WVU researchers working on clean tech for coal-fired power plants

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - Researchers at West Virginia University are leading major research when it comes to cleaner technology at coal-fired power plants.

The goal with this is to have fewer emissions and outages from coal combustion and much of the funding from these projects comes from the U.S. Department of Energy.

"Because people don't have this tool, they try to be really conservative," said Xingbo Liu. "Most of the shutdowns are not actually necessary. Every time it shuts down, it costs a lot of money."

They'll conduct many of these experiments at Longview Power in Maidsville -- just a few miles from WVU. Just a few months ago, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry paid a visit to the plant.

"They have a new management," Liu said. "The kind of management that actually has more technical focus so when we explain to them what we're trying to do, they can actually relate to how to improve their plant operation."