A fuel they call coal-ahol

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May 01, 2007 by NRCCE News

Morgantown, W.Va. — The NRCCE and the WVU Department of Chemical Engineering exhibited at the Southern States Energy Board (www.sseb.org) American Energy Security Summit in Alexandria, VA. The Summit was lead by Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV), current chair of the SSEB. (See the SSEB website for a FOX news clip featuring the Governor.)

This WBOY news report features the work of West Virginia University as represented by the NRCCE and the Dept. of Chemical Engineering. Femi Olajide, research associate with the Department of Chemical Engineering, describes the research he and Dr. Elliot Kennel are conducting on a blended fuel that combines coal-to-liquid fuel with ethanol–a fuel they call Coal-ahol.

The blend plays up the strengths of each fuel while downplaying the downside of each fuel alone. The clip also features Governor’s representative to the SSEB, Patrick Esposito, Sr., who describes the importance of the energy summit.