Mead will discuss the benefits of Wyoming coal while learning about Australia’s coal industry at the summit which focuses on major coal developments and research worldwide. “Australia exports millions of tons of coal each year to Asian markets,” he said, “these same countries are interested in Wyoming coal;” Mead will also tour coal export facilities and meet coal company officials.

The conference will address coal storage, utilization and carbon capture with an emphasis on developing value-added products from coal. The venue is the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Center for Advanced Technologies.

The event brings together U.S., Chinese and Australian officials with private sector partners and stakeholders including international policy makers, technology developers and industry leaders. The group meets every two years; 2014 marks the fourth meeting.

In addition to the CSIRO, the event is supported by the University of Wyoming, the University of Queensland and the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Energy Resources and Chemical Engineering. The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources is also participating.