MORGANTOWN (AP) —
West Virginia University researchers will study a proposed fuel mix being considered by energy companies drilling for natural gas in shale deposits.
The State Journal reports the team will be fielded from the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions at WVU. The researchers will study methane emissions from diesel and natural gas engines used in the drilling.
A big cost associated with shale gas drilling comes from the use of diesel fuel. Some energy companies are looking into converting those engines to a blend to reduce operating costs, and to tap a domestic fuel source.
The work by the WVU researchers is funded through a $2 million grant from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.