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Increased Oil and Natural Gas Production Could Result from Data on Low Frequency Tremors Discovered by NETL During Hydraulic Fracturing
Image of NETL logoWhen researchers from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) set up new monitoring capabilities at active Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing sites in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to better understand seismic activity, they discovered that low frequency tremors occur, which they believe could be useful to optimize oil and natural gas production from unconventional shale.

Novel Oil-Spill Recovery Process Demonstrates Feasibility under Simulated Artic Conditions
Image of NETL logoNETL researchers have successfully demonstrated a new oil-spill recovery process under simulated Arctic conditions. The work, which is being conducted under a grant awarded to NETL by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement, is focused on verifying that this process can have real-world applications for oil recovery in a harsh Arctic environment.

Revolutionizing the Art of Metal Fabrication
Image of NETL logoNETL metallurgists have developed a new process that allows operators to digitally monitor arc location during vacuum arc remelting, a step in crafting metal alloys that’s akin to tempering chocolate. The patented, award-winning process has been licensed to an Oregon company that’s further developing it for commercial deployment to the specialty metals industry.

The Technology Commercialization Fund Supports NETL’s SOFC Nanofabrication Process!
Image of NETL logoFuel cell technology is a unique form of energy creation—an efficient, quiet, and clean method of transforming an energy source (such as propane, diesel, or natural gas) into electricity.

Director's Corner

Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

 Photo of Dr. Grace Bochenek NETL’s STEM Educational Outreach Work Encourages Today’s Students to Become Tomorrow’s Scientists

NETL promotes STEM education by providing education resources for teachers, bringing students to the lab to see STEM professionals in action, and offering internships to qualified college students. We take those actions because we firmly believe in the importance of creating a pipeline of scientific leaders who, through their hard work in the laboratory and in the field, will continue to make scientific breakthroughs that benefit the nation and pave the way for even more contributions by the people who follow in their footsteps.


Best of luck to our regional Science Bowl teams

sbspotlight.pngAs they head to the Energy Department’s National Science Bowl competition in Washington D.C., we wish the best of luck to our regional Science Bowl teams: North Allegheny Intermediate High School and Winchester Thurston School from southwestern Pennsylvania, and Suncrest Middle School and Morgantown High School in West Virginia. These teams earned the right to compete at the national level by coming out on top at regional competitions held in February and March. Good luck, teams!

Dr. Kutchko presented gas well cement research at the SINTEF Petroleum Conference in Trondheim, Norway

kutchko.jpgDr. Barbara Kutchko recently returned from Trondheim Norway where she was invited to speak at the 2017 SINTEF Petroleum Conference as an international expert on well integrity. The presentation, titled “Cementing Wells in Coal Country” featured the latest research in determining how corrosive waters in flooded coal mines impact gas well cements.