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Focus Areas

Below is a list of just some of the energy research currently being explored at West Virginia University.  The Energy Institutes partners with WVU faculty and centers; other universities; industry; and government institutions on regional, state, national and international levels.  Contact Sam Taylor to discuss partnership opportunities. 
  1. Alternative/Sustainable
  2. Carbon Utilization 
  3. Energy Geosciences 
  4. Environmental Stewardship 
  5. Gas Utilization 
  6. Regional Development and Energy Policy


  • alternative fuels and training
  • batteries
  • biomass (conversion, utilization, co-firing)
  • electric grid
  • energy efficiency
  • fuel cells
  • grid scale storage
  • sensors and data
  • solar thermal
  • superconductors
  • sustainable design and development
  • thermoelectrics
  • transitions from traditional to renewable energy sources
  • water resource management
  • wind

Carbon Utilization

  • clean power generation and distribution
  • CO 2 capture, storage, and conversion
  • combustion
  • energy efficiency
  • engine and vehicle technology
  • extraction technology
  • fuels production
  • geologic storage
  • health and safety
  • rare earth elements
  • transportation

Energy Geosciences

  • analysis and technical expertise for unconventional natural gas development in the Appalachian Basin
  • carbon sequestration and utilization
  • chemical testing
  • climatic geosciences
  • development of methane hydrates
  • deep direct use geothermal
  • environmental testing
  • geological lab testing
  • geology database and samples storage
  • rock and minerals identification and characterization

Environmental Stewardship

  • acid mine drainage remediation
  • air quality research and data
  • brownfields and rural redevelopment
  • emissions
  • environmental outdoor learning lab
  • groundwater degradation
  • integrated modeling
  • mine land reclamation
  • phenolgy
  • prime farmland restoration
  • subsidence control
  • toxic spills
  • wastewater, runoff
  • water quality monitoring and reporting
  • water security
  • watersheds and rivers
  • wetland ecology

Gas Utilization

  • CO2 conversion along with shale gas
  • direct shale gas conversion to chemicals
  • environmental impact (produced water, minerals)
  • fuel cells (solid oxide fuel, hydrogen fuel cell)
  • intensified modular production
  • polymers and single-cell proteins
  • process intensification: catalyst, reactor, separation and heat transfer are integrated synergistically
  • shale gas for diesel engine vehicles
  • shale gas for power generation
  • shale gas to transportation fuel

Regional Development and Energy Policy

  • economic development and equity
  • energy markets
  • energy policy
  • environmental politics
  • finance and subsidies
  • infrastructure systems
  • law
  • management and innovation
  • national security
  • tax and regulation