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Hydrogen & Clean Energy



Statler College Media Hub | WWU engineer receives $1.25 million to fuel a cleaner future through hydrogen.

July, 2021 - Xueyan Song, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at WVU, stands next to a machine that measures the conductivity of ceramics. Song was recently awarded $1.25 million for a project aimed at producing a higher amount of hydrogen gas – a clean fuel – with less electric power consumption.

Quoting West Virginia’s Senators, Manchin and Capito, and representative McKinley, from the DOE press release:

"West Virginia University continues to utilize our state's vast natural gas resources to tackle some of the toughest challenges in industrial research, including by developing clean, innovative ways to produce hydrogen – a fuel that's increasingly important to our economy and has potential to decarbonize our energy systems, industrial processes, and the transportation sector," said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Today’s announcement is further acknowledgement of the importance of the groundbreaking research conducted by WVU’s students and faculty and the ongoing partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and National Energy Technology Laboratory. I’m thrilled to see the National Energy Technology Laboratory continue to invest in WVU and I will continue to push for funding that supports research projects in the Mountain State.” 

“It’s critical we support an all-of-the-above approach and invest in a variety of technologies, including hydrogen,” said U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito. “West Virginia University’s top-notch facilities, students and faculty, and research capacity make it a perfect place to make the most of this investment to develop and accelerate breakthroughs in clean energy.” 

“Advancing hydrogen technologies is critical to lowering emissions here at home and around the world,” said U.S. Representative David B. McKinley. “West Virginia University and National Energy Technology Laboratory are at the forefront of hydrogen research and development. Moving forward we must continue to empower our scientific communities through initiatives like the Hydrogen Energy Moonshot to lower the cost of hydrogen and other clean energy technologies.”


WVU Today | It’s getting hot in here: WVU engineer improves efficiency of U.S. energy infrastructure.

June, 2020 - By rethinking the design of thermoelectric materials, which have the ability to convert heat to electricity, Xueyan Song, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University, is working to develop a method to recover the wasted heat energy from the air, resulting in improved sustainability and efficiency of the energy infrastructure in the U.S.

“Among all kinds of electricity generations, thermoelectric materials can convert the heat or temperature difference in electricity directly and vice versa,” she said...


Statler College Media Hub | WVU scientist earns $2.5 million to help pump the brakes on diesel emissions.

August, 2021 - Hailin Li, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, earned $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a software platform that simulates heavy-duty diesel engines in an attempt to cut exhaust emissions.

Hailin Li, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will spearhead the development of a software platform that conducts a fast-integrated simulation of heavy-duty diesel engines, equipped with an advanced after-treatment system. The goal is to speed up new engine technology development to improve engine efficiency...


Statler College Media Hub | Teaching, advising, research, and staff awards announced in WVU’s Statler college.

April, 2022 - Recipients of the 2021-2022 academic year teaching, advising, research and staff awards (from left to right, top row) Jeremy Dawson, Christopher Griffin, Mario Perhinschi, Udaya Halabe, Sarika Solanki, Lauren Stein, Xin Li and Yu Gu (from left to right, bottom row) Xin Li, Nasser Nasrabadi, Thorsten Wuest, Xueyan Song, Emily Garner, Kathleen Cullen and Susie Huggins.

Pedro Mago, Glen H. Hiner dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, announced the winners of the College’s outstanding teaching, advising, research and staff awards for the 2021-2022 academic year on April 1, 2022...


Statler College Media Hub | Song named to endowed professorship.

March, 2021 - Xueyan Song, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, has been named the George B. Berry Chair of Engineering, effective January 1, 2021.

This designation serves as a college-wide recognition of Song’s past and continuing excellence in research and teaching. Song is the first female in the College to be named to an endowed chair position...