2006 LP Gas Global Technology Conference Call for Papers Announced


The World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) and the U.S. Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announce the LP Gas Global Technology Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on October 19-20, 2006. The conference will take place in conjunction with WLPGA’s annual Forum.

The conference has a specific focus on technology.  The aim is to foster an exchange of technical information and ideas among research entities and the worldwide LP Gas industry that leads to increased global market opportunities for LP Gas. This technology focus involves new applications, improved technology for current markets, using energy more efficiently, safe operations, lessening energy’s impact on the environment and improvements in operations, storage, distribution and transportation, as well as customer satisfaction.


Conference Sponsors

The World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) unites the broad interests of the worldwide LP Gas industry into one independent organization. Established in 1987, the WLPGA is the authoritative voice of the international LP Gas industry with a membership spanning the globe. It brings together private and public companies involved in one, several or all activities of the industry. Producers, marketers, transporters, equipment manufacturers, distributors, national and regional LP Gas associations, and consulting engineering firms are all represented. WLPGA is based in Paris, France.  For more information, visit www.worldlpgas.com.

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a non-profit 501(c)6 trade organization authorized by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (PERA), Public Law 104-284.  PERC was created “to enhance consumer and employee safety and training, to provide for research and development of clean and efficient propane utilization equipment, and to inform and educate the public about safety and other issues associated with the use of propane.”  PERC receives funding from the industry by an assessment or "check-off" on each gallon of odorized LP Gas. The assessment is projected to collect $51 million in 2006 to fund programs and projects including an extensive commitment to LP Gas research and development.  PERC is based in Washington, DC, USA.  For more information visit www.propanecouncil.org


Submission Guidelines

The sponsors invite original research papers that may be a work in progress; a previously unpublished report; a report that has not had wide international exposure; an innovation of an existing technology or equipment, practice or procedure; or practical experience where something was attempted and it succeeded. Consideration will also be given to papers describing successful marketing of these new technologies. Specific product sales presentations are not appropriate for this conference.

Since there are many conferences dealing with oil and gas production, papers dealing with production and processing of LP Gas will be considered only if the focus relates in some way to new market opportunities for LP Gas.

The sponsors emphasize that technology development is not the purview solely of developed economies where in many instances the markets are mature.  Innovation knows no geographical boundaries. Papers are solicited and will be peer reviewed on the basis of content with emphasis on performance and results and without consideration for the budget available to the author.

Suggested topics for the conference include all areas of the LP Gas industry as long as there is an emphasis on technology development and improvement that leads to an expanded role for LP Gas use.  Such topics might include but certainly are not limited to:

  • Power generation, such as engine-driven generators, fuel cells, micro turbines, and co-generation (combined heat and power).
  • Automotive engine fuel (autogas), use in on-road and off-road vehicles and engines including prime power, auxiliary engines, two-and three-wheelers, hybrids, and micro turbines.
  • Emerging fuels, such as Dimethyl Ether (DME) and synthetic LP Gas.
  • Residential/commercial uses including space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, air-conditioning, refrigeration, humidity control, and lighting, including combinations of uses.
  • Industrial such as heat treating, aerosol propellant, crucible furnace, asphalt conditioning, wood and ceramic kiln, ice thawing, industrial ovens, coffee and peanut roasting, die casting, brick and cinder block curing, metal forging, sand and gravel drying, metal melting and cutting, and temporary heat for construction.
  • Agriculture, such as crop production, poultry and porcine production, grain and food drying, vine defoliation, flame cultivation, poultry house sterilization, irrigation pump engines, residential and commercial lawn mowers, and powered agricultural machinery of all types.
  • Leisure, such as recreational vehicles (caravans), boating, barbeque, patio, and hearth.
  • Operations including composite cylinder/tank construction, transfer operations including pumping, metering, connectors, remote sensing, liquid level detection, radio identification, safety and training, storage (above ground, below ground, refrigerated, mounded, pressurized), and transportation of all types.
  • Fuel quality, including non-sulphur based odorants, test protocols and procedures, remediation of contaminated fuel, and specifications.
  • Environment, such as emissions reductions from engines and fuel transfer, global warming, and emission trading.
  • Personnel training.

Authors will have approximately 20 minutes for paper presentation. Authors will be required to register for the conference.


Important Dates

        Submission of abstract January  6, 2006 
  Notification of authors February 1, 2006
  Submission of paper:  April 20, 2006
   Final version due:   August 10, 2006
   Slide presentation on CD due:      September 19, 2006
   Conference:  October 19-20, 2006


Instructions for Authors

An abstract, no longer than one page, of the presentation describing the objective of the paper and the technology to be discussed must be received electronically at www.globaltechconference.com by January 6, 2006.  Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to authors by February 1, 2006.

The conference language is English. Translation will be available for French, Spanish, and Japanese. The audience and readership will be high-level executives with a strong technical interest but not necessarily scientists or engineers. Submissions of an excessively high technical nature risk rejection. The length of the paper should not be more than 12 pages including title page and abstract, but excluding bibliography and references. Papers must be submitted electronically to www.globaltechconference.com. The submission procedures will be available by April 2006. If electronic submission is not possible, contact the conference staff.  Authors of accepted papers must guarantee the paper will be presented at the conference.  The prime criteria for selecting a paper for conference presentation and publication in the formal proceedings will be based on originality, overall contribution of technology to expanding LP Gas markets, and relevance to the objective of the conference.


Conference Chairs

James Rockall, Managing Director, World LP Gas Association (WLPGA)

Roy Willis, President, Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Chairman, WLPGA Global Technology Network


For more information contact

bdeCalan@worldlpgas.com or remyers38@aol.com