Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces State Funding for Energy Research

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 07, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Move demonstrates the importance of Kentucky’s energy issues

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Governor’s Office of Energy Policy announced today that it will provide $450,511 in funding to the University of Kentucky for energy research projects.  Funding will be awarded to two separate departments at UK.

The Department of Mining Engineering will receive funding for three projects:

  • “Identifying Barriers and Developing Preliminary Solutions to the Extraction of Thin-Seam Coal Resources.”  This project will be headed by Dr. Joseph Sottile.  Total funding is $101,041.
  • “Development and Evaluation of Clay Binders for High Efficiency Fine Coal Recovery by Froth Flotation.”  The project lead is Dr. Daniel Tao.  This is a two-year project with a total award of $99,900.
  • “Improved Energy Efficiency and Economic Recovery of Eastern Kentucky Coal Using a Novel Dry Clean Coal Technology.”  This project will be led by Dr. Rick Honaker.  Total funding is $99,548.

The Center for Applied Energy Research will receive funding for two projects:

  • “High Value Applications for Flue Gas Desulphurization Materials.”  This project is under the leadership of Robert Rathbone, a geologist with the Center.  This is a two-year project with a total award of $102,866.
  • “Feasibility of Capture and Utilization of CO2 from Kentucky Power Plants by Algal Systems.”  The lead researcher for this project is the Center’s Director, Dr. Rodney Andrews.  Total funding is $47,156.

“Energy issues continue to be one of the top priorities of my administration.  With its vast resources, Kentucky can lead the way toward our nation’s energy future,” said Governor Fletcher. “We can use our resources wisely to create value-added, energy-related industries in Kentucky.  And we can do this in an environmentally-protective manner.”

These projects were chosen following an open solicitation for proposals that closed on March 12, 2007. The grants, which will be awarded in May, are targeted at advancing the goals of the Commonwealth’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy.  The document is available at