News Releases

NETL-Backed Field Testing Project Seeks to Improve Efficiency and Safety of Hydraulic Fracturing
December 18, 2017
With a long record of success advancing hydraulic fracturing innovations, NETL teamed with Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Ill., to develop and execute a hydraulic fracturing test site program to answer questions, advance the understanding of the hydraulic fracturing processes to attain greater efficiencies, and improve environmental impacts.

NETL Holds Workshop on Regional Workforce Development
December 15, 2017
Representatives from seven regional community and technical colleges and 25 regional economic development districts from four states converged on the NETL Morgantown site December 14 for the Laboratory’s second Regional Workforce Initiative (RWFI) Workshop.

Steven Winberg Sworn in by Secretary Perry as DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
December 14, 2017
On December 14, 2017, Steven Winberg was ceremonially sworn in by Energy Secretary Rick Perry as the new Assistant Secretary for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). Mr. Winberg was officially sworn in as Assistant Secretary on November 22, 2017.

NETL-Supported Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory Improves Natural Gas Recovery Efficiency While Minimizing Environmental Implications
December 11, 2017
The 104,000-square mile Marcellus natural gas trend—the largest source of natural gas in the United States—was once considered to have inconsequential natural gas potential until new technologies helped industry access an estimated 141 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas. Because more research is required to more completely realize the rich potential of Marcellus Shale natural gas, NETL is helping discover safe and effective natural gas recovery innovations with its work on the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory (MSEEL).

ASFE Steven Winberg Speaks at China Clean Coal Industry Forum
December 04, 2017
On November 30, 2017, Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, spoke at the 2017     U.S.–China Clean Coal Industry Forum at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Recovery of Pressurized Cores Key to Natural Gas Hydrate Research
December 04, 2017
An NETL-sponsored team led by the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) has recovered the first pressurized cores from a gas hydrate reservoir in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico—a key step in opening the door to a vast untouched natural gas resource.

NETL-WVU Team with Partners at Pitt and Shell to Develop Microwave Process to Transform Stranded Natural Gas into Marketable Products
November 30, 2017
Pioneering research at NETL on the use of microwaves to create the chemical reactions necessary to transform stranded natural gas resources into usable natural gas liquids and methane is serving as the springboard for more intensive work with long-time NETL academic partner West Virginia University (WVU).

High Concentrations of Rare Earth Elements Found in American Coal Basins
November 29, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has for the first time found rare earth element (REE) concentrations greater than 300 parts per million (ppm) in coal samples taken from the Illinois, Northern Appalachian, Central Appalachian, Rocky Mountain Coal Basins, and the Pennsylvania Anthracite region.

NETL Software Developers Win Prestigious R&D 100 Award
November 20, 2017

An innovative computational toolkit developed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), in collaboration with a team from other national laboratories, has been recognized by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace in the past year.

NETL-Supported Project Advances Carbon Capture at Texas Hydrogen Production Plant
November 20, 2017
A large-scale project, made possible through NETL support, is capturing about one million tons of carbon dioxide per year from a state-of-the-art hydrogen production facility in Texas and forging a successful new direction for hydrogen production technology.

Department of Energy Announces up to $5.5 Million for First Phase of Advanced Turbine Technologies Funding Opportunity
November 16, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $5.5 million in federally funded financial assistance for cost-shared research and development projects under the first phase of the Office of Fossil Energy’s funding opportunity announcement (FOA) Advanced Components for 65% Combined-Cycle Efficiency, SCO2 Power Cycles and Advanced Modular Hybrid Heat Engines.

DOE to Invest $8.6 Million in Innovative Technologies to Enhance Fossil Energy Power System Efficiency
November 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected 12 crosscutting research projects to receive $8.6 million in federal funding. The projects will develop innovative technologies that will enhance the efficiency of fossil energy power systems.

Project Makes Major Gains in Technology Deployment of Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage
November 13, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has collaborated with industry in cost-sharing arrangements to advance the next generation of technologies that will capture carbon from industrial sources and either store or beneficially re-use them. Some of these technologies have advanced to a scale that can be readily replicated and deployed into industry.

