News Releases

DOE Selects Projects To Enhance Its Research into Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts
December 02, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 10 projects to receive funding for research in support of the lab’s program on Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts. The selected research projects will further program goals by focusing on the development of cost-effective and environmentally benign approaches for the recovery of rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic coal and coal byproducts.

Innovation that Improves Safety, Efficiency of Energy Plant Operations Nets R&D 100 Award for NETL, WVU and Schneider Electric Researchers
November 20, 2015
A new, innovative software product developed by a team of experts from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), West Virginia University (WVU), and Schneider Electric has been recognized with a coveted R&D 100 Award. The virtual reality–based software provides energy industry decision-makers with an unprecedented high-tech look inside the operation of power plants, helping to lower costs and increase safety and efficiency.

DOE-Funded Research Yields U.S. Patent for Use of CO2 in Concrete Curing
November 10, 2015
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to Solidia Technologies Inc. (Piscataway, NJ) for a process that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) rather than water to cure pre-cast concrete. The process significantly decreases the time required for concrete to cure and greatly improves its performance characteristics. Development of the process was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

NETL Technology for Safer, Cleaner Corrosion-Protecting Metal Coatings Licensed by Pittsburgh Start-Up
October 23, 2015
Corrosion-related issues cost the U.S. economy $276 billion a year. The Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to create a revolutionary, cost-effective technology to reduce that impact—work that resulted in the creation of a new CMU-based spin-off company that signed a licensing agreement with the laboratory in June.

Game-Changing Process Mitigates CO2 Emissions Using Renewable Energy
October 21, 2015
Gold nanoparticles are at the heart of a new process conceived and developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) that can efficiently convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into usable chemicals and fuels—a breakthrough that could lead to an effective industrial scale way to reduce CO2 emissions for a positive impact on the world’s environment. The innovation was recently detailed by NETL in the American Chemical Society (ACS) publication ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

NETL Director Gives Keynote at Shale Exchange 2015
October 20, 2015
Shale Exchange 2015 began this morning at The University Club, University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Grace Bochenek, Director of the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory gave a keynote address highlighting the Laboratory’s shale gas program. 

Underground CO2 Storage, Natural Gas Recovery Targeted by Virginia Tech/NETL Research
October 20, 2015

Researchers from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) have teamed with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on a multi-part project to investigate the feasibility of injecting captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into organic-rich rocks, deep underground, to permanently store the greenhouse gas while simultaneously recovering natural gas.

Newly Released Study Highlights Significant Utica Shale Potential
October 09, 2015
A pioneering study led by West Virginia University, and financially supported by the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and 14 industry members of the Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration Consortium, indicates that the newly explored Utica Shale, which underlies the better-known Marcellus Shale, could hold far more natural gas and oil than previously estimated. If the commercial potential of this play could be realized, it would be, geographically, the largest natural gas field in the United States.

NETL Scientists Honored by ASM International for Work on Platinum Chromium Alloy for Coronary Stents
October 06, 2015
For their work on the development, transfer, and successful commercialization of a novel platinum-chromium alloy used in next-generation coronary stents, scientists at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and their colleagues, were honored with a 2015 ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award from the materials science and engineering society ASM International.

NETL’s 2015 Carbon Storage Atlas Shows Increase in U.S. CO2 Storage Potential
September 28, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) today released the fifth edition of the Carbon Storage Atlas (Atlas V), which shows prospective carbon dioxide (CO2) storage resources of at least 2,600 billion metric tons – an increase over the findings of the 2012 Atlas.

Five Projects Focusing on Scale-Up of Carbon Storage Infrastructure Selected for NETL Funding
September 16, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected five research and development projects to receive Phase I funding through the “Fit-for-Purpose Field Project: Developing and Validating Pressure Management and Plume Control Strategies through a Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST)” under NETL’s Carbon Storage Program. The term “fit for purpose” refers to research focused on developing specific subsurface engineering approaches that address research needs critical for advancing carbon capture and storage to commercial scale.  Projects selected will have an opportunity to continue to Phase II field projects through a down-select process.

DOE Selects Eight Projects to Receive Funding for Reducing the Cost of CO2 Capture and Compression
September 01, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected eight projects to receive funding to construct small- and large-scale pilots for reducing the cost of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and compression through DOE’s Carbon Capture Program.

Energy Sector Workforce Development Studies Prepared for Energy Department Released
August 31, 2015

The RAND Corporation has released two energy-sector workforce development studies conducted on behalf of the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The two studies, one targeting the state of West Virginia and one the southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) region, provided recommendations that support the Energy Department’s strategic objective to increase energy productivity and ensure safe and responsible development of domestic energy resources.

