News Releases

DOE-Supported Research Team Demonstrates Combustor Approaches to Slash Emissions from Advanced Turbines
December 15, 2016
In a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have shown that major reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) are possible when new combustor design concepts are applied to advanced gas turbines. Using a novel computational tool, the research team was able to rapidly screen more than 20,000 design variations, providing insight into optimizing high-temperature combustor performance while generating the lowest possible NOx emissions.

NETL Supports DOE Geothermal Technologies Office to FORGE Ahead with Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research
December 05, 2016

NETL continues to support the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office in advancing enhanced geothermal systems technology as the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) advances into Phase 2.

NETL Awards Projects to DOE National Laboratories to Investigate Fundamental Shale Properties
December 05, 2016

NETL has awarded six research projects to U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories to advance fundamental shale research. The two-year projects will investigate the processes associated with hydrocarbon extraction from unconventional shale reservoirs and lead to a better understanding of factors affecting prudent resource development.

Energy Department Announces More Than $44 Million for CO2 Storage Projects
November 30, 2016

The Energy Department has selected 16 carbon storage projects to receive more than $44 million for cost-shared research and development. The funding is part of the department’s Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative, which seeks to help mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. The projects will be managed by NETL.

NETL Partners in High-Performance Computing Projects Target U.S. Scientific and National Security Priorities
November 23, 2016
Researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will team with two prestigious national laboratories and a major research university to execute two strategic computing projects aimed at meeting the scientific and national security mission needs of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

NETL Researchers Publish Article Describing New Greenhouse Gas Baseline for Petroleum-Based Transportation Fuels
November 22, 2016
NETL researchers, along with experts at Stanford University and the University of Calgary, are the authors of an article to be published this month in Environmental Science & Technology that describes a new life cycle greenhouse gas baseline for petroleum-based transportation fuels consumed in the United States in 2014. The results described in the article could have implications for the way fuel decisions are made by the U.S. Government.

NETL Selects Projects to Enhance Research into Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Domestic Coal and Coal By-Products
November 21, 2016
NETL has selected five new projects to receive funding for research in support of the laboratory’s effort to identify and characterize coal and coal by-products containing high concentrations of valuable rare earth elements.

DOE Issues Request for Information for Oil and Gas Research & Development
November 16, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have issued a Request for Information (RFI) for input on critical gaps in oil and natural gas technology that must be addressed through scientific research.

NETL Advances Copper-Hybrid Oxygen Carrier for Chemical Looping
November 09, 2016
Back in February, we shared that DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researchers were exploring the potential of using copper in a process known as chemical looping to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants.  Their research is bearing fruit as more than 40 hours of chemical looping operations have been conducted using copper—a new lab record.

NETL Innovations Recognized with R&D 100 Awards
November 07, 2016
Three technologies advanced by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), in collaboration with the laboratory’s strategic partners, have been recognized by R&D Magazine as among the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the commercial marketplace within the past year.

DOE, Natural Resources Canada Announce Pilot Plant to Advance Oxy-Combustion Carbon Capture
October 19, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Canada’s Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) today announced the opening of a new 1 Megawatt Thermal (MWth) facility to test an advanced process to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants.  The announcement was made during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility in Ottawa.

One for the History Books
October 18, 2016
There’s no doubt the tragedy of the Deep Water Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010—plus the innovative science and engineering techniques that eventually stopped the leak, created ways to prevent similar events, and improved the safety of deep offshore drilling operations—will be captured in the pages of history. The Pittsburgh Business Times (PBT) believes NETL researcher Dr. Barbara Kutchko, and the important work she performed, are an integral part of that history and worthy of significant recognition.

DOE Announces $80 Million Investment to Build Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Pilot Plant Test Facility
October 17, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $80 million for a six-year project to design, build, and operate a 10-MWe (megawatts electrical) supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) pilot plant test facility in San Antonio, TX. The project will be managed by a team led by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), and General Electric Global Research (GE-GR).

Department of Energy to Invest $2 Million for Small-Scale Production of Rare Earth Elements
October 13, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have announced approximately $2 million in federally funded financial assistance for the first phase of cost-shared projects aimed to achieve small-scale production of salable rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic sources of pre-combustion coal and coal by-products.

