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University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research Announces Round 6 RFP

On April 15, 2020, UCFER released its sixth request for proposals (RFP) to the member Coalition. The RFP will close on June 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST. The proposals received will be reviewed by the Technical Advisory Council, Core Competency Board, external reviewers, and the Executive Council.

Shedding light on the rules that govern the U.S. power grid

A Penn State researcher is a part of a multi-university team that received a $513,000 grant to study the decision-making process that governs how people in the U.S. receive electricity. Seth Blumsack, professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and director of the Center for Energy Law and Policy, is co-leading an interdisciplinary team investigating how the rules for the power grid are made and how they affect the real world.

Energy, chemical engineering professor receives fellowship

Hilal Ezgi Toraman, Penn State assistant professor of energy engineering and chemical engineering, has been named the Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Jr. Faculty Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering and Fuel Science Program. The fellowship was awarded to Toraman for her contributions to teaching, research and service in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering.

Researchers look at novel methods to enhance battery performance

Researchers at Penn State are looking at innovative ways to improve energy storage in an effort to better utilize renewable energy technologies.

CDC grant to focus on effects of nano-coal dust on lung disease in coal miners

Penn State researchers in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering received a $400,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to research coal dust in underground mines and its effect on lung disease in miners.

Workshop focuses on gas flooding, chemically-tuned water flooding and surfactant-polymer flooding

The Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Joint Industry Project (JIP) held its 14th Annual Workshop on November 22 on the University Park campus, including a dinner on November 21.

Andrew Kleit receives USAEE Senior Fellow Award

Andrew Kleit, professor of energy and environmental economics at Penn State recently received a United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) Senior Fellow Award at the USAEE annual conference in Denver, held in November.

Chevron grant funds research on mineral behavior in rock faults

A team of Penn State researchers will soon have a better understanding of the deformation properties and poromechanical behavior of rock samples containing anhydrite, thanks to a $450,000 Chevron grant. 

Energy and mineral engineering researchers receive best paper award from SPE

Hamid Emami-Meybodi and Michael Cronin were recently awarded the 2019 Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, and Russell Johns was awarded the 2019 Cedric K. Ferguson Certificate from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for the best paper published in 2018 in a SPE journal. They were presented with the international awards at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Calgary, Canada.

Improving mine ventilation focus of $1.25 million grant

Improving ventilation in underground mines with large openings is the focus of a new project funded by the Center for Disease Control’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.

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