Energy Department Lab Researcher Wins HENAAC Award for Outstanding Achievement
August 26, 2015

The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL’s) Nicolas Huerta has been honored as a Great Minds in STEM™ Luminary Honoree by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC).

Dr. Huerta, who has made significant scientific contributions to the field of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage risk assessment, is being recognized for his work as a leader and role model to the Hispanic technical community.

DOE Selects Six University Coal Research Projects for Funding
August 17, 2015
The U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected six projects to receive funding through NETL’s University Coal Research Program, administered by the Crosscutting Research Technology Program. The University Coal Research Program funds research and development at U.S. colleges and universities for coal conversion and utilization.

DOE Selects Nine Projects to Receive Funding for Carbon Storage Intelligent Monitoring and Well Integrity and Mitigation Research
August 17, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected nine projects to receive funding to research new CO2 storage technologies devoted to intelligent monitoring systems and advanced well integrity and mitigation approaches through DOE’s Carbon Storage Program.

DOE Selects 16 Transformational Carbon Capture Technologies Projects for Funding
August 13, 2015

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 16 projects to receive funding through NETL’s Carbon Capture Program. The program funds development and testing of transformational carbon dioxide (CO2) capture systems for new and existing coal-based power plants. Research funded by this program is expected to help overcome limitations of singular, standard gas treatment systems, such as those based on solvents, sorbents, or membranes alone.

DOE Selects Twelve Projects for Crosscutting Technology Research Funding
August 11, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 12 projects to receive funding through its Crosscutting Research Program's Transitional Technology Development to Enable Highly Efficient Power Systems with Carbon Management initiative.

DOE Selects Three Minority-Led Projects for Funding through NETL Crosscutting Research Program
August 04, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCUs/OMIs) projects to receive funding for fossil fuel research through its Crosscutting Research Program.

DOE Selects Project to Help Advance More Efficient Supercritical Carbon Dioxide-Based Power Cycles
August 03, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected Thar Energy, LLC to develop new recuperator technologies leading to more cost-effective and efficient supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2)-based power cycles.

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements Released
July 28, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Opportunities to Develop High Performance, Economically Viable, and Environmentally Benign Technologies to Recover Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from Domestic Coal and Coal Byproducts."

DOE Selects Projects to Assess Offshore Carbon Storage
July 15, 2015

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected five projects to receive funding through NETL’s Carbon Storage program. The program is working to develop and advance the effectiveness of onshore and offshore carbon storage technologies, reduce the challenges associated with implementation, and prepare them for widespread commercial deployment in the 2025–2035 time frame.

DOE Selects Gasification Technology Research Projects for Funding
July 14, 2015
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected seven projects to receive funding through NETL’s Gasification System Program. This program supports a wide range of research and development activities aimed at improving fuel and product versatility, efficiency, and economics of gasification processes.

DOE Selects Research Projects to Advance Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology
July 13, 2015
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected for funding 16 solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology research projects. Fuel cells are a modular, efficient, and virtually pollution-free power generation technology. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, NETL issued two funding opportunities announcements (FOAs) to support programs that enable the development and deployment of this energy technology.

DOE-Sponsored Project to Study Shale Gas Production
June 26, 2015
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and its partners, West Virginia University (WVU), Northeast Natural Energy (NNE), and The Ohio State University, are moving forward on a project to monitor the process and progress of unconventional gas production at a Marcellus Shale well near Morgantown, WV.

Advanced Combustion Systems Projects Selected for Funding
June 08, 2015
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected ten projects to receive funding through NETL’s Advanced Combustion Systems Program. The program focuses on lowering costs and improving performance of combustion systems that generate electricity with near-zero emissions, including CO2. Central to the program are systems based on oxy-combustion—which uses oxygen to combust fuel and form a concentrated stream of CO2 for efficient and effective carbon capture—and chemical looping, which produces energy using oxygen from metal oxide oxygen carriers for fuel combustion. Projects being funded fall under three subtopic areas: use of higher efficiency supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles, further research on mature combustion technologies, and development of novel concepts.

Nine Projects Selected for Funding through University Turbine Systems Research Program
June 04, 2015
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected nine research and development projects to receive funding through the NETL-managed University Turbine Systems Research Program. The Program funds a portfolio of gas turbine-focused university projects to facilitate the development and demonstration of next-generation technology. The work will address technical challenges in turbine technology in support of the Energy Department’s strategic goals and program mission needs.

