Release Date: June 13, 1996
|DOE to Fund University Research on the Science of Coal and its Impact on the Environment
Universities from 14 States Submit Winning Projects
PITTSBURGH, PA - Sixteen teacher/student research teams in 14 states will share $3.8 million in Federal funds this year to advance the Nation's coal-science knowledge base and look for new ways to protect the environment as coal use increases in the future.
The winning teams, chosen from a field of nearly 200, were selected in the Department of Energy's annual University Coal Research competition. Strong support for these research teams, each led by a university or college professor, is evident in the $1.0 million in cost-sharing provided by non-Federal sources.
DOE's Office of Fossil Energy selected the projects from 197 proposals in seven technical categories, ranging from coal to environmental science. Selections were based on technical review by more than 65 academic, industrial and government coal experts.
As part of the grant requirement, at least one student registered at the university will be involved in conducting the research and will receive compensation from the Federal grant. Since the program's inception in 1979, approximately 500 research projects have been funded with a total value of more than $87 million. These cost-shared grants have furthered the science of energy and the environment and provided the financial support for more than 1,200 students to receive science or engineering degrees.
One goal is to promote research collaboration between academia and industry, enriching the research experience for faculty and students by increasing their exposure to coal science in side-by-side partnerships with the private sector.
Two awards this year will go to joint university-industry projects. One will go to the University of Utah, which will work with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Terra Tek Inc., and Cyprus-Amax Coal Company, to develop and test an on-line coal washability analyzer.
Brown University won the second award. It will work jointly with Princeton University and New England Power, Inc., to investigate the form, properties, and behavior of organic material in coal-derived ash. Cost-sharing of at least 25 percent of the project's total cost is required for these projects, which can receive up to $400,000 in Federal funds over three years.
An equally important goal of the University Coal Research Program is to promote collaborative research between diverse groups of researchers. To help achieve this goal, one grant is being awarded to an Historically Black University. The selected school, Hampton University, is required to perform two-thirds of the DOE funded work and have teamed with at least one majority college or university. Hampton will team with the University of Pittsburgh, Research Triangle Institute, Altamira Instruments, Energy International, and United Catalysts, Inc., to develop a more durable catalyst for application in processes that convert coal-derived synthesis gas to liquid fuels. Hampton also submitted a winning proposal in the core portion of the program.
The majority of projects will receive Federal funding of $100,000 to $200,000 for up to three years. Actual grant awards are expected to be in place by July.
The Department of Energy's Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center (PETC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, oversees the program for the Office of Fossil Energy. Synopses of each of the projects can be obtained by calling PETC at 412/892-6126.
Below is a list of the 16 projects arranged alphabetically by state.