The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted more than 20 representatives from 19 countries on September 9, to discuss training infrastructure for implementing the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles to improve air quality and energy security.

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Visitors from 18 countries attended a meeting to discuss training infrastructure for implementing the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Credit: NAFTC.

The U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program arranged for the visit through the Office of International Programs at West Virginia University with the assistance of WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy as part of a larger U.S. tour.

Energy leaders from across the globe attended the event to assist with the review of U.S. policy challenges and international cooperative efforts to develop secure and transparent global energy markets and climate change frameworks, discuss U.S. strategies to develop and secure diverse energy supplies, reduce consumption, increase investment in research and technology, strengthen international cooperation, and showcase state and local energy initiatives that use alternative energy technologies.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, West Virginia Division of Energy, West Virginia University (WVU), and the WVU Research Corporation also attended the event.

“This assembling of international representatives to discuss energy and fuels was a huge success,” said Bill Davis, director of the NAFTC. “These types of meetings are critical because energy has become not only a U.S. issue, but a global issue. The U.S. can’t face this issue alone; it is going to take a worldwide effort, and meetings like this are a good start to understanding our global energy issues.”

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NAFTC Director Bill Davis spoke to the international visitors about the NAFTC and its mission. Credit: NAFTC.

The conference included presentations and discussions about the training infrastructure needed to implement alternative fuels as well as to learn about how advanced technology vehicles could improve air quality and energy security.

Following the discussions, visitors toured the NAFTC facilities and viewed several alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and displays.

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Following the speakers and presentations, visitors had the opportunity to view the NAFTC alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and to speak with industry experts. Credit: NAFTC.

Representatives from the following WVU colleges and centers addressed the international group throughout the day.

• Jingxin Wang – Biomaterials and Wood Utilization Research Center,
• Daniel Carder – Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions,
• James Van Nostrand – Center for Energy and Sustainable Development,
• Joshua Fershee – Energy, Electricity, Transportation, Climate Law
• Tim Carr – International Energy and Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory,
• Usha Haley – International Strategic Management,
• Shikha Sharma – Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory,
• William Davis – National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium,
• Ismail Celik – National Institute for Fuel Cell Technology,
• Randall Jackson – Regional Research Institute,
• Allison Peck – Sustainable Development Law, and
• James Wood – U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center.

The program ended with a round-table discussion on energy policies, specifically related to how university research can make recommendations to policy makers.

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