February 17, 2014 17:21 by Alice
The UK CAER recently received a Local Government Energy Retrofit Program grant. The scope is to work with local governments around the state to help them through the process of contracting with Energy Service Contractors to improve the efficiency of their facilities. Greg Copley is the contact person for this service.
January 30, 2014 13:25 by Alice
From the Lexington-Herald Leader: Valerie Sarge, a senior at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, has been named one of the 300 semi-finalists in this year's Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. She was the only student chosen from Kentucky.
Valerie, whose topic was Synthesis of Benzodifuran Derivatives for Solar Cells, will receive a $1,000 award for her research. Dunbar also will receive $1,000 to further her education in science, math and engineering.
Forty finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for monetary awards.
John Anthony, University of Kentucky Hubbard Professor of Chemistry, Organic Synthesis and Materials Chemistry has been Valerie's mentor during her science project. Additionally Dr. Anthony was able to provide financial assistance for equipment and supplies to support Valerie's research from an Office of Naval Research grant.
January 29, 2014 09:24 by Alice
A group of Centre College freshman and their professor, Marie Nydam, recently toured the UK Center laboratories. Their course is on the effects of coal mining and the students are always interested in solutions to the environmental and economic problems they see as they tour Eastern Kentucky. Ms. Nydam felt that CAER would be a great place to visit to see research being completed so that it may become the basis of future solutions.
The students toured the coal combustion research lab; saw a briqetting demo; heard details about coal mine fires; talked with researchers about CO2 capture; learned a great deal about biofuels potential; heard a discussion about energy storage options and toured the CAER's energy efficient laboratory.
January 24, 2014 11:06 by Alice
The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research is seeking an individual for a full-time Engineer Technician Associate position. The candidate will be involved in various aspects of the Battery Center research including design, construction, assembly, installation, operation, calibration, testing, modification, and maintenance of equipment and analytical apparatus and staying up to date on appropriate use of tools, instruments, computer analytical apparatus, and other battery related technologies.
January 24, 2014 11:01 by Alice
Marybeth McAlister, longtime Communications Manager at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), died of complications of influenza and pneumonia on January 8, 2014, at the UK Medical Center. She was 53.
In December 2012, Marybeth had a cord blood stem cell transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to counter her chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Within six months she was cancer free.
Darrell Taulbee, Industrial Support Coordinator/Senior Scientist at CAER and one of Marybeth's close friends, said, "There are so many superlatives that describe Marybeth. If I were forced to choose just one ...Read the full Tribute
January 24, 2014 10:52 by Alice
UK CAER staff gathered over coffee to review posters given by four young scientists that received new "seed" grant funding during 2013, the initial year that CAER began an internal seed grant program. This program was established to bridge the divide between internal creative ideas and large government grants and/or industrial funding, with the objective being to develop a process of converting new research concepts into competitive proposals.
January 24, 2014 10:11 by Alice
The Sixth Annual Liberty Elementary Science Fair was held on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. Several UK CAER scientists and engineers helped to judge the children's science experiments. This gives the students a real-world audience and adds a touch of interest to their projects.
January 24, 2014 09:05 by Alice
Congratulations to Ruthann Chaplin for her recent completion of EKU's Certified Safety and Health Specialist Certificate Program. Ruthann finished the certification program with 152 hours after completing OSHA 501, Trainer Course for General Industry, on December 6, 2013.
January 13, 2014 17:12 by Alice
Several of the University of Kentucky College of Design faculty members toured the UK CAER energy complex on January 10, 2014. The group toured the biofuels, electrochemical, minerals, carbon materials labs and the algae greenhouse.
January 13, 2014 16:46 by Alice
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has published a paper - Economic Challenges Facing Kentucky's Electricity Generation Under Greenhouse Gas Constraints. This paper presents the results of an electricity generation dispatch model that was added to EEC's existing energy forecasting tools. The study began prior to President Obama's June 2013 announcement of his Climate Action Plan.
This paper reinforces the position that Kentucky's manufacturing economy is particularly vulnerable to energy sector dynamics. The paper urged the EPA to consider for Kentucky and other manufacturing states the substantial impacts of rigid standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. You may read/down the article from this URL: https://stat.as.uky.edu/sites/default/files/EEC_Model_Report.pdf.
December 17, 2013 15:39 by Alice
The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research seeks a Pilot-Scale CO2 Capture Process Operations Team Member. This position will include hands-on operation of a 0.1 MWth scale CO2 capture process located at UKy-CAER and will require lifting and climbing ladders. There may be opportunity for contribution to the preparation of scholarly reports, manuscripts, articles, and proposal submissions. For more information please visit the UK CAER website.
