CAER Supported Organizations
Several organizations are affiliated with the Center for Applied Energy Research:
- The Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment (KRCEE) supports the US DOE's efforts to complete the environmental restoration of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, the Western Kentucky Wildlife Management Area, and surrounding areas. It is operated under the management of the CAER.
- KY NSF EPSCoR - The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the late 1970's to promote scientific progress nationwide. It was designed to benefit states that have traditionally received less NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Twenty-seven states and U.S. territories participate in the program. Through EPSCoR, NSF has established continuing partnerships with government, higher education and industry that have brought about lasting improvements in Kentucky's R&D infrastructure and ultimately, its national competitiveness. CAER began managing this group in 2011.
- UK Renewable Fuels Lab is developing improved processes for biomass use, with the goal of supporting the development of the biofuels industry in Kentucky. The laboratory facilities are housed at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER) and the Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering Department (BAE) in the College of Agriculture. The laboratory is open to researchers from Kentucky institutions working in biofuels.
- Catalyst Research and Testing Center (CRTC) is housed within the CAER, defines scientific principles involved in catalysis and applies them to industry. The strength of this focus has been the foundation of numerous beneficial interactions with industrial, governmental and academic organizations. The CENTER is a vehicle for the multidisciplinary interaction of industrial and academic scientists and provides unique educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. The Catalysis Center has actively participated in the co-op program of the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville for many years. The Center has also become a facility for collaboration with international as well as U.S. scientists through the CAER's visiting scientist program.
- Carbon Management Research Group (CMRG) - CAER's Power Generation and Utility Fuels formed an energy consortium with several utilities in 2007 with the goal of carrying out a long-term program of research to develop and demonstrate cost-effective and practical technologies to reduce CO2 in existing coal-fired electric power plants. The current members include: Kentucky Dept. of Energy Development & Independence; LG&E-KU; Duke Energy; Kentucky Power (AEP); and East Kentucky Power Cooperative. CAER was recently selected to receive a $14.5M grant from the DOE to take this research to a demonstration scale at a utility.