power generation plants using pulsed electron beams

Larry Baxter, Co-Founder and Technical Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions - Cyrogenic Carbon Capture: Enabling Technology for a Modern Power System

Session 2: Carbon Engineering and Chemistry for Innovative Carbon Based Products

Chunshan Song, Director of the Energy Institute and Distinguished Professor, Penn State University - CO1 Capture and Conversion to Fuels and Chemicals for Sustainable Development

Ben Kumfer, Research Assistant Professor, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Jenny Tennant, Technology Manager, Gasification and Fuels, Office of Coal and Power Research and Development, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), US Department of Energy - Gasification Systems and Coal Biomass to Liquids Programs Ongoing R&D and Changing Focus

Session 3:Managing the Carbon Cycle - Challenges of Technology and Economics

Howard Herzog, Senior Research Engineer, MIT Energy Initiative, CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS): A Technology at a Crossroads

Sarah Forbes, Scientist, US Department of Energy - Managing the Carbon Cycle - Challenges of Technology and Economics

Li Dapeng, Director, Yangchang Petroleum Group - Clean Coal Technology Developments in Yanchang - Coal / Hydrocarbon Co-Processing

Final Conference Summary: Collaboration and Opportunities

Mark Northam, Director, School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming

Gao Ling, VP, Northwest University, Chairman of Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Energy Resources and Chemical Engineering

Closing of Conference - Mark Northam and David Harris

Contact Information

For more information please contact SER Outreach Coordinator Nadia Kaliszewski at or call 307-766-4295.

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