From the Director

Welcome to the first Impact, a new publication that introduces readers to some of the most vital and robust energy research and development focused on improving the lives of Americans through innovation.

NETL, the only national laboratory dedicated to fossil energy research, is a U.S. Department of Energy lab that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. For more than 100 years, the Laboratory has developed tools and processes to provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the American people.

NETL’s current mission is to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. Our vision is to be renowned as a fossil energy science and engineering resource that delivers world-class technology solutions. We tackle more than 1,500 specific energy research projects with 1,400 employees at 3 research sites strategically located across the nation.

As the only one of the Energy Department’s 17 national labs that is both government-owned and -operated, NETL is in a unique position to accelerate the development of technology solutions through strategic partnerships.

Our new publication seeks to inform readers about the latest developments our talented scientists and engineers are advancing. In this inaugural issue, we feature some of the new approaches and computational tools we use every day to increase the efficiency of existing power systems, innovate new ones, and find more efficient ways to harvest the nation’s energy resources.

I hope you enjoy learning about these initiatives. We look forward to sharing more about other discoveries in the issues that follow.