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NETL Researchers, Engineers to Join Turbomachinery Colleagues at Turbo Expo 2017
Image of NETL logoNETL researchers and engineers will join turbomachinery colleagues from around the world at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbo Expo, presented by the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute, to be held June 26–29, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. This international conference and exposition brings together thousands of experts each year to share the latest in turbine technology, research, development, and application.

DOE to Invest $20 Million in New Oil and Gas Research Projects
Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL today announced the availability of $20 million for cost-shared oil and gas research projects to increase recovery efficiency from unconventional oil and gas wells and to prevent offshore spills and leaks. This new funding opportunity seeks projects that will advance the Department’s objective to support a more environmentally responsible, secure, and resilient U.S. energy infrastructure, while enhancing economic competitiveness and national security.

DOE Projects Recognized by International Carbon Sequestration Group
Image of NETL logoThe Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF), a ministerial-level initiative focused on the development of improved, cost-effective technologies for carbon capture and storage, has recognized two U.S. Department of Energy projects led by NETL: (1) the National Risk Assessment Partnership and (2) the Carbon Capture Stimulation Initiative, along with its second phase, the Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact. Projects recognized by the CSLF gain increased visibility and prestige at the highest governmental level.

Research Partnership Propels Improvements in Turbine Performance
Image of NETL logoWhile gas turbines are integral to the propulsion of ships across the oceans and jets streaking through sky, many may not realize that these devices are responsible for producing vital electricity that helps powers our Nation. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is dedicated to ensuring our energy security, and developing and improving novel energy technology is part and parcel to its mission. Therefore, it’s no surprise that improving turbine performance is a core component of NETL’s Advanced Turbines Program, which seeks to develop next-generation turbine technology to accelerate performance, efficiency, and emissions reduction beyond the capabilities of current state-of-the-art systems.

Director's Corner

Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

 Photo of Dr. Grace Bochenek NETL Impact

I am pleased to announce launch of the new NETL Impact magazine, the Laboratory’s first quarterly publication that introduces readers to some of the most vital and robust energy research and development focused on improving the lives of Americans through innovation. In this inaugural issue, we feature new approaches and computational tools we use every day to increase the efficiency of existing power systems, innovate new ones, and find more efficient ways to harvest the nation’s energy resources.


Pressure Gain Combustion Working Group Focuses on Efficient Electricity Generation


Gas Turbine Engines are a critical to ensure continuous electricity generation by electric utilities along with their role in aerospace propulsion.  Constant pressure within turbines can result in pressure loss.  NETL, as a leader in gas engine turbine technology, hosted the Pressure Gain Combustion Working Group met at NETL on June 22-23 to discuss how technology innovations in these engines can lead to greater efficiency in electricity generation.  Participants included a variety of government and industry partners, including DOE, NASA, Air Force, Navy and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  

NETL reaches out to Small Businesses

netl.jpgDuring a recent outreach event in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Jen Scharrer, Contracting Officer, and Larry Sullivan, Small Business Program Manager, provided information to small business owners about contracting opportunities with the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.  Small businesses provide goods and services to support the Laboratory’s mission with $67 million being obligated through small business contracts and simplified acquisitions in Fiscal Year 2016.

Research Partnership Advances Turbine Cooling Design Concepts

gasturbine.jpgSolving the challenges associated with developing advanced turbine systems is no easy task. In an effort to stimulate rapid technology advancements, NETL made a strategic investment in a research collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University’s Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Laboratory and industry partner Pratt & Whitney (a division of United Technologies). Established in 2011, this ongoing research partnership has the goal of transitioning new cooling technologies into working-scale gas turbines.