Project No: FC26-08NT43293
Performer: University of Wyoming Research Corporation

Robert Romanosky
Crosscutting Research Technology Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
P.O. Box 880
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Vito Cedro
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
626 Cochrans Mill Road
P.O. Box 10940
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940

Vijay Sethi
Principal Investigator
Western Research Institute
365 North 9th Street
Laramie, WY 82072

Award Date:  05/15/2008
Project Date:  12/31/2013

DOE Share: $17,217,462.00
Performer Share: $4,298,115.00
Total Award Value: $21,515,577.00

Performer website: University of Wyoming Research Corporation -

Crosscutting Research - Plant Optimization Technologies

DOE-WRI Cooperative Research and Development Program for Fossil Energy-Related Resources

Project Description

This joint project between the DOE NETL and WRI program focuses on the following key areas:

Program Background and Project Benefits

Our nation’s demand for cleaner and more efficient fossil energy production will increase during the coming decades, necessitating the development of new energy technologies to achieve energy independence in an environmentally responsible manner.

The University of Wyoming (UW) Research Corporation’s Western Research Institute (WRI) has been supporting the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and its mission of developing fossil energy and related environmental technologies for over two decades. Federal funding for these research efforts has usually been provided through congressionally mandated cooperative agreements, with cost share funding and project oversight provided by the DOE’s National Energy Technology aboratory (NETL). For this purpose, there were two types of cooperative agreements: the Base Program, which was fully funded by federal money, and the Jointly Sponsored Research (JSR) Program, which required at least 50 percent cost-sharing by non-federal sources.

As a follow-on to these two cooperative research and development (R&D) programs that were completed in fiscal year 2008, NETL awarded a new five-year program requiring 20 percent cost-sharing to WRI to support the performance of fossil energy R&D.

WRI is a not-for-profit research and technology development organization that is developing coal utilization technologies of the future, providing support to the coal and utility industries in Wyoming, and delivering research and technology services to the oil and gas industry.

This WRI project will advance technologies for:

Goal and Objectives

The goal of the WRI cooperative R&D program is to develop, commercialize, and deploy technologies of value to the nation’s fossil fuel and renewable energy industries. The overall objective is to conduct both fundamental and applied research that will assist industry in developing, deploying, and commercializing efficient, nonpolluting fossil energy technologies that can compete effectively in meeting requirements for clean fuels, chemical feedstocks, electricity, and water resources in the 21st century.

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