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December 30, 2003
Advanced Natural Gas Turbine Hailed as Top Power Project of 2003
A power plant featuring a next-generation gas turbine developed as part of DOE's advanced turbine systems program has been selected by Power Engineering magazine as one of three 2003 Projects of the Year.
December 8, 2003
Historically Black, Other Minority Colleges Encouraged to Compete for Grants for Fossil Energy Research
DOE has issued its annual call for fossil fuel research proposals from historically black and other minority colleges and universities.
December 5, 2003
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor is 2003 Lowry Award Winner
The Energy Department's 2003 Homer H. Lowry Award will go to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor emeritus whose combustion research continues to influence the design and commercialization of cleaner, 'low NOx' combustors widely used in the power industry.
November 26, 2003
Clean Coal Power Initiative Draft Solicitation Available for Comment
Draft Solicitation for Round II of the Clean Coal Power Initiative is now available.
November 14, 2003
Congressional Budget Conferees Back President's Coal, FutureGen Initiatives
President Bush signed an appropriations bill on November 10, 2003, that increases funding for several critical coal technologies, helping insure coal and clean coal technology remain a cornerstone of U.S. energy policy.
November 3, 2003
Department of Energy-Funded Research
Advances Work on Fossil Fuels Nationwide
U.S. Department of Energy-funded research has verified vast available
deposits of natural gas, led to the development of environmentally friendly
drilling in the sensitive Arctic and the successful testing of flexible
pipe that makes Houdini-like bends deep in the Earth to allow for the
lateral extraction of gas supplies.
October 31, 2003
DOE Begins 25th Year of University Coal Research Program
DOE opens 25th annual competition for academic coal research ideas.
October 30, 2003
New 'Conformable' Sensor Accurately Maps Natural Gas Pipeline Corrosion
A prototype sensor that can quickly and inexpensively measure pitting and deterioration of natural gas pipelines has passed a critical test on its path to commercialization.
October 23, 2003
World's First Coal Mine Methane Fuel Cell Powers Up in Ohio
World's first coal mine methane fuel cell begins generating electricity.
October 21, 2003
Oil Well Stability Studies Underway in the Gulf of Mexico
Researchers are conducting important geologic tests to determine how oil wells in the oceans can be stabilized while drilling in slabs of salt thousands of feet thick.
October 10, 2003
Carbon Fiber Drill Pipe Demonstrates Resiliency in Oklahoma Field Test
A new type of lightweight drill pipe, made of space-age carbon fiber composites rather than traditional steel, is a step closer to becoming a major government-industry R&D success story.
October 3, 2003
SECA Member Enters Joint Venture to
Market Fuel Cells in Japan
Acumentrics Corporpation of Westwood, Mass., and Japan’s Sumitomo
Corporation have formed a new company, Acumentrics Japan Co., to market
and sell Acumentrics’ tubular solid oxide fuel cell power systems
October 2, 2003
DOE Lab Earns Environmental Certification
Following an intensive 2 ½-year effort, the National Energy
Technology Laboratory (NETL) has joined the growing international ranks
of government agencies and private industries who have earned the prestigious
ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.
October 2, 2003
Vehicle-Mounted Natural Gas Leak Detector Passes Key "Road Test"
An Energy Department project with a Massachusetts company could lead to future vehicle-mounted sensors that could spot natural gas leaks in residential neighborhoods.
September 29, 2003
First Test Passes Muster
A recent study conducted by Conversion Gas Imports (CGI), L.L.C. and Ebara
International tested the largest LNG production pump ever made.
September 17, 2003
Fuel Cells to Advance Zero-Emissions Energy in Tomorrow's Economy
The Department of Energy gives fuel cell R&D a boost with 10 new projects focused on solving technical challenges confronting tomorrow's super-clean, solid-state power systems.
September 11, 2003
DOE to Test Advanced Methods For Reducing Mercury Emissions
With the nation's coal-burning utilities facing the prospect of first-time control on mercury emissions, the Department of Energy is turning its attention to longer-term, large-scale tests of the most promising control technologies.
