Message from the Director

Dr. Chunshan Song pixWelcome to the inaugural edition of the DOE-NETL University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research newsletter. We launched UCFER a year ago and would like to update everyone on our progress. It has been an exciting and busy first year, and we have a lot of information we want to share.

I would like to begin by first thanking all of those at the founding member universities for all the collaborative work we did together in preparing the proposal to DOE to establish UCFER, as well as all their hard work after project award began to help set up the policies and procedure for operating UCFER.

Welcome to UCFER

UCFER group pix

Penn State is leading the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) that will advance basic and applied research for clean and low-carbon energy based on fossil fuels in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) mission. UCFER is focusing on 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 Five Core Competency Areas

Dr. Grace Bochenek, director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, speaking at  the UCFER Inaugural Meeting at Penn State in May 2016.

Dr. Grace Bochenek, director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, speaking at  the UCFER Inaugural Meeting at Penn State in May 2016.

  • Geological and Environmental Systems, consisting of research on geomaterials, fluid flow in geologic media, and geospatial and strategic field monitoring
  • Materials Engineering and Manufacturing, consisting of research on the design, development, and deployment of advanced functional and structural materials for use in extreme service environments
  • Energy Conversion Engineering, consisting of the evaluation, integration, control and performance modeling of processes and components for developing innovative energy conversion processes and transformational technologies
  • Systems Engineering and Analysis, consisting of analysis and design of advanced energy systems such as power plants, energy markets, and energy-environment interactions

Inaugural UCFER Meeting

Dr. Neil Sharkey, vice president for research, Penn State

Dr. Neil Sharkey, vice president for research, Penn State

Dr. Grace Bochenek, director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, and Dr. Chunshan Song, director, UCFER, and director, EMS Energy Institute, Penn State

Dr. Grace Bochenek, director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, and Dr. Chunshan Song, director, UCFER, and director, EMS Energy Institute, Penn State

Representatives of the Coalition universities and DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory met on May 19, 2016, to kick off the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER).

The meeting with NETL, attended by representatives of eight of the nine member universities involved, including Technical Advisory Council Members, was to discuss the vision, mission, and direction of UCFER, and for the UCFER Operations Management Team (OMT) to discuss the logistical operation of UCFER.

The primary objectives of the meeting were to:

List of Participants for UCFER Inaugural Meeting, May 2016

From DOE NETL:

  • Dr. Grace Bochenek, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Dr. Cindy Powell, Acting Executive Director, Science & Technology Strategic Plans & Programs, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Dr. Madhava Syamlal, Senior Fellow, Computational Engineering, Technical Director for UCFER, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Dr. Sydni S. Credle, Project Officer for UCFER, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Ms. Heather Quedenfeld, Acting Associate Director, Coal, Technology Development & Integration Center, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Dr. R. Paul Detwiler, Chief Counsel, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Ms. Denise Riggi, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Finance & Acquisition Center, National Energy Technology Laboratory

University Representatives:

  • Princeton University - Dr. Yiguang Ju

UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre Biannual Meeting

Dr. Chunshan Song’s presentation on DOE-NETL UCFER at UK CCS Biannual Meeting during September 14-15, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland Photo by Kit Carruthers of UKCCSRC

Dr. Chunshan Song’s presentation on DOE-NETL UCFER at UK CCS Biannual Meeting during September 14-15, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Photo by Kit Carruthers of UKCCSRC

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

During the trip Song also visited the UKCCSRC and toured the carbon capture facility (UKCCSRC PACT facilities) both in Sheffield, England. While there Song also attended the 14th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization at the University of Sheffield.

 

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