University of Pittsburgh
December 2, 2004

Pitt Showcases Emerging Energy Innovations Dec. 9

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—From devising more efficient and cleaner uses of such old-time energy sources as coal to developing futuristic nanotech solutions for storing hydrogen, University of Pittsburgh researchers will demonstrate some of the cutting-edge energy solutions in progress at Pitt during "The Energy Event: A Pitt Showcase of Energy Innovation" on Thursday, Dec. 9, on the 5th floor of Alumni Hall, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but advance registration is recommended.

Hosted by Pitt's Office of the Provost and its Technology Commercialization Alliance, "The Energy Event" features a reception and poster presentations by the researchers.

"This promises to be an exciting, informative, and extremely timely event, showcasing the wide range of important, energy-related technology being developed at the University," said George Klinzing, vice provost for research at Pitt. "We hope the event encourages greater interaction and collaboration among research faculty, students, industry, and the investor community and ultimately fosters commercial innovation and academic entrepreneurship at Pitt."

In addition to the aforementioned coal and hydrogen storage efforts, research and development projects that will be highlighted during "The Energy Event" include:

• catalytic production of hydrogen from methanol;

• carbon dioxide additives for enhanced oil recovery;

• radio frequency-based energy harvesting, scavenging, and collecting;

• heat integration for catalytic fuel processing; and

• gas hydrate recovery methods for deposits in the deep ocean.

To register or for more detailed information about the event or the research being featured, contact Dan Bates at 412-624-4474.