The biennial World of Coal Ash Conference was welcomed back to the south this spring. Once again held in Lexington, Kentucky, The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research and the American Coal Ash Association co-organized the international conference, which boasted around 600 attendees from 16 countries besides the U.S. This is the highest number of participants for this meeting since it began in 2005.
Content focuses on the science, applications, and sustainability of coal ash worldwide, as well as the issues found regionally. It encompasses all aspects of coal combustion products (CCP's) as well as gasification products.
The two and a half days of talks gave us 125 oral presentations on topics ranging from cement and concrete to agriculture. The poster session was well attended with 16 posters.
This year's plenary speakers were: Bruce H. Watzman, National Mining Association, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs "Future of Coal Utilization"; and to add an international flair, Craig Heidrich, Chief Executive Officer Ash Development Association of Australia Inc. "Coal Combustion Products: A Global Perspective". (WOCA Podcasts).
The papers presented are now available for viewing at the Ash Library. Remember the peer-reviewed journal: Coal Combustion and Gasification Products, as it is an excellent refereed journal for the coal combustion product industry, in which authors may publish valuable journal articles. If you think your WOCA paper might be rewritten into a refereed journal article, contact editor-in-chief, Dr. Jim Hower.
An offsite reception was held at the Headley-Whitney museum in Lexington. Under a large white tent, attendees were treated to live music and southern food delicacies.
As always UKCAER and ACAA wish to sincerely thank the exhibitors and sponsors of this event. Without their participation, this conference would not exist.