Please welcome Shuli Bai to Mark Crocker’s group. He is a visiting scientist in environmental engineering from Taizhou College in China, who received his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Science.
Liz Ware passed her doctoral defense on November 18th. Her dissertation is titled "Application of Pyrolysis-GC/MS to the Study of Biomass and Biomass Constituents." Her advisor is CAER Associate Director, Mark Crocker and co-advisor is Dr. John Selegue, UK Dept. of Chemistry. Liz began working at the CAER in Spring of 2009 and officially joined the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis group as a graduate student in Jan. 2010. She has been offered a post-doctoral position at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and will be moving to the Denver Area soon to start her new job, where she will be working on biomass cell wall analysis.
CAER held the annual program review for the Office of Naval Research, Basic Research Challenge: Carbon Molecular Electronics project. John Anthony, a longtime CAER collaborator whose labs are located at the Center, hosted and presented. The theme was the development of routes to well-defined and tunable graphene nanoriibbons for high-speed computing applications. This basic research challenge offers no specific application, but a goal of determining if these ribbons can be made, and if so, what their properties are.
Other speakers included Mike Crommie, Alex Zettl, Jeff Bokor and Felix Fischer (all faculty at U. C. Berkeley), Vincent Meunier from RPI, Roman Fasel from EMPA in Zürich, Hermann Sachdev from the Max Planck Instutute in Mainz, Selvam Subramaniyan (representing Prof. Sam Jenekhe) and Francois Baynex from U. Washington, Alon Gorodetsky from U.C. Irvine, Paul Sheehan from Naval Research Laboratories, and Chagaan Baatar and Paul Armistead from the Office of Naval Research.
Researchers from the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) are demonstrating a system that uses algae to absorb carbon dioxide emissions at Duke Energy's East Bend power station in Northern Kentucky. Go to: http://uknow.uky.edu/content/caer-scientists-duke-energy-demonstrate-algae-based-carbon-capture-system
(from left) Mark Crocker, Stephanie Graham, Mike Wilson, and Jack Groppo
Longtime CAER researcher, Darrell Taulbee, was recently named the incoming President to the Institute for Briquetting and Agglomeration at the 33rd biennial conference in San Francisco, CA. He has been involved in the organization for the past decade, vice president and a member of the board of directors. He also won the Neal Rice Award for Best paper. The IBA is a group of business and technical people interested and involved in the research, development, and production of briquettes, pellets, and other densified products, and the equipment used to produce them.For more information on IBA, go to: http://agglomeration.org/
For several years CAER havs been part of KYNEED's bigger area tour for science teachers. The two day travels include power plants, mines, Locust Trace Elementary, etc. The group gets a close up view and explanation of carbon dioxide capture, biofuel energy, and how coal ash can be recycled into useable products instead of land filled at CAER.
Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. This sweeping transition is the subject of Switch, an acclaimed new documentary where Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. But rather than advocate for how it should happen,Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen.
It will be shown at the UK student center’s Worsham Theatre on November 20th at 5:00 pm. Tickets are free. For more on the documentary, go to: http://www.switchenergyproject.com/about/the-film orhttp://uknow.uky.edu/content/switch-documentary-exploring-our-energy-future
Kentucky lawmakers were briefed about ongoing technological developments to make the state's coal-fired power-plants more in line with new federal emissions standards. But, the effort may be more about keeping coal a viable source of energy for the state than it is about fixing the environment.
Rodney Andrews is the director for the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research. The Center's work is largely centered on what to do with the carbon dioxide that’s created as a result of burning fossil fuels like coal and contributes to climate change.
But Andrews says it’s not quite ready for prime time.
“These technologies take time to develop. They also take, unfortunately, a lot of money. So we are looking at projects going out as far as 2020,” said Andrews.
That troubled energy subcommittee co-chair Rep. Richard Henderson and other fellow Eastern Kentucky lawmakers, who criticized the EPA and Obama Administration for new emission regulations.
“Do we wait, and hope that we have a less radical administration the next time, and we can move forward with carbon capture? What do we do, what do we need to do as a body to help move East and West Kentucky forward?” asked Henderson.
Andrews’ answer? Continue funding research.
But even in the best-case scenario, he said, energy costs across the state will continue to climb in the years to come.
A version of this article was first produced by WEKU.