“Clean-coal technology keeps evolving” – Times West Virginian

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March 22, 2015 By Angelee Wiley, Times West Virginian

NRCCE’s memo of understanding with Pierpont Technical and Community College allows Pierpont’s Doug Furr to teach advanced power plant operations to his students. Photo Tracy Novak.

NRCCE’s memo of understanding with Pierpont Technical and Community College allows Pierpont’s Doug Furr to teach advanced power plant operations to his students at the NRCCE. Photo Tracy Novak.

Morgantown, W.Va. – When people think of West Virginia, one of the first things that comes to mind is coal.

This is a state that relies on coal and prides itself on the work that goes into mining coal. But where does clean-coal technology fit in West Virginia’s plans for the future?

West Virginia University looks for new ways of doing things that can make the technology even cleaner. But this takes a lot of research, and sometimes an idea takes 20 years to develop.

“If coal is going to be here for 250 years, we’re going to need newer technologies as we go into the next 250 years that would make coal more energy efficient and make it easier for us to extract these technologies in a cleaner way with less damage to the environment,” said Richard Bajura, director of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.

Read full story in Times West Virginian.

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CONTACT:  Richard Bajura; NRCCE Director
304.293.6034; Richard.Bajura@mail.wvu.edu

The National Research Center for Coal and Energy is an energy and environmental program at West Virginia University.