The International Pittsburgh Coal Conference (PCC) is proudly hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering. It is an outgrowth of a series of conferences spanning more than three decades, and dealing with coal utilization both in the United States and internationally.
The conference was originally conceived by the University of Pittsburgh following the Oil Embargo in 1973; and it was named COGLAC (Coal Gasification, Liquefaction, and Conversion to Electricity). In 1984, the conference's name was changed to the Annual Pittsburgh Coal Conference. Later in 1988, the word "international" was added to reflect the expanded scope and participants of the conference. The PCC is the "premier" annual event devoted to all aspects of coal, energy and the environment. It aims at fulfilling the ultimate goal of efficient and effective use of coal while protecting the environment.
The PCC has been successfully held outside the United States in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016; Beijing, China in 2013; Istanbul, Turkey in 2010; Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007; Osaka, Japan in 2004; Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia in 2001; and Taiyuan, People's Republic of China in 1997.
Sessions on Coal Ash Management
This symposium will cover several aspects of coal ash management. Topics will include, but not be limited to:
- Ash pond reclamation
- Extension of landfills over ash ponds
- Long-term recovery of materials from ash ponds
- Secondary uses of closed ash ponds
- Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) landfill management
- Beneficial uses of CCRs
- Rare earth element extraction from CCRs
- Role of CCRs for CO2 storage
The Conference is dedicated to providing a unique opportunity for in-depth and focused exchange of technical information and policy issues among representatives from industry, government and academia throughout the world.