Reporting for WBOY, Stacy Moniot discusses research being conducted at WVU to convert biomass and coal to transportation fuel, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and using equipment donated by the Lu’an Group, a Chinese energy business enterprise.
With the recent spike in gasoline prices many drivers would like to see a new, environmentally friendly fuel that’s made right here in the United States researchers at West Virginia University are using their ties with China to make it happen.
Researchers here at West Virginia University want to take biomass and coal conversion to the next level creating clean, viable alternative fuels, but they wouldn’t be able to do it without a new machine, essentially a mini-reactor, and help from their partners in China.
“We’ve been working very heavily on the technology in China for some time,” said Jerry Fletcher with the WVU U.S.-China Energy Center. “We’ve been heavily involved in the environmental and economic aspects of what the Chinese are doing, but this is one of the first times that we’ve actually gotten involved with the research aspects of the path-breaking kinds of things that we want to be able to do.”
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Also read about the project on Forbes.com.