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Torsten Clemens and the Implementation of Polymer Flooding

Friday, October 2, 2015

            The fall 2015 Energy Exchange series hosted another outstanding industry expert on the morning of Thursday, October 1st. Torsten Clemens, a Senior Reservoir Engineering Adviser currently with OMV Exploration & Production, educated the crowd on the implementation of polymer flooding in a mature oil field, including the various steps to reaching full implementation, as well as the challenges faced both by industry scientists and the corporations funding them.

Dr. Chunshan Song Gives Insight Into Future of Carbon Capture and the Long Term Benefits

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dr. Chunshan Song spoke to an attentive crowd of graduate students, faculty members and researchers on Tuesday, September 22 at the Millennium Café about his research surrounding the future of CO2 capture.

Dr. Song’s short presentation, given to a standing-room-only crowd, gave insight into the future of CO2 capture and the beneficial, long-term impact more efficient CO2 capture can have on the world’s dependence on fossil fuel. Capturing CO2 and converting it into chemicals, materials, and fuels using renewable energy, is an important path for sustainable development.

O'Connor Breaks Down the Hot Section

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
“The role of gas power in power generation is changing,” Jacqueline O’Connor exclaimed at Wednesday’s Energy Exchange seminar. O’Connor presented an overview of the current state of combustion engine power generation, described the current dilemmas facing the industry and, via her research, prescribed potential solutions to these problems.

Millennium Cafe Presentation - “Soot Source Identification by Laser Derivatization” by Chethan Gaddam

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Millennium Café is a weekly dialog catalyzed by coffee, snacks and two diverse research presentations (<10 min) involving students, faculty, and staff. This is an opportunity to spend time "outside the box" developing new ideas and leveraging the collective expertise of the group to innovate.

Join us this Tuesday, July 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the 3rd floor Café Commons of the Millennium Science Complex for a presentation by Chethan Gaddam

EMS Energy Institute helps to fund the new Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Story shared from Pamela Krewson Wertz and Penn State News

Penn State launches Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems with funding help from EMS Energy Institute

Derek Elsworth, Professor, Energy and Mineral Engineering presents seminar on Prospects for Gas-Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Derek Elsworth tackled the topic of prospects for gas-fracturing in unconventional reservoirs at Wednesday’s Energy Exchange Seminar. Elsworth provided background on unconventional oil and gas reserves around the world, discussed advantages and disadvantages of replacing water with gases, such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane for fracturing shale plays, and summarized the work of his research group. Some of the advantages he mentioned in using gases as fracking fluids included decreasing water usage, reducing induced seismicity, and bringing up less radioactive materials.

Dr. Chunshan Song presents gift to visiting professor from Dalian Institute after seminar on Single Metal Atom Catalysis.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dr. Chunshan Song, Director of the EMS Energy Institute, thanks Professor Tao Zhang after his seminar and presents him with a gift of appreciation from the EMS Energy Institute.

Professor Tao Zhang, Director of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a leader in catalysis research from China is visiting Penn State. This morning, he gave a seminar on Single Metal Atom Catalysis (for clean and renewable energy) at EMS Energy Institute.

Volvo Group Talks About a Cleaner Future For Heavy Duty Vehicles at Energy Exchange Seminar

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Steps being taken by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will ensure a cleaner future for heavy-duty vehicles on the road. At Wednesday’s Energy Exchange seminar, Sam McLaughlin, an external research manager for Volvo Group Truck Technology, gave an overview of the regulations, the impact and the Volvo Group’s role in making these changes.