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Colleges and universities receive fossil fuel project funding

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The US DOE has selected five fossil energy related projects to receive funding. The projects help maintain the nation’s energy portfolio while also providing educational and research training opportunities for tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.

The funding is specifically being provided by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The DOE program involved in the allocation of funds is the Support of Advanced Fossil Resource Utilisation Research by Historically Black Colleges and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU). The aim of the funding is to help develop new technologies that use fossil fuels in an environmentally friendly, low cost and reliable manner.

By encompassing the professors and students in projects for the development of fossil energy, the US DOE hopes to maintain and upgrade education, training and research capabilities in minority colleges and universities in science, engineering and technical management. The crosscutting university training and research program also generates fresh research ideas and ensures a future supply of fossil energy scientists and engineers.

Projects selected for funding

Novel low cost, environmentally friendly synthetic approaches toward core shell structured micro particles for fossil energy applications

This is a collaborative project between Howard University and Ohio State University. Graduate students will develop two inexpensive synthetic methods to prepare core shell structured particles for chemical looping combustion or gasification and post combustion CO2 capture in power plants. Completion of the proposed work will benefit not only the chemical looping combustion/gasification and post combustion CO2 capture, but also many other related fossil energy conversion process. Award value: US$ 199.892, Duration: 36 months.

An integrated study on a novel high temperature, high entropy alloy

A team at Southern University and A&M college will integrate computational materials simulation and experimental validation in material sciences to improve and design high entropy alloys for high temperature and pressure gas turbine applications that will address the oxidation resistance and low temperature ductility problems in coal energy conversion. Award value: US$ 200 000, Duration: 24 months.

Searching for low cost ferritic steels for advanced ultra supercritical boilers using first principles methods

A team at Tennessee State University will develop automated simulation software tools to enable fast, large scale screening of candidate design to find a material better suited for the advanced ultra supercritical environment. The result of this work should speed the development of new ferritic steel with reduced creep rupture and corrosion for energy applications. Award value: US$ 200 000, Duration 36 months.

Investigation on pyroelectric ceramic temperature sensors for energy system applications

A team at Texas University, El Paso will develop a low cost, self powered, wireless temperature sensor for energy system applications.  Award value: US$ 200 000, Duration 36 months.

Use of an accurate DNS method to derive, validate and supply constitutive equations for the MFIX code

A team from University of Texas, San Antonio intend to improve the accuracy of the MFIX code’s predictive capabilities. Additionally, the undergraduate and graduate students involved will receive valuable training in computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer, using physically sound and validated software and first class computing facilities. Award value: US$ 189, 825, Duration: 36 months.

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd

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