MORGANTOWN — Researchers at WVU have had a long and successful working relationship with their colleagues from the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Thanks to a four-year award from the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Manufacturing Institute, that relationship will continue.

John Hu, Statler Chair in Engineering for Natural Gas Utilization at WVU, will lead a team that will investigate ways to convert stranded gas resources into value-added liquid products that could reduce the United States’ demand for crude oil by up to 20 percent.

“The technologies developed in this project will utilize shale gas as feedstock to produce aromatics, C2-C4 olefins and hydrogen, which are key chemical intermediates for polymers and specialty chemicals,” Hu said. “The technologies for shale gas conversion are more cost effective and environmentally benign than those used in commercial processes based on petroleum or other conventional gas-to-liquid technologies.”