Wyoming's Governor Matt Mead and researchers from the University of Wyoming are traveling to Australia next week to participate in the 2014 International Advanced Coal Technology Conference.
The information comes from the governor's office. According to a news release, the focus of the conference is to address coal use and carbon capture, storage and utilization. The emphasis is on developing value-added products from coal. The conference brings together officials from the United States, China and Australia, as well as private partners.
The governor said Wyoming has much to offer the work and gain because the people involved in the research are looking at technologies to add value to coal and its use, now and in the future. The conference runs from Tuesday to Thursday of next week and is part of an ongoing international collaboration among policy makers, developers of technology and industry leaders from the United States, Australia and China. The group meets every other year to discuss research and advanced coal projects underway across the globe. This is the fourth conference.
While in Australia, the governor will have the opportunity to speak about Wyoming coal and learn more about Australia's coal industry as he tours coal export facilities there and conducts meetings with various company heads. He said he's looking forward to seeing a vibrant coal port to better understand the benefits and challenges because Australia exports millions of tons of coal each year to Asian markets and these same countries are interested in Wyoming coal.
The conference supporters this year are the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, the universities of Wyoming and Queensland, and the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Energy Resources and Chemical Engineering.