Power Generation

Creating technology to meet tomorrow’s energy needs.

Chemical Looping

Developing technologies to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Water Treatment

Engineering next-generation water treatment and separation technologies to promote water reuse and improve energy efficiency.

Coal Gasification

Exploring the commercial and technical viability of advanced coal gasification technologies, particularly how to reduce carbon emissions from these plants.

Carbon Capture Technology

Improving the efficiency and economic viability of post-combustion carbon capture technology.

Active Projects

Chemical Looping

Reducing Carbon Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants

While coal is the least expensive fuel for power generation, it is also the most carbon-intensive fuel source. In an increasingly carbon-constrained world, we’re working to develop new technologies to reduce the amount of CO2 released from coal-fired power plants. Traditional carbon reduction technologies require extensive equipment modifications that are often cost-prohibitive. UK CAER is exploring a novel process known as Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) as a low-cost solution to more effectively reduce CO2.

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Water Treatment

Developing More Efficient Water Treatment Technologies

In an effort to promote water reuse and decrease the energetic demands of traditional water treatment mechanisms, UK CAER is working to develop next generation separation technologies that can handle a growing list of process needs. UK CAER is currently developing modular, intensified water treatment and separation technology for flue gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater, enhanced water recovery (EWR) from saline aquifers at CO2 injection sites, and zeolite dewatering of various complex wastewater and process streams.

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Coal Gasification

Reducing the Environmental Impact of Coal Gasification

Our 5,800 sq. foot coal/biomass to liquids (CBTL) research facility provides the scientific and industrial community with an affordable testing ground for new concepts. Our researchers evaluate the commercial and technical viability of advanced CBTL technologies. In particular, we explore the environmental considerations, including how to manage and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from these plants.

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Carbon Capture Technology

Developing Cost-Effective Carbon Capture Solutions

Since starting solvent based, post-combustion CO2 capture research in 2008, UK CAER has distinguished itself and is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of post-combustion carbon capture research by demonstrating significant breakthroughs in process intensification, two-stage solvent regeneration, heat integration, and advanced solvent development. Using this four-pronged approach to lower both capital and operating expenses the cost of electricity with CO2 capture is reduced by 47%, incrementally from the standard reference case of $67/tonne CO2, to $35/tonne CO2.

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Research Team

  • Kunlei Liu
    Kunlei Liu Associate Director
  • John Adams
    John Adams Engineer Tech Senior
  • James Fussinger
    James Fussinger Engineer Tech Senior
  • Roger Perrone
    Roger Perrone Fabrication Services Coordinator
  • Len Goodpaster
    Len Goodpaster Engineer Tech Lead
  • Amanda Warriner
    Amanda Warriner Research Engineer Associate
  • Keemia Abad
    Keemia Abad Research Scientist Associate
  • Andrew Placido
    Andrew Placido Research Engineer Senior
  • Lisa Richburg
    Lisa Richburg Cost Engineering Scheduler
  • Otto Hoffmann
    Otto Hoffmann Engineer Tech Associate
  • Liang Kong
    Liang Kong Research Scientist Associate
  • Jonathan Bryant
    Jonathan Bryant Research Scientist Associate
  • Jacob Brumback
    Jacob Brumback Engineer Tech Associate
  • Xin Gao
    Xin Gao Research Engineer Senior
  • John Moffett
    John Moffett Senior Program Coordinator
  • Jonathan Pelgen
    Jonathan Pelgen Research Engineer Senior
  • Moushumi Sarma
    Moushumi Sarma Research Scientist Associate
  • Steve Summers
    Steve Summers Engineer Tech Associate
  • Naser Matin
    Naser Matin Research Scientist Senior
  • Jesse Thompson
    Jesse Thompson Research Program Manager
  • Reynolds Frimpong
    Reynolds Frimpong Research Engineer Senior
  • James Landon
    James Landon Research Engineer Principal
  • Heather Nikolic
    Heather Nikolic Research Program Manager
  • Saloni Bhatnagar
    Saloni Bhatnagar Research Scientist Associate
  • Landon Caudill
    Landon Caudill Engineering Tech
  • Bradley Irvin
    Bradley Irvin Research Scientist Associate
  • Marshall Marcum
    Marshall Marcum Engineer Technician Associate
  • Ayokunle Omosebi
    Ayokunle Omosebi Research Engineer Senior
  • Zhen Fan
    Zhen Fan Research Engineer Principal
  • Leland Widger
    Leland Widger Research Scientist Associate

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