Russia’s 5th International Conference “Ashes from TPPs― removal, transport, processing, storage” was held in Moscow on April 24-25, 2014. Attendees included representatives from industry and government, including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Russia), the Ministry of Science and Technology (Russia), the Government of India, The Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection (Poland), and the Asian Coal Ash Association (AsianCAA). The National Research University “Moscow Power Engineering Institute”, organized the event under the Information and Analytic Centre’s “Ecology in Power Engineering” program (IACEE MPEI).
Commercial sponsorship for the event was contributed by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Additional support for the conference came from: CJSC “ProfCement-Vektor”, Saint-Petersburg (Russia),Clyde Bergemann Materials Handling Ltd (UK), Omega Minerals Group (Germany), and Schenk Process (UK), respectively.
David Harris, chairman of the Asian Coal Ash Association, provided an overview on coal ash production and utilization in China and gave insight into the regulatory regime and market opportunities for technology providers looking at entering the Chinese market.
The conference’s fundamental objectives included improving the mechanism of regulatory and economic regulation within Russia and globally by promoting effective government policy in the field of coal ash handling. Also fundamental to the conference’s goals was to address the use of coal ash in various industries and the environmental impact of producing current commercial products with virgin raw materials that could be replaced by coal combustion by-products. This application of coal combustion product technologies can help prevent further degradation of the environment in the areas of the thermal power plants.
The papers from the conference analysed opportunities and barriers related to the coal ash handling problem in Russia and around the world. Academic contributions considered the current state of coal ash in the world economy and focused on handling issues such as international and national coal ash legislation; volumes and beneficial applications of coal ash in the world; properties and standardization of coal ash; coal ash use in the construction industry and agriculture; use of coal ash in other sectors of the economy; application of high technologies for the increased coal ash use; and coal ash handling systems at coal-fired power plants.