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.

UK CAER Scientists Present at First-Ever SEC Symposium

clock February 4, 2013 15:30 by author Alice

Three University of Kentucky faculty members will present at the first-ever Southeastern Conference Symposium which will be held in Atlanta February 10-14, 2013.

John Anthony, UK's Gill Professor of Chemistry will present at a session about advanced materials for energy applications Dr. Anthony's laboratories are housed at the UK Center for Applied Energy Research Lab #2 Renewable Energy building.

Mark Crocker, associate director of UK CAER's Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis research group and Dr. Burt Davis, associate director of UK CAER's Clean Fuels and Chemicals research group will also present at the SEC Conference.Dr. Crocker will speak in a session about technologies for producing biopower, biofuels and biomaterials. Dr. Davis will present in an energy advances in transportation sector session.

More information can be found in UK's UK NOW news article.



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.

 



CAER Takes Energy Research to Western Kentucky High Schools

clock November 5, 2012 09:54 by author Marybeth McAlister

Electricity isn’t magic — it's science. And on Thursday, Nov. 1, high school students from Union and Henderson County, along with students from the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy, learned just what allows them to use their iPhones, hair dryers, and other much-beloved electrical appliances. This interactive energy seminar featured researchers from the CAER and was part of the fourth annual Energy Week, sponsored by Plugged In-The Northwest Kentucky Energy Initiative.

Sarah Mardon, Western Kentucky energy coordinator for CAER, helped organize the event.

"We are excited to host the seminar for high school students for the second year in a row," she said. "It is important to further develop the students' understanding of how coal, a resource familiar to students from these counties, and its by-products, are used by utilities and industries. We also want to share the research we are performing at UK."

CAER researchers Jack Groppo and Robby Pace showed approximately 150 students the important role that minerals, such as coal, play in their lives.  They demonstrated how coal is used to make electricity and how technology is used to capture and recycle the ash that results from burning coal. 

They also discussed how algae are being developed to capture carbon dioxide from power plants, and how algae biomass can be used in several ways.

Afterward, the students viewed and learned about solar panels and wind turbines installed on the Job Corps site.

"We are very excited to host this educational event for local high school students and our Job Corps students," said Job Corps Business and Community Liaison Nyra Syers-Ford. "The Job Corps Academy solar panels and wind turbine, which power our material handling warehouse, are a highlight for students interested in alternative energy. This is our second year and we hope to continue and grow this great event."

Plugged In-The Northwest Kentucky Energy Initiative's goal is to support the region's energy producers, help develop work force training opportunities and educate students about energy-related fields. It also promotes northwest Kentucky as a potential leader in energy technology and innovation.

"With numerous students from across the region showing interest in energy related topics we look forward to another successful Energy Week in Northwest Kentucky," added Kevin Sheilley, president and CEO of Northwest Kentucky Forward.

The CAER maintains energy coordinators in western and eastern Kentucky. The purpose is to assist local governments and industry in the development of energy projects by introducing them to the capabilities of the center as well as the university as a whole.



Chemistry Gets Fun

clock October 30, 2012 11:39 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

CAER graduate students Liz Ware-Harman  and Justin Mobley demonstrated experiments at the UK Chemistry Dept. during National Chemistry Week. They performed chemical and safety demonstrations for a large group of students from local schools.



Transy's Health, Wellness and Eco Fair

clock October 15, 2012 12:37 by author Marybeth McAlister

 

CAER staff members participated in Transylvania University's Health, Wellness and Eco Fair on October 10. They spoke to faculty, staff and students about current CAER projects and research along with the exciting announcements surrounding the opening of the new CAER lab.



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.

 



Crocker Is Keynote Speaker

clock September 25, 2012 11:31 by author Marybeth McAlister

#UKCAER Biofuels & Environmental Catalysis Associate Director Mark Crocker gave a keynote talk entitled "Synergy of LNT and Cu-chabazite SCR Catalysts in Coupled LNT-SCR Systems?" for CLEERS (Cross-Cut Lean Exhaust Emissions Reduction Simulations) lean NOx trap working group (a group of about 50 people from companies and universities in the US and Europe).



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.