Project No: FE0001248
Performer: West Virginia University Research Corporation


Contacts

Jenny Tennant
Gasification Systems Technology Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
P.O. Box 880,
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880
304-285-4830
jenny.tennant@netl.doe.gov

Steven Markovich
Federal Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
626 Cochrans Mill Road
P.O. Box 10940
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940
412-386-7537
steven.markovich@netl.doe.gov

Mehdi Namazian
Principal Investigator
Altex Technologies Corporation
244 Sobrante Way
Sunnyvale, California 94086
408-328-8300
mehdi@altextech.com

Duration
Award Date:  10/01/2009
Project Date:  09/30/2014

Cost
DOE Share: $837,960.00
Performer Share: $209,490.00
Total Award Value: $1,047,450.00

Performer website: West Virginia University Research Corporation - http://researchoffice.wvu.edu/

Advanced Energy Systems - Coal and Coal/Biomass to Liquids

Yeager Airport Hydrogen Vehicle Test Project

Project Description

The primary objective of this project is to further develop the research efforts previously initiated with the construction and operation of the Hydrogen Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) facility located at the Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV. The facility generates, stores, and dispenses hydrogen for use in vehicles and equipment that have been converted or designed to operate on hydrogen as their fuel source. Project objectives include the procurement of a various types of hydrogen-fueled vehicles, the development and execution of educational and outreach activities, testing and evaluation of the use of hydrogen vehicles, and the management of the data collected from vehicle testing.

Yeager Airport Hydrogen Production
and Dispensing Facility


Program Background and Project Benefits

The Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to supporting research focused on making use of the nation's coal and biomass resources. The Coal and Coal Biomass to Liquids (C&CBTL) Technology Program at DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is developing advanced technologies to remove technical barriers that will foster the commercial adoption of coal and coal/biomass gasification technologies for the production of affordable hydrogen and liquid fuels (such as gasoline, diesel, aviation, and military fuels). The hydrogen can be used in advanced systems for efficient power generation produced with near-zero emissions and with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The synthesis gas (syngas) produced by the gasification of coal and coal/biomass mixtures can be converted by chemical processes to generate clean liquid hydrocarbon fuels. To successfully complete the development of C&CBTL technologies from the present state to the point of commercial readiness, the C&CBTL Program efforts are focused on two Key Technologies: (1) Coal/Biomass Feed and Gasification, and (2) Advanced Fuels Synthesis.

The Advanced Fuels Synthesis Key Technology is focused on catalyst and reactor optimization for producing liquid hydrocarbon fuels from coal/biomass mixtures, supports the development and demonstration of advanced separation technologies, and sponsors research on novel technologies to convert coal/biomass to liquid fuels. Also included are detailed life cycle analyses to quantify the technical, economic, and environmental feasibility of producing liquid fuels from coal/biomass feedstock.

The West Virginia University (WVU) Research Corporation, through the National Alternative Fuels Training Center and in collaboration with NETL will test and evaluate the use of hydrogen vehicles in the state of West Virginia. This project will raise awareness and foster a greater understanding of hydrogen fuel, hydrogen-powered vehicles, and the fossil fuel-to-hydrogen program through a targeted outreach and education effort.