05/15/2012 Archived Entry: "China Trip to Foster Potential Joint Clean Coal Technologies"

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto will leave for China on Monday with six high-level administrators as part of an effort to develop new student pipelines and programs.

Rodney Andrews, Director of the UK CAER and Kunlei Liu, Associate Director at UK CAER, will focus much of the trip on visiting programs that support research into coal and clean coal technology. Per Andrews, as federal funding into fossil fuel technology has fallen, China's investments have ramped up.

"China is really making the most investments right now, particularly with respect to coal use and also in the scale in which they're doing it," Andrews said. "They're willing to do and pay for large scale tests that aren't going on anywhere else."

Andrews and his colleague, Liu, will visit the Shenhua chemical company in Beijing to discuss its coal-to-liquid technology. They also will go to the joint U.S.-Chinese Clean Energy Research Center at Tsinghua University, with plans for Capilouto to sign a memorandum of understanding regarding a project on carbon capture.

In Shanghai, the group will meet with East China University of Science and Technology.

"This is the best program in the world on coal and biomass gasification," Andrews said. "We're partnering with them where they will provide us with some of that technology."

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