2010 News Releases
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December 16, 2010
Prestigious "Coal-Fired Project of the Year" Award Goes to Plant Demonstrating Innovative DOE-Funded Technology
An innovative project demonstrating DryFining(TM) technology, a more cost-effective way to control coal-based power plant emissions while improving fuel quality, has been named the 2010 Coal-Fired Project of the Year by the editors of Power Engineering magazine.
December 02, 2010
NETL Researchers Claim 2010 R&D 100 Awards
NETL researchers claimed 2010 R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine at a black-tie banquet at in Orlando, Fla., on November 11. Two technologies developed at NETL were recognized for being among the top 100 new technologies of the year.
December 01, 2010
Third Carbon Sequestration Atlas Estimates Up to 5,700 Years of CO2 Storage Potential in U.S. and Portions of Canada
There could be as much as 5,700 years of CO2 storage potential available in geologic formations in the United States and portions of Canada, according to the latest edition of DOE's Carbon Sequestration Atlas.
November 30, 2010
New DOE-Sponsored Study Helps Advance Scientific Understanding of Potential CO2 Storage Impacts
A new U.S. Department of Energy sponsored study has confirmed earlier research showing that proper site selection and monitoring is essential for helping anticipate and mitigate possible risks of CCS.
November 15, 2010
NETL's High-Speed Imaging System Successfully Applied in Medicine, Broad Spectrum of Industry
A groundbreaking DOE-developed imaging system originally designed to help create cleaner fossil energy processes is finding successful applications in a wide range of other industries.
November 09, 2010
World Gasification Database Now Available from DOE
A database just released by DOE documents the worldwide growth of gasification, the expected technology of choice for future coal-based plants.
November 04, 2010
DOE-Sponsored Field Test Finds Potential for Permanent Storage of CO2 in Lignite Seams
A field test sponsored by DOE has demonstrated that opportunities to permanently store carbon in unmineable seams of lignite may be more widespread than previously documented.
November 02, 2010
Innovative Telemetry System Will Help Tap Hard-to-Reach Natural Gas Resources
The commercialization of an innovative telemetry communications system developed through a DOE research program will help U.S. producers tap previously hard-to-reach natural gas resources deep underground.
October 27, 2010
Study Examines Benefits of Expanding North Dakota Oil Refinery Capacity – A recent press release through Senator Byron Dorgan’s (D-N.D.) office indicates that the results of an oil refinery study shows "real promise" for building a new 34,000 barrel per day diesel and naphtha refinery in North Dakota. The study was conducted by The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives with support by the Corval Group, Purvin and Gertz Inc., and Mustang Engineers and Constructors and was managed through the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The final report will be available through NETL within a few weeks. Read the DOE/NETL project summary
October 12, 2010
NETL Researchers Earn Tech Transfer Award
Two NETL researchers have been recognized by the Mid Atlantic Federal Laboratory Consortium for developing a sorbent process that advances CO2 capture from power plants and transferring the process to the marketplace.
October 6, 2010
FutureGen Industrial Alliance Announces Carbon Storage Site Selection Process for FutureGen 2.0
The FutureGen Industrial Alliance today announced details of a process that will lead to the selection of an Illinois site for the storage of carbon dioxide collected at FutureGen 2.0, a landmark project that will advance the deployment of carbon capture and storage technology at an Ameren Energy Resources power plant in Meredosia, Illinois.
October 5, 2010
DOE Manual Studies 11 Major CO2 Geologic Storage Formations
A comprehensive study of 11 geologic formations suitable for permanent underground carbon dioxide storage is contained in a new manual issued by the U.S. Department of Energy.
October 1, 2010
Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy to Depart Nov. 4
Dr. James J. Markowsky, who has spearheaded DOE’s efforts in the development of carbon capture and storage technologies for the past two years, has announced he will resign as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy effective Nov. 4.
September 28, 2010
Department of Energy Formally Commits $1 Billion in Recovery Act Funding to FutureGen 2.0
DOE has signed final cooperative agreements with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance and Ameren Energy Resources that formally commit $1 billion in Recovery Act funding to build FutureGen 2.0.
September 27, 2010
Projects Selected to Boost Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources
Ten projects focused on two technical areas aimed at increasing the nation’s supply of "unconventional" fossil energy, reducing potential environmental impacts, and expanding carbon dioxide storage options have been selected for further development by the U.S. Department of Energy.
September 23, 2010
"Sour" Gas Streams Safe for Carbon Sequestration, DOE-Sponsored Study Shows
Gas streams containing high levels of both carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide can be safely used for carbon capture and storage, according to results from a field test completed by the Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership.
