The Institute for Clean and Secure Energy (ICSE) grew from a long tradition of combustion research at the University of Utah beginning in the 1950s and continuing to today’s level of over 120 faculty, staff, and students. ICSE formed from the combination of several strong research programs that focused on combustion simulation, analysis, and experiments. In 2004, the University of Utah officially recognized ICSE as a permanent institute.
The mission of ICSE is education through interdisciplinary research on high-temperature fuel utilization processes for energy generation, and associated environmental, health, policy, and performance issues.
ICSE employs an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to the study of energy, combustion and high-temperature fuel-utilization processes by combining hands-on experimental work with analytical tools and simulation. This approach enables ICSE to develop predictive tools for these highly complex processes, which span multiple scales of time and space. ICSE has the resources and expertise to address and improve the understanding of these processes, which are often associated with applied systems and industrial applications.
Currently, ICSE resources are divided into four complementary, interconnecting groups: experimental, analytical, simulation, and policy.
Experimental. The objectives of the experimental group are threefold: (1) acquiring kinetic insights into important high-temperature processes; (2) providing high-quality data for model validation; and, (3) addressing industrial applications, such as development and testing of oxy-combustion systems.
Analytical. The analytical group combines optical diagnostics, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance capabilities, and a variety of instrumentation for measuring emissions and properties of materials in combustion, gasification, and ambient environments.
Simulation. The major objectives of the simulation group are: (1) developing predictive tools for highly turbulent, multiphase, reacting flows which are applied to industrial systems such as coal-fired boilers, industrial flares, and pool fires; and (2) providing insights into the coupling between fluid dynamics and chemical reaction.
Policy. The primary objective of the policy group is to evaluate the numerous legal, environmental, and economic issues relevant to ongoing coal, oil shale, and oil sands development efforts.