Energy Cooperatives to support the National Coal Resources Data System

Grants and Contracts Details


The Applied Petrology Laboratory at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research has been playing a support role in the USGS State Coop program. In particular, we have been conducting petrographic analyses on coals from the World Coal Quality Inventory. Several presentations and published papers (Belkin et al., 2009, 2010; Hower et al., 1996, 1997, 1999, 20002, 2005, 2007, 2009; Ruppert et al., 2005), both by the CAER and by the USGS, have been completed and more are under development. Because we are looking at coals that have rarely, if ever, been studied in this manner, we are seeing petrographic relationships that may provide insight into broader problems in the discipline and into questions about the origin and maturation of coals. We have also provided technical support for the preparation of petrographic pellets for power plant studies. Objectives The CAER Applied Petrology Laboratory will perform petrographic analyses as requested on international and domestic coal samples. In addition to mine samples, we also have experience in analyzing coals and coal-combustion products (fly ash, etc.) from power plants. In some cases, CAER staff could be available for assistance in logistical and field support for power plant studies.
Effective start/end date7/1/106/30/15


  • US Geological Survey: $85,000.00


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