EMS Energy Institute Fall 2015 newsletter

Welcome New Faculty

Sanjay Srinivasan has been named the inaugural John and Willie Leone Family Chair in Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State. Srinivasan joined the faculty in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering on July 1, 2015. Srinivasan previously was a professor of petroleum and geosystems engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and had held the Frank Jessen Faculty Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering.

Let's Talk Energy

The Energy Institute kicks off its annual Energy Exchange series this fall, featuring speakers from our very own College of EMS, as well as speakers from industry and other research institutions. Topics will include the future of combustion power generation, x-ray microtomography imaging, the life cycle and environmental impact of steel and a variety of other high quality presentations from the energy field.

There is a Better Way to Capture CO2

There is a Better Way to Capture CO2

Scientists right here at Penn State are ensuring a healthy Earth and a sustainable energy infrastructure by revolutionizing the way carbon dioxide is captured from power plants. Researchers from the Penn State EMS Energy Institute and the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, are making profound strides in the development of a more cost-effective and energy-efficient carbon capture technology.

Faculty Recognized

Andrew Kleit, Penn State professor of energy and environmental economics in the College of Earth and Minerals Sciences’ John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME), has been appointed a “Hai-Tian” (Sea-Sky) Scholar by the Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in recognition of his contributions in the areas of energy and environmental economics.

Coal as a Zero Pollutant Fuel Source

A team at the EMS Energy Institute is working with Aerojet Rocketdyne in an endeavor to use coal as a zero pollutant fuel source. The project, funded by a grant from the Department of Energy, employs the oxy-fuel combustion process.

Sarma Pisupati, professor, energy and mineral engineering, said one aspect of the research involves burning coal with oxygen instead of air. The goal is to produce a pure stream of carbon dioxide (CO2) that can be captured and sequestered into the ground.