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Federal Project Aims To Advance Clean Energy
June 3, 2016

Virginia Tech and eight other universities will work to advance clean energy through fossil fuels in a new $20 million project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced the formation of the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research to identify, select, execute, review and share knowledge to improve use of fossil energy resources. The aim is to reduce environmental impacts and minimize carbon dioxide emissions.

Virginia Tech is among a group of research universities working to improve use of fossil energy resources while reducing environmental impacts.

Roe-Hoan Yoon, a University Distinguished Professor and the Nicholas T. Camicia Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering, is the project’s principal investigator at Virginia Tech.

“Even with advances in various renewable energy resources, coal will be here for a long time,” Prof. Yoon said. “It is important to find ways to utilize the fossil fuel more efficiently to improve the environment and to maintain economic prosperity. Many high-paying jobs are at stake.”

The coalition is led by Penn State. Additional founding members include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Texas A&M University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Southern California, the University of Tulsa, and the University of Wyoming.

The coalition will focus on outreach, and technology transfer to industry will be an important goal of the coalition. The collaborative research will focus on coal, natural gas, and oil and make use of expertise in geological and environmental systems, materials engineering and manufacturing, energy-conversion engineering, systems engineering and analysis, and computational science and engineering.

NETL has issued its first request for proposals in the areas of carbon storage, carbon use and reuse, cross-cutting research and analysis, and rare earth elements.

This story can be found on the Virginia Tech News website.

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