From late 19th century coal mining with picks and shovels to the huge longwall machines used today, mine mechanization has transformed underground coal mining from an industry once reliant upon muscle power to one now powered by machines. A new exhibition at West Virginia University’s Watts Museum showcases that transition.
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Representatives from West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources captured best paper honors at the premier international forum for data science.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has selected West Virginia University to move forward with its program to extract valuable rare earth elements, vital to the technology industry, from coal mining by-products.
New WVU Study Provides Road Map to Lower Methane Emissions for Future Heavy-duty Natural Gas Vehicle Fleet
A new study published today (August 23, 2017) in
the Journal of
Air and Waste Management Association builds upon recent heavy-duty
natural gas vehicle methane emission measurements to model methane emissions
from a future, much larger vehicle fleet. The predicted methane emissions rates
from a 2035 natural gas fleet cover a wide range depending on technologies adopted
and best management practices employed.
While most students spend their summer break decompressing from a busy academic year, one international student from West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources used his time off to give back while pursuing his passions.
West Virginia University researchers receive NSF funding to support student diversity in engineering and computer science
West Virginia University researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve classroom experiences for engineering and computer science students.
An award from the National Science Foundation will allow a researcher from West Virginia University to better predict greenhouse gases and carbon storage under rising temperatures and changing environments.
One of the biggest factors hampering the growth of renewable energy is storage. Sun and wind are intermittent and dependent on geography, requiring energy storage and transportation. Batteries are a means of addressing the storage problem, but they have a low-energy density, and are relatively expensive and difficult to transport. A researcher at West Virginia University will be investigating one possible alternative that could potentially create a route to “green” hydrocarbons.