September 16, 2010
Secretary Chu Announces Simulation-Based Engineering User Center
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the creation of the Simulation-Based Engineering User Center (SBEUC) that will facilitate collaborative computational research for energy applications.
September 14, 2010
Projects Selected to Advance Innovative Materials for Fossil Energy Power Systems
Four projects that will develop capabilities for designing sophisticated materials that can withstand the harsh environments of advanced fossil energy power systems have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy.
September 13, 2010
Secretary Chu Announces U.S. Centers for U.S.-China Clean Energy Research
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that two consortia - one led by the University of Michigan and one led by the West Virginia University - will receive a total of $25 million over the next five years under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC).
September 09, 2010
New Recovery Act Funding Boosts Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Research and Development
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of 22 projects that will accelerate carbon capture and storage research and development for industrial sources.
September 08, 2010
Secretary Chu Announces Carbon Capture and Storage Simulation Initiative
Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the creation of the Carbon Capture and Storage Simulation Initiative with an investment of up to $40 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
September 02, 2010
NETL Releases 2009 Accomplishments Report
Breakthroughs in energy research and technology development are highlighted in the just-released National Energy Technology Laboratory 2009 Accomplishments Report. In commemoration of NETL’s 100th anniversary, the report also tells the story of the laboratory’s research over the past century.
September 01, 2010
Projects To Develop Novel Monitoring Networks for Advanced Power Systems Selected
Five projects that will develop technologically sophisticated monitoring networks for advanced fossil energy power systems have been selected for continued research by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
August 31, 2010
NETL Researchers Awarded Supercomputer Time through DOE’s Office of Science
Two researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory have been awarded time on a high-performance supercomputer to conduct projects on new materials associated with electrical power generation.
August 25, 2010
DOE National Laboratory Breakthrough Could Enhance Use of Domestic Natural Gas, Methane Hydrate Resources
A process and related technology that could enhance the nation’s ability to use natural gas and vast methane hydrate energy resources has been developed by researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
August 20, 2010
Department of Energy and FutureGen Alliance Discuss Next Steps for FutureGen 2.0 in Illinois
Officials from DOE, the state of Illinois, Ameren, Babcock & Wilcox, American Air Liquide and the FutureGen Alliance discussed the next steps for FutureGen 2.0.
August 19, 2010
DOE Regional Partnership Successfully Demonstrates Terrestrial CO2 Storage Practices in Great Plains Region of U.S. and Canada
A field test demonstrating the best approaches for terrestrial carbon dioxide storage in the heartland of North America has been successfully completed by one of the DOE's seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships.
August 19, 2010
NETL Recognized for Technology Transfer
The work of two research groups at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have been recognized by the Far West Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) for their efforts in developing and commercializing advanced energy technologies.
August 18, 2010
DOE Selects Projects to Advance Technologies for the Co-Production of Power and Hydrogen, Fuels or Chemicals from Coal-Biomass Feedstocks
Eight projects that will focus on gasification of coal/biomass to produce synthetic gas have been selected for further development by the U.S. Department of Energy.
August 12, 2010
Federal Task Force Sends Recommendations to President on Fostering Clean Coal Technology
President Obama's Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage, co-chaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, delivered a series of recommendations to the President on overcoming the barriers to the widespread, cost-effective deployment of CCS within 10 years.
August 11, 2010
Department of Energy Announces 15 Projects Aimed at Secure Underground Storage of CO2
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the selection of 15 projects to develop technologies aimed at safely and economically storing carbon dioxide (CO2) in geologic formations.
August 05, 2010
Secretary Chu Announces FutureGen 2.0
Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced the awarding of $1 billion in Recovery Act funding to the FutureGen Alliance, Ameren Energy Resources, Babcock & Wilcox, and Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc. to build FutureGen 2.0, a clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide storage network.
August 04, 2010
Seven Universities Selected To Conduct Advanced Turbine Technology Studies
Seven universities have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct advanced turbine technology studies under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program.
July 28, 2010
DOE Collaboration with National Geographic's JASON Project Yields Three CODiE Awards
The JASON Project’s multimedia energy curriculum has earned three CODiE Awards from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).
