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Energy Department Selects Projects to Demonstrate Feasibility of Producing Usable Water from CO2 Storage Sites

Image of NETL logoToday, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of two projects that will test emerging enhanced water recovery (EWR) technologies for their potential to produce useable water from carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites. The two projects were competitively selected from the five Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST) projects awarded in September 2015.  

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.

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.


Ohodnicki to Chair National Interagency Working Group Panel

Ohodnicki.jpgNETL Materials Scientist Dr. Paul Ohodnicki has been appointed to chair a key panel of the prestigious Interagency Advanced Power Group (IAPG)—a federal organization dedicated to facilitating information exchanges among agencies in the area of advanced power technology. IAPG’s goal is to be the premier leadership organization for information on advanced power development initiatives within the U.S. Government and serve as a proponent of federal investment in advancing new power technologies. IAPG pursues its work through a collection of working groups that focus on specific technical areas. Ohodnicki will chair the IAPG’s Electrical Systems Working Group Electrical Materials Panel. Ohodnicki, who earlier this year was named by President Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, has a distinguished record as a prolific author, inventor, and collaborator through his work on NETL’s Functional Materials Team. He leads research efforts to discover and develop novel high-performance materials for advanced energy systems.

NETL Intern’s Photograph Featured in U.S. Postal Service Stamp Collection

MORA_Star-Trails_24x16-300-dpi-color-fixed_resized.jpg After compositing over 200 photos to create the amazing image you see here, NETL ORISE intern Matt Dieterich realized that he had captured something special. Favorable weather conditions and an unusually active period of the solar cycle created the perfect conditions to view the Northern Lights as they danced above Mt. Rainier. Add to that, the dynamic features of countless stars, their movement captured on the horizon in long exposures, and Dieterich had all the elements of a truly remarkable image. His photograph has garnered national attention and universal popularity, and recently the U.S. Postal Service has selected the image to represent Mt. Rainier National Park as part of its National Parks stamp collection. As part of his work at the laboratory, Matt also recently published his first peer-reviewed paper on the effects of hydraulic fracturing fluid on Marcellus Shale.