DoE dishes out energy funding

THE United States Department of Energy has selected six institutions to receive grants for energy research through its Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions program.

Angie Tomlinson

The research projects, which will receive grants ranging from $US20,000 to $US200,000, will give students hands-on experience in developing technologies to promote the efficient and environmentally safe use of coal, oil, and natural gas.

Among those universities receiving funding was Virginia’s Hampton University, which will look at converting carbon monoxide and hydrogen derived from fossil fuels into a wide variety of products for industrial use.

Morgan State University will develop laser instrumentation for monitoring the flow of solids in coal-fired boilers.

North Carolina A&T State University will build on recent nanotechnology advances to further develop oxygen-selective membrane materials for the production of high-grade, oxygen-rich gas streams suitable for use in coal combustion and gasification.