Summer is officially here, and in the second quarter of 2019, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has been involved in a range of exciting projects and activities. We have made many commendable recognitions, welcomed the 24th class of the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program, launched a brand new Appalachian Petrochemical Renaissance infographic, issued 10 funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) totaling $177.75 million, and made $63.1 million project selections under 4 FOAs.

ICYMI, we hope you enjoy catching up on some of FE’s most recently highlights:

Congratulations to Kimberly Rasar, Kenneth Vincent, and Angelos Kokkinos

Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of Operations Kimberly Rasar and Chief of Staff Kenneth Vincent received Gears of Government Awards.

Gears of Government Awards

Kicking off in mid-April, FE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of Operations Kimberly Rasar and Chief of Staff Kenneth Vincent received Gears of Government Awards for their outstanding performance. Kimberly received her award for her efforts in modernizing FE’s management, IT, and workforce practices to better align with industry best practices. Ken received his award for his work leading a strategic review of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, to make needed improvements that would ensure it could continue to protect the country from energy supply disruptions. Read more here.

Equity in Energy

A few weeks later, DAS Rasar also took part in the inaugural launch of Equity in Energy, which is an initiative designed to include and expand the participation of individuals in underserved communities. In her panel discussion, ‘Department of Energy Program Leadership Overview,’ Kimberly aligned FE’s commitment to Equity in Energy with its strategic goals. Read more here.

Distinguished Achievement Award

FE’s Associate DAS Angelos Kokkinos held the honor of being the first recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Fuel Science and Energy Engineering, which was issued by his alma mater, Penn State University. Angelos was commended for his 40 years of work in important energy technologies, including coal power generation and emissions control, as well as solar power generation. Read more here.

Welcome 2019 MLEF Program Participants

With much enthusiasm, FE was pleased to help welcome the 24th MLEF program. The kick-off event was held at the DOE headquarters in the Forrestal Building. This year’s program participants include 50 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students representing 40 universities from 20 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

Energy Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette represented DOE leadership at the event by welcoming the MLEF program fellows and congratulating them on their selections. Read more here.

BRAND NEW Infographic!

In June, FE launched its brand new Appalachian Petrochemical Renaissance infographic. Be sure to find out what petrochemicals are and where they come from, why they are important, the benefits of an Appalachian petrochemical renaissance, and more. Find the infographic here!

News Updates

As a featured news highlight, DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory announced a joint agreement with ExxonMobil. Over ten years, ExxonMobil will invest up to $100 million in the two DOE Laboratories to advance lower-emissions energy technologies that could be brought to commercial scale. This agreement exemplifies DOE’s commitment to cross-cutting, result-driven research initiatives. Read more here.  

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In the second quarter of this year, FE issued 10 FOAs totaling $177.75 million:

  • DE-FOA-0001996 – $22 million for Advancing Steam Turbine Performance for Coal Boilers (April 10, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0001931 – $1.95 million for Coal-Based Power Plants of the Future (April 12, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0001998 – $4.8 million for Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface (April 10, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0002001– $14.5 million for Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants (April 10, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0002002 – $26 million for Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants (April 10, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0002003 – $20 million for Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from Coal-Based Resources (April 10, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0002005 – $15 million for Advanced Subsea Systems Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Capabilities for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in Offshore Wells (April 16, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0002006 – $24 million for Advanced Natural Gas Infrastructure Technology Development (April 16, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0002004 – $5 million for Low Cost, Efficient Treatment Technologies for Produced Water (May 13, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0001990 – $44.5 million for Advanced Technologies for Recovery of Unconventional Oil & Gas Resources (June 26, 2019)

FOA Selections

Under 4 FOAs, FE made selections for projects to receive $63.1 million of funding:

  • DE-FOA-0001991 – $4 million for University Training and Research for Fossil Energy Applications (May 22, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0001989 – $39 million for Improving Efficiency, Reliability, and Flexibility of Existing Coal-Based Power Plants (June 10, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0001993 – $5.4 million for University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) (June 20, 2019)
  • DE-FOA-0001788 – $14.7 million for Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots (July 9, 2019)

We hope you enjoyed this quarter’s edition of ICYMI. Thank you for reading!