New collaboration explores use of alternative fuels in cement manufacturing

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. announced today a collaboration agreement with the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) at Columbia University and City College of New York in which EEC will conduct a year-long study of the life cycle effects of using alternative fuels in cement manufacturing. This study will result in a better understanding of the role that alternative fuels play in society and the environment.

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Announcement in Ceramic Tech Today.

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Paper Accepted to I&ECR

Hydrate Dissociation EfficiencyGarrett Fitzgerald and Marco J. Castaldi recently published a paper “Thermal Stimulation Based Methane Production from Hydrate Bearing Quartz Sediment” in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.  The research investigates the effect of methane hydrate saturation and point source heating rate on methane production.  This study contributes to the development of gas hydrate production methods which could provide a significant unconventional source of natural gas.

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CCL to co-sponsor sessions at 32nd Annual IT3/HWC Conference

IT3For the first time, CCL, in collaboration with the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) and the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT), will be co-sponsoring sessions at the 32nd International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3/HWC).  The conference will take place on October 21-23, 2013 in San Antonio, TX.

IT3/HWC, a thermal treatment conference, provides a forum for the discussion of state of the art technical information, regulations, and public policy on thermal treatment technologies and their relationship to air emissions, greenhouse gases, climate change, renewable energy or alternative energy production, and sustainability.  Beginning this year, the IT3/HWC conference will be co-located in odd years in partnership with WTERT and the Materials and Energy Recovery Division (MER) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Call for Abstracts for the 2013 conference is now open!  Submit your abstract by May 1, 2013 here.

CCL Member Garrett Fitzgerald featured in The Washington Post

SolarJourneyPanels_WP“After superstorm Sandy hammered New York, Fitzgerald and van Haaren — who originally built their solar panels for a campaign to raise awareness about green energy — decided to take their rig out of storage and to Rockaway Beach, which was hit hard by the storm. They settled their solar panels in a lot behind St. Gertrude’s church, which lost power during the storm.”

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Jeffrey LeBlanc selected to attend 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program

arpaeJeffrey LeBlanc was selected to attend the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program in Washington D.C. February 25-27th.  The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is the premier event dedicated to transformative energy solutions. This unique event brings together thought leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and facilitate relationships to help move technologies into the marketplace. The 70 graduate-level students selected to participate in the Student Program have the opportunity to attend the Summit, participate in additional student-focused panel sessions, and network with corporate recruiters. One opportunity is for graduate students to network with companies looking for new talent and for companies to meet the next generation of energy leaders.

Solar Journey Project led by CCL member Garrett Fitzgerald

Garrett Fitzgerald, CCL member, and Rob van Haaren, a doctoral student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, are planning an epic trip across the country to demonstrate how solar energy can be used to power electric vehicles.  Check out their website to learn more about solar power, electric cars, and how they plan to travel across the country!