DOE-Funded Carbon Capture Technology Moves Forward to Large-Scale Testing
October 12, 2016
The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that a DOE-funded project on second-generation carbon dioxide (CO2) solvent technology will begin testing at the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM)  in western Norway.  The DOE and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy have a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering fossil energy-related research to leverage each countries’ investments in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).

NETL Energy Delivery and Security Team Expert Assists in Baton Rouge Flood Response Effort
October 06, 2016
The weather people called it a “mesoscale convective system.” It unleashed between 2 and 3 inches of rain an hour on the Baton Rouge, LA, area August 11, causing incredible flooding, the evacuation of nearly 30,000 people, and massive misery for the entire region. It was also the reason that NETL’s Rob Gross’s telephone rang one night 3 weeks later.

DOE Invests $6 Million to Accelerate Next-Generation Advanced Energy Systems
October 05, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected two projects to advance key technologies that will enable development of next-generation advanced energy systems. The projects will receive $6 million of Phase 2 research funding from DOE with a performance period of approximately 3 years. The projects were selected from among five DOE-funded Phase 1 projects, recently completed by private partners.

Foamed Cement Helping to Ensure Safer Oil and Gas Operations
September 29, 2016
Foamed cement, which looks and feels like a gritty gray shaving cream, is used during oil and gas drilling operations to encase production tubes and prevent leaks and spills. The cured material creates a seal that protects underground sources of drinking water, but this is no ordinary cement.

DOE Announces More Than $10 Million for Advanced Combustion Systems Research
September 19, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to develop enabling technologies for advanced combustion systems, including oxy-combustion and chemical looping–based power systems. The total estimated federal investment in the eight projects exceeds $10 million.  Funding amounts may vary as negotiations progress.

DOE Announces $3.8 Million Investment in New Methane Gas Hydrate Research
September 15, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of six multi-year research projects to receive $3.8 million in funding that will enhance the understanding of methane hydrate system behaviors when subjected to natural, environmental, or induced production-related changes, helping to determine both the production viability of a vast source of natural gas and to assess the role of gas hydrate in the larger global climate cycle.

Computational Toolset for Carbon-Capture Technology Development Ready for Commercial Use
September 14, 2016
Mr. Douglas Hollett, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy, has declared the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) Computational Toolset ready for commercial use to support carbon-capture technology development. The announcement was made at a Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact (CCSI2) Industry Advisory Board Meeting held in conjunction with the 2016 Carbon Capture Technology Project Review Meeting, hosted by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

DOE Accepting Applications for 2017 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program
September 14, 2016
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program.

DOE Announces $13 Million to Quantify and Mitigate Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Infrastructure
September 08, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a total of $13 million to be awarded to twelve multi-year research projects intended to develop cost efficient and effective ways to mitigate methane emissions from natural gas pipeline and storage infrastructure. The research will also look to better quantify the sources, volumes and rates of methane emissions. This new initiative by the Office of Fossil Energy builds upon the President's Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

Energy Department Announces $29 Million Investment in Enhanced Geothermal Systems Efforts
August 31, 2016
As part of the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department today announced $29 million in funding under the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program for projects awarded to teams at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Utah. The funding will be for each team to fully instrument, characterize and permit candidate sites for an underground laboratory to conduct cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). The Sandia team will be working on a site in Fallon, Nevada, and the University of Utah team will be working at a site in Milford, Utah.  

DOE Seeks Projects to Advance Carbon Dioxide Utilization from Coal-Fired Power Plants
August 26, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced approximately $6.7 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects that will develop technologies that utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power plants to produce useful products. DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy is seeking these projects as part of the Department’s Carbon Storage program, which has the goal of developing and advancing technologies to improve the effectiveness of carbon storage, reduce the cost of implementation, and be ready for widespread commercial deployment in the 2025–2035 timeframe.

Energy Department Invests $28 Million to Advance Cleaner Fossil Fuel–Based Power Generation
August 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 14 research and development projects to advance energy systems that will enable cost-competitive, fossil fuel–based power generation with near-zero emissions. The new projects, which span 11 states, will accelerate the scale-up of coal-based advanced combustion power systems, advance coal gasification processes, and improve the cost, reliability, and endurance of solid oxide fuel cells. The total award value of the projects exceeds $36 million, which includes a federal investment of more than $28 million and recipient cost-sharing of $8.4 million.

Energy Department Invests $3 Million to Train Future Energy Scientists
August 22, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it will invest a total of $3 million in nine projects selected under its University Training and Research (UTR) program, which awards research-based educational grants to U.S. universities and colleges in areas that promote Office of Fossil Energy goals. 

