COAL-GEN is accepting abstracts for papers and presentations to be given at the ninth annual conference and exhibition in Charlotte, NC, August 19-21, 2009. Deadline to submit your abstract is January 30, 2009. Click here for the online abstract submittal form.

Listed below are a few suggested topics, or propose your own industry-related topic.

General
• Existing Asset Value Maximization
• Fuel and materials handling
• Boiler operation and maintenance
• Steam turbine upgrades
• Balance of plant equipment issues
• Plant cooling/water treatment
• New source review
• Power plant IT
• Combustion optimization systems
• Novel maintenance practices
• Personnel and staffing
• Repowering
• Coal preparation

Emerging Coal Technologies
• Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC)
• Biomass co-firing
• Ultra-supercritical steam cycles
• Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB)
• Coal Syngas
• Coal to liquids
• Other

Coal Supply & Materials Handling
• Coal trading
• Coal availability and pricing
• Transportation issues & options
• Coal yard operations & maintenance
• Dust control
• Fire suppression
• Crushing / Pulverizing
• Conveying
• Blending
• Coal analysis
• Coal quality
• Combustion by-products
• Ash handling
• Sludge handling
• Coal byproduct management & marketing
• Coal preparation

Environmental Issues
• Global climate change
• Multi-pollutant emissions control
• Status of environmental legislation
• State implementation plans
• NOx control technologies
• SO2 control technologies
• Mercury control technologies
• Particulate control (PM10 & PM2.5)
• Emissions monitoring
• Carbon capture & sequestration
• Permitting
• Dry cooling
• Synthesized/Reformulated Fuels

New Generation
• Coal supply options
• Fuel price projections
• Plant siting
• Boiler technology
• Fluidized bed combustion
• Next generation coal-fired power plants
• Alternative fuels: waste coal and petcoke
• Supercritical boilers
• Coal-related transmission infrastructure issues
• Co-development of coal with renewables