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Energy Department Invests $28 Million to Advance Cleaner Fossil Fuel–Based Power Generation

Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 14 research and development projects to advance energy systems that will enable cost-competitive, fossil fuel–based power generation with near-zero emissions. The new projects, which span 11 states, will accelerate the scale-up of coal-based advanced combustion power systems, advance coal gasification processes, and improve the cost, reliability, and endurance of solid oxide fuel cells. The total award value of the projects exceeds $36 million, which includes a federal investment of more than $28 million and recipient cost-sharing of $8.4 million.

Energy Department Invests $3 Million to Train Future Energy Scientists

Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it will invest a total of $3 million in nine projects selected under its University Training and Research (UTR) program, which awards research-based educational grants to U.S. universities and colleges in areas that promote Office of Fossil Energy goals. 

DOE Carbon Storage Advances Featured in International Journal

Image of NETL logoA special issue of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (IJGGC) was released August 17, 2016, highlighting carbon-storage research conducted under the Energy Department’s National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP). A compendium of research generated by the NRAP team over 6 years of collaboration, the special issue comprises 60 peer-reviewed publications which, taken together, represent a significant contribution to the state-of-knowledge on long-term risks of geologic CO2 storage (GCS).

The Rugged World of Harsh Environment Sensors

Image of NETL logoNETL scientists are developing sophisticated sensors to see and hear inside the world’s most difficult places, such as turbine engines, boilers, gasifiers and fuel cells. Information relay in these harsh environments is critical, but getting accurate information can be tough. Advanced sensors will enable next-generation energy systems to operate at optimal efficiency, saving massive amounts of energy and cutting CO2 emissions in the process.

Director's Corner

Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

 Photo of Dr. Grace Bochenek Outstanding Innovations Named
Finalists for R&D 100 Awards

I’m extremely proud of the research our dedicated scientists and engineers perform. The discoveries and progress that results from our daily efforts are finding solutions to critical energy challenges like climate change and sustainability, and every step we make toward resolving these issues is a reward in itself. However, it is always encouraging to receive confirmation from external organizations that our R&D is top tier. Recently, four NETL innovations developed by our outstanding researchers were selected as finalists for R&D 100 Awards. This prestigious honor is well deserved and underscores our technical expertise.


Spotlight

NETL Researcher Tapped as New Managing Editor for Geosciences Newsletter

Barb-Kutchko-in-lab.jpgWe’re excited to announce that NETL researcher Dr. Barbara Kutchko has been appointed at the new managing editor for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Division of Environmental Geosciences “Spheres of Influence” newsletter. AAPG is a prominent geoscience community, established in 1917, that has a long history of promoting and enabling cutting-edge research. The “Spheres of Influence” newsletter keeps members of AAPG’s Division of Environmental Geosciences informed on the latest events in the field and encourages the communication that fosters scientific breakthroughs.

NETL Congratulates Our Women of the Year

spotlight819.jpgThe Pittsburgh’s Federal Women’s Program Committee has named four NETL researchers as Women of the Year. The awards celebrate women who have substantially contributed to the federal government. Winning Gold was Circe Verba, who leads analytic collaborations to better detect trace elements. Silver went to Barbara Kutchko, a world expert in foamed-cement research. Ale Hakala and Natalie Pekney received Bronze for their leadership, mentorship, and scientific achievement. Congratulations!