UK CAER Current News

The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is one of the University of Kentucky's multidisciplinary research centers. Its energy research provides a focal point for environmental, renewable and fossil fuels research in Kentucky.

Montessori Middle School of Kentucky Tours UK CAER Greenhouse Lab

clock January 17, 2013 16:39 by author Alice
Several students from the Montessori Middle School of Kentucky toured the UK CAER Greenhouse Laboratory. This Montessori School is currently studying energy conservation and biofuels, specifically in the area of CO2 mitigation and control. The UK CAER greenhouse lab houses research concerning the utilization of waste CO2 and heat from a coal-fired power plant to cultivate algae, which could then be processed into fuel and other products. One of the major focuses of this research is to determine the most economically-favorable strategy regarding the production of biofuels or bioproducts from algae. Additionally lowering CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants is also a top priority.

 



Engineers Professional Society Tours CAER Renewables Lab

clock January 11, 2013 17:40 by author Alice

 

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) toured the UK CAER Renewables Laboratory.  The group tours recently completed engineering projects and were very interested in this Murphy + Graves Architects project.  

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research recently completed construction on a new 43,000 square foot high-performance laboratory building that will allow expansion of the center's renewable and energy storage research. This research is devoted to Kentucky's growing renewable energy industries, including biomass and biofuels, electrochemical power sources (like capacitors and batteries), and distributed solar energy technologies.

The laboratory building design target was a 50 percent reduction in energy usage compared to similar facilities.



CAER to Help Advance UK HBEER Project

clock January 3, 2013 14:03 by author Alice

Recently the University of Kentucky received additional funding to help advance research in the Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER) project, which provides low-cost, energy efficient housing options to Kentuckians. The UK Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) will be developing public education framework about the HBEER project and disseminate findings throughout the state to bolster interest in energy efficient modular structures.

HBEER is a partnership between the UK College of Design, CAER, KHIC and the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC). The multi-year project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and directly responds to the impact the current economic downturn has had on the houseboat manufacturing industry in the Commonwealth. As part of the partnership, more than 50 students and faculty at the UK School of Architecture were responsible for researching and developing initial models of energy-efficient, affordable housing that could be produced by the region's houseboat manufacturers.

The next phases of the HBEER project includes a prototype for multifamily housing, as well as classroom space for schools as an energy efficient and more durable alternative to portable classrooms.

Read more of the story at UKNOW.


New Electrochemistry Position Open in Power Generation Research Group

clock January 2, 2013 16:12 by author Alice

University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar that will design, fabricate, and evaluate electrochemical cells at elevated temperatures. Specific focus will be placed on the development of molten salt electrolysis cells for thermal energy generation.

 

January 2013 - Electrochemistry PostDoc Position Available



Energeia Newsletter Volume 23-4 now published (2012)

clock December 4, 2012 13:33 by author Alice

 

Energeia Newsletter Volume 20-4 now published

New <a href="http://www.caer.uky.edu/energeia/PDF/vol23_4.pdf">2012 Energeia Newsletter</a> now published, including:

  • Why China's energy scence is the new silk road;
  • What werewolves have to do with energy; and
  • Meeting announcements and much more.

 



Energeia Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 3 Now Published

clock October 16, 2012 14:45 by author Alice

New Volume 23, issues 3 (2012): Energeia Newsletter now published, including  

 

  • Fracture Stimulation of Shale Gas Wells - Is it Dangerous?
  • Revealing New Energy in a New CAER Building
  • Commentary - What does the public think about energy, or does it?
  • Burt Davis receives ACS Award
  • Carbon Capture 101 Workshop - February 2013


Power UP Kentucky Web Site is on UKNOW News

clock October 8, 2012 16:27 by author Alice

"Power UP" Provides Resources to Kentucky Teachers and Students - from UKNOW: The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (Vis Center) have worked together to develop an iPad app and website dedicated to energy education called "Power UP." The app and website are specifically designed for high school teachers throughout the Commonwealth to use in their curriculum, as well as to serve as a resource for students who want to learn more about energy usage.

 



Story on CAER Appears in Trends Journal

clock October 8, 2012 14:03 by author Alice

"HOME GROWN OIL" is an article about "drop-in" replacements for transportation fuels that are made from organic trash or excreted by algae.  The article, appearing in the Spring 2012 The Trends Journal issue, features the University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research's project concerned with the utilization of waste CO2 and heat from a coal-fired power plant to cultivate algae.  The algae could then be processed into fuel and other products while lowering CO2 emissions at the plant.

