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Penn State's expanded initiative in energy sciences and engineering is launching a major research alliance with one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Chevron Energy Technology Company, to research coal conversion technologies.

Penn State, Chevron launch energy alliance

University Park, PA | Posted on October 4th, 2007

The strength of this alliance rests on the pillars of history and the prospects for the future. "Penn State has been involved in energy-related research and graduate training for more than a century, beginning with one of the first formal schools of mining engineering in the U.S.," said Penn State President Graham Spanier. "Since that time, Penn State has evolved its coal-related research streams in many directions including conversion of coal to liquid fuels, direct coal liquefaction, modeling and simulation of coal conversion, and carbon dioxide capture and sequestration."

Building upon this historical strength, in 2006, the University Energy Task Force published a report in which it proposed a bold new roadmap and strategic vision to enhance the existing energy sciences, engineering and policy within the University's academic colleges and institute. To promote the energy initiative, the University has committed funds for the creation of 24 new faculty positions to strengthen the teaching and research efforts.

Penn State will target key strategic areas: state-of-the art coal conversion and carbon dioxide management technologies; materials and nanotechnology for energy efficiency; biofuels, bioenergy and biomaterials; hydrogen production, storage and transportation for fuel cells; public and social discussions of nuclear power; and conversion of light to do work.

"When Chevron visited Penn State a year ago to learn more about our initiative," said Eva Pell, senior vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School. "They recognized our commitment to areas of interest to them, and became convinced that an alliance would be mutually beneficial."

The joint research initiative with Chevron will focus on coal chemistry and conversion technology, advanced fuels, combustion, analysis methods, reactor science, separations, process technology, and CO2/greenhouse gas management and conversion. This alliance will also integrate research with educational and career opportunities for students and graduates specializing in coal conversion and energy technologies. Under the alliance, Chevron will provide up to $17.5 million over the next five years to the University.

"Chevron values technological excellence and R&D capability and is impressed with the quality of coal research done at Penn State over the last century. Chevron also has a rich history in coal through our Chevron Mining Company and its predecessor P&M Coal. We will draw on the deep expertise of both institutions to push the front edge of technology and innovation into the 21st century," said Don Paul, vice president and chief technology officer, Chevron Corporation. "We look forward to a highly productive research relationship that will contribute to the technical innovation of clean coal and coal-to-liquid technology."

Based in San Ramon, Calif., Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. The company has about 56,000 employees, and Chevron's subsidiaries conduct business in more than 180 countries. Chevron operates across the entire energy spectrum — exploring for, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas; refining, marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products and services; generating power; designing and marketing large-scale energy efficiency solutions and commercializing the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables.

Penn State and Chevron have enjoyed an important partnership for some time, with gifts and grants of more than $6 million in gifts and $1.68 in research contracts. As of a year ago, Chevron has employed 223 Penn State alumni.

"Rapid growth of global energy consumption has brought the challenge of sustaining national and global energy security into sharp focus," Spanier said. "With the help of partners such as Chevron, Penn State will continue to step up to the challenge of training new generations of experts in energy, developing fundamental new knowledge and innovative applications, and educating the public about energy issues and options."

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About Penn State
Penn State is a multi-campus public land-grant university that improves the lives of the people of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality programs in teaching, research, and service.

Our instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, and continuing and distance education informed by scholarship and research. Our research, scholarship, and creative activities promote human and economic development through the expansion of knowledge and its applications in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and the professions.

As a land-grant university, we also hold a unique responsibility for outreach and public service to support the citizens of Pennsylvania. We engage in collaborative activities with industrial, educational and agricultural partners here and abroad to disseminate and apply knowledge.

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