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NETL Co-Hosts Student Mentoring Program to Encourage STEM Careers
Image of NETL logoNETL co-hosted a special event April 18 to help mitigate participation disparities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by connecting enthusiastic professionals with interested students and their educators.

NETL Manufacturing System Offers New Possibilities for Optical Sensors
Image of NETL logoDeveloping improved sensors and controls for power plants offers the potential to cut costs for utility operators and customers by increasing efficiency, limiting outages, and reducing CO2 emissions. The challenge for researchers is devising sensors that can provide real-time measurements of temperature, pressure, gas species and more amid harsh conditions. 

Energy Department Announces up to $9M for Projects that Advance Associated Geologic Storage
Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL have announced up to $9 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001829, Developing Technologies for Advancement of Associated Geologic Storage in Basinal Geo-Laboratories

NETL Sensors Brave the Harsh Environments of Advanced Energy Applications
Image of NETL logoThe inside of today’s energy systems host some of the harshest environments anywhere on the planet, and the faults, fractures, and carbon dioxide plumes deep underground present an array of challenges for resource recovery. Sophisticated sensors help energy systems to operate more efficiently, and assist in recovering underground oil and gas. However, creating sensors that can withstand these formidable environments is a challenge. NETL is on the task.

NETL in the News

News IconRare earths extracted from coal mining by-products (NETL/WVU joint project explained) –

News IconRealizing state's natural gas potential focus of conference (NETL work on horizontal drilling noted)

News IconAcid mine drainage yields valuable rare earth elements – (NETL-WVU Project profiled) –

Director's Corner

Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D.

 Photo of Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D. NETL Prepares Next-Generation Sensors to Meet Next-Generation Challenges

More than 135 years ago, Warren Seymour Johnson, a college professor who was frustrated with his inability to regulate the temperature in his classroom, invented what he called the “electric tele-thermoscope.” It was little more than a contraption that rang a bell to alert heating system operators to open or close dampers. It turned out to be the first sensor.


NETL Shares Work at 7th Annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference


NETL exhibited its work to develop innovative energy technology solutions at the 7th Annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference, held April 16-17 in Morgantown, W.Va. Hosted by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, the conference aimed to educate companies about the potential for ethane and ethylene-related business in West Virginia and featured a natural gas expo in partnership with the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. This year’s event focused on needs, challenges and opportunities to expand energy and manufacturing investment in the Appalachian region. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg served as a keynote speaker, providing a fossil fuels forecast with an emphasis on natural gas liquids. Acting Director Sean Plasynski, Ph.D., and other representatives from NETL shared the Lab’s expert energy analysis and oil and gas research with important industry contacts to promote collaboration.

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