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PEER's Missions

Establish new collaborations in Energy and Environmental Research between various groups in different divisions with leading academic and industrial partners;

Develop efficient yet 'green' fossil energy technologies (both upstream and downstream production applications)

Develop novel technologies to enhance effective renewable energy productions

Accelerate technology transfer to applications by industry

Create an expanded and integrated academic curriculum for the training of future scientists and engineers in Energy and Environmental technologies.

PEER is a spinned-off institute from Power, Environmental & Research Center (PEER) at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). During the past 9 years, the PEER center has conduced a series of peer-reviewed research projects funded by the US government, including 8 Department of Energy (DOE) grants that encompass a breadth of topics, with an overall theme of using in concert advanced, fundamental, experimental and theoretical chemical sciences to provide new energy and environmental technologies. The objectives of these projects involve creating entirely new technologies to

(1) locate additional oil reserves;

(2) increase the recovery efficiency from existing subsurface hydrocarbon reserviors;

(3) improve the quality of produced hydrocarbons;

(4) improve the environmental conservation.

In addition, the PEER center has substantial industrial funding from and collaboration with 11 (world wide petroleum companies, a large fraction of the total) in areas ranging from

1) prevention of undesirable solids (wax, asphaltenes, gas hydrates) forming in deep ocean pipelines,

2) more efficient methods to simulate and predict hydrocarbon recovery strategies in operating fields,

3) predict subsurface natural gas quality (distribution of the undesirable H2S and CO2, in reservoirs), and

4) modeling of CH activation for conversion of remote gas resources to easy to transport liquids. PEER also has established collaborative efforts with local agencies such as the LA Water District (regarding bio-processing issues).