Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
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The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) has created a consortium with government agencies, electric utilities and their research organizations to seek cost-effective technologies to reduce and manage carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Kentucky state government and the industrial partners will provide $24 million over 10 years to support the research.

The consortium will pursue three major carbon management research projects:

  • Post-combustion carbon dioxide capture, using a pilot plant at CAER that was funded by E.ON US;
  • Large-scale carbon dioxide capture, in a portable unit to be constructed and operated at the power plants of consortium industry members; and
  • Development of a new combustion technology process for solid fuels like coal and biomass that could provide a more efficient power production technology for next-generation power plants.

The consortium is designed to split the cost of research on large-scale carbon dioxide capture systems, work which has often been too expensive and risky for a single utility or government agency to undertake.

“This consortium is an ideal example of the public and private sector partnering to solve one of Kentucky’s—and the nation’s—major problems,” says UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “In creating this partnership, Kentucky is asserting itself as a national leader in developing technologies that will help reduce America’s carbon footprint. This is an important step for the future of Kentucky’s energy industry.” 

New Partnership to Build Battery Industry in Kentucky

The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are partnering with Argonne National Laboratory and the Commonwealth of Kentucky to establish a national Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center to advance battery technology. This partnership is a move toward securing U.S. energy independence, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening the economy. The battery center will be built at Spindletop Park next door to UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research on Ironworks Pike.

“This center has the potential to transform Kentucky’s economy,” says UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “With UK’s Coldstream Campus just two miles from the center and with the nation’s automobile manufacturing base located in Kentucky and surrounding states, there will be great potential to attract and develop new companies. With this center in Kentucky, our state is uniquely positioned to become a national leader in next-generation automobile technology.”

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