July 27, 2010
New Projects Set to Target Efficiency, Environmental Gains at Advanced Coal Gasification Facilities
Four projects that will demonstrate an innovative technology that could eventually enhance hydrogen fuel production, lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve efficiencies and lower consumer electricity costs from advanced coal gasification power systems have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
July 26, 2010
Successful Clean Coal Technology Licensed for Commercial Application
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has received the first installment from a repayment agreement for the Liquid Phase Methanol (LPMEOH™) Process
July 23, 2010
DOE Launches "Gasifipedia" Website
The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has launched a new public website called "Gasifipedia," a comprehensive online collection of resources to promote better understanding of gasification technology. Gasification offers an alternative to more established ways of converting feedstocks such as coal and biomass into useful products such as electricity or fuels. It is anticipated to be the technology of choice for future near zero-emissions, coal-based plants that produce power, fuels, and/or chemicals.
July 22, 2010
Secretary Chu Announces Six Projects to Convert Captured CO2 Emissions from Industrial Sources into Useful Products
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the selections of six projects that aim to find ways of converting captured carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial sources into useful products such as fuel, plastics, cement, and fertilizers. Funded with $106 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act –matched with $156 million in private cost-share –today’s selections demonstrate the potential opportunity to use CO2 as an inexpensive raw material that can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions while producing useful by-products that Americans can use.
July 20, 2010
U.S. Partners with Canada to Renew Funding for World's Largest International CO2 Storage Project in Depleted Oil Fields
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Natural Resources Canada announced today a total of $5.2 million has been committed by the two governments to bring a benchmark carbon dioxide (CO2) injection project to successful conclusion in 2011
July 8, 2010
NETL Technologies Garner R&D 100 Awards
Two technologies developed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have won R&D 100 Awards for 2010.
July 07, 2010
Ten Projects Selected by DOE to Advance State-of-the-Art Carbon Capture from Coal Power Plants
Ten projects aimed at developing advanced technologies for capturing CO2 from coal combustion have been selected by DOE under its Innovations for Existing Plants Program.
July 6, 2010
Research Projects to Convert Captured CO2 Emissions to Useful Products
Research to help find ways of converting into useful products CO2 captured from emissions of power plants and industrial facilities will be conducted by six projects announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
June 28, 2010
DOE-Sponsored Field Test Demonstrates Viability of Simultaneous CO2 Storage and Enhanced Oil Recovery in Carbonate Reservoirs
A field test conducted by a DOE team of regional partners has demonstrated that using CO2 in an EOR method dubbed “huff-and-puff” can help assess the carbon storage potential of geologic formations.
June 23, 2010
Successful Oil and Gas Technology Transfer Program Extended to 2015
The Stripper Well Consortium - a program that has successfully provided and transferred technological advances to small, independent oil and gas operators over the past nine years - has been extended to 2015 by DOE.
June 18, 2010
DOE Signs Cooperative Agreement for Carbon Capture Project
The U.S. Department of Energy has signed a cooperative agreement with NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) for the Parish Post-Combustion CO2 Capture and Sequestration Project to design, construct, and operate a system that will capture and store approximately 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. The project, which will be managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, was selected under DOE’s Clean Coal Power Initiative, a collaboration between the federal government and private industry working toward low-emission, coal-based power generation technology.
June 16, 2010
DOE Awards Second Phase of North Dakota Oil Production Study
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded an agreement to the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) to extend a study that will enhance the understanding of factors affecting oil production from the Bakken and Three Forks-Sanish formations within the Williston Basin.
June 16, 2010
Alabama Project Testing Potential for Combining CO2 Storage with Enhanced Methane Recovery
Field testing the potential for combining geologic CO2 storage with enhanced methane recovery is underway at a site in Alabama by a DOE team of regional partners.
June 11, 2010
Data Acquisition Processor Fills Gap for Extreme Down-hole Conditions
Honeywell International, Inc. has developed a Reconfigurable Processor for Data Acquisition (RPDA) – a reprogrammable, multi-functional device that can operate at temperatures up to 250°C (482°F). The system is housed in a rugged package suitable for deep down-hole oil and natural gas logging and measurement-while-drilling (MWD) operations, and permanent wellbore installation applications. The project was funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) under the Office of Fossil Energy’s Oil and Natural Gas Program.
June 10, 2010
Large-Scale Industrial CCS Projects Selected for Continued Testing
Three Recovery Act funded projects have been selected by DOE to continue testing large-scale carbon capture and storage from industrial sources.
June 9, 2010
Award-Winning DOE Technology Scores Success in Carbon Storage Project
The ability to detect and track the movement of carbon dioxide (CO2) in underground geologic storage reservoirs — an important component of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology — has been successfully demonstrated at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) New Mexico test site.
May 20, 2010
Four Minority Universities Selected for Fossil Energy Research Grants
Innovative fossil energy research projects will be investigated by students and faculty from four winning institutions in the Department of Energy’s annual competition for fossil energy research ideas from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI).