DOE-Funded Project Testing Laser CO2 Monitoring at Carbon Storage Site
June 03, 2015
A project that uses lasers to monitor carbon dioxide (CO2) is being analyzed as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) drive to improve greenhouse gas-monitoring abilities at CO2 storage sites. The project is managed by the DOE Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

NETL Issues Licenses for its Arc Position Sensing Technology
May 27, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has issued two licenses involving its Arc Position Sensing (APS) technology to KW Associates LLC , an Oregon-based company founded by the technology’s inventors. APS technology is a patented, award-winning measurement technology developed for the specialty metals industry to identify arc distribution conditions during arc melting. The unique technology allows operators to optimize the processing to improve material yield, decrease energy use, and improve safety systems.

NETL-Supported Study Advances Exploration of Utica Shale Play
May 21, 2015
A few thousand feet below the Marcellus Formation in the Appalachian Basin lies the Utica Shale. Consisting of alternating layers of limestone and organic-rich shale rock, the Utica Shale is capable of yielding large amounts of valuable hydrocarbons. In a 2-year study organized by West Virginia University (WVU), and financially supported by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and 15 industry partners, the Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration Consortium thoroughly investigated this important hydrocarbon-bearing resource. The resulting Geologic Play Book for Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Explorationwill released to the public at a July workshop.

Texas CO2 Capture Demonstration Project Hits Two Million Metric Ton Milestone
May 15, 2015
On May 15, 2015, Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (Allentown, Pa.) successfully captured and stored its 2 millionth metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) in a project sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Located at a  hydrogen-production facility in Port Arthur, Texas, the project is demonstrating an innovative gas-separation technology called vacuum swing adsorption. The technology is being used to capture more than 90 percent of the CO2 from the product streams of two commercial-scale steam methane reformers, preventing its release into the atmosphere. 

In Milestone, Energy Department Projects Safely and Permanently Store 10 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide
April 22, 2015

In Milestone, Energy Department Projects Safely and Permanently Store 10 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide

WASHINGTON – In a landmark accomplishment, the U.S. Department of Energy is announcing that a group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the Department have safely captured 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – the equivalent of removing more than 2 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s roads for one year.

NETL Collaborates with Partners to Produce Global Outlook on Natural Gas Hydrates
March 17, 2015
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.

NETL Researchers Garner 17 New Patents in 2014
February 26, 2015

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.

NETL-Sponsored Study Confirms Vast Energy Resource in Residual Oil Zones
February 24, 2015

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.

Where in the World is Carbon Being Captured and Stored? This Database will Show You.
February 23, 2015
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.

DOE-Sponsored Syngas Cleanup Demonstration Project Reaches Development Milestone
February 19, 2015

In a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a demonstration-scale application of RTI International's warm synthesis gas (syngas) cleanup process technology has achieved a key operational milestone at Tampa Electric Company’s coal gasification plant in Polk County, Fla.

Department of Energy, Shell Canada to Collaborate on CO2 Storage Project
February 04, 2015

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Shell Canada announced today they intend to collaborate in field tests to validate advanced monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA) technologies for underground storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

DOE-Sponsored Project Tests Novel Method to Increase Oil Recovery
February 03, 2015

Successful laboratory tests at the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have verified that the use of a brine-soluble ionic surfactant could improve the efficiency of carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR).

Interns at NETL: Expanding Horizons through Diverse Collaborations
January 30, 2015

With one-of-a-kind laboratories and facilities for groundbreaking energy research, NETL is a sought-after venue for students from all over the world who seek collaborative research opportunities and access to NETL's world-class fossil energy expertise and training. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) helps make those opportunities possible for many.

New Membrane Technology for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Begins Pilot-Scale Test
January 26, 2015

A promising new technology sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for economically capturing 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from a coal-burning power plant has begun pilot-scale testing.

Novel Carbon Capture Solvent Begins Pilot-Scale Testing for Emissions Control
January 13, 2015

Pilot-scale testing of an advanced technology for economically capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas has begun at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC ) in Wilsonville, Ala. Under a cooperative agreement with the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Linde LLC is operating a nominal 1-megawatt-electric (MWe) pilot plant expected to capture 30 tons of CO2 per day. Cost-effective carbon capture and storage from fossil-based power generation is a critical component of national efforts to mitigate climate change.

Energy Department Project Captures and Stores One Million Metric Tons of Carbon
January 08, 2015
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy announced today that its Illinois Basin-Decatur Project successfully captured and stored one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and injected it into a deep saline formation. The project is part of the development phase of the Department’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships initiative, which is helping develop and deploy carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies across the country, and continuing the United States on a path towards a low carbon future.


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