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WISER partners on research, training and outreach initiatives focused on energy, sustainability and economic development. We work on projects that advance West Virginia and communities throughout  the Appalachian region. 

We invite industry, nonprofits,  rural leaders and entrepreneurs  to contact us if you think we can help you create a  more sustainable future through federal and state-funded proposals.  If we can't help you, we can point you to experts who can.

Below is a sampling of our R1 research collaborations. 

  • Build Back Better (Appalachian Climate Technology Now) / Sustainable Mine Lands Program
    Taking former mine lands and turning them into assets.

  • Feasibility Analysis of Geothermal Deep Direct-Use Combined with Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage on the WVU Campus-Morgantown, WV-Phase II
    Exploring geothermal as an energy source in Mid-Appalachia for commercial and industry use.

  • Integrated Phyiscobiogeochemical and Modeling Approach to Optimize Large-Scale Subsurface Hydrogen Storage in the U.S.
    Researching the ability to store hydrogen underground so it can be easily accessed as a clean-energy fuel for specific industries.

  • Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities/Appalachian Community Technical Assistance and Training
    Addressing the employment and training needs of local and regional workforces in collaboration with community partners for water and wastewater technicians.

  • Tri-State CO2 Storage Hub
    Investigating underground storage of carbon dioxide captured by industries in West Virginia, southwestern Pennsylvania, and eastern Ohio.

  • Climate Pollution Reduction Grant
    Working with West Virginia communities and industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution.

  • Workforce Development Roadmap
    Mapping the re-training options of electric utility and other energy sector jobs from pre-apprenticeship to job placement.