Virginia Tech is committed to research and education that provides solutions for the Nation’s energy needs. In 2006, the Deans’ Task Force on Energy Security and Sustainability was formed to assist with university-level efforts in energy research. These efforts include assisting faculty members with the preparation of large grant proposals in research areas related to energy security and sustainability, seeking partnerships that position Virginia Tech as a national and international leader in areas of expertise, and coordinating campus-wide events, such as a speaker series and community engagement activities.
The university has a long history of producing innovations in the areas of alternative fuels, energy production, and many related technologies. One example is the recovery of waste coal through a novel cleaning and dewatering process developed by Dr. R-H Yoon in the department of Mining and Minerals Engineering. Using this process, billions of tons of coal that have been considered mining waste for decades can now become a low-cost energy source.
For more information on this technology, or to inquire about licensing opportunities, contact Michael Miller using the subject VTIP 10-074, via the VTIP link to the right.