NAFTC hosts international visitors as part of a foreign policy and energy security meeting

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September 12, 2015 by Kathy Jesperson, NRCCE

Morgantown, W.Va. – The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted more than 20 representatives from over 18 countries on September 9, 2015, at NAFTC’s headquarters in Ridgeview Business Park in Morgantown.

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NAFTC Director Bill Davis spoke to the international delegation about the NAFTC and its mission. Photo NAFTC.

The U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program arranged for the visit through the Office of International Programs at West Virginia University with the assistance of WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

The meeting was part of a larger U.S. tour. Energy leaders from across the globe attended the event.

“This assembling of international representatives to discuss energy and fuels was a huge success,” said Bill Davis, director of the NAFTC. “These types of meetings are critical because energy has become not only a U.S. issue, but a global issue. The U.S. can’t face this issue alone; it is going to take a worldwide effort, and meetings like this are a good start to understanding our global energy issues.”

The conference included presentations and discussions about the training infrastructure needed to implement alternative fuels as well as to learn about how advanced technology vehicles could improve air quality and energy security.

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Following the speakers and presentations, visitors had the opportunity to view the NAFTC alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and to speak with industry experts. Photo NAFTC.

Karen Lasure, an energy development specialist with the WV Division of Energy, discussed initiatives to make diverse energy supplies and alternative energy available to a more diverse audience. The discussion focused on covering aspects of the tour purpose in climate change and global energy markets.

Charles (Chuck) Taylor, the international liaison from the U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory, spoke about finding energy solutions through collaborations with universities, while WVU made presentations about its energy research in clean coal, shale gas, biomass and other energy sources.

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Three visitors had fun with the NAFTC’s multi-fuel golf cart. Photo NAFTC.

Representatives from the following WVU colleges and centers addressed the international group throughout the day.

  • Jingxin Wang – Biomaterials and Wood Utilization Research Center,
  • Daniel Carder – Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions,
  • James Van Nostrand – Center for Energy and Sustainable Development,
  • Joshua Fershee – Energy, Electricity, Transportation, Climate Law
  • Tim Carr – International Energy and Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory,
  • Usha Haley – International Strategic Management,
  • Shikha Sharma – Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory,
  • William Davis – National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium,
  • Ismail Celik – National Institute for Fuel Cell Technology,
  • Randall Jackson – Regional Research Institute,
  • Allison Peck – Sustainable Development Law, and
  • James Wood – U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center.

The program ended with a round-table discussion on energy policies, specifically related to how university research can make recommendations to policy makers.




Headquartered at West Virginia University, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) consists of National and Associate Training Centers located nationwide from Maine to California. Each center provides Training with Impact through its experienced instructors and real-world shop facilities. Numerous other members from small businesses, government, and industry also support the NAFTC’s mission.

Founded in 1992, the NAFTC is the only nationwide training organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and expanding the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles in an effort to improve air quality and decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

NAFTC’s mission is to educate the nation about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles through program management, curriculum development, training implementation and outreach and education activities leading to the decrease of U.S. dependence on foreign oil and the improvement of air quality.

The NAFTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.