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WVU opens new research facility to extract valuable rare earths from acid mine drainage

Through a collaborative research and development program with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, WVU is opening the Rare Earth Extraction Facility to bolster domestic supplies of rare earths, reduce the environmental impact of coal-mining operations, reduce production costs and increase efficiency for processing market-ready rare earths.

Additionally, the technology could create jobs, helping to revive economies that have been historically dependent on the coal industry.

WVU researchers receive funding from the Alpha Foundation to study mine safety and health

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A pair of research teams from West Virginia University have received close to $500,000 in funding from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health.

The first team, led by Derek Johnson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will look at cost-effective ways to measure methane in longwall coal mining operations in hopes of preventing the most feared hazards in underground coal mines: methane and dust explosions. Joining Johnson on the team are Nigel Clark, George B. Berry Chair of Engineering and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Yi Luo, associate professor of mining engineering, and Mark Sindelar, research assistant professor of mining engineering.

US DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy to speak at WVU rare earths research ceremony July 18

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Please join us for the commissioning of the Rare Earth Extraction Facility at West Virginia University, 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 18th, NRCCE High Bay, WVU Evansdale Campus, Morgantown.  Comments by Steven Winberg, U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy,  WVU President Gordon Gee and our research partners. 

RSVPs appreciated but not required. RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wvu-commissioning-ceremony-for-rare-earth-extraction-facility-tickets-47850839148