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NETL Launches a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research at Pennsylvania State University

Image of NETL logoThe Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected Pennsylvania State University as the lead institution to establish the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research. The Coalition will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from participating universities to address the fundamental research challenges that impede advancement of fossil energy-based technologies.

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.

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. 

Director's Corner

 Photo of Dr. Grace Bochenek Accelerating New Fossil Energy Innovations through Regional Partnerships

Recently, I had an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the future of energy in America with more than 100 invited energy stakeholders from 11 states at the Regional Energy Innovation Forum, sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research. It was an excellent forum, at which I highlighted the kind of projects NETL is pursuing in partnership with the private sector and university researchers.


NETL Director Discusses Solutions to Energy Challenges at Penn State Symposium


NETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek participated on the plenary panel, “Transforming the Energy Systems,” at the 2016 Penn State Energy Days, which was held May 19-20. The symposium brought together energy leaders from industry, government, and the private sector to discuss how the nation can meet current and future energy challenges including supply, infrastructure, and sustainability.

Our Employees Volunteer for 2016 Morgantown Day of Caring


NETL employees recently enriched their local community by participating in improvement projects as part of the United Way’s 25th annual Day of Caring. The volunteers went to the Conscious Harvest Cooperative Community Garden in Morgantown, WV, where they tilled the ground, laid mulch, and planted various vegetables that will eventually be harvested for local food pantries. Other NETL employees volunteered their time indoors at other sites including Morgantown Health Right, Mountain Line Transit Authority, and PACE Enterprises. Congratulations to the Morgantown NETL volunteer team, which was named by the United Way of Monongalia and Preston counties as the “Best of the Best” for the 2016 Monongalia and Preston Counties Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). See more photos