NAFTC trains technicians in Louisiana, Arkansas and California

Morgantown, W.Va. – At the end of February, Mark Schmidt, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) trainer, returned to Kenner, LA, this time to teach the Light-Duty CNG Vehicle Technician Training.

The course, presented at the City of Kenner’s facilities, was hosted by the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership and funded by the North Central Texas Council of Governments through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities. The four-day course helped participants understand numerous topics related to servicing, repairing, and maintaining light duty compressed natural gas vehicle.

Chinese energy group meets with WVU

A relationship of R&D and educational exchanges has been developing over the past 15 years with the university. Last year Shenhua and WVU signed a memorandum of understanding in Morgantown to continue working together in the fields of energy, business development and the environment.

Making BAD Buildings Good Again: West Virginia communities display best efforts to tackle dilapidated building issues

Morgantown, W.Va. – Though West Virginia is known for its peaceful and serene country scenery, nestled in several of its mountains are communities fighting blighted and dilapidated structures that significantly damage that pristine image.

“Honestly, it’s been an issue for a long time,” said Luke Elser, project manager of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. “In West Virginia, it feels like a lot of communities and the citizens themselves have begun to address this by saying, ‘This problem needs to be solved, and we need to solve it as a community.’”

Tech-based economic growth in West Virginia a key theme at “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol” March 16

Morgantown, W.Va. – What’s on the horizon for West Virginia’s emerging tech-based economy? Join  TechConnectWV and  West Virginia University’s  TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program to see firsthand the state’s groundbreaking innovations and companies at the 2017 “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol.”

More than 40 of West Virginia’s technology innovators and entrepreneurs will showcase their latest ideas, technologies, and initiatives for growing and diversifying the state’s economy in the Capitol Rotunda in Charleston on March 16. They work in fields ranging from energy efficiency and solar energy to advanced manufacturing and robotics.

WVU offers free workshop to small water and sewage utilities in Appalachia

Morgantown, W.Va. – With coal mining revenues declining, more state budget cuts looming and the predicted domino effect that often hits rural communities especially hard, smaller utilities in West Virginia will need to manage their resources more efficiently than ever.

To help these utilities,  West Virginia University  National Environmental Services Center is presenting a free, full day workshop titled  Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Water and Wastewater Systems to be held March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Twin Falls Resort State Park near Maben, W.Va.

Shale Gas Network Forum to be held March 22: Role of Natural Gas in Domestic Energy Production and Use

Morgantown, W.Va. — Technologies to upgrade natural gas even at the well are being researched at U.S. universities to advance U.S. shale gas, a sector that is playing an increasingly important role in domestic, clean energy production and use. Shale gas upgrading and use are the featured topics of the spring Shale Gas Network Forum March 22 at 3 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. Speakers include University of Pittsburgh professor and associate director of Pitt’s Center for Energy, Götz Veser, and WVU professor of law Joshua Fershee, a member of the Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization. Veser plays a central role representing universities in a larger proposal by the AIChE to create the natural gas Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Manufacturing Institute under the U.S. DOE National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. CIGRU is among the collaborators. A networking session will follow the formal comments. See details and RSVP

For more information visit: or contact Rose Vergara at (304) 293-6905.

NAFTC trains technicians on electric drive and propane autogas vehicles as numbers grow

Morgantown, W.Va. — In January, Mark Schmidt, the  National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) national trainer, conducted the organization’s  Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training course in Kenner, La.

The training, attended by 20 technicians at the City of Kenner’s facilities, was hosted by the  Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership and funded by the  North Central Texas Council of Governments through a grant from the  U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities. The five-day course helped participants understand electric drive vehicles and how they operate differently from conventionally fueled vehicles. Participants learned how to safely maintain all types of electric drive vehicles.