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Jun. 7, ’11 — Jun. 22, ’11
Vince Brisini, of LTI, participated as a member of a panel discussion on particulate matter and mercury measurement and testing for the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO) Technical Focus Group, Environmental & Energy Committee Meetings. He provided a presentation which highlighted perspectives and experiences associated with the installation and operation of continuous emissions monitoring systems as well as emissions testing.
May 24, ’11 — Jun. 22, ’11
Vince Brisini, of LTI, participated in the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO) “Fluidized Bed XXIV Conference” in Hershey, PA. He presented an overview of the Industrial Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule and the proposed Utility MACT rule which affects electric generating units. These two regulatory programs have been identified as potentially resulting in the retirement of approximately 50 GW of coal-fired electric generation and the reduction of US industrial production.
Sep. 15, ’10
The LTI team of Terry Ackman, Bill Partanen and Trixie Rife traveled to Alaska to obtain GIS biomass data and to present the findings of a report prepared by LTI. Funded by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) for the U.S. Coast Guard Stika Air Station, this report assessed biomass fueled central heating on Japonski Island, Sitka, Alaska. The study concluded that although centralized heating was not viable, pelleted wood was an economically attractive and technically feasible alternative as replacement heating systems. The U.S. Coast Guard is proceeding with this alternative.
Aug. 25, ’10 — Aug. 26, ’10
LTI President Robert H. Gentile as well as LTI Senior Policy Advisor Jeff Jarrett (both former Assistant Secretaries for Fossil Energy at DOE) attended the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the U.S.-China Fossil Energy Protocol. The 10th Anniversary meeting focused on the continued strong relationship between the U.S. and China, and the substantial cooperative progress that has been made in the areas of power systems, clean fuels, oil and gas, energy and environmental control systems, and climate science. LTI was one of the key sponsors of the event. Others included American Electric Power, Arch Coal Company and the U.S. Energy Association. The Chinese delegation was lead by Du Zhanyuan, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
Aug. 5, ’10
On August 5, 2010, LTI President Robert H. Gentile announced a sizeable donation of a directional solidification furnace to the Montana State University - Bozeman College of Engineering. This equipment was custom-designed to develop novel crystalline materials for use in solid-state thermoelectric energy conversion systems. Continuing a longstanding working relationship between LTI and MSU, this gift will allow MSU researchers to expand from the design of such energy conversion technologies to the furthered understanding of the fundamental sciences. Energy research is an important focus for MSU, where the solidification machine will provide a valuable asset to both faculty and students.
Jul. 19, ’10 — Jul. 23, ’10
J. P. Dutton assisted the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) with the facilitation of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Officer Coal and Power Training Course. Offered annually, this course introduces rapidly emerging technologies in the coal and power generation sectors and discusses how they are increasing efficiency, reducing emissions and driving down costs. The training course features presented material by experts within the coal and power sectors, as well as site visits to various facilities of interest, such as power plants and mining operations. Through these experiences, foreign service officer participants serving in countries around the globe become better prepared to represent the U.S. government on a wide range of commercial, economic and environmental issues.
Jul. 18, ’10 — Jul. 28, ’10
Christopher Babel and Marco Robles of LTI attended the 2010 Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS 2010) program held in New Mexico and Colorado. RECS is a intensive two fold training program consisting of lectures by international experts in carbon sequestration focusing on topics such as policy, regulation, and technical aspects of carbon capture and storage (CCS); and field activities providing hands on experience within power production, CO2 transport, CO2 storage, and subsurface geologic structures. Each year, the RECS program includes domestic and international graduate students and early-career professionals focusing on CCS deployment. This is the second straight year LTI employees have been selected to participate in the RECS program; Pradeep Indrakanti of LTI attended RECS 2009.
May 4, ’10 — May 6, ’10
John Huston of LTI participated in the Interagency Advanced Power Group (IAPG) combined working group meeting May 4-6, 2010 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. He presented an overview of electrical power systems for advanced fossil energy plants including carbon capture and storage. This presentation was the result of work conducted in support of the Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy.
Oct. 13, ’09
LTI President Robert H. Gentile accepted the Recognition Award from the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) during the recent CSLF 3rd Ministerial meeting in London, UK. CSLF awarded this honor to the research team of LTI, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences for its work in quantifying the potential for future large-scale carbon capture and storage deployment within China. Contrary to prior opinion regarding geologic storage in China, this five-year effort shows that a great potential exists for the economical storage of CO2 throughout China.
Oct. 11, ’09 — Oct. 14, ’09
On behalf of the U.S. Carbon Sequestration Council (USCSC), LTI’s J. P. Dutton attended the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s (CSLF) 3rd Ministerial Meeting in London. Mr. Dutton participated as a U.S. stakeholder in the CSLF, providing the USCSC view on carbon capture and storage (CCS) issues. The USCSC is a non-profit coalition made up of nationally and internationally renowned experts in CCS technologies and policy.
