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Pipeline corrosion
An invention reported by researchers from NETL can help protect against corrosion in natural gas, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines. Pipeline corrosion can cause catastrophic failure events such as explosions and emissions of environmentally damaging substances like methane. The innovation is a new self-healing cold spray coating for internal pipeline corrosion protection.
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.
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.
The Appalachian Region
The Appalachian region is well suited to be one of the nation’s clean energy hydrogen hubs because of its natural gas resources, infrastructure, storage capacity, workforce and industrial demand, according to a recently released report conducted by NETL. NETL Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., said the report, “Appalachian Hydrogen Infrastructure Analysis,” studied how development of a hydrogen industry in Appalachia offers a path to sustainable long-term growth.
Animated team of researchers standing in front of a direct air capture system.
NETL will provide technical support and expertise to award the American-Made Direct Air Capture (DAC) Prizes, a series of interconnected competitions offering up to $115 million to advance carbon dioxide (CO2) removal technologies from hard-to-decarbonize sectors of the U.S.
Animated illustration of an open laptop and a tablet displaying various graphs.
As the U.S. economy moves toward a net zero carbon emissions future, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking to partner with states, local governments and public utilities or agencies to support the procurement and use of carbon conversion products. These efforts have been enabled by provisions included in Section 40302 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Class VI Carbon Dioxide Injection Well, courtesy of ADM.
Food processing company Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), with support from NETL, demonstrated an integrated system of processing carbon dioxide (CO2) and transporting it from an ethanol plant to the Mt. Simon Sandstone saline reservoir for permanent geologic storage. This is the largest demonstration of its kind in the United States and marks a crucial step forward in efforts to decarbonize the U.S. economy and power sector by 2050.
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 $30 million in funding for research and development (R&D) projects to advance carbon dioxide removal (CDR) approaches that will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution by capturing it directly from both the atmosphere and oceans and converting it into valuable products such as fuels and chemicals.
Funding Opportunity Announcement
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Aug. 31, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $46 million for 22 projects that will create biofuel energy and bioproducts to help decarbonize the transportation and power generation sectors.
University of Central Florida student Emily Rushing holds algae she harvested from the NETL-supported algae CO2 utilization research site at the Stanton Energy Center, Orlando, Florida. Photo Credit: MicroBio Engineering
Working as part of a three-year cooperative agreement with DOE-NETL, researchers have demonstrated that algae grown using carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by a fossil energy power plant can be processed into a nutrient-rich supplement for chicken feed to produce quality eggs and poultry products.