Two Projects to Receive $8 Million for Offshore Carbon Storage Resources and Technology Development in the Gulf of Mexico
November 07, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL have selected two projects to receive $8 million in federal funding to assess offshore geologic carbon storage and technology development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Petra Nova Project Wrapping up Impressive First Year
November 06, 2017
Petra Nova, a joint venture between NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) and JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration Corporation (JX Nippon) is wrapping up a hugely successful first year of operations, culminating in being named POWER magazine’s plant of the year.

Energy Department Selects Two Projects to Ensure Safe Storage of Carbon in Geological Formations
October 27, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected two projects to receive approximately $4 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development for the safe storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in geologic formations

DOE Awards University of North Dakota Contract to Sample and Characterize Coal-Based Resources Containing Rare Earth Elements
October 26, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have announced that the University of North Dakota has been awarded a 2-year, $1.5 million contract to sample and characterize U.S. coal-based resources containing high concentrations of rare earth elements (REEs). The university will also perform a round-robin inter-laboratory study on the analytical methods used to measure the concentration of REEs in U.S. coal-based resources.

DOE-Supported Petra Nova Captures More Than 1 Million Tons of CO2
October 23, 2017

The NETL-supported Petra Nova project, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system, has reached a major milestone, capturing more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) for use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

Energy Department Invests $12 Million in Coal Combustion Projects
October 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and NETL have selected nine projects to receive approximately $12 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects. These projects aim to address critical technology gaps and develop transformational advanced combustion system technologies that will improve the efficiency and reliability of existing power plants.

NETL Addresses Smart Grids and Energy Research at WV Governor’s Energy Summit
October 19, 2017
Experts from NETL participated in the West Virginia Governor’s Energy Summit this week where they addressed energy R&D issues of importance to the Mountain State and presented energy research data at the Laboratory’s official informational display unit at the event’s exhibit hall.

Department of Energy Announces Up to $26 Million in Funding Opportunity for Transformational Carbon Capture Technologies
October 17, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $26 million in federally funded financial assistance for cost-shared research and development projects under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

DOE-Supported CO2-Capture Project Hits Major Milestone: 4 Million Metric Tons
October 11, 2017

A large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology made possible through support from the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and National Energy Technology Laboratory has captured and transported its 4-millionth metric ton of CO2.

NETL-Developed Software Suite Recognized as a Finalist for Prestigious R&D 100 Award
October 06, 2017

The National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) Toolset has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious R&D 100 Award. NRAP is an NETL-led multi-lab partnership that also includes Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, and Pacific Northwest National Lab. The Toolset is a software package that includes 10 science-based computational tools that predict environmental risk performance of geologic carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites. These tools support industry and regulatory stakeholders as they design and implement safe and effective geologic carbon storage projects to sequester the large volumes of human-made CO2.

DOE to Invest $16 Million for Radically Engineered Modular Systems
October 05, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has selected nine projects to support the development of advanced technologies that will foster early adoption of small-scale modular coal-gasification. Used for power and other applications, these technologies may open new market opportunities for domestic coal. NETL will manage the new projects.

DOE Announces Nine New Projects to Advance Technology Development for the Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal By-products
September 28, 2017
The Department of Energy today announced nine projects to receive approximately $4 million in cost-shared federal funding to improve the technical, environmental, and economic performance of new and existing technologies that extract, separate, and recover rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic U.S. coal and coal by-products.

Past Success Fuels National Risk Assessment Partnership’s Phase II Research Program
September 25, 2017
Market demand for low-carbon energy is growing, and geologic carbon storage (GCS) is a technology that can enable continued and sustainable use of abundant fossil energy resources. Ensuring that GCS can safely and effectively store large volumes of anthropogenic CO2 away from the atmosphere for thousands of years requires a solid understanding of the subsurface and a thorough understanding of potential environmental risks and how those risks can be mitigated and avoided.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $36 Million for Projects to Advance Carbon Capture Technologies
September 22, 2017
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced approximately $36 million in federally-funded financial assistance to advance carbon capture technologies.

