Winberg Stresses Importance of Collaboration to Achieve Fossil Energy Goals at NETL-Hosted Meeting

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April 24, 2018

Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg said collaboration – particularly with university partners – will be critical in achieving robust fossil energy goals he outlined to meet U.S. energy demands, stimulate the nation’s economy and promote responsible stewardship of the environment.

NETL-Supported Coalition Makes Strides in Addressing Fossil Energy Research Challenges

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April 23, 2018

UCFER Director Chunshan Song, Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State UniversityNETL is aggressively addressing fundamental fossil energy research challenges in partnership with 16 universities across the country, devoting about $4 million to 12 projects within two years. Another $4 million is slated to be awarded to seven additional topics by the end of June.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

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February 23, 2018 to May 15, 2018

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Solicitation 1.  Applications are due 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

Postdoc Position, Exascale Computing, National Energy Technology Lab

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October 2, 2017

The Multiphase Flow Sciences (MFS) Team at National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) invites outstanding candidates to apply for a postdoctoral position to develop and implement algorithms for computational fluid dynamics-discrete element method (CFD-DEM) on exascale, high performance computers. This opening is available im immediately, but there is flexibility in start dates.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD degree in computer science, mathematics, or engineering and have experience in CFD, DEM, and/or molecular dynamics (MD) code development. Exceptional postmasters candidates will also be considered for this position.  Programming expertise in C++, Fortran, C, or another programming language is required.  Experience with parallel computing, including MPI and OpenMP is required.  Familiarity with MFIX (www.mfix.netl.doe.gov) and multi-phase flow is not required.

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

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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.

During the trip for attending the UK CCS meeting, Chunshan Song also visited the UK CCS Research Centre in Sheffield and toured the carbon capture facility (UK CCS RC PACT Facilities) in Sheffield, UK. A photo of the UK CCS PACT building is attached below. While in Sheffield, Chunshan Song also attended the 14th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization at University of Sheffield.