CREST Bioenergy center collaborations

Key partnerships with other universities/colleges include SUNY-Stony Brook (funded by CREST supplement) and Louisiana Tech. Key partnerships with national laboratories include Argonne National Lab (equipment access), Oak Ridge National Lab (equipment access), and National Renewable Energy Lab. Collaborations with industry include RTI (co-hosting the 2016 TCS conference, student and faculty internship opportunities) and Southern Research (student internships).

CREST Bioenergy center collaboration with XSEDE

The main research area in Thrust Area I of the NSF CREST Bioenergy Center at NC A&T State University ( is “High-Quality Synthesis Gas production via Biomass Gasification”.

Development of a Biomass Gasification Unit with its unique geometry and technical characteristics requires careful design and analysis of its operational conditions. Modern research tools such as MFIX open source code allow numerical simulation of multiphase reactive flows with applications to a fluidized bed gasifier.

Flow predictions based on MFIX code demands High Performance Computing resources. Collaboration of CREST Bioenergy Center with XSEDE ( – “Biomass Gasification in Fluidized Bed Gasifier” provides needed HPC resources, supports and facilitates computer based simulation research in this NSF-CREST Bioenergy Center.

Anton Pylypenko – A postdoctoral scholar of N.C. A&T NSF-CREST Bioenergy Center
received an award of XSEDE HPC resources on SDSC Appro with Intel Sandy Bridge
Cluster with 1,300,000.0 SUs. The value of these awarded resources is $110,000.00.