Director's Corner

Release Date: August 11, 2016

Outstanding Innovations Named Finalists for R&D 100 Awards


I’m extremely proud of the research our dedicated scientists and engineers perform. The discoveries and progress that results from our daily efforts are finding solutions to critical energy challenges like climate change and sustainability, and every step we make toward resolving these issues is a reward in itself. However, it is always encouraging to receive confirmation from external organizations that our R&D is top tier. Recently, four NETL innovations developed by our outstanding researchers were selected as finalists for R&D 100 Awards. This prestigious honor is well deserved and underscores our technical expertise.

The R&D 100 Awards recognize excellence in innovation and provide a mark of excellence that is well-known in industry and government. The awards are often a precursor to successful technology commercialization. For example, previous winners were the inventors of the fax machine, halogen lamps, and HDTV. This year’s award winners will be named during special ceremonies in November.
NETL’s finalists are—

  • HVAC Load Reduction Technology for Commercial Buildings, which helps to reduce energy use and lower costs by recirculating already-cooled inside air. NETL partnered with enVerid Systems to create unique multi-functional sorbents that can capture CO2 and volatile organic compounds at ambient temperatures and regenerate below 60 degrees Celsius.
  • Computationally Optimized Heat Treatment of Metal Alloys, which provides an easy method to optimize heat treatment to achieve a desired degree of homogenization with a minimum of furnace time, improving manufacturing efficiencies and extending the life cycle of alloys that are exposed to extreme environments
  • Variable Grid Method, which is a revolutionary approach for the simultaneous visualization and communication of spatial data trends and associated error/uncertainty. The Variable Grid Method addresses the need for a user-friendly, flexible, and reliable approach to effectively communicate spatial data and their inherent uncertainties in a single, unified product.
  • CCSI Toolset, which can help reduce the timeline for commercialization of carbon capture technologies. The CCSI Toolset is the only suite of computational tools and models specifically tailored to help maximize learning and reduce risk during the scale-up process for CO2 capture technologies.  

Congratulations to Ranjani Siriwardane, Paul Jablonski, Jeffrey Hawk, Kelly Rose, Jennifer Bauer, and David Miller (as team leader for CCSI) for these exciting achievements. I wish each of our inventors the best as their technologies enter the final stages of the award process.

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As Director of NETL, Dr. Grace M. Bochenek brings a tradition of leadership, technical expertise, and precision to the laboratory’s mission of protecting the nation’s environment and enhancing its energy independence. For more information about Dr. Bochenek's background and experience, please click here.