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Call for papers - 28th International Conference Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production and the Environment

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When: Postponed until late September 2021

Where: Åre, Sweden


This conference, 28th in the series, will highlight solutions to the significant fuel-quality challenges facing power producers using current power technologies such as fluidised bed, sub-critical boilers, incineration, as well as newer technologies such as IGCC, PFBC, super- and ultra-super-critical boilers, oxy-fuel systems and gasifiers. These challenges involve fuel preparation and blending, slagging, fouling, corrosion, aerosol formation, ash disposal, catalyst poisoning, availability and capacity, as well as sensors and control strategies.

The conference emphasises end-results and application of fundamental information to minimise fuel quality impacts on power
production and the environment. The conference will focus on traditional fuels, particularly traded coals, low-grade and low-rank coals and opportunity fuels such as biomass, tires, black liquor, MSW, waste sludge and pet coke. Fundamental studies, pilot-scale investigations, full-scale evaluations and computer simulation papers are encouraged.

Sessions for the conference will include, but are not limited toBio4energy cmyk

• Coal and opportunity fuels such as waste and biomass
• Fuel characterisation, preparation and upgrading
• Co-combustion
• Ash characterisation
• Slagging
• Deposit build-up, consolidation and shedding
• Fly ash and aerosol formation
• Corrosion at high temperatures
• Influence of ash on process performance: Operational and emission problems
• Diagnostics, sensors and controls

Fuel Quality/Ash Deposition Conferences – History

The first deposition conference was held at the Marchwood Engineering Laboratories in the UK in 1963. Since that time 27 excellent conferences have been held to provide interchange, dialogue, experience and results among those who deal with the many opportunities afforded by fuel quality.

Over the past several years, the conference is held biennially and continues to focus on fuel characteristics and their paramount importance in power production. The format for this conference will follow past conference tradition, that is; morning and evening sessions in which major presentations are made and time during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings and informal discussions. The format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue. All participants are encouraged to contribute actively to the discussions.

Abstract submission

Original papers for either oral or poster presentation in the above-listed sessions are invited. If you wish to be considered for an oral or poster presentation, please submit a one-page abstract by 15 February 2020. Authors should submit the abstract electronically to one of the conference organisers listed below or e-mail the abstract directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Conference and session chairs will review all abstracts and notify you regarding acceptance of your abstract as an oral or poster presentation. The conference proceedings will be published in electronic format. Selected papers presented at the conference are also published in a reputed international journal.

Conference timeline

15 March: Submission of abstracts, extended deadline
10 April: Authors will be notified of selection of papers and posters for presentation
20 August: Submission of full papers for presentation

Conference fees

The conference fee includes registration, publication, meals, taxes and gratuities from reception on Sunday
evening through lunch on Friday.

• Participant: SEK6500
Bona fide graduate students: SEK5500
• Participant guest (meals and one excursion): SEK3500

Conference location

The conference will be held at the Åre Holiday Club resort. Åre is a traditional skiing resort that offers year-round activities including mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, kayaking, golf and, most importantly, recreation. Åre is accessible from either Åre Östersund Airport, Sweden (1 hr drive), or from Trondheim/Vaernes Airport, Norway (2 hr drive). There is no regular shuttle transfer from the airports during the conference week.Taxi and rental cars are available (pre-booking is preferable) at the airports, as well as at Åre. There are also daily train departures to Åre from Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm, Sweden, and from Trondheim, Norway. The train stop at Åre is next to the hotel. The accommodation has been reserved at Åre Holiday Club, where the conference takes place.

Contact us

Conference chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Umeå University, Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory, Dept.
Applied Physics and Electronics, SE 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Committee Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., N. S. Harding & Associates, North Salt Lake, UT, USA.

If you know of colleagues who would be interested in this conference, please direct them to the conference web site or have them contact one of the organisers directly.

Executive Committee and Scientific Committee

Executive Committee
Stan Harding 
Flemming Frandsen 
Raj Gupta 
Frida Jones 
Terry Wall 
Maria Zevenhoven


Scientific Committee 
Sumantra Bhattacharya
Markus Broström
Sonja Enestam
František Hrdlička
Mikko Hupa
Jörg Maier
Yoshihiko Ninomiya
Roman Weber
Franz Winter
Hong Yao
Roman Weber
Hong Yao