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Combustion Research Advances Cleaner, More Efficient Energy Production
Image of NETL logoNETL researchers are studying supercritical CO2 power cycles to improve thermal efficiency and alleviate adverse environmental impacts of using fossil fuels to generate power—work they hope will someday result in zero emissions and record-breaking efficiencies. This work features a special type of combustion known as oxyfuel combustion (or oxycombustion), in which oxygen rather than ambient air is used to combust fuel. The resulting flue gas is composed of highly concentrated, or supercritical, CO2.

DOE to Invest $20 Million in New Oil and Gas Research Projects
Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL today announced the availability of $20 million for cost-shared oil and gas research projects to increase recovery efficiency from unconventional oil and gas wells and to prevent offshore spills and leaks. This new funding opportunity seeks projects that will advance the Department’s objective to support a more environmentally responsible, secure, and resilient U.S. energy infrastructure, while enhancing economic competitiveness and national security.

NETL Researchers, Engineers to Join Turbomachinery Colleagues at Turbo Expo 2017
Image of NETL logoNETL researchers and engineers will join turbomachinery colleagues from around the world at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbo Expo, presented by the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute, to be held June 26–29, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. This international conference and exposition brings together thousands of experts each year to share the latest in turbine technology, research, development, and application.

DOE Projects Recognized by International Carbon Sequestration Group
Image of NETL logoThe Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF), a ministerial-level initiative focused on the development of improved, cost-effective technologies for carbon capture and storage, has recognized two U.S. Department of Energy projects led by NETL: (1) the National Risk Assessment Partnership and (2) the Carbon Capture Stimulation Initiative, along with its second phase, the Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact. Projects recognized by the CSLF gain increased visibility and prestige at the highest governmental level.

Director's Corner

Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

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I am pleased to announce launch of the new NETL Impact magazine, the Laboratory’s first quarterly publication that introduces readers to some of the most vital and robust energy research and development focused on improving the lives of Americans through innovation. In this inaugural issue, we feature new approaches and computational tools we use every day to increase the efficiency of existing power systems, innovate new ones, and find more efficient ways to harvest the nation’s energy resources.


Fossil Energy Research Highlighted at “Energizing North Dakota’s Future” Event


Dr. Randy Gentry highlighted DOE’s fossil energy research at the recent “Energizing North Dakota's Future: Realizing the Vision” workshop held at the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center.  NETL, along with industry & government representatives, discussed the importance of the energy industry to North Dakota and the role technology plays in driving new innovations in the energy sector.    

Pressure Gain Combustion Working Group Focuses on Efficient Electricity Generation


Gas Turbine Engines are a critical to ensure continuous electricity generation by electric utilities along with their role in aerospace propulsion.  Constant pressure within turbines can result in pressure loss.  NETL, as a leader in gas engine turbine technology, hosted the Pressure Gain Combustion Working Group met at NETL on June 22-23 to discuss how technology innovations in these engines can lead to greater efficiency in electricity generation.  Participants included a variety of government and industry partners, including DOE, NASA, Air Force, Navy and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.