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.

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.

University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research Commits Funding for Round 02 Projects

April 25, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.  –  The University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) was established in 2016 through a Cooperative Agreement between The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to address the fundamental research challenges that impede the advancement of fossil energy-based technologies.  The coalition was comprised of nine-founding universities that include:  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Texas A&M University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Southern California, the University of Tulsa, the University of Wyoming, and Virginia Polytechnic and State University. 

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.

Invited Speaker Dr. Chunshan Song goes to United Kingdom

Story by Dr. Chunshan Song

October 25, 2016

By the invitation of Professor Jon Gibbins at the University of Sheffield, Director of UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UK CCSRC) and with the approval of NETL, Chunshan Song attended the UK’s CCS Biannual Meeting in Edinburgh during Sept 14-15, 2016, and gave an invited plenary presentation on UCFER to the attendees. The title of his presentation is “University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) Funded by US DOE NETL – Vision, Mission and Operation”. Professor Jon Gibbins gave an enthusiastic introduction for Chunshan Song and the presentation on the UCFER was well received by the attendees in UK.

5th U.S.-China Symposium on CO2 Control Science and Technology

Story by Chunshan Song

July 20, 2016

Chunshan Song attended the 5th U.S.-China Symposium on CO2 Control Science and Technology, which was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and held in Hangzhou, China, during June 4-7, 2016. Chunshan Song was invited by DOE to give a presentation on DOE NETL-supported CO2 capture and conversion research at Penn State. He presented an invited lecture entitled “Solid Molecular Basket Sorbent with High Capacity for Selective CO2 Capture and Catalytic Conversion.” Chunshan Song also took this opportunity to introduce UCFER at this meeting to the researchers in the U.S. and China. He presented one slide as an outline of UCFER at this meeting. Several U.S. DOE officials attended this meeting and these include:

NETL and member universities kick off new Coalition on Clean Energy

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

July 6, 2016

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

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

Story shared from Penn State News

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.