New effort to increase coal production announced

Blacksburg, Va.--In three months, Virginia Tech researchers in the mining and minerals engineering department have received two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awards to enhance mineral and coal production techniques, create higher value products, lower energy costs, and improve environmental sustainability of the mining industry.

These initiatives come as the country faces its worse energy crisis since the 1970s.

The DOE has just announced a $3 million award to Virginia Tech and to West Virginia University to establish a Center for Advanced Separation Technologies (CAST).

This award follows on the heels of another DOE award to Virginia Tech to demonstrate the commercial potential of new coal production techniques developed by university researchers.

Virginia Techs partnership with West Virginia University to create CAST is based on both universities sustaining long histories of strong research and teaching programs in mining and minerals engineering.

CAST researchers, concerned about the United States' reliance on imported energy sources, believe they can help the mining industry increase the production of coal and improve the efficiency of producing minerals in an environmentally acceptable manner by developing advanced separation technologies.

These technologies can be used to separate ash and sulfur dioxide-forming minerals from coal. They can also be used to remove impurities from mineral concentrates.

Various separation processes are currently used in the mining industry, but they need improvement, particularly for processing fine particles. For example, the industry currently discards more than 40 percent of coal fines, 30 percent of Floridas phosphate, 20 percent of the worlds tungsten, and 10 percent of Minnesotas iron oxide.

Roe-Hoan Yoon, Virginia Tech professor of mining and minerals engineering and director of CAST, says it "is important to reduce the costs of producing fuels in the U.S." In 1999, the U.S. imported $67.7 billi

Contact: Roe-Hoan Yoon
Virginia Tech

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Cockroach-like robot leads new research effort
2. Congress to fund Sequim-based coastal security research effort
3. Ocean scientists assess impact of seismic pulses in effort to protect whales
4. Innovative efforts target epigenetics, molecular imaging
5. New national research effort needed to secure clean, adequate water supply in coming decades
6. K-State soil carbon sequestration research playing role in climate change efforts
7. GenVec, U.S. NMRC, and PATHs Malaria Vaccine Initiative partner to expand malaria vaccine efforts
8. A joint effort against the Oriental boil
9. Findings could aid efforts to harness nature for making drugs
10. B2MIN9: Beagle 2 teams continue efforts to communicate with the lander
11. $9.4 million NSF grant backs UCSB-led effort in bio-image informatics

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/7/2020)... ... August 06, 2020 , ... ... in the prestigious National STEM Scholar Program, a unique professional development program that ... project support for middle school science teachers nationwide. , Created in partnership between ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... ... therapeutics product portfolio with a near term focus on Type 2 diabetes and ... commercialization experience across multiple therapeutic areas and classes. As Chief Commercial Officer, Justin ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... 08, 2020 , ... Overcoming Comparability Issues in Regenerative Medicines ... Wednesday, July 22, 2020 • 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT, https://www.fdanews.com/cellandgenetherapy , ... way to complete one? Will the study comply with all FDA requirements? Understanding ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/12/2020)... , ... August 11, 2020 , ... ... year to expand the Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Trial Research Network ... and 2022. The network is a consortium of academic research centers in the ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... 03, 2020 , ... Introducing Ardent Animal Health – MediVet Biologics rebrands company ... Known as MediVet Biologics since its formation in 2016, the company is relaunching ... Health will build on its base of innovative therapies for osteoarthritis and cancer. ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... SOMERSET, N.J (PRWEB) , ... July 29, 2020 ... ... editing company, and Catalent, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, ... products, today announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership whereby Catalent ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 16, 2020 , ... After research model surgery and catheter implantation, ... surgery is only the beginning of a successful study, while protecting and accessing the ... Gien, Global Head of Surgery from Envigo in a live webinar ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: