Energy Center

Clean Coal

Coal Energy

Researchers at the Energy Center are developing ways to utilize the nation’s coal resources in a manner that produces near zero emissions and promotes acceptable environmental standards.  The Coal Transformation Laboratory (CTL) was established in the fall of 2005 and focuses on technologies for converting coal into combustible gases and liquids that can be cleanly burned to meet the exploding demand for electric power ~ heating and transportation.

What is clean coal technology? Purdue University experts can talk about the technical and economic aspects of clean coal technologies, including "integrated gasification combined cycle" technology, which has been shown to produce near-zero emissions when used in conjunction with carbon dioxide sequestering. The technology uses "coal gasification" and cleaning, a process in which the coal is turned into a gas to run turbines that generate electricity. The waste heat from these turbines is used to create steam, which is again used to generate electricity in steam turbines. Purdue is home to the part of the university's Energy Center at Discovery Park.

Clean Coal Energy one-page fact sheet

Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research(ICCTR)


  • Sivakumar Krishnan, College of Engineering–Mechanical Engineering – IUPUI
  • Robert Lucht, College of Engineering–Mechanical Engineering
  • Paul Preckel, College of Agriculture–Agricultural Economics
  • Li Qiao, College of Engineering–Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering
  • Fabio Ribeiro, College of Engineering–Chemical Engineering
  • Robin Ridgeway, Radiological and Environmental Management
  • Steven Son, College of Engineering–Mechanical Engineering
  • F.T. Sparrow, College of Engineering, Professor Emeritus–Industrial Engineering
  • Wallace Tyner, College of Agriculture–Agricultural Economics
  • Arvind Varma, College of Engineering–Head, Chemical Engineering
  • Fu Zhao, College of Engineering–Mechanical Engineering

Clean Coal Navigation


Steven F. Son
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research

Marty W. Irwin Director
Director, Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research

About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


Maureen McCann

Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

Managing Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

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