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Preom Sarkar and Djuna Gulliver, Ph.D.
In this quarter’s Research Associate Spotlight and Mentor Profile, up-and-coming environmental engineer Preom Sarkar discusses the important contributions she is making in collaboration with NETL experts to create more environmentally friendly methods of flue gas desulfurization (FGD). FGD systems are used to scrub the gas released during fossil energy combustion to mitigate the release of pollutants such as sulfur oxide gases and mercury into the atmosphere. As a result of scrubbing, a complex wastewater containing a number of contaminants is formed that must be treated before it is acceptable for surface discharge. Sarkar conducts research on water management of power systems, with a specific focus on biological treatment of FGD systems. In this spotlight feature, Sarkar shares the journey that led her to apply for a research associate position at NETL and the new skills and invaluable experiences she has gained completing research with her mentor, Djuna Gulliver, Ph.D.
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Request for Information Will Guide the Selection and Management of Critical Climate Investments of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 
NETL researchers will share their internationally recognized geo-data science and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) expertise through an invited talk and other sessions during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 13-17.
NETL researchers will share their internationally recognized geo-data science and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) expertise through an invited talk and other sessions during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 13-17. Kelly Rose, geo-data scientist and technical director for the Lab’s Science-based Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Institute (SAMI), will share her group’s work blending geoscience with AI and ML during a session at 1:45 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 15. This innovative work is advancing energy, environmental justice, climate, data management and resource characterization applications.    Rose’s invited talk, titled “Improving Prediction of Subsurface Properties Using Geoscience Informed, Multi-Technique, Artificial Intelligence Approach,” will cover how advancements in data science and AI techniques have significant potential to improve analysis and prediction of subsurface properties, even in areas with limited pre-existing data.
SSAE Newsletter
The December 2021 edition of the SSAE Newsletter provides updates about recent research initiatives undertaken within NETL’s Strategic Systems Analysis and Engineering (SSAE) directorate. Click here to access this latest edition and learn about activities that SSAE is leading to gain insights into new energy concepts, support the analysis of energy system interactions and advance its capabilities. Highlights in this edition include:
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Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced its intent to fund projects through its University Training and Research Program, which is composed of the University Coal Research (UCR) program and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU-OMI) program. The programs serve to prepare the next generation of engineers and scientists working to advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Projects will be managed by FECM’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Both opportunities would fund projects to conduct early-stage research and development of decarbonization approaches, such as exploring biomass feedstocks blended with waste coal and coupled with carbon capture and dedicated storage to advance net-zero energy production. They would also include projects that address the mitigation and remediation of legacy environmental impacts of coal-based generation.
NETL will host a webinar at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, discussing research and development opportunities available within the DOE FECM's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU-OMI) Program.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory will host a webinar at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, discussing research and development opportunities available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s (FECM) Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU-OMI) Program. The program seeks to increase participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for students from underrepresented and structurally marginalized communities. Attendees of the webinar will gain information on how FECM’s program can strongly benefit students and young professionals from minority communities and open pathways to success in STEM fields. Representatives from minority-serving institutions (MSIs) are strongly encouraged to attend and discover NETL’s pivotal role in FECM’s HBCU-OMI Program. To be considered an MSI, an institution’s minority student enrollment must be 50% or higher. Click here to view the eligibility matrix for 2021.
In 2021, NETL’s Materials Engineering & Manufacturing (MEM) researchers advanced multiple discoveries, which included developing cost-effective materials to withstand extreme service environments in tomorrow’s highly efficient power plants, removing contaminants from water, finding new uses for carbon wastes, and helping the nation achieve its decarbonization goals while ensuring robust supplies of affordable energy and creating jobs for American workers.
In 2021, NETL’s Materials Engineering & Manufacturing (MEM) researchers advanced multiple discoveries, which included developing cost-effective materials to withstand extreme service environments in tomorrow’s highly efficient power plants, removing contaminants from water, finding new uses for carbon wastes, and helping the nation achieve its decarbonization goals while ensuring robust supplies of affordable energy and creating jobs for American workers. Notable MEM research achievements in the past year were:
#NETL has released a new report that details coal and biomass resources to realize new economic opportunities in Appalachia’s energy communities via #hydrogen production #Jobs and other applications.
NETL is exploring new avenues by which Appalachian energy communities can realize exciting new economic opportunities through the use of carbon-neutral modular gasification technologies to produce hydrogen and other valuable products. The Lab recently released a report that details the availability of waste coal and biomass within Appalachia and explores various opportunities for using these resources to provide new economic activities for mining and power production communities throughout Appalachia. NETL collaborated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research Office to conduct the study.
RWFI E-note Monthly
The November 2021 edition of RWFI E-Note Monthly, the newsletter of NETL’s Regional Workforce Initiative, details a funding opportunity from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that focuses on increasing and broadening the participation of students in engineering careers. The NSF seeks to strengthen the future U.S. engineering workforce by enabling and encouraging the participation of all citizens in the engineering enterprise. The Broadening Participation in Engineering Program is supporting not only research to increase interest in engineering, but also collaborative endeavors to foster the professional development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce. In addition, the program encourages the development of innovative approaches to building capacity through inclusivity and equity within the engineering academic experience.
NETL’s Program Execution and Integration functions are powered by highly trained experts that are developing clean energy technologies, assisting with problem-solving and evaluating and managing project risk, as well as defining, soliciting, negotiating, awarding, managing and delivering federally sponsored research and development benefits to the nation.
NETL’s Program Execution and Integration functions are powered by highly trained experts that are developing clean energy technologies, assisting with problem-solving and evaluating and managing project risk, as well as defining, soliciting, negotiating, awarding, managing and delivering federally sponsored research and development benefits to the nation. Applying these assets, NETL has guided a range of successful research, development and demonstration projects. A sample of NETL’s many collaborative successes in 2021 follow: A University of California, Los Angeles technology developed in cooperation with NETL won the grand prize of $7.5 million in the prestigious NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE global competition for the development of an eco-friendly process that infuses a revolutionary concrete with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions directly captured from power plants and other industrial facilities.