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Breakthrough Could Improve Turbine Performance, Reduce Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

Image of NETL logoResearch supported by the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has led to a discovery that could significantly increase the efficiency of turbines in fossil fuel electricity generation.  This breakthrough could reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and help drive the clean energy economy in the U.S.

NETL Director Traveled to Kentucky for Regional Energy Innovation Forum

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On Thursday, April 21, in Lexington, Kentucky, NETL Director Grace Bochenek moderated a panel on New Value Creation from Coal at a regional energy innovation forum hosted by the University of Kentucky. This forum explored the ways universities, industries, the Energy Department’s national labs, and other institutions can take full advantage of emerging energy technologies to be a driver for regional economic development.

New Airborne Technology Measures Ocean Surface Currents for Offshore Energy Production and Emergency Rescue Missions

Image of NETL logoIn a breakthrough project sponsored by the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), private-sector partners Fugro and Areté Associates have developed, commercialized, and sold a system that can monitor offshore current conditions from the air, providing critical information in record time for oceanographic research and emergency situations, such as oil spills and search and rescue missions.

Project Captures First-Ever Comprehensive Hydraulic Fracturing Research Data from 1.5 Miles Underground

Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), working with the Gas Technology Institute, Laredo Petroleum, and other industry partners, has collected what is possibly the world’s most comprehensive hydraulic-fracturing research dataset in unconventional shale. 


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The Art of Observation

In fossil energy, many things happen that can’t be seen, either beneath the earth’s surface where natural gas, oil, and coal await extraction or in carbon storage processes that place carbon dioxide in underground storage reservoirs. Human observers cannot enter these environments to monitor or supervise storage or recovery efforts, so how can we be sure what we think is happening below the surface actually is? At NETL, we have many innovations focused on the art of observation.


Good Luck to NETL's National Science Bowl Contenders

Four cheers for our regional champions from SWPA and WV Science Bowls as they compete at the DOE National Science Bowl this weekend! Best of luck to Marshall Middle School (top left), Morgantown High School (top right), North Allegheny High School (bottom left), and Suncrest Middle School (bottom right).

NETL Foamed Cement Research Highlighted in Offshore Magazine

CT scanner composite video of a cube of foamed cement containing 10% gas by volume. The cube, which measures 10.4 millimeters on each side, contains more than 160,000 bubbles

NETL and the American Petroleum Institute are working together to close the knowledge gap regarding the stability and properties of foamed cement as it is placed in a well. Formed when gases such as nitrogen are injected into cement slurry to form microscopic bubbles, foamed cement is placed in some oil and gas wells to protect the environment from leaks and spills. Read More!

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