WVU student wins chance to pitch clean energy technology to U.S. Department of Defense

David Smith pitched the inductive transmission technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Allegheny Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition. Smith is the first WVU student to participate in a regional CUP event, which is held annually during Carnegie Mellon University’s Energy Week. The event provides the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs the chance to obtain funding and educational support for commercializing their innovations. 

He is the liaison between WVU and Square Line Products, the company that sought help defining industries in which they could place their products. Over the course of several months, WVU recommended three areas of manufacturing: electric vehicle charging, drone charging and personal device charging. Steve Cutright, director of B&E’s BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was instrumental in developing the partnership between Smith and Square Line Power.

WVU researchers win inaugural R&D grant from AVEVA

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University is one of only two universities worldwide selected to receive a research and development program award from AVEVA, a leader in engineering and industrial software. The first-of-its-kind award will be used to focus on the research and development of next-generation engineering design and simulation software.

The WVU team, led by Richard Turton, WVU Bolton Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and Fernando Lima, assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, will use AVEVA’s Unified Simulation Platform or SimCentral platform, a process simulation tool for designing and operating power plants. 

Governor’s Awards promote energy efficiency and smart manufacturing at West Virginia’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day

Eagle Manufacturing Company and Bimbo Bakeries USA were presented with Governor’s Awards as inspirational businesses. The awards were co-sponsored by the Governor’s Office and WVU’s TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program. Erika Bailey, director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, presented the awards.  

Eagle Manufacturing Company of Wellsburg received the “Governor’s Award for Leadership in Smart Advanced Manufacturing.” Steve Roberts, the company’s director of sales, accepted the award. Eagle’s exemplary management has helped it maintain competitive advantages and growth for almost 125 years through investing in new technologies, automation, and facility and market expansion.

West Virginia businesses and entrepreneurs to showcase opportunities and new ideas at Capitol

Julia Bolt with students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia’s growing entrepreneurial community is key to creating new businesses, good jobs and prosperous communities for the future. Over 40 organizations will exhibit their products and services and network with colleagues, legislators and state officials at the 18th “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol” on Thursday, March 1.

EI/NRCCE Analytical Laboratory receives certification from WV Department of Environmental Protection

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Researchers throughout the region who must use certified laboratories for sample analyses now may bring their samples to the Analytical Laboratory of the West Virginia University Energy Institute/National Research Center for Coal and Energy on the Evansdale campus. Gabriela Perhinschi, the lab’s manager, announced today that the lab passed the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection certification process for analyses of non-potable-water inorganic nonmetals and trace metals.

“West Virginia DEP requires researchers to use only certified labs,” said Perhinschi. “Until today, WVU researchers had to send their samples off-campus to private, certified analytical laboratories. Now that we are DEP-certified, researchers can bring their samples to us. We can help researchers at other organizations, too.”

Share your input on abandoned and dilapidated properties

Morgantown, W.Va. - WVU BAD Buildings and the WV Community Development Hub are looking for your input on available and needed resources to address abandoned and dilapidated properties in WV communities. 

The Survey on Resources to Address Abandoned and Dilapidated Properties will help WVU BAD Buildings and our partners working on abandoned and dilapidated properties to identify opportunities for resources and outreach to address blight across the state.

Take just 10 minutes to share your input and experience with blight in your community!

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WVU to conduct commercial-scale research of clean tech for coal-fired power plants

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University researchers are leading commercial-scale research and development of two new innovations at the country’s most efficient coal-fired power plant in Maidsville, West Virginia. The devices, a corrosion sensor invented at WVU and a gas sensor invented at Los Alamos National Laboratory, could make coal combustion more efficient with fewer emissions and fewer unplanned outages saving millions of dollars.

The WVU Electrochemical Systems Research Center, directed by Xingbo Liu, plans to conduct experiments of the sensors at Longview Power, LLC’s 700 net megawatt power plant under two projects that total $1.8 million. The projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory with matching contributions from the participating organizations. Researchers from WVU, Los Alamos and two private-sector firms are collaborating on the efforts.