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Clean Coal Task Force to Host Research Symposium


August 4, 2011 — The Clean Coal Task Force (CCTF) is ready to showcase the first round of results in its efforts to help secure Wyoming's financial future by preserving the value of coal, one of the state's most critical exports.

The CCTF, which uses a competitive process to select and fund research projects that could lead to the development of technologies to reduce the environmental impact of coal-based electric generation in Wyoming and across the United States, will host the Clean Coal Technology Fund Research Symposium from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the University of Wyoming Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie.

The symposium will feature presentations of completed projects funded from 2007-09 by the CCTF, which has awarded $31.2 million in appropriated funds while leveraging matching funds of $35.1 million through the Clean Coal Technology Fund since its creation in 2007 by the Wyoming State Legislature. The CCTF is supporting 42 projects.

"The intent of the Clean Coal Technology Fund is to generate and test new ideas for improving technology and reducing costs of producing low-emission electricity and fuels from Wyoming coal," says Diana Hulme, deputy director of the UW School of Energy Resources (SER), which administers the fund.  "The program also promotes early commercial demonstration of these technologies. Some of the projects to be presented at the symposium have successfully tested their technology at pilot-scale and are working toward or have received patents."

The symposium is sponsored by the SER, the Wyoming Governor's Office and the Wyoming State Legislature. Registration is free at http://www.uwyo.edu/ser/clean-coal/symposium.


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