September 11, 2003
DOE, Penn State To Establish Gas Storage Technology Consortium
The Pennsylvania State University has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to establish and operate an underground gas storage technology consortium.
September 10, 2003
NARUC to Assist in Educating States, Public on Liquefied Natural Gas
With the nation facing potential natural gas shortages in the short term, and increasing demand for gas in the longer term, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy has selected the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) to help educate critical energy decision makers about liquefied natural gas.
September 8, 2003
New 'Smart Drilling' Projects Promise Lower Cost, More Reliable Gas Drilling
Focus is on Harder-to-Reach, Deeper Gas Supplies
With much of the nation's easier-to-reach deposits of natural gas now being produced, DOE continues to look to the future when 'smart drilling' technologies will be needed to find and produce gas from deeper, more elusive formations.
August 29, 2003
NETL Selects Sensor Research Projects
NETL has selected three projects to develop micro-sensors that will operate
in the high-temperature, harsh environments of advanced fossil-fuel-based
energy production systems.
August 28, 2003
Remote Sensing Technology Maps Flow of Groundwater from the Air
Using aerial remote sensing techniques, researchers working with the U.S. Department of Energy are "seeing" through solid ground to create three-dimensional images of the flow of groundwater as deep as 1,000 feet below the earth's surface.
August 25, 2003
Three NETL Research Efforts Capture Prestigious Honor in Applied Research
Carbon Detector, Mercury Control System, More Durable Stainless Steel Are Among R&D 100 Awards and have ties to the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the U.S Department of Energy's (DOE) lead laboratory for fossil energy research and development.
August 18, 2003
DOE Names Regional Partners to Explore Best Approaches for Sequestering Greenhouse Gases - Key Part of Administration's Climate Change Initiative
New, national network of state agencies, universities, and private companies to help determine best approaches for capturing and storing greenhouse gases.
August 13, 2003
Ceremony Prepares for Arrival of Clean Coal Fuel Cell
Officials gathered on Wednesday, August 13, in West Terre Haute, IN, for a dedication ceremony in preparation for the arrival of the world's first megawatt-class advanced fuel cell to be integrated into a clean coal technology power plant.
August 6, 2003
DOE Selects Five Innovative Water Management
study the link between coal power generation and fresh water availability
and quality. The projects are the result of the first targeted solicitation
under a new coal-fired power plant water management initiative, a part
of DOE's Innovations for Existing Plants program.
August 5, 2003
Innovative Mercury Removal Technique Shows Early Promise
Early lab tests at DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory reveal that beaming ultraviolet light into the flue gas of coal-fired power plants could make both current and future mercury removal technologies more effective.
August 4, 2003
From Battlefield to Backyard
DOE Project Adapts Military Landmine Detector to Locate Natural Gas Pipes
Pinpointing the precise location of natural gas pipelines beneath America's streets and backyards could become much easier thanks to a U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored spinoff of an advanced landmine detection system being developed for the military. CyTerra Corp. developed the new detector.
July 22, 2003
Cruising for Hydrates...
DOE Funded Research Cruises Seek to Unlock the Secrets of 'Ice That Burns'
Scientists aboard the research vessel Gyre are spending the spring and summer probing the Gulf of Mexico for the presence of methane hydrates - a potentially immense source of natural gas locked in ice-like crystals on or beneath the ocean floor.
July 22, 2003
Storing Liquefied Natural Gas in Underground Salt Caverns Could Boost Global LNG Trade
Novel Process May be Half the Cost of Conventional Liquid Tank Terminals
A recently-completed study finds that a salt cavern-based LNG terminal could be built at about half the cost and twice the capacity of a conventional liquid tank terminal, which could significantly increase the economic attractiveness of world trade in liquefied natural gas.
July 22, 2003
Seven Minority Universities Selected for Energy Research Grants
The Department of Energy has awarded research grants to seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU) to support research projects that address technical issues regarding the use of fossil fuels for energy production.
