Call for Papers

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The World of Coal Ash is the world's premier conference regarding all technical aspects of the science, applications and sustainability of coal combustion product utilization and storage. The conference will take place May 8-11, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Coal combustion product utilization represents an important and growing industry. Coal combustion products (CCPs) include fly ash, bottom ash, flue gas desulfurization materials, boiler slag and other materials that are finding increased application in the construction, road paving, and building trades, among many others. Today, this use represents a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S., including markets for lightweight aggregate, high-strength pozzolans, wallboard, polymeric filler, cinder blocks, tile, and variety of other construction products. The re-use of these materials also contributes to improved environmental quality and sustainable development.

The industry will be challenged as utilities strive to meet environmental standards. Consequences for coal combustion utilization and storage will result as utilities change in response to new environmental controls. The 2017 World of Coal Ash is intended to provide a forum to meet and discuss the science and applications for coal ash, and to share knowledge and ideas that will benefit their innovative utilization, handling, storage and disposal.

To apply, Submit an Abstract.


Student Presenters

Students are encouraged to submit an abstract to WOCA 2017.

Questions? Please contact:

Ms. Alice Marksberry
University of Kentucky
Center for Applied Energy Research
2540 Research Park Drive
Lexington, KY 40511-8410, USA
Phone: 859-257-0311
Fax: 859-257-0220

Applications for unsolicited oral and poster presentations are now being accepted for the World of Coal Ash 2017.

The abstract deadline is November 7, 2016.

Approximately 160 oral presentations, divided among 3 days of four concurrent sessions, and approximately 60 poster presentations, with a dedicated poster session, are anticipated. The technical sessions, both oral and poster, will be held on May 9, 10, 11, 2017 (Tues-Thurs).

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mercury and other emission control impacts on CCP quality
  • CCPs and sustainable construction
  • CO2 emissions and the role for CPPs
  • FGD gypsum and other scrubber materials
  • Soil amendments and agricultural uses
  • Barriers to CCP use
  • CCP storage and management
  • International perspectives
  • Concrete, cement, and grouts
  • Gasification and combustion utilization byproducts (CUBs)
  • Emerging technologies
  • Project-specific case studies
  • Hydrology and leaching
  • Manufactured aggregates
  • Fillers and ceramics
  • Environmental implications of ammoniated fly ash
  • Regulatory issues
  • Mining use of CCPs
  • Co-Combustion
  • Clean coal technology - (IGCC, FBC, Super and Ultra-super Critical Boiler Technology)
  • Beneficiation and processing
  • Carbon for re-burn and adsorbents
  • Disposal and Waste issues
  • Disposal and utilization regulations and regulatory environment

To publish a paper in the World of Coal Ash Proceedings, an oral or poster presentation must be made. If a presentation (oral or poster) is not made, the paper will not appear in the Proceedings.

All presentations are expected to be represented by a paper in the Proceedings. Papers may be supplemented by Power Point slides.

Awards for best paper and best poster will be presented.

The language of the World of Coal Ash is English. If a translator is needed, the presenter is responsible for providing the translator; all associated costs will be the responsibility of the presenter.