Assistance centers at WVU and Marshall help West Virginia communities secure $2.8M in US EPA brownfield funding

Morgantown, W.Va. - The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University and Marshall have helped six municipalities and organizations secure $2.8 million in grants to assess, clean up and redevelop environmentally contaminated sites across the Mountain State thanks to $2.8 million in grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

“We know this investment from the EPA will help spark further investment from the public and private sectors,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU.

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.