Oct. 11, ’09 — Oct. 14, ’09
Jeff Jarrett and Christopher Babel of LTI attended the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s (CSLF) 3rd Ministerial Meeting in London. In support of the CSLF Secretariat, Mr. Jarrett was instrumental in developing the capacity building work plan and the ministerial communiqué, that was signed by energy and environmental ministers to endorse carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies as a key component of international plans to combat global climate change. In addition to various Secretariat requests, Mr. Jarrett and Mr. Babel also assisted the Academic, Capacity Building, and Finance Task Forces, as well as the Policy and Technical committees.
Sep. 30, ’09
LTI President Robert Gentile and LTI’s James Ekmann participated in the U.S. Carbon Sequestration Council's Carbon Storage Training Seminar in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Gentile chaired the CCS Issues Panel, comprised of individuals from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the Wyoming State Geological Survey, and Battelle. Mr. Ekmann made a presentation entitled "Financial Risk." Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Energy Association (USEA), the Seminar was well attended by senior managers from the State government of Ohio who were the target audience for the event.
Sep. 21, ’09
Pradeep Indrakanti of LTI co-chaired a session on Carbon Management at the Pittsburgh Coal Conference on September 21, 2009. The sessions covered pre-combustion capture of CO2, post-combustion capture of CO2 and the geological sequestration of CO2. Session 3 focused on the pre-combustion capture of CO2 using membranes and adsorbents. The session consisted of talks on topics ranging from materials syntheses and testing at the lab-scale to pilot scale demonstrations and process modeling of advanced separation technologies.
Jul. 19, ’09 — Jul. 29, ’09
From July 19 – 29, 2009, Pradeep Indrakanti of LTI attended the Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) 2009. RECS is a training program for early-career professionals and graduate students with backgrounds in earth science, engineering or carbon capture and storage (CCS) disciplines. The program included site visits to an enhanced coal bed methane (ECBM) CO2 injection pilot near Farmington, NM managed by the Southwest Regional Partnership on carbon sequestration (SWP), a 1800 MW mine head power plant near Farmington (PNM San Juan Generating Station) burning sub-bituminous coal, and a prominent geological feature close to the power plant (the Hogback monocline) to map surface fractures and understand the effects of fracture orientation on subsurface flow and CO2 migration.
Jun. 29, ’09
On behalf of the U.S. Carbon Sequestration Council (USCSC), LTI’s J. P. Dutton attended the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s (CSLF) Policy Group business meeting in San Francisco, CA. Participating as a U.S. stakeholder in the CSLF, Mr. Dutton made a presentation to the Group on the recent work of the Council, particularly in regards to capacity building. The USCSC is a non-profit coalition made up of nationally and internationally renowned experts in CCS technologies and policy.
Jun. 4, ’09
On Thursday June 4, 2009 Eric Lopert of LTI attended the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists 2Q09 Open Meeting. An Introduction to Geologic Sequestration and a Summary of Pennsylvania's Involvement was presented by Kristin M. Carter, P.G. and Dr. John A. Carter, P.G. Kristin M. Carter, P.G is the Chief of the Carbon Sequestration Section (formerly the Oil, Gas, and Subsurface Geology Section) of PA DCNR's Bureau of Topographic & Geologic Survey in Pittsburgh, PA. and Dr. John A. Carter, P.G. serves as Chief of the Geologic Resources Division of PA DCNR’s Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey. Mr. Lopert specializes in GIS as related to environmental issues including carbon capture and storage.
May 12, ’09 — May 14, ’09
LTI’s James Ekmann participated in the 2009 Electric Power Conference May 12-14 in Rosemont, Illinois. Jim serves on the Advisory Committee for the Electric Power Conferences. For the past several years he has served as a chair of the Power Industry Trends strategic track, along with William Paschal, Chief Engineer at Sargent & Lundy. This track identifies and provides a forum for discussing the long-term trends that will impact all facets of the power sector over the next 5 to 15 years. This year, sessions touched on converging financial and regulatory trends (pending climate legislation), supply chain stresses and workforce constraints, emerging transmission and generating technologies impacts on demand response, reserve margins and reliability, and finally issues in making the rate case. Details may be found at www.electricpowerexpo.com/pdf/ep2009-confprogram.pdf .
Mar. 23, ’09
LTI's John Winslow and Ed Schmetz presented a Direct Coal Liquefaction (DCL) technology and background overview seminar at the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, West Virginia. The DCL training course was developed to refresh and educate DOE employees on earlier, as well as current DCL technologies being developed domestically and internationally. LTI provided comments and thoughts on what additional DCL design and research information would be useful. The presentation is located on the following NETL website link: Direct Coal Liquefaction Training Seminar
Dec. 1, ’08 — Dec. 5, ’08
On December 1-5, a team from LTI presented a workshop on Acid Mine Drainage for mining professionals in Criciuma, Santa Catarina, Brazil. This work was conducted under the auspices of an Memorandum of Understanding between the US and Brazilian Governments.
