WVU-led research team to study turning carbon dioxide from power plants into valuable products

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Research at West Virginia University will focus on turning carbon dioxide in power plant flue gas into commercial-quality sodium bicarbonate—baking soda—aiming to use product sales to lower the cost of carbon capture technology.

Current techniques can increase the cost of the cleanest coal-fired ultrasupercritical power plants by more than 50 percent, according to data in the annual technology baseline report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.   

Wood named WVU Energy Institute interim director as Anderson moves to NETL

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – James F. Wood has been appointed interim director of the West Virginia University Energy Institute, replacing Brian Anderson, named Friday (Nov. 9) to lead the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the only federally-operated National Laboratory in the Department of Energy system.

WVU wins second straight SME mine rescue competition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- For the second straight year the team from West Virginia University took home top honors in the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration–Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Fall 2018 Competition.

WVU bested teams from University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Penn State to win the event, which was held at the Coronado Coal Mine Rescue Training Center, in Oakwood, Virginia, on Nov. 3. WVU also won the Combination Team trophy for having the best overall combined score in the Mine Rescue Problem and the Smoke Competition and placed third in the Smoke Competition.

Save the Date: CIGRU open house features panel on sustainable economic development from natural gas

This year’s topic is sustainable economic and community development. The event will feature a panel discussion on how West Virginia can harness the latest developments in gas utilization to improve long-term prosperity in the state.

Welcoming remarks will be delivered by WVU Provost Joyce McConnell, Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and CIGRU Director John Hu.

Alpha Foundation to fund additional research in coal mine fires

Working in partnership with Ali Rangwala, professor of fire protection engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Akkerman was awarded a grant from the Alpha Foundation in 2014 to create a knowledgebase and computational model capable of quantifying the probability and associated hazards of spontaneous ignition, fire and explosion. Akkerman and Rangwala went on to develop the Dust and Gas Explosion Model, or D-GEM, a joint analytical and computational platform quantifying mining fire hazards, namely, the probability of spontaneous ignition, the evolution of a flame front and the likelihood of a deflagration-to-detonation transition in the presence of combustible dust.

WVU team selected to compete in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

Team leads and the advisors for EcoCar include (front row, from left) Joshua Strogen (engineering manager), Nikola Janevski (CAV co-lead), Haleigh Fields (communications manager), Curtis Stapleton (controls/modeling lead), Benton Morris (project manager); back row: Vinod Kulathumani (CAV faculty advisor), Thomas Harris (propulsion systems/modeling lead), Andrew Nix (lead faculty advisor), Zach Purdy (mechanical team lead), Scott Wayne (co-faculty advisor) and Priyash Misra (CAV lead).