DOE Carbon Storage Advances Featured in International Journal
August 18, 2016
A special issue of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (IJGGC) was released August 17, 2016, highlighting carbon-storage research conducted under the Energy Department’s National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP). A compendium of research generated by the NRAP team over 6 years of collaboration, the special issue comprises 60 peer-reviewed publications which, taken together, represent a significant contribution to the state-of-knowledge on long-term risks of geologic CO2 storage (GCS).

The Rugged World of Harsh Environment Sensors
August 12, 2016
NETL scientists are developing sophisticated sensors to see and hear inside the world’s most difficult places, such as turbine engines, boilers, gasifiers and fuel cells. Information relay in these harsh environments is critical, but getting accurate information can be tough. Advanced sensors will enable next-generation energy systems to operate at optimal efficiency, saving massive amounts of energy and cutting CO2 emissions in the process.

Game-Changing NETL Technologies Named Finalists for Prestigious R&D 100 Awards
August 03, 2016
Four technologies developed by researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have been named finalists for this year’s R&D 100 Awards. The selected technologies reflect the laboratory’s focus on science and technology innovations that bolster the nation’s energy security while protecting the environment.

DOE Investing $11.5 Million to Advance Geologic Carbon Storage and Geothermal Exploration
July 27, 2016
The The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of eight new research and development projects to receive a total of $11.5 million in federal funding under DOE’s Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development, and Demonstration Crosscut initiative. The new projects are focused on furthering geothermal energy and carbon storage technologies, and will be funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) and the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Carbon Storage program.

DOE to Invest $30 Million in Projects Developing Components for Advanced Turbine and Supercritical CO2-Based Power Cycles
July 19, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory has selected six Phase II projects, to further develop innovative technologies for advanced gas turbine components and supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles. The projects were selected from eleven projects that participated in Phase I that was recently completed by private sector companies.

DOE Foamed-Cement Research Is Changing Industry
July 18, 2016
The Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is playing a key role in updating a 25-year-old testing standard that helps ensure quality, reduce cost, decrease waste, and support safer oil and gas operations around the world.

Texas CO2 Capture Demonstration Project Hits Three Million Metric Ton Milestone
June 30, 2016
On June 30, Allentown, PA-based Air Products successfully captured and transported, via pipeline, its 3 millionth metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) to be used for enhanced oil recovery.  This achievement highlights the ongoing success of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

Four New Technologies Proposed by NETL for Transition to the Marketplace to Receive DOE Funding
June 27, 2016

Four innovative energy technology research initiatives proposed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and involving partnerships with the private sector are among 54 projects at 12 national laboratories that will receive $16 million worth of funding to help move promising energy technologies to the marketplace.

DOE Announces $68.4 Million in Funding to Advance the Safe and Permanent Storage of CO2
June 24, 2016
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced $68.4 million for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects that will help to secure the safe and permanent storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) during carbon capture and storage (CCS) operations. Funding is subject to the availability of appropriations.

DOE Awards $10 Million to Small Businesses for Fossil Energy Research and Technology Transfer
June 23, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 10 research projects to empower small businesses to develop technologies that allow for the nation to more wisely and efficiently use our vast fossil energy resources and sustain economic growth.

FE-Supported Research Looks to Coal as a Source for Rare Earth Elements
June 16, 2016
The Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has a robust clean energy research and development (R&D) program dedicated to making coal both cleaner and more sustainable.  You may have heard about some of the cutting-edge technologies we’re working on, particularly carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), which captures, stores and re-uses carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power plants and industrial sources.

FE Welcomes 2016 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Interns
June 14, 2016
The Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) kicked off its 21st year yesterday with a class of 43 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students joining one of the Energy Department’s premier educational programs.

Energy Department Selects Projects to Demonstrate Feasibility of Producing Usable Water from CO2 Storage Sites
June 03, 2016
Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of two projects that will test emerging enhanced water recovery (EWR) technologies for their potential to produce useable water from carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites. The two projects were competitively selected from the five Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST) projects awarded in September 2015.  

Scientists Can Recycle CO2 Using Gold
May 27, 2016
Using sunlight and gold to change carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuel may sound like a task for a Hogwarts graduate, but it’s the kind of magic that researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are performing to make a positive impact on the world’s environment.

