WVU researcher to study carbon dioxide reduction under NSF collaborative award

One of the biggest factors hampering the growth of renewable energy is storage. Sun and wind are intermittent and dependent on geography, requiring energy storage and transportation. Batteries are a means of addressing the storage problem, but they have a low-energy density, and are relatively expensive and difficult to transport. A researcher at West Virginia University will be investigating one possible alternative that could potentially create a route to “green” hydrocarbons.

WVU coal report: State coal industry stable in short term, declining in long term

Coal mine output totaled 80 million short tons in 2016, just over half of the 158 million short tons in 2008. While the baseline forecast calls for statewide coal production to approach 89 million short tons in 2017 and remain in the upper 80 million ton range into the early 2020s, the secular decline in demand for West Virginia coal will continue and lead to output sinking below 80 million tons by 2030.

WVU energy center hosting future global leaders

Energy experts from two West Virginia University disciplines will meet with young leaders from around the world next week to explore future energy opportunities that also protect the environment. The Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leaders Program will meet in Morgantown June 19 and 20 with WVU’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.

WVU researcher recognized for work in land reclamation

The American Society of Mining and Reclamation awarded its 2017 Pioneers in Reclamation Award to Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, for his significant impact to and advancement of the art and science of land reclamation over his career.

Lima earns prestigious NSF CAREER award

Fernando Lima, assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at West Virginia University, has earned a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work to improve modular systems for energy applications. The award comes with $500,000 in funding over a five-year period.

WVU national moot court competition to focus on state fuel-source subsidies

Law students from across the country will be in Morgantown March 16-18 for the seventh annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by the West Virginia University College of Law. Students in the competition will argue a legal problem involving a state’s effort to subsidize electricity generators using particular fuel sources, such as coal, in order to produce local economic benefits.