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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
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
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.
“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
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.
In 2019, the University of Tulsa withdrew from UCFER due to a lack of funding opportunities for upstream oil and gas research. We thank Mohan Kelkar for serving as a Technical Advisory Council (TAC) member and Cem Sarica for serving on the Core Competency Advisory Board (CCAB).
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:
Based on the review process, UCFER provided funding recommendations to NETL for consideration. The following six proposals received funding:
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.
Several journal articles were published or are under review on work performed on UCFER projects. They include: