Gifty Acquah places 2nd in IGERT Trainee poster competition

Posted in News on August 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Gifty Acquah, doctoral student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, placed 2nd out of 30 in a poster competition for IGERT Trainees at a Workshop on Energy, Transportation, and Water Infrastructure at Iowa State University. Acquah is a trainee with the Auburn IGERT project “Integrated Biorefining for Sustainable Production of Fuels and Chemicals,” headed by Mario Eden, associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Acquah’s advisor Brian Via, assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and director of the Forest Products Development Center, is also affiliated with this IGERT project.

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October 26 Seminar:
Tom Johnson — Renewable Power
R&D at Southern Company

Posted in News on October 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Reception 3:30 — 4:00 pm 201 Corley
Presentation 4:00 — 5:00 pm at 307 Corley

Southern Company has been actively exploring different renewable sources such as biomass, solar, wind, and hydro to reduce the reliance on fossil-based sources and greenhouse gas emissions. In Texas, Southern Company has constructed one of the largest 100 percent biomass plants in the nation. The 100-megawatt Nacogdoches Generating Facility will serve the city of Austin for 20 years. The company is also evaluating the conversion of existing plants in the Southeast from coal to biomass after years of successful power plant testing. The company recently formed a partnership with Turner Renewable Energy, owned by business leader and environmentalist Ted Turner, to pursue development of renewable energy projects in the U.S. Initially, the company will focus on developing and investing in large-scale solar projects in the Southwest, where solar resources are currently more cost efficient, with the goal of further commercializing the technology and making it more cost-competitive. Other several activities to use wind and hydro for energy production are ongoing within the Southern Company. In this presentation, experience with biomass co-firing in selected pulverized coal units will be discussed with particular regard to impacts on pulverized coal boiler fuel handling, feeding, boiler efficiency, emissions, and economics. The technology and preliminary study results from Nacogdoches Generating Facility will also be discussed. Further, a number of other renewable energy projects, and lessons learned from them will be shared.

IGERT Kick-off Meeting

Posted in News on September 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Our informal kick-off meeting will take place Wednesday, September 19 at 4:00 PM in the Dixon Conference Room 3315, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive (parking deck on the corner of Duncan and Lem Morrison).

PIs will give an introduction and overview of the project and the first cohort of IGERT trainees will give brief introductions of their research projects.

Please contact Brennen Reece if you have any questions.




Auburn awarded $3M IGERT grant from National Science Foundation

Posted in News on October 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

From Left: Tom Gallagher (AU Forestry and Wildlife Sciences), Mario Eden (AU Chemical Engineering), PK Raju (AU Mechanical Engineering), Steve Taylor (Biosystems Engineering and director of the Auburn University Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts), Chris Roberts (AU Chemical Engineering)

Auburn University has been awarded a $3 million, 5-year grant entitled “IGERT: Integrated Biorefining for Sustainable Production of Fuels and Chemicals” by the National Science Foundation. This is the first Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) project awarded to Auburn University.

The AU-IGERT program is an innovative graduate education and research experience that will train a new generation of scientists and engineers to address the multifaceted challenges in the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. The program provides a unique opportunity to more than 30 PhD students to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and technical expertise, communicate with industry, and to develop professional and leadership skills while working on projects of global significance. Graduates of the program will gain a sense of social responsibility for developing innovative, sustainable future energy solutions.

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