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Message from the Director

Dr. Chunshan Song pixWelcome to the third edition of the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) newsletter. Over the past year, the Coalition has been busy completing Round 1 projects, selecting Round 4 projects for funding, and working on Round 5 solicitation. Additionally, new members were selected for UCFER’s Executive Council (EC), Technical Advisory Council (TAC), and Core Competency Advisory Board (CCAB).

UCFER Fifth Round of Solicitations

Shut off valves on a gas pipeline Stock photo

Shut off valves on a gas pipeline
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On August 21, 2019, UCFER released its fifth Request for Proposals to the member Coalition. All proposals were submitted online by 5 p.m. EST on October 9, 2019. Research topics for this round include:

S. Carbon Capture

Subtopic S-1: Negative Emissions Technologies–Direct Air Capture

Anticipated Project Period: 24 Months
Maximum Award Size: Approximately $350,000
Expected Number of Awards: 4-8 Awards
Cost Share Requirement: TRL 3: 20% minimum

T: Gasification Systems and Coal & Coal Biomass to Liquid

Subtopic T-1: Modular Small-Scale Coal Derived Syngas to Liquids

Anticipated Project Period: 12-24 Months
Maximum Award Size: $200,000-$424,100
Expected Number of Awards: 0-3 Awards
Cost Share Requirement: TRL 1-2: N/A TRL 3: 20% minimum

Second UCFER Technical Review Meeting

left: Robert Enick, University of Pittsburgh; middle: Giannis Mpourmpakis, University of Pittsburgh; right: Michael Hickner, Penn State. Photos by NETL

left: Robert Enick, University of Pittsburgh

middle: Giannis Mpourmpakis, University of Pittsburgh

right: Michael Hickner, Penn State
Photos by NETL

left: Chunshan Song, UCFER director; middle: Sarma V. Pisupati, Penn State; right: Eric Petersen, Texas A&M University. Photos by NETL

left: Chunshan Song, UCFER director

middle: Sarma V. Pisupati, Penn State

right: Eric Petersen, Texas A&M University
Photos by NETL

Over two days in late May, representatives from fourteen U.S. universities gathered at NETL in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the second annual UCFER technical review meeting. Representatives discussed the direction of NETL research, reviewed UCFER’s progress, and heard project updates from the group’s principal investigators (PIs).

DOE technical director and UCFER researcher Madhava Syamlal began the meeting with brief remarks to welcome attendees and discuss the day’s schedule. He then delivered opening remarks that outlined NETL science and technology goals, including key research areas and resources NETL can offer coalition members.

Brian Anderson, who began serving as NETL director in November 2018, highlighted UCFER fossil energy research and its partnership with NETL. Anderson was previously a member of the UCFER technical advisory council.

Second UCFER Technical Review Meeting Speakers

“Fundamental Studies on the Reaction Mechanisms of Oxygen Carriers for CLC/ClOU of Solid Fuels” by Richard Yetter, Penn State.

“Evaluation of Agglomeration Potential of Oxygen Carriers for Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) and Chemical Looping with Oxygen Uncoupling (CLOU)” by Sarma Pisupati, Penn State.

“Validation of CFD Models for Turbulent, Supercritical CO2 Combustion” by Eric Petersen, Texas A&M University

2019 Executive Council Election

In 2018, Roe-Hoan Yoon’s, from Virginia Tech, term on the Executive Council (EC) ended. Nominations and an election of the new member of the EC was held in May 2019. Götz Veser from the University of Pittsburgh was elected to a two-year term on the EC. He joins Director of UCFER Chunshan Song, Richard Horner from the University of Wyoming, and NETL’s Omer R. Bakshi and Syamlal Madhava on the EC. We thank Roe-Hoan for his service to UCFER’s EC.

UCFER Fourth Round of Solicitations

RFP closed on February 6, 2019 after receiving forty-one proposals. The UCFER Technical Advisory Council, Core Competency Board, Executive Council, and external peer reviewers reviewed the proposals. Applicants requested a total of $10.6 million across the forty-one proposals, while only $1.9 million was available to fund projects. The following chart summarizes the funding requested by topic area:

Topics O-R funding levels

Based on the review process, UCFER provided funding recommendations to NETL for consideration. The following six proposals received funding:

Project Reporting and Progress for Rounds 1-3

Funding requested and available for rounds 1-3

The first round of UCFER-funded proposals began work in 2016, and researchers in five out of the six projects completed their research and submitted final reports in 2018.

UCFER funded six projects in the second round, which kicked off shortly after the first round. One of those projects has submitted a final report. Researchers taking part in the other projects from round 2 began to submit their final reports during fall 2019. The six projects funded in the third round are currently in their third quarter of research.