The High-Performance Materials program drives to characterize, produce, and certify advanced alloys and high-performance materials that are key to realizing dispatchable, reliable, high-efficiency, decarbonized power generation from coal, gas, or hydrogen. In addition, the program aims to encourage change and stimulate innovation in the high-performance materials value chain to spur US competitiveness. Materials of interest include those that enable components and equipment to perform in the high-temperature, high-pressure, corrosive environments of an advanced energy system with specific emphasis on durability, availability, and cost.
The key focus areas of this program include:
Computational Materials Design
NETL supports an AUSC Component Testing Consortium, a 15-year effort supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Ohio Coal Development Office, and industry partners. The consortium is working to develop materials for boiler and steam turbines for AUSC Coal Plants.
The eXtremeMAT project addresses the materials of construction challenges by harnessing the unparalleled computational and experimental materials science expertise and capabilities within the DOE national laboratory, into an integrated team aimed at improving heat-resistant alloys.
The Crosscutting program also participates in the multi-year collaboration with the United Kingdom's Department for Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and DOE on fossil energy materials technologies. The partnership’s objective is to share and develop knowledge and expertise in high-temperature materials for advanced fossil energy power plant applications.
DOE Fossil Energy supports the High-Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) program as part of DOE’s High-Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Program. HPC4Mtls accelerates industry discovery, design, and development of materials in energy technologies by enabling access to computational capabilities and expertise in the DOE laboratories.
NETL researchers develop and maintain the Energy Data eXchange (EDX) to support private collaboration for ongoing research efforts, and technology transfer of finalized DOE and NETL research products. EDX offers a secure environment for multi-organizational research teams to share, build and collaborate online tools, data, and information.
NETL’s Systems Energy Analysis group conducts a variety of energy analyses to identify and evaluate promising R&D opportunities.