May 20, 2010
NETL Receives Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award for Annual Accomplishments Report
The National Energy Technology (NETL) has won a National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award of Excellence in the Technical or Statistical Report category for their work on the 2008 NETL Accomplishments Report. This is the second award NETL has won for their annual accomplishments reports.
May 13, 2010
Seven Projects Aimed at Advancing Coal Research Selected for DOE's University Coal Research Program
Seven projects aimed at advancing coal research and development while providing research exposure to a new generation of scientists and engineers have been selected to participate in DOE's University Coal Research Program.
April 28, 2010
NETL to Celebrate National Lab Day
In celebration of National Lab Day, scientists and engineers from NETL will visit South Park (Pa.) Middle School to lead students in a series of hands-on science experiments. The event is part of a nationwide movement meant to excite students about science and interest them in future careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
April 23, 2010
DOE-Sponsored Seismic Project Helps Identify Untapped Oil in Developed Reservoirs
Using innovative seismic-based technologies developed with funding from NETL, a Kansas drilling company has discovered an untapped, 10-foot-thick oil zone in a developed Colorado reservoir.
April 20, 2010
Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration 2010 Now Accepting Applications
Students and early career professionals can gain hands-on experience in areas related to CCS by participating in the Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) program.
April 01, 2010
Anthony Cugini Named Director of DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory
Anthony V. Cugini, a senior scientist with a range of research experience and interests over a wide cross section of energy and environmental technologies, has been named director of DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory.
March 30, 2010
Initial Scientific Results Available from DOE-Sponsored Gas Hydrate Expedition
Gas hydrate, a potentially immense energy resource, occurs at high saturations within reservoir-quality sands in the Gulf of Mexico, according to reports released by FE's National Energy Technology Lab.
March 15, 2010
Illinois CO2 Injection Project Moves Another Step Forward
The recent completion of a 3-D seismic survey at a large Illinois CO2 injection test site is an important step forward for the CCS project's planned early 2011 startup.
March 12, 2010
DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement for Innovative Electric Generation Facility with Pre-Combustion CO2 Capture and Storage
DOE has awarded a cooperative agreement to Summit Texas Clean Energy, LLC, for the Texas Clean Energy Project to design, build, and demonstrate an IGCC electric generating facility, complete with co-production of high-value products and CCS.
March 12, 2010
DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Project
DOE has awarded a cooperative agreement to AEP for the Mountaineer Commercial-Scale CCS Project to design, construct, and operate a system that will capture and store CO2.
March 11, 2010
Innovative Drying Technology Extracts More Energy from High Moisture Coal
An innovative coal-drying technology that will extract more energy from high moisture coal at less cost and simultaneously reduce potentially harmful emissions is ready for commercial use after successful testing at a Minnesota electric utility.
March 09, 2010
Secretary Chu Announces Up To $154 Million for NRG Energy's Carbon Capture and Storage Project in Texas
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today that a project with NRG Energy has been selected to receive up to $154 million, including funding from the Recovery Act.
March 01, 2010
Alabama Injection Project Aimed at Enhanced Oil Recovery, Testing Important Geologic CO2 Storage
Carbon dioxide injection has started in a pilot study of CO2 enhanced oil recovery in the Citronelle Field of Mobile County, Alabama.
February 24, 2010
National Research Council Lauds U.S. National Gas Hydrate R&D Effort
In a Congressionally mandated report released January 29,2010, the National Research Council praised the National Methane Hydrate R&D Program, which is investigating the science and technology needed to realize the commercial development of natural gas from hydrates.
February 17, 2010
NETL Awarded Patents for Solutions to the Nation's Energy Challenges
NETL researchers received nine patents in 2008 and 2009 for breakthrough technologies that are leading the way toward cleaner, more economic use of our Nation's energy resources.
February 04, 2010
Corval Group Selected to Conduct NETL-Sponsored North Dakota Refinery Feasibility Study
In an NETL-sponsored project, a steering committee of oil industry leaders has selected the Corval Group to conduct a feasibility study of oil refinery capacity in North Dakota.
January 13, 2010
DOE Publishes Best Practices Manual for Public Outreach and Education for Carbon Storage Projects
DOE's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program has released a new manual to recommend best practices for public outreach and education for CO2 storage projects.
January 12, 2010
Milestone Project Demonstrates Innovative Mercury Emissions Reduction Technology
An innovative technology that could potentially help coal-based power generation facilities comply with anticipated new mercury emissions standards was successfully demonstrated in a recently concluded milestone project at a Michigan power plant.