THERE'S POWER IN PARTNERSHIPS
West West Virginia University Prof. Michael McCawley with graduate students Alyson Johnson (l) and Taylor Devine testing air emissions at the MSEEL well near Morgantown, West Virginia. This research is part of the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Lab that grew out of a 2014 Memorandum of Understanding to develop a partnership signed by the presidents of WVU and Ohio State.
The Energy Institute believes that there is power in numbers. Partnership drives success. That’s why it is our mission to serve as a catalytic hub connecting WVU researchers to one another and to researchers and innovators at organizations around the world, in the private sector and the public sector. The Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Lab is a prime example of the winning combination of WVU researchers teaming with researchers from The Ohio State University, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and our colleagues at Northeast Natural Energy.
The team includes geologists, petroleum engineers, hydrologists, environmental scientists, business experts and public health scientists such as Prof. McCawley and his graduate students, Alyson Johnson and Taylor Devine. They have been monitoring air emissions at the MSEEL well-pad and at nearby locations before and during drilling, extraction, and production.
The researcher grew out of a 2013 Memorandum of Understanding between the presidents of WVU and Ohio State.
Under the leadership of WVU Marshall Miller Professor Tim Carr, WVU, Ohio State,
Northeast Natural Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology
Center together proposed to the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy a five-year,
$11 million program to launch the world’s first, field-based laboratory to study
all aspects of unconventional oil and gas production.
The Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Lab near West Virginia University's Morgantown campus.
MSEEL is one of the Energy Institute's signature collaborations. A sampling of other research partnerships includes:
Center for Inno
vation in Gas Research and Utilization, dedicated to advancing the state
of the art in natural gas utilization for fuels and chemicals
West Virginia Water Research Institute, committed to restoring and preserving
the natural environment while adding economic value through efforts such as
the extraction of rare earth elements from mine waste using methods that respect
U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center - Advanced Coal Technology Consortium,
an international team from academia, government, and the private sector leading
research in carbon capture, utilization, and storage in China and the U.S.
and the development of environmentally-sound coal technologies to create electricity,
liquid fuels, and syngas while promoting U.S.-China business-to-business relationships
Electrochemical Systems Research Center, studying how chemically based
systems such as batteries, fuel cells, and sensors can produce electricity
with greater efficiency and few to no emissions of all types
Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium, producing and sharing
data to allow a better understanding of resource-rich, north-central Appalachia
- National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, promoting, supporting, and expanding the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to decrease U.S. dependence on foreign energy suppliers and improve air quality
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