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Odyssey "Green Energy" feature on ethanol, biofuel, bio-oil, coal-sawdust briquettes, and solar cells

Odyssey "Coal: Breaking Oil's Chokehold" feature on Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, membrane hydrogen separation, improved catalysts for hydrogen production, and carbon sequestration

UK Renewable Energy Initiative

Scott Shearer standing in fieldRenewable Energy Research Focus Areas at UK


Energy-Related Research Projects

The University of Kentucky has almost 200 active projects directly related to energy or funded by the Department of Energy. These projects are headed by more than 100 investigators from many different parts of the university, including the Center for Applied Energy Research, the Kentucky Geological Survey, and the Colleges of Engineering, Agriculture, Business and Economics, and Arts and Sciences. These projects total over $50 million in current funding from federal (~$25M), state (~$10M), and industrial/other sponsors (~$15M). 

UK's 2007 energy-related projects (Excel)

UK Renewables Research Organizations


UK Outreach/Education Renewable Energy Links


Kentucky Renewable Energy Links

  • Governor's Office of Energy Policy - oversees the implementation of Kentucky's comprehensive energy strategy (Kentucky's Energy: Opportunities for our Future)
  • Kentucky Rural Energy Consortium (KREC) - supports, coordinates, promotes and advances research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, practices and outreach activities of importance to Kentucky agriculture, rural communities and related industries
  • Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) - was created to invest in research and development activity to promote innovation and build a pipeline of new ideas and technologies that could add value to the scientific and economic growth in the Commonwealth


U.S. Government Biofuels/Renewables Links

  • Bioenergy Feedstock Information Network (BFIN) - a gateway to a wealth of biomass feedstock information resources from the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and other research organizations
  • DOE - U.S. Department of Energy - advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the United States and promoting scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission
  • DOE: Alternative Fuels Data Center - more than 3,000 documents in its database and alternative fuel information and links. This site also includes a news feature with up-to-date articles as well as a news archive
  • DOE: Bioenergy - includes major programs for developing and improving technology for biomass power; for making biofuels such as ethanol (from biomass residues as well as grain) and renewable diesel; and for making plastics and chemicals from renewable, biobased materials
  • DOE: Biomass Program - develops technology for conversion of biomass (plant-derived material) to valuable fuels, chemicals, materials and power, so as to reduce dependence on foreign oil and foster growth of biorefineries
  • DOE: FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program - developing more energy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum.
  • DOE: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) - the only U.S. national laboratory devoted to fossil energy research, NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development (R&D) programs
  • Energy Information Administration (EIA) - a statistical agency in the U.S. Department of Energy created by Congress in 1977 to develop data and analyses that help people understand energy issues
  • EPA: Renewable Fuel Standard Program - United States Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for promulgating regulations to ensure that gasoline sold in the United States contains a minimum volume of renewable fuel
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory - NREL's research and development of renewable fuels and electricity that advance national energy goals to change the way we power our homes, businesses, and cars
  • ORNL: Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center - at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that specializes in detailed characterization of internal combustion engine emissions and efficiency
  • ORNL: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program - at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that develops sustainable energy resources to create a cleaner environment and stronger economy; expands energy applications in production and use
  • USDA - Biofuels Research - United States Department of Agriculture biofuels research
  • U.S. Department of Transportation - ensures fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets US vital national interests
  • White House- In focus: Energy - this White House site includes articles and speeches from several government officials


Biofuels/Renewables Links - General

  • American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) - works to bring all forms of renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy and lifestyle by focusing on trade, finance and policy; ACORE promotes all renewable energy options for the production of electricity, hydrogen, fuels and end-use energy
  • Clean Energy States Alliance - federally funded research centers in designated states; a nonprofit organization that provides information and technical services to its members and works with them to build and expand clean energy markets in the United States
  • Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Energy - CARE-Energy was formed in 2000 to build support for a comprehensive and balanced energy policy that not only implements energy conservation and efficiency measures, but that also enables the country to better meet the increasing demand for energy through use of diverse domestic energy resources, such as oil, natural gas, renewable and alternative fuels, nuclear power, and especially coal
  • Coordinating Research Council - CRC is a non-profit organization that directs, through committee action, engineering and environmental studies on the interaction between automotive equipment and petroleum products
  • Council of Great Lakes Governors Biomass Initiative - to encourage greater production and use of biomass for energy generation. Biomass includes wood, crop residues, municipal waste, and other organic materials. Biomass can be converted for power production and transportation fuels including ethanol and biodiesel
  • DieselNet - Online information service on clean diesel engines and diesel emissions
  • Frontline BioEnergy - provides a more in-depth outline of the direct and indirect gasification process
  • Interstate Renewable Energy Council - resources for schools considering going solar and for schools that have made the leap
  • National Biodiesel Board - The NBB is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for research and development in the United States
  • North Carolina Solar Center - provides information about solar homes and applications of solar technology
  • Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) - the largest regional energy association in the United States
  • Southeastern Regional Biomass Partnership (SERBP) - a part of the Southern States Energy Board that encourages economic development through public/private partnerships that demonstrate bioenergy technology applications
  • Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (SAAESD) - encourages collaboration among agricultural scientists in the South as well as inform the funders of agricultural research about research priorities and impacts
  • Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) - an interstate compact organization comprised of 16 states and two territories, whose members are governors, state legislators, and a federal representative appointed by the U.S. President. SSEB's member governors and legislators stand ready to support policy initiatives and recommendations of the study group
  • Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) - a science and technology research and development organization created from a consortium of over sixty universities across the US which promotes initiatives in nuclear physics, information technologies, and coastal research
  • Sun Grant Initiative - a national program established to create new solutions (like biomass) for America's energy needs and to revitalize rural communities by working with land-grant universities and their federal and state laboratory partners on research, education, and extension programs
  • Western Governors Biomass Initiative - promoting the increased use of bioenergy and biobased products through the conversion of biomass residuals from forest health projects and commercial agriculture

University of Kentucky - UK Research
Updated 9.17.07 by Alicia Gregory

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