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WVU Energy and Environmental Centers

The following WVU centers and programs are housed at colleges and institutions across WVU.   Please note that some are Energy Institute programs, others are not.  They are listed here for your convenience and to illustrate the diverse energy and environmental programs at WVU.

Alternative/Sustainable Energy

  • Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions
    A center of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
    CAFEE is a non-profit research center operating within academic surroundings. 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
    A center of the WVU Energy Institute
    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 center of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
    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
    A program of the WVU Energy Institute
    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
    A center of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
    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
    A center of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
    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
    A center of the WVU Energy Institute
    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 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
    A center of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
    RAC is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching facility within the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. Since 1990 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
    A center of the WVU Energy Institute
    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
    A center of the WVU Energy Institute
    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
    A center of the WVU Energy Institute
    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
    A center of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
    The IWSS is a campus-wide initiative that builds upon the collective resources and expertise that the university has to offer. Faculty and staff currently engaged in research and projects related to water resources stewardship and security. 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
    A program of the WVU Energy Institute
    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.
  • Rare Earth Extraction Facility
    A program of the WVU Energy Institute
    The Rare Earth Extraction Facility was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy 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.
  • Three Rivers QUEST
    A program of the WVU Energy Institute
    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
    A center of the WVU Energy 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
    A center of the WVU Energy Institute
    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.
  • International Forum on Unconventional Gas Sustainability and the Environment
    A program of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
    A cooperative agreement between WVU and the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources created INFUSE, a unique technical program dedicated to increasing other countries’ understanding of best practices for unconventional gas resource development.
  • Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory
    A program of the WVU Energy Institute
    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
    A bureau of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics
    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
    A center of the College of Law
    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
    A program of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
    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
    A WVU interdisciplinary organization that links inks economics, geography, planning, and other social science
    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.