Welcome back! We are more than halfway through a hot summer season and have maintained a steady pace of activity for our Office. The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has a new name and new vision since July 4th when the Office was officially renamed the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM). We issued three funding opportunity announcements (FOA), announced three award selections totaling a combined $91.5 million, welcomed our Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program fellows for the summer and continued to virtually attend a variety of events on behalf of DOE.
We hope you enjoy catching up on FECM’s recent highlights, so ICYMI, here they are:
Our New Name is also a New Vision
Acting Assistant Secretary Dr. Jennifer Wilcox and Chief of Staff Dr. Shuchi Talati came together and wrote about their new vision and expectations for the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management.
“The Office of Fossil Energy officially added ‘Carbon Management’ to its name as of July 4, 2021. This name change signifies the change in our vision. The Biden-Harris Administration recognizes that to meet our climate goals, we must manage the carbon that comes with legacy and continued use of fossil fuels. Our job is—above all—to limit the climate and environmental impacts of fossil fuels. Adding ‘carbon management’ encompasses this vision fully into our name, so that everyone across DOE, the Federal government and the country has a better understanding of what we do,” said Acting Assistant Secretary Jennifer Wilcox and Chief of Staff Shuchi Talati.
Click here to read the full blog.
FECM issued three award selection announcements totaling nearly $91.5 million:
- May 12, 2021 – Cutting-edge Research for Efficient Hydrogen Gas Turbines ($6.2M)
- May 18, 2021 – Water Management for Thermal Power Generation (~$2M)
- May 28, 2021 – Enhancing the Safety and Security of CO2 Storage (~$4M)
- June 4, 2021 – Improve Flexibility and Reliability of Advanced Power Plant Technology ($5M)
- June 14, 2021 – Explore Benefits of Carbon-Based Building Materials ($1.5M)
- June 15, 2021 – Direct Air Capture Technology ($12M)
- June 23, 2021 – Develop Algae-Based Technologies to Capture Carbon Dioxide for Use in Products ($8M)
- July 7, 2021 – Accelerate Progress in Clean Hydrogen ($52.8M)
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Summer 2021 Fellows
We kicked off welcoming the MLEF Summer 2021 Fellows class with a two-day virtual event on June 7th and June 8th. Dr. Wilcox had the pleasure to speak to the class and wished them a bright future, professionally and personally. Several speakers across DOE, FECM and NETL addressed the incoming class and welcomed them to the organization. This year’s participants will conduct research virtually with several DOE offices and laboratories. The program will conclude in August with a technical forum where participants will present their research findings. Read the full story about the kickoff here.
The MLEF program was created in 1995 by the U.S. Department of Energy
Additional FECM Updates
- May 26, 2021 – Dr. Talati, FECM chief of staff, speaks on carbon capture and storage
- May 28, 2021 – Dr. Wilcox speaks at 12th Annual CEM 2021 in Chile
- June 9, 2021 – Dr. Wilcox joins panel discussion on hydrogen activities and opportunities at DOE
- June 17, 2021 – DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to conduct geographical assessment of natural gas infrastructure and pipeline materials for blended gas transport
- June 17, 2021 – DOE national laboratories investigate subsurface hydrogen storage
- June 24, 2021 – Dr. Wilcox gives remarks at First Asia CCUS Network Forum
- July 15, 2021 – Dr. Wilcox gives keynote speech at CO2 Recycling Webinar at Columbia University
- July 23, 2021 – DOE announces intent to fund direct air capture FEED studies
We hope you enjoyed this quarter’s edition of ICYMI. Thank you for reading and we’ll see you next quarter!