Nov. 16, ’08 — Nov. 20, ’08
LTI's President Robert Gentile along with LTI's James Ekmann and Christopher Babel participated in The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum's 6th Capacity Building in Emerging Economies Workshop in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gentile and Mr. Babel organized and implemented the Workshop on behalf of the CSLF Secretariat. Mr. Gentile opened the Workshop with a presentation on the World Energy Outlook 2008 and the current status of CCS projects worldwide. Mr. Ekmann closed the Workshop with a presentation entitled "Understanding All Risks Associated with Carbon Capture and Storage." The Workshop occurred simultaneously with the 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-9) where CSLF trainees followed either a technical or policy oriented tract throughout the GHGT-9 conference. Conference topics focused on new and existing CCS technologies, legal and regulatory issues, project economics, and integrated CCS systems.
Nov. 6, ’08 — Nov. 7, ’08
On November 6-7, 2008 LTI CEO Robert Gentile attended a meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris. Mr. Gentile is a member of the IEA's Coal Industry Advisory Board
Nov. 2, ’08
On December 2, 2008 LTI CEO Robert Gentile, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Washington Coal Club, presented the Senator Jennings Randolph Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. C Lowell Miller.
Sep. 30, ’08 — Oct. 2, ’08
The 25th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. LTI’s Jim Ekmann and Bob Dolence co-authored a paper titled “Energy Project Risk Amidst Climate Change Regulatory Uncertainty.” This conference focused on environmental emissions issues and technologies surrounding the continued use of coal and the development of future coal-based energy plants to achieve near-zero emissions of pollutants, reduced costs, and high thermal efficiency to meet future energy market needs. Mr. Ekmann presented the paper at the conference. Given the continued debate on how to manage carbon emissions, the LTI paper was well received by the international audience. For further information, the authors may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Sep. 9, ’08 — Sep. 12, ’08
On behalf of the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, LTI’s President, Robert H. Gentile, and LTI's Christopher Babel participated in The 2nd Petrobras International Seminar on CO2 Capture and Geological Storage in Salvador, Brazil. The conference focused on various challenges impeding geologic carbon storage throughout the world. Conference topics focused on existing and potential carbon dioxide capture, transportation, & storage technologies, as well as a variety of issues including international legal & regulatory perspectives. The conference was attended by over 200.
Sep. 8, ’08 — Sep. 9, ’08
LTI’s President Robert H. Gentile along with LTI's James Ekmann and Christopher Babel participated in The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum's 5th Capacity Building in Emerging Economies Workshop in Salvador, Brazil. Mr. Gentile organized and implemented the Workshop on behalf of the CSLF Secretariat. Mr. Ekmann made a presentation entitled "Understanding Risks Associated with Deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage" and Mr. Babel provided technical support at the workshop. Experts from around the world presented on a range of topics including carbon capture R&D developments, carbon storage trapping mechanisms, geologic & policy risk analysis, and measurement, monitoring, and verification (MMV).
Aug. 15, ’08 — Aug. 16, ’08
Texas Hydrogen Roadmap Workshop
On August 19, 2008 John Winslow of LTI participated in a hydrogen workshop at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) in The Woodlands, Texas. The workshop was sponsored by HARC, the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Texas H2 Coalition. The Coalition's mission is to " promote the role of hydrogen in the Texas energy value chain through accelerating the development of hydrogen production and distribution technologies and fostering their utilization in mobile, commercial and consumer applications." The workshop drew approximately 40 senior managment and technical personnel from academia, industry and local state and federal government offices. John participated in one of three breakout sessions in which input was provided to guide the preparation of the Texas Hydrogen Rroadmap. When the roadmap is made final, it will provide recommendations to facilitate the production and use of hy drogen in Texas. It could aslo provide a template for other states wanting to introduce hydrogen into their local economies.
Apr. 14, ’08 — Apr. 18, ’08
LTI has successfully completed a 750 gallon waste vegetable oil (WVO) filtration test using a proprietary system jointly developed by LTI and partner Filtroil, Inc. The test verified that the filtration system could clean WVO to particle count levels consistent with commercially available diesel fuel. The fully automated filtration system was also demonstrated to achieve economically competitive operating costs, which enables WVO to be effectively used as a fuel for power generation in a variety of applications. This filtration system is being jointly marketed by B3 Energy and Filtroil, Inc.
Mar. 3, ’08 — Mar. 4, ’08
On behalf of the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, LTI's Christopher Babel attended The Edison Foundation's Carbon Capture and Storage: Key Issues and Challenges conference in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on technical and non-technical challenges facing the implementation of carbon capture technologies in the U.S. Conference speakers included current member of the U.S. Congress House of Representatives and Senate, Federal agencies, industry, and academia. Topics included retrofitting and engineering challenges, storage potential, current CCS projects, surface and underground property rights, project financing and insurance, regulatory frameworks, and various other topics.
Jan. 31, ’08
Joel Lindstrom of LTI’s Bozeman, Montana office attended the U.S. Air Force’s Coal-to-Liquid Enhanced Use Lease Industry Forum at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana on January 31, 2008. The objective of this forum was to inform potential business partners of a Coal-to-Liquid (CTL) development opportunity at the Malmstrom Air Force Base. LTI participated in the forum at the request of Dan Cicero Hydrogen and Synthesis Gas Technology Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.