WVU Gets $1.3M Grant to Research Ways to Use More NatGas In-State

West Virginia University (WVU) is a research powerhouse. They have lots of researchers doing important work in a variety of disciplines. One of those disciplines is natural gas. WVU founded the Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization (CIGRU) to “conduct transformative, fundamental, research directed at innovative pathways for shale gas utilization and upgrading.” CIGRU, along with two other non-shale related research programs, have just collectively received a $3.9 million Research Challenge Grant from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The WVU press release doesn’t say how each of the three different recipients (CIGRU being one of them) got, but we figure they likely divided it evenly, hence our assumption that CIGRU got $1.3 million. And what will CIGRU do with the money? Figure out ways to keep more of the Marcellus/Utica gas coming out of West Virginia’s rocks in the state–used by residents and businesses who reside in WV. They want to grow the “downstream” sector of end users of natural gas and other byproducts from shale drilling…

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