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

Story shared from the National Coal Council - June 2016

June 1, 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.

Penn State to lead University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research

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May 11, 2016

UCFER Director Dr. Chunshan SongUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State will lead a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) that will advance basic and applied research for clean energy in support of the U.S. Department of Energy mission. UCFER will identify, select, execute, review and disseminate knowledge from research that will improve the efficiency of production and use of fossil energy resources while minimizing the environmental impacts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The 42nd International Technical Conference on Clean Energy

June 11, 2017 to June 15, 2017

Joel L. Morrison from UCFER’s Operations Management Team represented UCFER at the 42nd Clearwater Clean Energy Conference in Clearwater, Florida. He presented a paper titled “University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research,” which he co-authored with Bruce G. Miller and Chunshan Song. In addition, Morrison showcased the coalition with a poster in the exhibition hall. The objective of the paper and poster were to promote the coalition, both to universities and industries with interests similar to those of the coalition. This was important as the Industrial Advisory Board is being established and industry participation in supporting coalition research is welcomed.

DOE’s Crosscutting Research Annual Review Meeting

March 20, 2017 to March 23, 2017

The UCFER director, Dr. Chunshan Song, represented UCFER at DOE’s NETL Crosscutting Research Annual Review Meeting held March  20-23, 2017 at the Omni Willima Penn hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Song was a plenary speaker on Tuesday, March 21st. He introduced the UCFER program, provided a brief progress update on the tasks within the statement of project objectives, and presented significant accomplishments to date.

International Geotechnical Symposium

December 14, 2016 to December 17, 2016

Dr. Shunde Yin of the University of Wyoming presented 'Finite Element Solution of Poroelastoplasticity in Strain-softening Porous Media'  at the International Geotechnics Symposium cum International Meeting of Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering (CSRME) 14th Biennial National Congress (IGSIM) on December 14-17, 2016 in Hong Kong. The symposium theme was the Causes, Mechanisms and Prevention of Disastrous Soil & Rock Failures.

Penn State Energy Days

May 22, 2017 to May 23, 2017

Energy Days brings together leaders from across the energy realm, including members of industry, government, non-profits, and academia. The purpose is to identify and discuss the regional, national, and global energy challenges facing society. In addition to plenary sessions, there will be a series of focused workshops on key topics where specific and compelling outcomes are in reach.

Click here to view the poster that was on display.