CCTR - Energy Center - Discovery Park at Purdue

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Center for Coal Technology Research (CCTR).  CCTR, an Indiana State Agency, was created by the Indiana State Legislature in 2004 and is governed by I.C. 21-47-4.  The Center Director reports to the Lt. Governor of the State of Indiana.  The legislation that created CCTR, P.L.2-2007, SEC.288, places the Center at Purdue University, West Lafayette.

The legislated objective of the CCTR is to promote the use of Indiana's coal reserves in an economically and environmentally sound manner. To achieve this, the CCTR concentrates on the development and implementation of strategic appropriate clean coal technologies through funding scoping studies, industrial and commercial application projects, long-term development projects, technology designs and demonstration projects, coal research seminars and forums, and educational materials.

We hope you will find our website helpful and informative. Please send any questions you might have and requests for further information to our staff.


Keeping Up with Coal Developments ...

Coal Report 2009


Indiana Coal Report 2009
Center for Coal Technology Research, Purdue University ~ February 2009

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Site Evaluation of Subsidence Risk, Hydrology, and Characterization of Indiana Coals for Underground Coal Gasification
Final Report, Indiana Geological Survey ~ March 2011

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Development of Coking/Coal Gasification Concept to Use Indiana Coal for the Production of Metallurgical Coke, Liquid Transportation Fuels, Fertilizer, and Bulk Electric Power (Phase III)
Final Report, Robert Kramer, Purdue Calumet ~ December 2010

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Gasification Kinetics of Indiana Coals in the Locations Promising for UCG Technologies
Final Report, Arvind Varma, Purdue ~ December 2010

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Indiana and Coal: Keeping Indiana Energy Cost Competitive
SAIC Report submitted to CCTR ~ June 2010

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Oxy-Fuel Combustion: Laboratory and Pilot Scale Experiments
Steve Son, Purdue ~ June 2009

Mission Statement

The goal and purpose of the Center for Coal Technology Research (CCTR) is to address the vital issue of determining suitable coal technologies which will meet the economic and environmental priorities of Indiana. In the short run, the current decision processes of purchasers of Indiana coals, primarily the electric utilities, need to be better understood. Then in the long run, the technology factors that will control future coal use in Indiana, the Illinois Basin and Midwest region generally need to be assessed as they are more varied.
Projects being currently supported within the state by the CCTR are:

  • Assessment of the Quality of Indiana Coals
  • Factors that Affect the Design and Implementation of Clean Coal Technologies in Indiana
  • Coal Gasification to Use Indiana Coal for the Production of Metallurgical Coke
  • Reclaiming Indiana's Coal Fines
  • Coal Transportation Infrastructure In and Around Indiana
  • Production and Use of Transportation Fuels from Indiana Coals




Research of synthetic fuels hopes to cut oil dependence

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a facility aimed at learning precisely how coal and biomass are broken down in reactors called gasifiers as part of a project to strengthen the scientific foundations of the synthetic fuel economy. The research is part of work to develop a system for generating large quantities of synthetic fuel from agricultural wastes, other biomass or coal that would be turned into a gas using steam and then converted into a liquid fuel. Other aims are to learn how to generate less carbon dioxide than conventional synthetic-fuel processing methods while increasing the yield of liquid fuel by adding hydrogen into the coal-and-biomass-processing reactor. Researchers are learning how coal and biomass "gasify" when exposed to steam under high pressure in order to improve the efficiency of the gasification process.

DOE Launches "Gasifipedia" Website

The Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has launched a new public website called "Gasifipedia," a comprehensive online collection of resources to promote better understanding of gasification technology. Gasification offers an alternative to more established ways of converting feedstocks such as coal and biomass into useful products such as electricity or fuels. It is anticipated to be the technology of choice for future near zero-emissions, coal-based plants that produce power, fuels, and/or chemicals.

2008 Indiana Primary Energy Consumption Source & Sector Graphic

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Marty W. Irwin, Director
Phone:  765.494.7414 or 317.232.8970

Steven F. Son, Associate Director
Phone:  765.494.8208

Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research
Energy Center at Discovery Park
Purdue University
203 S Martin Jischke Drive
West Lafayette IN 47907-1971 USA
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