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WVU Energy Institute director testifies before Senate Committee on energy innovation and diversity

“West Virginia University is committed to maintaining outcomes-based research programs that improve the reliability of electric generation diversity so that industry and commerce may continue to grow and provide opportunities in the Appalachian Basin and the nation,” Wood said.

In his testimony to the committee, Wood emphasized WVU’s research commitment to improve existing coal-fired power generation, recover rare earth elements from coal wastes, develop instrumentation and sensors to accurately measure fugitive emissions from shale gas wells, analyze underground geological structures to store natural gas liquids, store carbon and produce natural gas from shale formations at reduced environmental impacts.

WVU physics student develops machine-learning model for energy and environmental applications

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A West Virginia University physics student has created a new machine-learning model that has the potential to make searching for energy and environmental materials more efficient. 

Gihan Panapitiya, a doctoral student from Sri Lanka, published a study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society using the model to predict the adsorption energies, or adhesive capabilities, in gold nanoparticles. 

WVU physicists awarded $1.34 million to develop machine-learning software

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Researchers from West Virginia University have received $1.34 million to develop machine-learning software for the U.S. Department of Energy. 

The researchers, James Lewis and Aldo Romero from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will lead a team from WVU, University of Southern California and Kitware, Inc. to develop new machine-learning tools for advancing chemical and materials science discoveries on the nation’s future high-speed computing platforms. 

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.