The bimonthly Real Time feature usually highlights whatever THE event is for the period. However, spring 2009 was very busy with events. Along with the typical exemplary research that takes place at CAER, we have had cause to celebrate on many fronts. We invite you to read about the recent happenings and peruse the accompanying photos.
Energizing Kentucky III - "Energizing Kentucky," the creation of Berea College President Larry D. Shinn, Centre College President John A. Roush, University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. and University of Louisville President James Ramsey, encouraged Kentucky to focus on a coherent and integrated energy policy by bringing together state and national energy experts to discuss the economic, educational, and environmental opportunities and challenges presented by the world's energy situation. The last of these meetings took place in April and focused on energy education. This conference emphasized developing the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math professionals essential to pursuing new energy knowledge and technologies. One of the meeting's highlights was the K-12 and postsecondary energy poster session. It included science fair winners from Fayette County; elementary, middle and high schools from throughout the state; and undergraduate and graduate students from private and public Kentucky colleges and universities.
Carbon Management Press Conference - Teaming with utilities, the CAER's Power Generation Group has formed an industrial-governmental-academic consortium called the Carbon Management Research Group (CMRG), which anticipates carrying out a $24M ten-year research and development program. On April 27th representatives from those utilities (Duke Energy, E.ON, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Kentucky Power Cooperative), along with EPRI, the industry's national research arm, joined Governor Beshear, UK President Todd, and Ky. House Majority Leader, Rocky Adkins, and CAER Director Rodney Andrews at a press conference held at the CAER. The Kentucky Dept. for Energy Development and Independence is also supporting this project with a yearly $1M match in funding.
Advisory Board - The CAER Advisory Board met in April, with the five new board members attending. The new members are: Joe Craft (Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.), Rick Honaker (UK Dept. of Mining Engineering), Len Peters (Kentucky Secretary of Energy & Environment), Sara Smith (Smith Management Group), and John Wright (Owensboro Grain Co.). Returning members are: Robert Addington (EnviRes LLC), Rocky Adkins (State Representative), David Boswell (State Senator), Frank Burke (Consol Energy, Inc.), Bill Caylor (Kentucky Coal Association), Jim Cobb (Kentucky Geological Survey), David Drake (retired, EKPC), David Gray (Noblis), John Larsen (The Energy Institute), Paul Thompson (E.ON), Robert Wombles (Koppers Industries, Inc.), and William Sturgill (East KY Investment Co.)
Kentucky Battery Manufacturing Center - The state, UK, and U of L are partnering with Argonne National Lab to establish a national Battery Manufacturing R&D Center. The purpose is to develop a domestic supply of advanced battery technologies for transportation applications that will support US energy independence, reduce greenhouse gases and strengthen the economy. The Battery Center, which will be situated next door to CAER, will benefit from the expertise of the CAER's Electrochemical Group, headed by Steve Lipka. Lipka was the recent recipient of a recent $1.2M award from utility giant, E.ON AG of Dusseldorf, Germany to investigate innovative energy-storage technology ideas.