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.

Jan.18 webinar on underground storage of natural gas liquids in the Appalachian Basin features Patchen and Anderson

 Douglas Patchen and Brian Anderson

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- For the petrochemical industry to grow in the Appalachian Basin, it is important for the natural gas liquids found in the Utica and Marcellus shale gas plays in eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia to be immediately available.  Creating a strong infrastructure for the industry is important, including NGL storage, trading and pipeline infrastructure.