BEIJING, China 13-16 April 2010–"World CTL" is the most important international event on coal and biomass conversion to liquid hydrocarbons (fuels and chemicals) and substitute natural gas. All aspects are addressed in the program, even those difficult to tackle: energy security stakes, technology, economic factors, and environmental considerations. After the successes of 2008 in Paris (France) and 2009 in Washington D.C. (United States), the 2010 conference took place in China, which is the premier location for Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) innovation and development. CTL can reduce the energy dependence of many countries with large coal reserves and little oil. It also raises essential issues in terms of technology, sustainable development and competitiveness. These topics were at the heart of discussions between the research scientists, politicians and industry players who attended the 2010 event in Beijing.
World CTL 2010 was co-organized by World CTL and Noppen, the leading Chinese event organizer in the field of energy. Attended by 290 government officials, company executives, technology, development and purchasing directors from top Chinese and international companies, World CTL 2010 took place on 13-15 April in Beijing and on 16 April in Inner Mongolia, where 90 participants visited three conversion plants. "This conference was the largest ever conference on coal conversion to fluid hydrocarbons", said Serge Périneau, the Organizing Committee President. Participants accessed up-to-date information on technologies and commercial experience, and fostered the best opportunities in developing their network.