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Novel Oil-Spill Recovery Process Demonstrates Feasibility under Simulated Artic Conditions
Image of NETL logoNETL researchers have successfully demonstrated a new oil-spill recovery process under simulated Arctic conditions. The work, which is being conducted under a grant awarded to NETL by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement, is focused on verifying that this process can have real-world applications for oil recovery in a harsh Arctic environment.

Revolutionizing the Art of Metal Fabrication
Image of NETL logoNETL metallurgists have developed a new process that allows operators to digitally monitor arc location during vacuum arc remelting, a step in crafting metal alloys that’s akin to tempering chocolate. The patented, award-winning process has been licensed to an Oregon company that’s further developing it for commercial deployment to the specialty metals industry.

The Technology Commercialization Fund Supports NETL’s SOFC Nanofabrication Process!
Image of NETL logoFuel cell technology is a unique form of energy creation—an efficient, quiet, and clean method of transforming an energy source (such as propane, diesel, or natural gas) into electricity.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Marks Opening of Petra Nova, World’s Largest Post-combustion Carbon Capture Project
Image of NETL logoSecretary of Energy Rick Perry took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the opening of Petra Nova, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture project, which was completed on-schedule and on-budget. The large-scale demonstration project, located at the W.A. Parish power plant in Thompsons, Texas, is a joint venture between NRG Energy (NRG) and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (JX).

Director's Corner

Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

 Photo of Dr. Grace Bochenek NETL’s STEM Educational Outreach Work Encourages Today’s Students to Become Tomorrow’s Scientists

NETL promotes STEM education by providing education resources for teachers, bringing students to the lab to see STEM professionals in action, and offering internships to qualified college students. We take those actions because we firmly believe in the importance of creating a pipeline of scientific leaders who, through their hard work in the laboratory and in the field, will continue to make scientific breakthroughs that benefit the nation and pave the way for even more contributions by the people who follow in their footsteps.


Research Initiatives in Rare Earth Elements

spotlight424.jpgNETL presented on Federal Rare Earth Element Research Initiatives in West Virginia at Congressman Evan Jenkins’ conference on Coal and Rare Earth Elements in Charleston on April 21. NETL’s Charles Miller and Mary Anne Alvin provided an overview of how research is identifying opportunities to recover 17 periodic table elements from coal and coal by-products so they may be used in consumer and industrial applications. Our nation’s vast coal resources contain quantities of REEs that offer the potential to reduce our dependence on others for these critical materials and create new industries in regions where coal plays an important economic role. To learn more, link to NETL’s REE website here.

NETL will be hosting the 18th Annual Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project Review Meeting

harry-abernathy.jpgNETL researchers Dr. Harry Abernathy and Dr. Shiwoo Lee in the Fuel Cell Test Stack Facility at NETL in Morgantown, WV. Through its solid oxide fuel cell R&D and systems analysis work, NETL is bringing a clean, combustion-free power generation technology to the market, enhancing America’s energy independence, security, and prosperity. In June, NETL will be hosting the 18th Annual Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project Review Meeting. Stay tuned for more information.