From: EERC
Published September 15, 2004 07:34 PM

Keynote Speakers Announced for Western Fuels Symposium

(GRAND FORKS, N.D.) -- The University of North Dakota's Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) announced today that Mark R. Maddox, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT); and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) have been invited to speak at the upcoming Western Fuels Symposium - 19th International Conference on Lignite, Brown, and Subbituminous Coals.

The Western Fuels Symposium (formerly the Low-Rank Fuels Symposium) will be held October 12-14, 2004, at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana, in Billings, Montana. The Symposium provides a forum in which industry, government, and research organizations can share up-to-date information on the role of lignite, brown, and subbituminous coals in meeting future energy demands.

Organizing sponsors include the EERC, the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and EPRI.

"The EERC, in partnership with DOE NETL, is leading the world in coal research," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "A key part of that commitment is to bring industry leaders, government, and the research community together to further the development of cleaner, more efficient uses for this valuable resource, which is indigenous to our region."

"Western fuels have enormous value and make a significant contribution to today's electric generation¡ªabout half of all U.S. coal generation is with western fuels¡ªand tomorrow's energy independence possibilities," said Hank Courtright, Vice President, Power Generation & Distributed Resources, EPRI. "This forum will provide significant insight and information on the way fuels may be utilized now and in the future by highlighting options that allow cleaner, more efficient, and more economical development," Courtright said. The preliminary symposium agenda features more than 50 oral presentations by top industry, government, and research leaders from across United States and the world, including Germany, Canada, England, China, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, and India.

Two streams of concurrent sessions will cover topics on advanced power systems; fuel by-product utilization; environmental issues and control technologies - mercury and multipollutant; fuel properties and upgrading; coalbed methane and water minimization; and carbon sequestration (storage). A poster session highlighting several technologies will also be held. This year's symposium also features four presymposium workshops given by top researchers at the EERC. The workshops will be held on October 11, 2004, and will cover topics including mercury control, carbon sequestration, ash behavior in western coal-fired power plants, and fine particulate control.

The symposium and workshops are open to the public. For up-to-date program information, to register, or to reserve exhibit space, visit or contact Anne Fiala at (701) 777-3119 or

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Derek A. Walters
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PO Box 9018
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9018

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