Promote energy efficiency, alternative fuels, conservation, renewable energy sources, geothermal, and sustainable and responsible development

The following strategic emphasis areas combine current opportunities and WVU strengths:

Sustainable Energy Centers and consortia at WVU

Center / Program Description

Biomaterials and Wood Utilization Research Center

The primary objectives of the Biomaterials and Wood Utilization Research Center are two-fold:

  1. To provide research leadership to the forest products sector in the Appalachian region, and
  2. To promote the success of the wood products industry and economic development in this region.

Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions (CAFEE)

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A non-profit research center operating within academic surroundings, CAFEE is a $4 million annual enterprise within the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. The CAFEE staff works extensively on emission reduction research — particularly engine technologies, post-combustion technologies, after-treatment evaluation, and fuel technologies.

Center for Energy Efficiency Electronics (CEEE)

The CEEE’s mission is to study the fundamental physics of materials that hold promise for future electronics that are faster and more energy efficient than current technologies.
Energy Material Science and Engineering Program (EMSE)
Energy Materials Science and Engineering (EMSE) is a newly recognized sub-discipline of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). Energy materials are materials for energy conversion (fuel cells, batteries, solar-cells, thermo-electrics, and solid-state lighting), energy storage (hydrogen materials), energy utilization (turbine materials, boiler and tubing materials, thermal barrier coating), energy saving (reflective or thermal insulation materials/coating), energy efficiency and environment protection (sensing materials, corrosion/wear resistant coatings) and energy storage. EMSE is an umbrella program designed to build and sustain the infrastructure required for competitiveness for a major NSF Center.
Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)
Small and medium sized manufacturers may be eligible to receive a no-cost assessment provided by DOE Industrial Assessment Center's. There are 24 centers around the country and they conduct energy audits to identify opportunities for improving productivity, maximize energy efficiency and reduce waste. The IAC team performs detailed process analysis to generate specific recommendations with estimate costs, performance and payback times. Within 60 days the plant receives a confidential report detailing the analysis, findings and recommendations.
Industries of the Future West Virginia (IOFWV)
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Industries of the Future – West Virginia is a partnership program with the goal to save energy, reduce waste, and improve productivity in the country’s most energy-intensive industries. IOF-WV teams work with companies to assess high priority research needs and develop projects that improve energy efficiency and environmental performance.
National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC)
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A pioneer and national leader in developing, managing, and promoting programs and activities that desire to cure America’s addiction to oil, lead to energy independence, and encourage the greater use of cleaner transportation. The NAFTC is the only nationwide alternative fuel vehicle and advanced technology vehicle training organization in the United States.
National Environmental Services Center (NESC)
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For the past 30 years, the National Environmental Services Center (NESC), located at West Virginia University (WVU), has been providing environmental service to small communities. NESC traces its roots to 1979, as a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting the public health and environment of the nation's small communities by providing wastewater information and assistance. Since that time, NESC has grown to become a national expert, not just in wastewater, but in drinking water, environmental training, infrastructure resilience, and utility management.
National Institute of Fuel Cell Technology (NIFT)
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Through our multi-disciplinary, multi-scale research program, NIFT strives to make fuel cells an affordable, efficient, and clean source of energy. Our strengths are in: applying nano-technology to develop and fabricate materials for advanced coal-based fuel cells; establishing a state-of-the-art material characterization and fuel cell testing laboratory; and modeling fuel cell performance from atomistic to continuum scale using high performance computing. To guide our research activities, we have established cooperative relationships with industrial organizations and DOE national labs including the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) located in Morgantown, WV.
National Research Center for Coal and Energy (NRCCE)
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The National Research Center for Coal and Energy (NRCCE), which is located at West Virginia University, is a research center and information clearinghouse dedicated to securing our nation’s energy needs, protecting our environment and promoting our economic development. The NRCCE mission is to create and disseminate knowledge and technologies in:
  1. The development, delivery, and use of clean, efficient, abundant energy and the delivery, use and protection of water quality and quantity;
  2. The protection of air quality through energy conservation, enhancements in energy efficiency, improvements in environmental performance of energy technology, and the use of alternative fuel sources for transportation; and
  3. The protection and restoration of the environment, especially in mining and industrial applications, and in rural residential settings.
WV Water Research Institute (WVWRI)
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The West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI), a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, has been in existence since 1967 and serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. WVWRI serves as the coordinating body for the following programs: the National Mine Land Reclamation Center, Appalachian Clean Streams Initiative, Acid Drainage Technology Initiative, Water Resources Research, Environmental Technology Division, Geotechnical Engineering, Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, and Hydrology Research Center.
Zero Emissions Research and Technology Center (ZERT)
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The Zero Emission Research and Technology Center (ZERT) is a research collaborative focused on understanding the basic science of underground (geologic) carbon dioxide storage to mitigate greenhouse gasses from fossil fuel use and to develop technologies that can ensure the safety and reliability of that storage. ZERT is a partnership involving DOE laboratories (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) as well as universities (Montana State and West Virginia University).