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NETL and member universities kick off new Coalition on Clean Energy

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Story shared from Penn State News by A'ndrea Elyse Messer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Representatives of nine universities and the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy met at Penn State to kick off the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER), a six-year program funded by NETL for $20 million that will explore a broad range of research in coal, natural gas and oil including carbon dioxide capture, storage and use.


DOE’s National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) launched the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) on May 11, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Story shared from the National Coal Council - June 2016

The Pennsylvania State University official sealPennsylvania State University was selected as the lead institution for the Coalition which will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from participating universities to address the fundamental research challenges that impede advancement of fossil energy-based technologies.

FAA Builds Upon Research of Two DOT Student Awardees0 comments

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Story shared from U.S. Department of Transportation

The FAA’s Centers of Excellence program has long leveraged the innovation and insight of college and university programs to supplement the agency’s important aviation research, as well as stimulate interest among higher-education students to consider careers in the field.

Penn State to helm federal fossil fuels project

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Story shared from Centre Daily Times by Lori Falce

In November, Penn State President Eric Barron stood in front of his board of trustees and announced a goal. He wanted Penn State to become the nation’s leading energy university.

The school took a step closer to that goal this week with the help of a $20 million six-year multi-college project for the federal government.

Penn State to lead University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Story shared from Penn State News by A'ndrea Elyse Messer

Russell Johns and his Team Land Major Grant with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Story by Tony Hunt

Dr. Russell Johns and his research team have secured a $1.4 million grant with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to revolutionize modeling of alkali-surfactant-polymer (ASP) flooding. This research will be conducted at Penn State and will include the purchase of a $610,000 high pressure PVT cell for phase behavior experiments with surfactants.

Advanced Energy Systems - Geo Richards

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Story by Samantha Cressman

At the last Energy Exchange Seminar, Geo Richards, Senior Fellow for Energy Conversion Engineering at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, gave a presentation on “Advanced Energy Systems.” Richards opened his seminar joking about how the presentation’s name alluded to a boring seminar. “I don’t want to disappoint any of you who did come expecting a boring talk,” Richards quipped. “I tried to make it boring, but every time I worked on it, it got more interesting.”

Ayala named Fustos Family Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering

Monday, March 28, 2016
Story shared from Penn State News

Luis Ayala, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, has been named the inaugural William A. Fustos Family Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering. The endowed professorship was established with a $1 million gift from William and Lindsey Fustos, both Penn State graduates.