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West Virginia University: Making strides in clean coal technology

West Virginians know the importance of coal as it relates to the local economy and its role in securing energy independence for the nation—nearly 98 percent of the state’s electricity comes from coal. To that end, West Virginia University (WVU) has been thoroughly involved in research and other initiatives that advance clean coal technologies and lead us into a clean energy future.

WVU’s response to 21st century energy challenges is an Advanced Energy Initiative (AEI) that builds on the university’s reputation as a premier research center for coal and energy. The AEI vision for WVU is to “pioneer conscientious approaches to energy independence creating influential innovations.” This includes everything from offering expanded courses and research opportunities in clean energy technologies, to providing data and recommendations for state and national policymakers.

Among WVU’s initiatives is a project to monitor underground storage sites for greenhouse gases—an important component to reducing emissions from coal-generated power plants—and in September they won a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to keep working.

More than 100 WVU faculty members are working on a wide range of energy research, including carbon management, with more than $98 million in energy-related research conducted over the past four years alone.

Keep up with WVU’s progress in clean energy technologies by becoming a fan of their Engineering and Mineral Resources’ department on Facebook.

MIT making waves in CCS research


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been in the news a lot lately. Last month, President Obama delivered a speech on clean energy at the university. And last week, MIT president Susan Hockfield told Bloomberg News that the federal government needs to invest more in energy research.

We’re likely to hear more about MIT in the coming months. It’s a crucial time for energy innovation, and the university is at the forefront of some of the latest technological breakthroughs in clean coal technology.

At MIT’s Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies Program, researchers have been focused on developing carbon sequestration from the technical, economic and political perspectives since 1989.

According to the program’s Web site, “Interest has been increasing in the carbon sequestration option because it is very compatible with the large energy production and delivery system now in place” and is a way to help significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Its current research projects – sponsored by energy companies such as BP, StatoilHydro and Siemens – include strategies for implementing carbon capture and storage (CCS), policies for promoting CCS innovation and costs of commercial deployment.

The Web site has a comprehensive list of links to CCS organizations and regional partnerships, an interactive map of CCS projects around the world and, in case you would ever need it, a CO2 Thermophysical Property Calculator.