WVU awarded grant to develop critical mineral reserves

With a national reputation as a leader in rare earth extraction research, West Virginia University is poised to take another step in developing a domestic supply of rare earth minerals that are critical to national defense and U.S. economic security.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has announced a $644,000 research grant to WVU to continue its research supporting DOE’s ongoing program to recover rare earth elements from coal and coal by-products. Since February 2016, the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU has led $5.6 million in research across four projects under that program, including $4.46 million in federal and $1.13 million in industry funds. The team’s research includes a current project to build a pilot scale processing plant on the WVU Evansdale campus

WVU Energy Researchers: “Notice of Intent” deadline for O'Brien seed funding Sept. 20

The O'Brien funding announcement can be found at this link.  Note that its Appendix B (a recommended response template for the final proposal) is linked in this separate file.

WVU faculty interested in seed funding to advance energy research, STEM-centered and social science-centered, can send email to Danielle Thomas.  Indicate that you intend to or are considering submitting a proposal.  Provide a brief description of the research planned and identify other principal investigators.  The Energy Institute is available to provide support to faculty during the preparation of proposals.  Indicate in your email whether you would like the Energy Institute to assist with:

September 19th Celebration for Richard A. Bajura

Friends and colleagues are invited to celebrate the career of Dr. Richard A. Bajura as he officially retires from his post as director of the WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy, Tuesday, September 19, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Club Room of the WVU Erickson Alumni Center, Morgantown, W.Va.

Dr. Bajura joined the WVU College of Engineering as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in 1969 and was promoted to associate professor in 1974 and full professor in 1978. In 1984, he became the second director of the WVU Energy Research Center, today’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy. From 1990 to 1994, he served as Associate Provost for Research, resuming directorship of the NRCCE in 1994.

WVU-led research team lays foundation for natural gas storage ‘hub’; opportunity for economic growth in the region

On August 29, WVU is releasing to the public a study that shows how the region can support storage facilities that are critical for attracting petrochemical and related industries to the area. Researchers will present the data at a technical workshop in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, hosted by the Eastern Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, PTTC, at WVU.

“Appalachia is poised for a renaissance of the petrochemical industry due to the availability of natural gas liquids,” said Brian Anderson, director of the WVU Energy Institute. “A critical path for this rebirth is through the development of infrastructure to support the industry. The Appalachian Storage Hub study is a first step for realizing that necessary infrastructure.”

Podcast: Patrick Kirby explains how communities can get help with dilapidated buildings


Patrick Kirby, director of Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, explains how WVU helps cities and counties in the state deal with BAD buildings – Blighted, Abandoned and Dilapidated structures that degrade the quality of life in our communities.  Gary Bowden interviews Kirby as part of his WAJR radio broadcast.  Go to the podcast here (starts at 27:38). 

Register now for the 2017 BAD Buildings Summit, Nov. 14

At the BAD Buildings Summit, learn how to rehabilitate Brownfields, Abandoned, and Dilapidated (BAD) Buildings in your community by networking with other leaders across the state dealing with the same challenges.

Participants will see presentations by resource providers, practitioners, and technical experts on topics including demolition, codes and ordinances, funding, resources, engaging stakeholders, and sustainable reuse options for vacant properties.