The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) at West VirginiaUniversity has been awarded an $85,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct alternative fuel training in Delhi, India.

A member of WVU s Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) training program will spend two weeks in January conducting orientation workshops, providing technical assistance and training to members of the Delhi government, the Delhi Transport Corp. and other members involved in the Indian automobile industry.

Al Ebron, who is also executive director of WVU s NAFTC , is excited to have the opportunity to take part in the program.

“The need for alternative fuel vehicles is becoming ever more urgent,”Ebron said.”AFVs can help clean the air, especially in large metropolitan areas with a lot of traffic congestion. I have traveled to Delhi and have experienced its very poor air quality firsthand.”

In an effort to improve the environment in Delhi �€Indias third largest city �€the Indian Supreme Court mandated that the city must increase the amount of natural gas and alternative fuels used in vehicles. This gave the NAFTC a great opportunity to help in the cause, Ebron added.

“Since the technology in the United States is more advanced than that of Indias, the role of the NAFTC is crucial,”Ebron noted.”The NAFTC will provide the necessary train-the-trainer training for Indian officials so they will in turn be able to maintain and operate AFVs, eventually creating a cleaner environment there.”

Ebron will be traveling to India with two other individuals selected to take part in the program. They are: Nick Wagoner, automotive instructor and alternative fuels trainer at CentralCommunity College in Nebraska, and Ed Farrell, associated with Wentworth Institute of Technology in Massachusetts.