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General CAER News

  • The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this fall (2007). Below are descriptions of each event we are crafting to honor this milestone. Additional information: http://www.kentuckyenergysummit.org/.
  • Kentucky Energy Summit, Lexington Convention Center (October 11th) This day-long energy summit will feature internationally-recognized speakers on energy issues.
    (Cost $30)
  • Pollution Control in Power Plants Short Course - Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY (October 24th). This technical program includes four Professional Development hours for engineers. (Cost $150)
  • CAER Distinguished Lecture - Worsham Theatre, University of Kentucky Campus (November 15th). Speaker: Mr. Matthew Simmons, author of "Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy." (No cost)

Meetings and Special Presentations

  • The CAER Carbon Materials Group presented a strong showing at the 2007 Carbon Conference in Seattle, WA. The American Carbon Society's 50th Anniversary was partially organized by Teresa Epperson, and Rodney Andrews is a board member. In addition, several researchers and students made oral or poster presentations. In addition, the CAER offered a Porous Carbon Workshop immediately before the conference. The CAER has offered a version of this workshop, preceding the American Carbon Society event, since 1999.

Staff/Student Accolades

  • The research of Darrell Taulbee and Burt Davis is in the news. Taulbee's work on 'blast-less' fertilizer appears in S&T Snapshots, the Department of Homeland Security's on-line newsletter. Also, an article recently appeared in Aviation Week on Glenn Research Center activities in alternative fuels and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. The article described the three new FT reactors that were built for NASA by members of the Clean Fuel Technologies Group at CAER, led by Dr. Burt Davis.

Outside Interactions

  • Rodney Andrews presented on the technology of coal to liquids research at the state's Environmental Quality Commission's meeting at Carter Caves State Park on August 9th. The following week, he made a presentation on energy research needs before the special subcommittee on energy in Washington, DC.
  • On August 29th, Rodney made a presentation to the state's Professional Mining Engineers' meeting.

UK Interactions

  • On the first of August Rodney Andrews and Burt Davis attended and spoke at the CFFS (Consortium for Fossil Fuels Science) meeting. Burt gave a broad historical overview of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis.

Educational Outreach

DVD Artwork

With funding by the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy, the CAER has developed two new tools for the general public to learn about clean coal technologies.



The web site (http://www.caer.uky.edu/cct/ccthome.html) and DVD are intended as a means to inform policy makers, legislators and the general public about clean coal technologies. Public education about, and acceptance of, the need for clean-coal technologies must be realized if a long-term strategic investment in these technologies from the state is to be sustained. Topics covered include: Energy Security and Clean Coal Technologies; Gasification for Electric Power Generation (IGCC); Transportation Fuels from Coal (Coal to Liquids); Synthetic Natural Gas from Coal (SNG); and Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration. For more information, contact Marybeth McAlister.

  • CAER researchers recently taught sessions at an all-day workshop designed to help teachers teach science. Specifically, Bob Rathbone, Jim Neathery, and Dennis Sparks (with the assistance of Bob Jewell and Roger Perrone) taught demonstrations ranging from how to build a battery, to minerals separations. Five energy demonstrations / experiments were used as methods to illustrate scientific concepts to students. Twenty six teachers from Fayette and surrounding counties attended this workshop, which took place at Kentucky Geological Survey's Well Sample and Core Library facility. This event was planned in conjunction with the Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment, through a grant from the Governor's Office of Energy Policy.
  • Centre College chemistry professor, Jennifer Muzyka, brought five students from Centre College to the CAER for a tour in July. UK chemistry professor and visiting scientist, Mark Meier, led the tour. Three of these students are supported by the UK-WV Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant from the national Science Foundation.