NETL Launches a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research at Pennsylvania State University
May 11, 2016
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected Pennsylvania State University as the lead institution to establish the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research. The Coalition will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from participating universities to address the fundamental research challenges that impede advancement of fossil energy-based technologies.

Breakthrough Could Improve Turbine Performance, Reduce Carbon Emissions from Power Plants
April 26, 2016
Research supported by the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has led to a discovery that could significantly increase the efficiency of turbines in fossil fuel electricity generation.  This breakthrough could reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and help drive the clean energy economy in the U.S.

New Airborne Technology Measures Ocean Surface Currents for Offshore Energy Production and Emergency Rescue Missions
April 11, 2016
In a breakthrough project sponsored by the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), private-sector partners Fugro and Areté Associates have developed, commercialized, and sold a system that can monitor offshore current conditions from the air, providing critical information in record time for oceanographic research and emergency situations, such as oil spills and search and rescue missions.

Project Captures First-Ever Comprehensive Hydraulic Fracturing Research Data from 1.5 Miles Underground
April 06, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), working with the Gas Technology Institute, Laredo Petroleum, and other industry partners, has collected what is possibly the world’s most comprehensive hydraulic-fracturing research dataset in unconventional shale. 

NETL Researcher Wins Carnegie Science Award for Outstanding Innovation in Energy
March 16, 2016
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researcher Dr. Shiwoo Lee has been honored with an Innovation in Energy award by the Carnegie Science Center. Dr. Lee is being recognized for his work on critical efficiency improvements that will make solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)—an efficient, combustion-less, virtually pollution-free power source capable of using fossil fuels—economically attractive for widespread and industry use.

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Funding Opportunities for Subsurface Technology and Engineering Crosscut Initiative
March 10, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory has announced a collaborative funding opportunity sponsored through the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office and the Office of Fossil Energy’s Carbon Storage program.

NETL Science & Engineering Ambassadors Guide Next Generation of Energy Decision-Makers
March 07, 2016
A trio of scientists and engineers from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are using their research skills and experience to prepare future decision-makers to tackle tomorrow’s energy challenges.

NETL Researcher Selected to Receive Nation’s Highest Award for Young Scientists
March 03, 2016
Dr. Paul R. Ohodnicki, a materials scientist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), has been named by President Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE award is the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on scientists or engineers in the early stages of their research careers. Dr. Ohodnicki was selected for his outstanding innovation and technical leadership, which have advanced foundational materials science and led to the development of new applications and inventions in materials technology.

"My Brother’s Keeper" Week at Energy Dept National Labs Brings STEM Opportunities to Students
February 26, 2016

On Friday, February 26, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will kick off My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Week at nine of DOE’s cutting edge national science laboratories. President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in February 2014, to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.  Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined the MBK Taskforce in March 2015. A key goal of MBK is to connect young people to mentoring and support networks and to instill a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Researchers Uncover Copper’s Potential for Reducing CO2 Emissions in Chemical Looping
February 18, 2016
Copper.  It’s been used in wires, pipes, and pennies for decades. Ancient Egyptians used it to sterilize wounds and clean drinking water.  Today some hospitals are using it to reduce bacterial infections.

New Carbon Storage Risk Monitoring Tools Released for Testing
February 11, 2016

Seven new technology tools that can help predict long-term risks of large-scale carbon storage operations are being beta-tested by carbon capture and storage researchers and the industrial community.

The National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP), led by the U.S.  Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), developed the simulation tools, which are designed to help evaluate environmental risks of carbon storage containment systems. Successful deployment will enable users to predict the safety and permanence of carbon storage systems based on two major types of environmental risks: leakage and induced seismicity.

NETL Carbon Capture Technologies to Be Used in Commercial Biomass-to-Biofuel Conversion Process with Power Generation
January 20, 2016
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has granted a license for two patented sorbent technologies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from streams of mixed gases and enable cleaner, more-efficient energy production from renewable fuels. The license was granted to renewable energy systems developer CogniTek Management Systems through the company’s MG Fuels.

DOE-Led Research Team Makes Significant Rare Earth Discovery
January 19, 2016
A team of researchers led by experts from the Department of Energy (DOE) has found that rare earth elements (REEs) can be removed from two U.S. coal byproduct materials through an ion-exchange process.  This discovery could potentially expand the U.S. domestic resource base of these critical elements.

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