Media Advisory: Coal-to-liquid fuels expert to speak at WVU Friday

October 24th, 2005

* WHAT :* Coal in Your Tank: the Ultra-Clean Fuel of the Future?

* WHO :* Gerald Huffman, director for the Consortium for Fossil Fuel Science

* WHEN :* Friday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 pm

* WHERE :* Assembly Room B (101B) WVU National Research Center for Coal&Energy, Evansdale campus

* INFORMATION :* Interest in converting coal to liquid fuels has reached a new peak with Gov. Joe Manchins recent announcement ofa comprehensive plan to implement coal conversion technology on a state level, harnessing West Virginias coal resources to address once and for all the vulnerability of Americas refining capacity and the nations dependency upon foreign sources of oil.How real is the possibility that coal conversion technology can meet our nations transportation fuel needs? Hear from the director of the nations only university-based research consortium focused on producing transportation fuel from coal and other fossil sources since 1986. Gerald Huffman directs the Consortium for Fossil Fuel Science (CFFS), which includes WVU , the University of Pittsburgh, Auburn University, the University of Utah, and the University of Kentucky. CFFS has investigated the development of alternative transportation fuels and hydrogen from coal, natural gas, plastics and tires for nearly 20 years. Huffmans research includes the conversion of coal and other fossil energy sources into oil products and hydrogen, and the enhanced environmental performance of fossil fuels through removal of sulfur, trace metals, and fine particulate matter from coal.