Researchers at the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) were part of an international team, including the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), that contributed to a newly released report explaining the prospect of gas hydrates as a potential worldwide energy source that can contribute in the transition to the low-carbon energy systems of the future.
Each year, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) push the limits of innovation and are rewarded for their unique technological advancements by being issued U.S. patents. NETL researchers received 17 patents in 2014 for technologies including techniques that remove CO2 from flue streams, increase power efficiencies, and lower energy-production costs.
A geologic core extracted from a West Texas well and analyzed by researchers sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has confirmed that carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) can "push out" oil from largely untapped areas called residual oil zones (ROZs). This finding further demonstrates that these zones hold the potential to harvest billions of barrels of additional oil that could increase domestic supply, reduce imports, and increase U.S. energy security.
Capturing carbon emissions and storing them safely and permanently so they don’t reach the atmosphere is a key technology in mitigating climate change. This win-win technology, called carbon capture and storage (CCS), allows a wide range of fuels to be used to generate power (win), while still protecting the environment (win). When the carbon is used beneficially, say, for example, to increase oil production, the scenario is win-win-win.
As Director of NETL, Dr. Grace M. Bochenek brings a tradition of leadership, technical expertise, and precision to the laboratory’s mission of protecting the nation’s environment and enhancing its energy independence. Dr. Bochenek’s vision is to build upon NETL’s expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies; energy systems analysis; and international energy issues to effectively address the energy and environmental challenges of the 21st century and create innovations that will benefit generations to come.
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Natural Gas & Oil Program Releases Second Research Portfolio Accomplishments Report
Successes from the past decade of NETL-sponsored oil and gas research are highlighted in a new series of reports from NETL’s Natural Gas & Oil Program. The second report, covering produced water treatment and water management, is now available here. Access the full series here.