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The Transformer Watchman, an integrated fiber optic-based sensor system that monitors large power transformers and distribution transformers and reports on the health of these critical components.
An innovative sensor technology, developed by NETL and its partners at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh-based company Sensible Photonics Inc. that can protect the Nation’s energy infrastructure, help save lives, and save the economy billions of dollars by preventing electric service downtime has scored a 2023 R&D 100 award in the topic area of IT/Electrical.  
NETL-supported research to protect caprock integrity in carbon storage sites was completed at the Mont Terri Underground Research Laboratory in Switzerland.
A groundbreaking experiment completed with NETL oversight is expected to generate important insights about the behavior of faults and other seismic activity when carbon dioxide (CO2) — a greenhouse gas — is injected into geologic formations.
The Post-Combustion Capture Conference (PCCC7) logo.
NETL will join the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) and the U.S. Department of Energy in welcoming researchers and scientists from around the globe to Pittsburgh Sept. 25-27, 2023, to discuss the state of the art in post-combustion carbon capture technology at the Seventh IEAGHG Post-Combustion Capture Conference (PCCC7).
Dustin Mcintyre
NETL researcher Dustin McIntyre, Ph.D., has an increasingly busy personal and professional life. He is a full-time dad, brother, son, and scout leader in his Washington, Pennsylvania, hometown. He is also an award-winning innovator, spearheading important research on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy — an analytical technique that that supports development of affordable, reliable energy while protecting the environment.
Direct air capture, which removes carbon dioxide directly form the atmosphere, will be critical for counterbalancing hard-to-decarbonize sectors.
NETL has initiated a four-year plan to develop a direct air capture (DAC) process that integrates expertise from the Lab’s extensive materials design, computational materials design, computation fluid dynamics, and process system design research portfolios to advance a cutting-edge technology that will remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
Members of the Morgantown, West Virginia, Police Department Special Response Team prepare to enter an interior door during a full-scale emergency exercise held at NETL-Morgantown.
A full-scale exercise conducted at NETL’s research campus in Morgantown, West Virginia, tested emergency preparedness and identified areas for improvement to save lives and prevent injuries in the event of an actual workplace violence incident.
Animated diagram depicting the beneficial factors and research thrusts of high-performing CFD computing
With NETL support, through the Lab’s University Training and Research program, researchers at the University of California, Riverside used advanced computing models that harness machine learning to efficiently reduce impingement in boilers — an innovation that can ensure longer and more efficient service life for power plants and even potentially extend the lives of helicopter rotor blades or aircraft engine components.
Funding Opportunity Announcement
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) today announced up to $17.5 million in funding to advance technologies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial facilities and power plants and convert those CO2 emissions into valuable products.
NETL’s Patcharin Burke and Richard Dalton, federal project managers on the Hydrogen with Carbon Management team, visited the START Lab facility along with Rich Dennis, the Lab’s Advanced Turbines technology manager, in 2022. (NETL staff, center-right) Photo Credit: Kelby Hochreither
The National Experimental Turbine (NExT) initiative, located at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Lab and supported by NETL and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for more than a decade, has advanced turbine design to help modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure and lead the way to fewer emissions in the power sector.
Animated map that visualizes energy data and affiliated environmental, community and justice data.
With insights from custom mapping and data science analyses, NETL is helping prioritize energy communities and spotlight opportunities for economic improvement and environmental justice in a changing energy landscape.