Welcome to UCFER

UCFER TAC & NETL leaders

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 focuses 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.

Through a nationwide open competition, the six-year, $20 million project was awarded by the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in 2015. Penn State, along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Texas A&M University, University of Kentucky, University of Southern California, University of Tulsa, University of Wyoming and Virginia Polytechnic and State University, are the founding members of the coalition. In February 2017, Carnegie Mellon University, Louisiana State University, The University of North Dakota, The Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, The University of Utah, and West Virginia University were added to the Coalition. The principal office of the UCFER is located at Penn State’s University Park campus. The principal investigator and director of UCFER is Dr. Chunshan Song who also serves as director of Penn State’s Energy Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, is a distinguished professor of fuel science and professor of chemical engineering.

UCFER was established to advance basic and applied fossil energy research through mechanisms that promote collaboration among the DOE-NETL and the universities that are members of the coalition by the coordination of research and the sharing of data. Its collaborative research focuses on coal, natural gas, and oil, and the research involves one or more of the five core competency areas.