Report: Renewable energy is key to West Virginia’s economic future

Investing in renewable energy is a viable solution to diversifying and strengthening West Virginia’s economy. And according to a new report issued by the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the West Virginia University College of Law, the switch to renewable energy would be cost-effective and can be done in a way that creates thousands of jobs — and may even save consumers money.

WVU engineer wins third R&D 100 award

A novel modeling and optimization framework intended to support the United States energy industry developed in part by a West Virginia University engineer has received global recognition for its capabilities to address the nation’s need for clean energy reliably and efficiently.

WVU engineers receive funding to improve methane sensor technology in longwall mines

Despite longwall mining being an efficient way of extracting coal, it produces dangerous methane gas that has the potential to lead to explosions in underground mines. Researchers from West Virginia University are combatting this issue by developing an improved methane monitoring network to increase the safety of longwall mines.

WVU engineers receive $3 million DOE award to capture emissions at shale gas production sites

A three-year collaborative project to develop a new low-cost process to convert the natural gas that is commonly flared at industrial sites could benefit a number of industrial sectors including the carbon fiber industry, carbon composite, electronics, electrical arc steel making, polymer additives and many others, all while having a positive effect on the economy and environment.

It’s getting hot in here: WVU engineer improves efficiency of U.S. energy infrastructure

By rethinking the design of thermoelectric materials, which have the ability to convert heat to electricity, Xueyan Song, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University, is working to develop a method to recover the wasted heat energy from the air, resulting in improved sustainability and efficiency of the energy infrastructure in the U.S.

WVU awarded $300K for state redevelopment projects

Grafton's historic and industrial districts will be redeveloped by West Virginia University’s Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center in an effort to preserve local history and revitalize the community. The Center was awarded a $300,000 grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to jumpstart redevelopment of former industrial sites in West Virginia.