New Coal Research Center
In Wise they are saying!
WISE — Progress is being made on plans to build a coal research center in the county that would study the use of nanotechnology — and planners already have one tenant lined up.
County Administrator Glen “Skip” Skinner discussed the proposed Appalachia America Energy Research Center during yesterday’s Energy Technology Summit at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
The research center will be located in a 14,000-square-foot building to be constructed in the Lonesome Pine Regional Business and Technology Park near UVa-Wise, Skinner explained.
Nanotechnology is the development of technology at the atomic or molecular level.
While the project is still in the planning phase, NanoChemonics Corp. of Pulaski has announced it will locate in the facility.
The company plans to provide a research and development program to study the use of nanoparticles as it pertains to advancing clean coal technology and coal-to-liquid fuel initiatives, according to Skinner.
Skinner said the company will also explore the application of its products and technologies on environmental issues like the reduction of emissions of sulfur, mercury and other contaminates as a byproduct of the coal burning process.
Officials hesitated to speculate on how many people NanoChemonics will employ, but said the facility will initially house a research staff of six.(LINK)
As energy demands increase, rational thinking people will support this. i predict more companies will locate there doing joint studies coal companies, colleges, etc.