July 15, 2003
Drilling Begins to Evaluate West Virginia Site for Carbon Sequestration
Drilling Begins in West Virginia to Study Feasibility of Injecting CO2 Underground
Drilling has begun on a 10,000-foot well to evaluate underground rock layers to determine if they might one day serve as storage sites for carbon dioxide, one of the gases emitted from today's fossil fuel power plants that causes concern over the threat of global climate change.
June 11, 2003
Hands-on Education for Future Coal Researchers...
Newest Winners Named in DOE's Annual University Coal Research Competition
Students and professors at 17 universities will receive $2.8 million in research grants to advance the study of new clean and efficient coal-use technologies and concepts.
June 11, 2003
DOE, Alaska to Study Guidelines for Moving Oil Field Equipment on Arctic Tundra
DOE will assist the state of Alaska in the first scientifically based study to determine when oil companies can transport equipment over the Arctic tundra without damaging the fragile ecosystem.
June 5, 2003
IntelliPipeTM Technology: Wired for Speed and Durability
A recently completed full-scale field test at the federal Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center has confirmed the capability of the IntelliPipe [TM] technology to transmit downhole data more than 200,000 times faster than technology commonly in use today.
June 2, 2003
Jet Engine Helps Fight West Virginia Mine Fire - Miners Back to Work A Year Sooner
A modified jet engine brought to the United States by an Australian team has been used to successfully fight a West Virginia mine fire that had been burning for nearly two months. Nearly 300 idled miners will soon be back on the job.
May 29, 2003
New Tools for Deep Gas...
DOE Adds Three New Projects to "Deep Trek" Research Program
The need to probe ever deeper for the natural gas Americans will need in the future has led the Department of Energy to add three new research projects to its "Deep Trek" program. The goal is to develop "smart" drilling systems tough enough to withstand the extreme conditions of potentially vast gas-bearing formations that lie three miles or more beneath the earth's surface.
May 22, 2003
DOE Adds 6 New Projects to Aid Small Independent Oil Producers
DOE has added six new projects to its "Technology Development with Independents" program to assist small independent oil producers test higher-risk technologies that could keep oil flowing from thousands of U.S. fields.
May 13, 2003
From Coal to Chemicals...
Successful Clean Coal-to-Methanol Project Boosts
Prospects For "Multi-Product" Coal Plant
The future may be "plastics from coal" along with other valuable fuels and chemicals as a result of one of the Energy Department's most successful Clean Coal Technology projects. The Liquid Phase Methanol project in Kingsport, Tenn., has completed its government co-funded demonstration period, running as trouble-free at the end as it did when it began operating more than five years ago.
April 30, 2003
New Report Indicates More Recoverable Natural Gas in Wyoming Basins Than Previously Reported
The Greater Green River and Wind River Basins of Wyoming could produce even
larger quantities of natural gas than recent studies indicate if new technologies
can be developed.
April 23, 2003
New Fuel Cell Projects Part of President's Hydrogen Initiative
With fuel cells playing a prominent role in President Bush’s "hydrogen initiative," Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham has announced plans to add two new projects valued at more than $213 million to the Energy Department's program to make these hydrogen-fueled power systems so inexpensive they could become commonplace in America’s power market during the next decade.
April 11, 2003
Drilling of U.S.'s First Hydrate Well Underway on North Slope Using Anadarko Petroleum's Innovative "Arctic Platform"
A new high-tech, modular elevated drill rig now drilling for methane hydrates on Alaska's North Slope could reduce concerns over whether oil and gas operations impact fragile ecosystems.
April 1, 2003
Energy Department Opens Nomination Period for 2003 Lowry Award
Award Honors Outstanding Achievement By Fossil Fuel Scientist or Engineer
To recognize outstanding scientific and technological achievements in coal, petroleum, or natural gas, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy is inviting the fossil fuel research community to nominate candidates for the 2003 Homer H. Lowry Award.
