Director's Corner

Release Date: September 28, 2016

Energy Innovation is NETL’s Lifeblood

Brian Anderson, West Virginia University; Steven Winberg, Battelle Memorial Institute; Andrew Gellman, Carnegie Mellon University; William Getty, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation (not pictured) joined NETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek in a panel discussion regarding regional challenges and opportunities at the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum hosted by WVU

Energy innovation is NETL’s lifeblood.  It requires forging and leveraging partnerships with academia, industry, and other research institutions to accelerate technology development and drive commercialization.  It also requires challenging the status quo and advancing technology in a systematic way.  NETL has key role to play—as a National Laboratory, our science, technology, and research are powerful anchors of innovation and sustainable economic growth. 

On September 12, I had the opportunity to represent NETL at West Virginia University’s Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum. The event, hosted by Dr. Brian Anderson, Director of the WVU Energy Institute, provided a platform for energy thought-leaders and policy makers, including U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, U.S. Congressman David McKinley, WVU President E. Gordon Gee, and energy stakeholders from throughout the region to discuss energy innovation and pathways to a clean energy future.  During the discussions, I had an opportunity to explain how NETL partners to develop and mature fundamental research ideas from concept to industry application.  I discussed how NETL is addressing the challenges to develop truly clean, deeply decarbonized fossil energy technologies as part of an integrated “all of the above” national energy strategy.  And we have had some successes in the past; such as our work on advanced supercritical boilers, pollution control systems, and hydraulic fracturing technology.      

Events such as the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum provide a platform for important discussions regarding our region’s energy future. Our region has long been at the forefront of energy innovation, and NETL will continue to develop innovative solutions and nurture partnerships that seek to develop game-changing technology that spurs economic growth and a sustainable clean energy future for our region and nation.

As Acting Director of NETL, Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D., builds on an extensive background in energy as he leads NETL in its mission to enhance the nation’s energy independence and protect the environment for future generations. For more information about Sean Plasynski's experience, please click here.