Official Celebration Launches Illinois ICCS Project
September 22, 2017
The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) officially opened their Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project during a ceremony today at the National Sequestration Education Center at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces High Performance Computing for Materials Program to Help Industry Develop New, Improved Materials for Severe Environments
September 19, 2017
Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (DOE) announced a new high-performance computing (HPC) initiative that will help U.S. industry accelerate the development of new or improved materials for use in severe environments.

NETL Biogeochemistry: Performing Big Studies on Little Life Forms and Chemical Reactions in Key Energy Environments
September 18, 2017
In a cross-disciplined approach, NETL researchers explore biogeochemistry and chemical reactions to help develop more effective ways to store carbon dioxide (CO2) underground and enhance production of oil and natural gas, all while protecting the environment for future generations.

NETL Helping to Bring Fuel Cell System to Pittsburgh
September 12, 2017
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), as part of its support for the City of Pittsburgh’s initiative to become a global leader in clean energy planning, modeling, and implementation, is supporting the installation and testing of a prototype fuel cell system in Pittsburgh.

Subsurface Modeling Explores New Geothermal Hot Spots for Renewable Energy
September 11, 2017
Geothermal energy, heat energy derived below the earth’s surface, could be a dependable source of renewable energy. Depending on the temperature of the underground reservoir, the heat energy available can be used in a wide variety of applications including electricity generation or district heating and cooling. Opportunities for tapping its potential are expanding as new technology approaches, like use of directional drilling and pressurized water, continue to emerge.

DOE Selects New University Research Projects to Improve Turbine Performance
September 07, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected nine projects to receive $5.4 million in federal funding to support university-based fundamental turbine research. The new research projects were selected under the funding opportunity announcement University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR), which aims to address scientific challenges and applied engineering technology issues associated with advancing the performance and efficiency of gas turbines in combined cycle power generation applications.

DOE Selects Projects to Advance Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology
September 06, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected 16 projects to receive $10.2 million in funding to advance solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology.

Understanding How Carbon Dioxide Interacts with Shale
September 05, 2017
In recent years, advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have accelerated the extraction of natural gas from shale formations, ushering in a new era of energy productivity. But, once areas have been depleted of their hydrocarbons, is there a good use for the fractured shale formations left behind? NETL researchers are using complex experiments to determine if the formations can accommodate a new role as a reservoir for carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from fossil fuel burning power plants and other industries.

NETL Releases Updated Best Practice Manuals for Geologic Carbon Storage
September 01, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has announced the release of the final two of five 2017 revised edition best practice manuals for geologic carbon storage projects. Together, the five interconnected manuals provide a holistic approach to carrying out a geologic storage project, from inception to completion.

NETL Teams with Other National Laboratories to Improve Efficiency of Biomass Feedstocks in New Energy Reactors
August 28, 2017
Multiphase flow research examines the way materials in different states like gas, liquid or solids with different chemical properties mix and flow together. Multiphase flows occur in most commercial energy and environmental processes, and understanding the interaction among these phases is critical to understanding and predicting the performance of many energy system devices. It’s a complex area of investigation but one which holds the key to unlocking advanced energy applications like using biomass feedstocks in energy-producing reactors. NETL, along with a team of researchers from other DOE National Laboratories, is on the task.

Department of Energy Announces $50 Million for Large-Scale Pilot Fossil Fuel Projects
August 24, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the availability of a $50 million funding opportunity through the Office of Fossil Energy to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots for transformational coal technologies that improve coal-powered systems’ performance, efficiency, emission reduction, and cost of electricity.

Novel Simulation Tool Improves Optimization Process for Chemical Reactors
August 21, 2017
Chemical reactors—like fluidized beds, transport beds, and gasifiers—are critical and complex components of power generation systems that involve a variety of multiphase chemical reactions. Understanding the reactions and designing optimized reactors requires intricate modeling and simulation. A new toolset being developed by NETL multiphase flow science experts will make the optimization process faster and more efficient.

DOE Invests $17.4 Million in Projects to Advance Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts
August 16, 2017
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in their efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts. DOE will invest $17.4 million to develop and test REE recovery systems originally selected and designed under phase 1 of a prior funding opportunity announcement through DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE).

MFIX-Exa: Using the Next Generation of Supercomputers for Multiphase Flow Research
August 14, 2017
NETL is collaborating with Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of Colorado Boulder to develop MFIX-Exa, the next generation of NETL’s internationally acclaimed Multiphase Flow with Interphase Exchanges (MFIX)—a suite of specialized computational fluid dynamic codes (CFDs) that help researchers study the simultaneous flow of gases, liquids, or solid materials.

Department of Energy Invests $4.8 Million in Projects to Advance Beneficial Use of CO2
August 11, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected an additional five projects to receive $4.8 million to investigate novel uses of carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from coal-fired power plants. Each project will contribute a non-federal cost share of at least 20 percent, bringing the total award value of the projects to more than $6.1 million. The five new projects join seven others previously selected under funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001622, Applications for Technologies Directed at Utilizing Carbon Dioxide from Coal Fired Power Plants.

NETL Partnerships Help Accelerate Rare Earth Elements Research
July 24, 2017
In addition to the robust in-house rare earth elements (REE) research conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Technology Laboratory (NETL), the Laboratory also partners with leaders in industry and academia to facilitate REE technology research and development, and its potential deployment. REEs are valuable for manufacturing a vast array of high-tech products, and these strategic partnerships amplify NETL’s contribution toward recovering REEs from domestic coal and coal-based products. As commented by Chuck Miller, NETL Federal Project Manager, “The DOE-NETL REE Program portfolio currently comprises 14 active external projects that are achieving remarkable successes.”

NETL Researchers Use Advanced Techniques to Identify Rare Earth Elements in Coal and Coal By-products
July 17, 2017
Coal has helped power the nation for well over a century, but NETL researchers are beginning to find another use for this abundant energy source by developing advanced characterization techniques. Hidden within the black organic rock are tiny quantities of rare earth elements (REEs), and these special elements are widely used in high-tech products, including cell phones, computers, batteries, and lasers. REEs are of significant value to national security, energy independence, economic growth, and the country’s environmental future, but the United States currently imports most of its REE supply from off-shore countries.

NETL Releases Latest Best Practice Manuals for Geological Storage
July 17, 2017
NETL has released the first three of five 2017 revised edition best practice manuals for geologic storage projects. The final two manuals are scheduled for release by the end of the year. Together, the five interconnected manuals provide a holistic approach to carrying out a geologic storage project, from inception to completion.

Techno-Economic Analysis of Rare Earth Element Recovery
July 10, 2017
A continuing challenge in most technology development is striking a careful balance between ways the technology stands to benefit society and whether the costs of that technology outweigh those perks. Recovering rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal by-products is no exception. REEs are a crucial component of many modern technologies, making them vital to national security and technological innovation. Currently, the global market is dominated by inexpensive off-shore production sources, but new, domestic sources would help to ensure U.S. security. Therefore, researchers must assess, through cost-benefit analysis, whether REEs can be separated and recovered from coal-based feedstocks in an economically feasible fashion.

GTO and FE Announce Joint FY17 SubTER Lab Call Selections
July 10, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) and the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced the selection of 5 projects to receive up to $15 million in funding to investigate wellbore integrity research subjects via a Lab Call announcement. This funding opportunity will address two topic areas: 1) Wellbore Diagnostics and Integrity assessment in legacy wells, and 2) Sensors and Tools for Autonomous Completions and Long Term Monitoring of Wellbore Integrity.

NETL Works to Extract Valuable Rare Earth Elements from a Familiar Source—Coal
July 03, 2017
Coal powered the industries that created and transported products used by millions all over the world before other fuel options became more prevalent. By working on ways to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and its by-products, NETL researchers are unlocking innovations that could once again make one of America’s most abundant natural resources part of the products people use every day.

Combustion Research Advances Cleaner, More Efficient Energy Production
June 26, 2017
NETL researchers are studying supercritical CO2 power cycles to improve thermal efficiency and alleviate adverse environmental impacts of using fossil fuels to generate power—work they hope will someday result in zero emissions and record-breaking efficiencies. This work features a special type of combustion known as oxyfuel combustion (or oxycombustion), in which oxygen rather than ambient air is used to combust fuel. The resulting flue gas is composed of highly concentrated, or supercritical, CO2.

NETL Researchers, Engineers to Join Turbomachinery Colleagues at Turbo Expo 2017
June 21, 2017
NETL researchers and engineers will join turbomachinery colleagues from around the world at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbo Expo, presented by the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute, to be held June 26–29, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. This international conference and exposition brings together thousands of experts each year to share the latest in turbine technology, research, development, and application.

DOE to Invest $20 Million in New Oil and Gas Research Projects
June 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL today announced the availability of $20 million for cost-shared oil and gas research projects to increase recovery efficiency from unconventional oil and gas wells and to prevent offshore spills and leaks. This new funding opportunity seeks projects that will advance the Department’s objective to support a more environmentally responsible, secure, and resilient U.S. energy infrastructure, while enhancing economic competitiveness and national security.

DOE Projects Recognized by International Carbon Sequestration Group
June 20, 2017
The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF), a ministerial-level initiative focused on the development of improved, cost-effective technologies for carbon capture and storage, has recognized two U.S. Department of Energy projects led by NETL: (1) the National Risk Assessment Partnership and (2) the Carbon Capture Stimulation Initiative, along with its second phase, the Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact. Projects recognized by the CSLF gain increased visibility and prestige at the highest governmental level.

Research Partnership Propels Improvements in Turbine Performance
June 19, 2017
While gas turbines are integral to the propulsion of ships across the oceans and jets streaking through sky, many may not realize that these devices are responsible for producing vital electricity that helps powers our Nation. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is dedicated to ensuring our energy security, and developing and improving novel energy technology is part and parcel to its mission. Therefore, it’s no surprise that improving turbine performance is a core component of NETL’s Advanced Turbines Program, which seeks to develop next-generation turbine technology to accelerate performance, efficiency, and emissions reduction beyond the capabilities of current state-of-the-art systems.

U.S. Department of Energy to Invest $12 Million to Advance Carbon Storage
June 16, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and National Energy Technology Laboratory today announced the availability of $12 million to advance new geological carbon storage projects that enable safe, cost-effective, and permanent geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).  Two funding opportunity announcements (FOA), under FE’s Carbon Storage Program, will advance the development and validation of storage technologies associated with enhanced oil recovery operations or injection into a saline reservoir.

DOE Announces $12.3 Million to Enhance Fossil Power System Efficiency
June 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and National Energy Technology Laboratory today announced up to a $12.3 million for a new funding opportunity to advance crosscutting research that enhances fossil energy power system efficiency. As part of FE’s Crosscutting Research Program, research and development efforts are intended to create cost-effective progress toward achieving benefits for electric generating units and industrial plants that use fossil fuel.

U.S. Department of Energy Invests $ 2.4 Million to Support Training of the Next Generation of Energy Scientists
June 14, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and National Energy Technology Laboratory have selected seven colleges and universities to receive $2.4 million for projects that advance fossil fuel technologies and also provide educational and research training opportunities. The projects were selected through the University Coal Research (UCR) Program and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI) Program.

Geologic Carbon Storage Risk Assessment Tools Recognized
June 13, 2017
The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF), an international, ministerial-level organization focused on the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, has selected the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP), as a CSLF-recognized project. The CSLF chooses projects that contribute sufficiently to the advancement of CCS technology deployment. The organization has only recognized about 50 projects worldwide over the past decade.

DOE Announces $15.9 Million for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Research
June 13, 2017
The U.S. Energy Department’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and National Energy Technology Laboratory announced a $15.9 million investment in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) research and development. Four projects have been selected to receive up to $2.4 million for phase 2 research, while an additional $13.5 million is available under a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support SOFC prototype system testing and core technology development.

