The National Laboratory Research Network (NLRN) is a strategic effort to foster collaboration between the Storage Program, NETL's Research & Innovation Center, and other DOE laboratories. This coordination provides DOE researchers and program managers the ability to look across similar activities, quickly fill critical gaps in research, and archive results in a corporate database, all of which will promote efficient knowledge for future researchers.
Efforts span all of the key technologies, which are working to support a range of technical needs within the Storage Program to help meet its goals for future capacity and storage assessments.
Research objectives of the National Laboratory network in support of the Storage Program include:
Additional Strategic Program Support Avenues
Another example of the program’s integrated approach is DOE’s Subsurface Technology and Engineering Crosscut Technical Team (SubTER), which identifies and facilitates crosscutting subsurface R&D and policy priorities. SubTER is an integrated platform across DOE offices to address crosscutting challenges associated with the use of the subsurface for energy extraction and storage purposes. This new initiative is focusing on subsurface research, such as discovering, characterizing, predicting, and monitoring the subsurface; accessing wells and their integrity; engineering and permeability control; and sustained production while sustaining the environment.
The Storage Program also leverages two activities implemented by NETL’s ORD to facilitate the validation of storage technologies and data collected through the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs). These include the National Risk Assessment Partnership and Energy Data eXchange.