FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS RESEARCH AT THE CENTER FOR APPLIED ENERGY RESEARCH










Contact: Burt Davis, Associate Research Director
Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), UK
2540 Research Park Drive
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: 859-257-0251
Email: davis@caer.uky.edu


Objective

To conduct a program that interfaces the aspects of academic and industrial research that relates catalyst composition and operating parameters to catalyst productivity and selectivity.

Funding

The CAER Fischer-Tropsch funding for 1999 was obtained from U.S. DOE, industry and Kentucky. The amount in, rounded numbers, is divided as follows:

U.S. DOE$1,500,000
        To CAER$1,000,000
        To U. California, Berkeley$300,000
Commonwealth of Kentucky$500,000
Industry$600,000

Within the CAER laboratory the funding for 1999 is (the number in parenthesis is a percentage):

U.S. DOE$1,000,000   (48%)
Kentucky$500,000   (24%)
Industry$600,000   (28%)

Thus, the U.S. DOE funding is equally matched by the Kentucky and industrial fuding for proprietary work.

The industrial funding is distributed as shown below:

Company A$100,000
Company B$70,000
Company C$105,000
Company D$25,000
Company E$70,000
Company F$75,000
United Catalyst Inc.$50,000
TOTAL$495,000

The proprietary work that is conducted for industry is specific to a particular application that falls within the range of process conditions of interest to the company. Much of the industrial work falls within the DOE/Kentucky funded portion of the CAER Fischer-Tropsch program.

In summary, the industrial participation in the CAER Fischer-Tropsch program demonstrates the need for the public portion of the research and the validity of the current research work plan.

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