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University Coalition Projects to be Featured at NETL Event

NETL Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., will welcome representatives from 11 universities for the virtual 2021 University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) Annual Technical Review Meeting Oct. 5-6, 2021.

“Partnerships like UCFER help the Lab leverage its connections, resources and expertise to develop critical carbon management technologies,” Anderson said. “The dedication of our University partners across UCFER to our mission is an inspiration when we see the innovations from see the best and brightest minds from universities across the country.”

During the two-day event, researchers for selected active projects will give virtual presentations on technologies spanning topics that will include carbon capture, carbon storage, crosscutting research, carbon ore processing, fuel cell technologies, gasification systems, coal and coal-biomass to liquids, natural gas technologies, and rare earth elements.

“It’s important to have these dialogs with our academic partners,” Anderson said. “Because it will take collaboration on large scale to help us meet the government’s critical goals to decarbonize the economy. The projects to be featured at UCFER are a glimpse of the path we will take to get to net-zero carbon emissions.”

The meeting is free to attend and open to the public, but interested parties must register here. The final agenda and additional information can be accessed at

UCFER was established in 2015 to advance basic and applied fossil energy research through mechanisms that promote collaboration, coordination of research and the sharing of data among the Department of Energy (DOE) and the universities that are members of the coalition. There are currently 15 universities in the coalition: Carnegie Mellon University, Louisiana State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Ohio State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Texas A&M University, University of Kentucky, University of North Dakota, University of Pittsburgh, University of Utah, University of Southern California, University of Wyoming, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.

NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. By leveraging its world-class talent and research facilities, NETL is ensuring affordable, abundant and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.