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DOE Invests $17.4 Million in Projects to Advance Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts
Image of NETL logoToday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in their efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts. DOE will invest $17.4 million to develop and test REE recovery systems originally selected and designed under phase 1 of a prior funding opportunity announcement through DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE).

MFIX-Exa: Using the Next Generation of Supercomputers for Multiphase Flow Research
Image of NETL logoNETL is collaborating with Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of Colorado Boulder to develop MFIX-Exa, the next generation of NETL’s internationally acclaimed Multiphase Flow with Interphase Exchanges (MFIX)—a suite of specialized computational fluid dynamic codes (CFDs) that help researchers study the simultaneous flow of gases, liquids, or solid materials.

Department of Energy Invests $4.8 Million in Projects to Advance Beneficial Use of CO2
Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected an additional five projects to receive $4.8 million to investigate novel uses of carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from coal-fired power plants. Each project will contribute a non-federal cost share of at least 20 percent, bringing the total award value of the projects to more than $6.1 million. The five new projects join seven others previously selected under funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001622, Applications for Technologies Directed at Utilizing Carbon Dioxide from Coal Fired Power Plants.

NETL Partnerships Help Accelerate Rare Earth Elements Research
Image of NETL logoIn addition to the robust in-house rare earth elements (REE) research conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Technology Laboratory (NETL), the Laboratory also partners with leaders in industry and academia to facilitate REE technology research and development, and its potential deployment. REEs are valuable for manufacturing a vast array of high-tech products, and these strategic partnerships amplify NETL’s contribution toward recovering REEs from domestic coal and coal-based products. As commented by Chuck Miller, NETL Federal Project Manager, “The DOE-NETL REE Program portfolio currently comprises 14 active external projects that are achieving remarkable successes.”

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Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

 Photo of Dr. Grace Bochenek NETL Congratulates the Petra Nova Plant for Being Named “Plant of the Year” by Power Magazine

When the time came for the editors of the prestigious publication Power magazine to bestow its coveted 2017 “Plant of the Year” award to a power plant that leads the industry in the successful deployment of an advanced technology that maximizes efficiency while minimizing environmental impact, they choose a project that NETL helped make a reality. We couldn’t be prouder of our involvement.


Petra Nova Selected 2017 Power Plant of the Year

Petra-Nova.pngThe NETL-supported Petra Nova project, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system, has been selected by POWER magazine as its 2017 Power Plant of the Year! POWER recognized the project, a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration, because “it was brought online on time, and on budget, and despite its unprecedented scale, it was completed in roughly 1.78 million man-hours without a single lost-time incident during construction.” More information about NETL’s involvement can be found here. The POWER magazine article is here.

6 Things you may NOT know about Coal

6-Things-About-Coal-Infographic.jpgLearn more about the importance of coal to our nation’s energy security in the new Infographic from DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy…