WVU physicists among collaborators granted $7 million to form U.S. Department of Energy center of excellence

West Virginia University physics professor Mark Koepke and his students are often among them, taking advantage of approximately 20 of the more than 200 Z shots per year to examine the physical principles that govern extreme astrophysical environments through the study of high energy density physics. Through these experiments, which take months of preparation, they seek to improve the interpretation of signals from orbiting telescopes.

The Z facility drives 26 mega-amperes of current through a parallel array of 360 thin tungsten wires during 100 nanoseconds. This powerful pulse requires 85 kilovolts and 1.6 mega-joules of energy.

WVU hosts major U.S.- China clean coal forum

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University provided the state, region and nation the opportunity to broaden relationships with China’s energy industries as it hosted the 2017 U.S.- China Clean Coal Industry Forum in Morgantown on Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

“The United States and China as the two largest economies, and the two biggest users of energy in the world, must lead the way together in developing the next-generation technologies for energy production. To have WVU host this very important forum is a testimony to how the University is a global leader in the future of energy,” said Brian Anderson, director of the WVU Energy Institute. Institute.

WVU gas utilization team to showcase technology and economic development efforts

Speakers will include Provost Joyce McConnell, Dr. Brian Anderson, director of the WVU Energy Institute, Dr. Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources , and Dr. John Hu, CIGRU director and the Statler Chair in Engineering for Natural Gas Utilization. The event will conclude with a networking reception.

The open house precedes the kickoff of a five-year seed grant awarded to CIGRU by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, under its Research Challenge Grant program, one of three such awards to WVU. The WVU gas utilization team will include eight CIGRU researchers, working in partnership with Marshall University, the WVU Energy Institute, the WVU Bureau for Business and Economic Research, the West Virginia Chemical Alliance Zone, Morgantown’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center.