March 20, 2003
First Geologic Sequestration Field Test In U.S. Underway in New Mexico
1st Field Test to Study Feasibility in United States Underway in New Mexico
Could depleted oil fields offer sites for sequestering greenhouse gas emissions? A field test in Hobbs, NM, could give scientists their first "real-life" indication of whether this approach can be a future option in President Bush's Global Climate Change Initiative.
March 14, 2003
Secretary Abraham Congratulates Developer, City of Los Angeles for Installation of Fuel Cell Power Plant - Abraham Congratulates City, FuelCell Energy
A 27-year R&D partnership between the Energy Department and FuelCell Energy Inc. has produced a 250,000-watt commercial fuel cell now generating power at the downtown offices of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
March 11, 2003
New Oil Projects Stress Renewed Federal Focus on Fundamental Research
The Energy Department has selected 10 new projects in a program that renews the Federal Government's focus on fundamental research that could keep oil flowing from the nation's oil fields.
February 27, 2003
Energy, State Departments Announce New International Effort to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
First Ministerial Meeting Scheduled for June
The Departments of Energy and State have announced plans for the United States to organize a ministerial-level forum to advance the science and technology of carbon capture and sequestration. Representatives from around the world are scheduled to convene in June outside Washington D.C. for the Forum's first meeting.
February 27, 2003
Abraham Announces Pollution-Free Power Plant of the Future
$1 Billion 'Living Prototype' to Showcase Cutting-Edge Technologies to Advance President's Climate Change, Hydrogen Initiatives
The U.S. Department of Energy will call on industry to join it in building "FutureGen," the world's first plant to produce electricity and hydrogen from coal while capturing greenhouse gases.
February 3, 2003
President's 2004 Budget Includes Nearly $750 Million for Fossil Energy Programs
Carbon Sequestration Research Slated for Funding Increase;
Strategic Petroleum and Heating Oil Reserves Fully Funded
DOE's FY 2004 budget request includes a major increase for carbon sequestration research, new programs in hydrogen production, and a continued emphasis on maintaining the readiness of the Strategic Petroleum & Home Heating Oil Reserves.
January 27, 2003
"Combustion Optimization System" -- Cleaner Coal Burning at Lower Costs
A unique combination of high-tech combustion modifications and sophisticated control systems will be tested on a Kansas coal plant to show how new technology can reduce air emissions and save costs.
January 27, 2003
New Recycling Technology to be Tested At Virginia Coal-Fired Power Plant
A cooperative agreement with Universal Aggregates, LLC calls for a manufacturing plant at the Birchwood Power Facility in King George, Virginia, to turn coal ash into aggregate.
January 21, 2003
Experimental Fiber Optic Cables To Warn of Potential Pipeline Damage
Tests Begin of an "Early Warning" Sys. To Prevent Damage to Natural Gas Pipelines
Technicians in a joint DOE-industry project have deployed fiber optic cables over a mile of an active gas pipeline in the first test of a new system to detect encroaching construction activity.
January 15, 2003
Secretary of Energy Announces First Projects to Meet President's Commitment to New Clean Coal Technologies
$1.3 Billion of Projects Aimed at Clear Skies, Climate Change & Coal Waste Cleanup
The Department of Energy has named the first winners in President Bush's Clean Coal Power Initiative. The eight projects are valued at more than $1.3 billion and include new technologies to reduce air pollutants, boost power plant efficiencies, and extract energy from coal waste piles.
January 13, 2003
Leveling the Playing (Oil) Field For Small Independents
DOE has added four new projects to a program that reflects the growing importance of small producers in supplying America's demand for oil and aims to help level the technology "playing field" for these companies.
January 9, 2003
Carbon Fiber Drill Pipe Performs Flawlessly in First Field Test
A new lightweight, flexible drill pipe engineered from space-age composites rather than steel has performed flawlessly in an Energy Department-sponsored field test in Oklahoma and is now being readied for commercial use.
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