UCFER Second Round of Solicitations

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On July 22, 2016, UCFER released its second request for proposals (RFP) to its nine-member coalition. The RFP closed on September 16, 2016. A total of 25 proposals were received. Reviews were performed by the UCFER Technical Advisory Committee, Core Competency Advisory Board, external reviewers, and Executive Council. Funding available for this round of proposals was $2.08 million and the total funding requested was $8.16 million. The following chart summarized the number of proposals submitted per subtopic area and the amount requested. UCFER recommendations have been provided to NETL for funding consideration. Five proposals were recently approved for funding. Details of each project will be announced later.

Total Topic Area Funding Requested


Projects approved from RFP 2016-02 for funding:

  • Layer-by-Layer Functional Thin Film Coatings for Enhanced Light Gas Separations, Texas A&M University, $236,839
  • Designing Polymer/2D MOF Composite Membranes with Enhanced CO2 Transport for CO2/N2 Separation, Penn State, $305,000
  • Validation of CFD Models for Turbulent, Supercritical CO2 Combustion, Texas A&M University, $398,832
  • Fundamental Studies on the Reaction Mechanisms of Oxygen Carriers for CLC/CLOU of Solid Fuels, Penn State, $400,000
  • Evaluation of Agglomeration Potential of Oxygen Carriers for Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) and Chemical Looping with Oxygen Uncoupling (CLOU), Penn State, $221,375