 



Dr. Julian Norley Gives Graffin Lecture at UK CAER

clock October 5, 2012 17:38 by author Alice

Dr. Julian Norley, Corporate Fellow at GrafTech International Holdings Inc. located in Parma, Ohio will give a Graffin Lecture at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (Lexington, KY) on October 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Norley is the 2012 George D. Graffin Lecturer in Carbon Science and Engineering which is hosted by the American Carbon Society. This lecture series is supported by grants from the Asbury Graphite Mills, Inc., and sponsors this lecture series in North American Universities in honor of George D. Graffin, a pioneer in the natural graphite industry. Each year the Society selects a lecturer who has made distinguished contributions to carbon science and engineering. The lecture is available to North American universities, by arrangement with the lecturer.

Title of the Talk: GrafTech International - 125 Years of Carbon and Graphite Materials Science - from Arc Carbons to Smart Phones



Real Time July/August 2012 Edition

clock October 5, 2012 15:27 by author Alice

Real Time July-August 2012 newsletter is now available.  Some of the stories include ...

  • UK CAER Dedicates an Energy Efficient Laboratory
  • The new PowerUp Kentucky web site brings together videos that show students the challenges and opportunties of energy and its sources
  • Burt Davis has been selected for the 2013 ACS Energy and Fuels Division Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry
  • UK Chemistry Professor John Anthony's paper is on of Applied Physics Letters most downloaded articles of the last 5 years and one of the most highly cited articles in that journal


UK CAER Hosts Coal Combustion Products Utilization and Management Workshop

clock September 20, 2012 17:18 by author Alice

Coal Combustion Products (CCP) are beneficially used for a wide variety of applications.  Understanding how there materials are generated and managed can help maximize their value while improving the environment. 

This new workshop, co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Research and the American Coal Ash Association, will provide a comprehensive overview for people seeking to expand their understanding of CCP and the markets for these materials.

For more information, including a newly updated agenda, or to register for the workshop, visit the workshop website.



New Carbon Capture PostDoc Position Open at UK CAER

clock September 20, 2012 10:54 by author Alice

The University of Kentucky, Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) anticipates adding a post-doctoral engineering/scientist position in the carbon capture/sequestration and energy areas.  The new position will be involved in studies related to electrochemical applications for the treatment of displaced brine originating from CO2 sequestration sites.



UK CAER Lands in Applied Physics Letters Most Cited Category

clock September 19, 2012 11:34 by author Alice

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research Carbon Material's research group has made the top 50 most cited papers in Applied Physics Letters

As stated by the journal web site, "This collection represents the most highly cited papers ever published in Applied Physics Letters. These articles stand as a testament to the hard work and outstanding contributions of the authors to the applied physics field and to the scientific community at large."

Lead author Dali Qian along with other UK CAER scientists Rodney Andrews and Terry Rantell and former University of Kentucky scientist, now at NCSU (North Carolina State University) Elizabeth Dickey are pleased and delighted with the recognition.

The published paper is Load transfer and deformation mechanisms in carbon nanotube-polystyrene composites by D. Qian, E. C. Dickey, R. Andrews, and T. Rantell in Appl. Phys. Lett. 76, 2868 (2000).




DOE ARPA-E Program Director tours the UK CAER Labs

clock September 19, 2012 11:29 by author Alice

Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Associate Director (Mark Crocker, right) received a visit from DOE ARPA-E program director J. Burbaum (left). He toured the labs to learn more about CAER’s biofuels activities.



UK CAER Catalysis Publications in "Most Cited" Category

clock September 19, 2012 10:20 by author Alice

The Clean Fuels and Chemical Research Group at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research can lay claim to not one but two "most cited" papers in the area of applied catalysis research.

One of the most downloaded articles on the Applied Catalysis A web site is ... Fischer–Tropsch synthesis: Effect of Pd, Pt, Re, and Ru noble metal promoters on the activity and selectivity of a 25%Co/Al2O3 catalyst, by Wenping Ma, Gary Jacobs, Robert A. Keogh, Dragomir B. Bukur, and Burtron H. Davis. 

 An older publication from the Clean Fuels research group continues to be one of the most cited papers for the same journal ... Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: Temperature programmed EXAFS/XANES investigation of the influence of support type, cobalt loading, and noble metal promoter addition to the reduction behavior of cobalt oxide particles, vol 333, Issue 2, December 2007, Pages 177-191 by Jacobs, G., Ji, Y., Davis, B.H.,  Cronauer, D., Kropf, A.J., Marshall, C.L.