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Fourth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies
Dresden, Germany, 17-21 May 2009

The conference was attended by about 370 delegates from more than 30 countries. It was organised by the IEA Clean Coal Centre, Forschungszentrum Julich and the IEC (institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering at TU Berkademie Freiberg). The various parallel sessions covered gasification technologies, integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) developments, carbon capture issues, coal and biomass to liquid (XtL) technologies, combustion and chemical looping, biomass and co-gasification, national R&D programmes, gas treatment, oxyfuel combustion, and international and regional perspectives.

A number of findings emerged from the conference. Coal use with carbon capture and storage (CCS) will become indispensible in the coming decades. There is no winning clean coal technology (CCT), but research on the second generation technologies is underway. Regulation for CCS is developing in some major OECD countries, but the finance is still inadequate. The different policies in different regions will result in different technology pathways.

The demand for coal is still increasing, especially in non-OECD countries. Coal provides 30% of energy in the EU and 40% globally. The long term use of coal will require highly efficient plants and the wide availability of CCS.

Since 2007, there have been a number of tangible developments. E.ON is constructing a power plant at Wilhelmshaven which will operate with an efficiency of 50%. The first post-combustion CO2 capture pilot plant in China is under way. Vattenfall has a 30 MWth oxyfuel carbon capture unit in operation. Information is now available on the various operational carbon storage projects.

The fifth conference in the series will be hosted by the Instituto de Carboquimica and will take place in Zaragoza, Spain in May 2011.

Deborah Adams, Debo.Adams@iea-coal.org




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