Led by Pennsylvania State University, the coalition will closely examine carbon storage and management, natural gas infrastructure, and coal conversion.

The other schools involved are Princeton University, Texas A&M, the University of Kentucky, the University of Southern California, the University of Tulsa, and Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

The goal of the coalition members will be to research five core competency areas: geological and environmental systems; materials engineering and manufacturing; energy conversion engineering and development of transformational technologies; systems engineering and analysis for advanced energy systems; and computational science and engineering integration of experimental data and engineering analyses.

UW College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Dean Michael Pishko said the group, and its regulatory support, will certainly benefit his state’s oil, gas and coal industries.

“Leveraging investments made by the state in energy research has allowed the CEAS to build strength in critical research and technology areas required by [these] industries,” he said. “We are grateful for this support from the legislature and the confidence placed in our researchers working on clean-energy solutions. We look forward to working with our colleagues in this consortium to help develop new and high-impact technologies to serve our nation’s economy.”