US China Workshop tours
National Research Center for Coal and Energy
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
December 2-4, 2009
For those who arrive early, we are offering two tours on the afternoon of December 2. We will depart from the Waterfront Place Hotel at 1:30 for each tour. If you would like to participate for one of the tours, please register below. Pre-registration is required. Chinese guests, please be prepared to show your passport. Space is limited, so register early to guarantee a seat.
Tour 1: Morgantown Energy Associates Fluidized Bed Combustion Facility, Morgantown, WV
Photo ID is required for this tour
Tucked into a 6-acre site on the banks of the Monongahela River in Morgantown, the MEA fluidized bed combustion facility provides district heating and cooling to WVU's campuses in Morgantown, West Virginia. Before sending steam to the University, however, the plant uses the steam to generate about 60 MW of electricity which it sells to the local utility. The facility uses waste coal from a former coal mine site and combines it with fresh coal in a fluidized bed that uses local limestone as its bed material. The resulting ash material, which has a high pH, then is trucked back to the site of the waste coal where it is re-applied to site to neutralize the low pH material that produces acid mine drainage from the site.
Tour 2: WVU Academy of Mine Training and Energy Technologies, Dolls Run, West Virginia
Simulated underground mine at the
WVU Academy of Mine Training
and Energy Technologies
The Academy is operated by the WVU Department of Mining Extension which has provided training for the coal industry since 1913 and currently trains more than 5,000 new and experienced coal miners each year. The Department provides a wide range of training programs for underground and surface mining - from new-miner training to SCSR (self-contained self-rescuer) training, mine rescue training, first responder training, fire brigade training, EMT certification for coal mining, foreman/fireboss training, electrical training, and more. The Academy includes a new simulated underground coal mine that will be used in training new and experienced personnel to work in the mines. The new facility is one of the largest ever constructed and offers integrated live fire training, a unique feature that sets it apart from other similar facilities. It will be used in training mine rescue teams, fire brigade teams, new miners, and others, many of whom will also be on hand for the dedication.