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WVU Energy and Environmental Centers

Alternative/Sustainable Energy

  • Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions

    CAFEE is a non-profit research center operating within academic surroundings and is a $4 million annual enterprise within the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. The CAFEE staff works extensively on emission reduction research — particularly engine technologies, post-combustion technologies, after-treatment evaluation, and fuel technologies.

  • Electrochemical Systems Research Center

    ESRC develops new materials for anodes, cathodes, electrolytes, and interconnects in batteries and fuel cells to enhance cycling performance, increase stability, ensure manufacturability, and reduce costs for applications including consumer electronics, transportation, back-up power, and grid transmission.

  • Industrial Assessment Center

    A component of the National Energy Strategy, the IAC program is a major energy conservation initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE currently funds 30 schools through the program. IAC's provide the energy audit at no cost to your company. The host school also provides Workman's Compensation and liability insurance for the team members.

  • National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium

    NAFTC is the only nationwide training organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and expanding the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Its mission is to educate the nation about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles through program management, curriculum development, training implementation, and outreach and education activities leading to the decrease of U.S. dependence on foreign oil and the improvement of air quality. Headquartered at West Virginia University, the NAFTC consists of members located nationwide and internationally.
  • Renewable Materials and Bioenergy Research Center
    The RMBRC's primary objectives are to provide research leadership to the forest products sector in the Appalachian region, and to promote the success of the wood products industry and economic development in this region.

Carbon Utilization

  • Advanced Power and Electricity Research Center

    APERC capitalizes on the challenge of change. It focuses on innovations in system-wide control using operational and economic data to allow companies to be profitable in a competitive market.  APERC is interested equally in controls to ensure system reliability and availability for large-scale systems such as the transmission grid and for small-scale systems such as those found on warships. Optimal control designs can enhance power reliability when natural causes or human attacks occur.

  • National Research Center for Coal and Energy

    NRCCE works closely with WVU faculty members to coordinate large-scale, multidisciplinary research and outreach programs that result in cleaner, more efficient, more affordable ways to produce and use energy, protect land and water, and promote economic vitality. The NRCCE works with more than 100 WVU faculty members and research professionals to conduct programs in: fuel and power, energy efficiency, environmental remediation, alternative transportation fuels, and rural water infrastructure.

  • Natural Resource Analysis Center

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    RAC is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching facility within the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, originally established in 1990. For over 20 years, NRAC research, service, and teaching activities have complemented work within the college in many fields. Areas of expertise at NRAC include landscape analysis, watershed-based modeling and applications, remote sensing, spatial decision support, energy issues, and economic development.

  • Petroleum Technology Transfer Council

    PTTC is a national not-for-profit organization established by the Department of Energy and led by an independent board of directors. PTTC was established to provide a forum for transfer of technology and best-practices within the petroleum producer community. Regional lead organizations and boards of directors ensure that PTTC activities in a particular region address the technology needs of producers in that area.

  • US-China Clean Energy Research Center - Advanced Coal Technology Consortium

    The CERC-ACTC was formed  to serve as the leader in the area of advanced coal technology including carbon capture, utilization and storage in both China and the United States. The benefits for both nations include creation of environmentally-sound coal technologies for electricity, liquids, and syngas; new U.S.-China business-to-business relationships; and advances in U.S. and Chinese energy technology and innovation.

  • US-China Energy Center

    With support from and engagement by the two governments at the highest level, the U.S. China Energy Center (USCEC) encourages bilateral cooperation around energy and environmental issues to promote joint research, opportunities for business and institutional partnerships, educational exchanges and other outreach activities including hosting workshops, trainings and conferences.

Environmental Stewardship

  • Institute for Water Security and Science

    The IWSS is a campus-wide initiative that builds upon the collective resources and expertise that the university has to offer. There are more than 80 faculty and staff currently engaged in research and projects related to water resources stewardship and security at WVU. The institute provides a point of coordination and synergizes existing research, capacity and expertise to advance understanding of how climate, land management, and the development of natural resources affect water resources and security in West Virginia, the United States, and around the world.

  • National Mine Lands Reclamation Center

    The NMLRC was created to address reclamation problems related to active and abandoned coal mines.  The center is an internationally-recognized leader in the area of acid mine drainage and other mining environmental issues.  The center concentrates on project progress and completion, bridging the gap of traditional academic research resulting in successful industry and university partnerships.

  • Three Rivers Quest

    QUEST, or Quality Useful Environmental Study Teams, is a water quality monitoring and reporting program that collects data on the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers.

  • West Virginia Water Research Institute

    WVWRI has been in existence since 1967, and serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues.  WVWRI is the premiere water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.

Gas Utilization

  • Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization

    CIGRU conducts research in the gas, oil, and chemical fields. Its research includes broad areas that cover catalysis, reaction engineering, material science, power generation, and gas turbines. The center aims to stimulate the economic well-being in both West Virginia and across the globe through technical innovation, knowledge creation, and educational excellence.

  • Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory

    The objective of MSEEL is to provide a long-term field site to develop and validate new knowledge and technology to improve recovery efficiency and minimize environmental implications of unconventional resource development. 

Regional Development and Energy Policy

  • Bureau of Business and Economic Research

    BBER research is disseminated through policy reports and briefs, through large public forums, and through traditional academic outlets. BBER researchers are widely quoted for their insightful research in state and regional news media. The BBER’s research and education/outreach efforts to public- and private-sector leaders are typically sponsored by various government and private-sector organizations.

  • Center for Energy and Sustainable Development

    CESD is an energy and environmental public policy and research organization at the WVU College of Law. The center focuses on promoting practices that will balance the continuing demand for energy resources—and the associated economic benefits—alongside the need to reduce the environmental impacts of developing the earth’s natural resources. 

  • John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics

    The John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics is housed within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. By formally linking the existing departments of Political Science and Public Administration and the degree programs in International Studies, Leadership Studies, and Legal Studies, the school aims to provide students with a top-quality education in these fields; to produce cutting-edge research with important prescriptive implications; and to work with partners in the university community and government offices to support the creation of wise public policies that will improve the quality of life for West Virginians and people around the world.

  • Regional Research Institute

    Regional science is an interdisciplinary field that links economics, geography, planning, and other social sciences. Regional scientists use quantitative methods and mathematical models to study economic and social phenomena in a regional setting. The institute’s forte has been its pioneering research on methods for analyzing regions and its multidisciplinary approach to studying regional development.