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Airborne Carbon technology
A team led by NETL researchers recently launched airborne technology at a commercial-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) geologic storage site in Mississippi to complete a first-of-its-kind electromagnetic survey and collect data needed to monitor greenhouse gas sequestered in the subsurface.
Pictured at the Deer Park Energy Center, from left, are Brent Dueitt (Calpine), Nicole Shamitko-Klingensmith, Mariah Young, Ron Munson, Eric Grol, Raj Gaikwad and Carl Herman (Calpine)
Innovative technologies to enable the U.S. chemical industry to reduce carbon emissions and help the nation achieve a 100% clean electricity sector by 2035 are moving forward in two side-by-side projects supported with NETL expertise near Houston, Texas.
Funding Opportunity Announcement
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced up to $45.5 million in funding available to advance carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies and help establish the foundation for a successful carbon transport and storage industry in the United States.
NETL researcher Djuna Gulliver
NETL researchers are growing versatile biocatalysts using microbes from a coalbed methane (CBM) well to convert industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) wastes and other single-carbon compounds into useful chemicals to manufacture biofuel, food additives and other high-value products while reducing emissions of greenhouse gas.
Superalloy 718 and Derivatives
A team of experienced NETL metallurgical researchers were presenters at the 10th International Symposium on Superalloy 718 and Derivatives 2023 May 14-17 in Pittsburgh. The conference was designed to explore all aspects of metallurgical processing, materials behavior, and microstructural performance for a distinct class of 718-type superalloy and derivatives, which have demonstrated excellent fabricability and heat resistant properties for products like turbine engine disks.
Funding Opportunity Announcement
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) has released a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks input on the regional assessment and production of rare earth elements, critical minerals, and novel high-value, nonfuel carbon-based products from unconventional and secondary feedstocks such as coal and coal by-products and effluent waters from oil and natural gas development and production.
Funding Opportunity Announcement
Washington — As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $251 million to support 12 selected projects across seven states that will bolster the nation’s carbon management capabilities.
Congratulations to Lingxiang Zhu for winning the 2023 Young Membrane Scientist Award
NETL’s Lingxiang Zhu, a researcher who specializes in the development of membranes to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial sources, will receive the 2023 Young Membrane Scientist Award at the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) annual meeting May 13-17 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Caption: Former Mickey Leland Intern Yuniba Yagues (left) is seen here with her mentor NETL Researcher Christina Wildfire standing in front of NETL’s Variable Frequency Microwave Reactor. NETL’s innovations in microwave reaction science were key to a successful partnership that led to an improved ammonia production process.
When NETL researchers teamed up with colleagues at West Virginia University (WVU) and Malachite Technologies, their mission was to improve on a process that has dominated ammonia production for more than 100 years by producing the valuable chemical at low temperatures and near-ambient pressures. The team found success by combining cutting-edge microwave reaction science research at NETL with specialized catalyst development from WVU and reactor manufacturing experience from Malachite to create the award-winning Microwave Ammonia Synthesis (MAS) process. 
NETL’s state-of-the-art Reaction Analysis and Chemical Transformation (ReACT) facility supports novel approaches to selectively energy chemical reactions. No other known facility in the world has this capability.
NETL researchers are investigating the use of microwaves to convert a combination of waste plastics and the stalks, leaves and cobs that remain in fields after corn is harvested, called corn stover, into hydrogen, which can then be used in various industrial and energy-related applications.