DOE Announces $28 Million for Advanced Energy Systems
June 12, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the availability of approximately $28 million for cost-shared research and development. Three new funding opportunities will advance technologies related to advanced combustion systems, advanced turbines, and gasification as part of the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Advanced Energy Systems program.  Advanced energy conversion systems are designed to enable efficient, low-cost, and near-zero emission energy from existing and new fossil fuel power plants.

NETL Advances Ceramic Matrix Composites Research for Application in Gas Turbines
June 12, 2017
Working with experts in the private sector, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is on a quest to increase the efficiency and durability of energy-producing advanced gas turbines using ceramic matrix composites (CMCs)—an objective that could help meet the nation’s increasing demand for additional energy while addressing environmental concerns.

DOE Announces $6.9 Million for Research on Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts
June 09, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it is investing $6.9 million in rare earth element (REE) research through two funding opportunities. Three new projects have been selected to receive approximately $3 million for research aimed at producing salable REEs from domestic coal and coal by-products. In addition, DOE has announced the availability of an additional $3.95 million for additional projects to accelerate separation and extraction processes for REEs.

Novel Carbon Capture System Successfully Demonstrated in NETL-Managed Project
June 07, 2017
A project conducted by ION Engineering, and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), has successfully concluded a 6‑month testing campaign at the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) in western Norway, the world’s largest facility for testing and improving carbon dioxide (CO2) capture. The testing of ION’s novel carbon-capture system successfully achieved all research objectives and represents significant progress toward its commercialization.

Project Helps Provide More Precise Detection and Understanding of Seismic Activity in Oklahoma
June 06, 2017
The Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) have concluded a highly innovative and integrated study to determine what properties lead to induced seismicity.

Water-Management Tool May Help Turn Waste into a Resource
June 06, 2017
With project-management support from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the Colorado School of Mines and New Mexico State University have completed a project culminating in a new online water-management tool called the Decision Support Tool (DST), which can suggest treatment options for produced water and fracturing flowback—water that has been injected into shale formations as part of hydraulic fracturing operations that later emerges with minerals, organic matter, salts, and added chemicals. The tool will help minimize potential impacts of oil and natural gas production on natural water resources, public health, aquatic life, and the environment through informed decision-making.

Pressure Gain Combustion Research Poised to Further Increase Turbine Efficiency
June 05, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Turbine Program has helped create next-generation turbine technologies to ensure that the nation’s growing demand for energy will always be met by producing reliable, affordable, diverse, and environmentally friendly energy supplies through a multifaceted approach. Now, researchers are eyeing additional advances by innovating technologies that are based on different forms of combustion.

NETL Engages in STEM Outreach Through Remake Learning Lab Day
May 24, 2017
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in collaboration with Allegheny County’s Executive Office and the Allegheny County Housing Authority, hosted a Remake Learning Lab Day on May 24, 2017, at NETL’s South Park, Pa., site outside of Pittsburgh.

NETL Scores “Innovative R&D” Prize at Shale Gas Innovation Contest
May 24, 2017
A technology developed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) providing a cost-effective early warning of oil or gas well destabilization that could result in blowout gusher has been recognized as an “Innovative R&D” winner at the Sixth Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest.

NETL’s Energy Conversion Research Readies Solutions for Energy Challenges
May 22, 2017
With research laboratories located in the heart of regions rich in fossil energy resources, NETL is on a mission to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. The Lab is leading efforts to resolve the environmental, supply, and reliability constraints of using America’s abundant fossil fuel resources—coal, natural gas, and oil. Energy conversion engineering is one of the Lab’s core competencies, specializing in technologies that enable low-carbon power production while optimizing environmental performance, water use, efficiency, and waste minimization.

Experts from 16 Major Research Universities Convene at NETL
May 22, 2017
Experts from 16 of the nation’s top energy research universities convened at the National Energy Research Laboratory (NETL) May 16–17, 2017, as part of NETL’s University Coalition for Energy Research (UCFER). Workshop participants shared information about ongoing energy research projects, toured NETL laboratory facilities, learned about current NETL research projects, and discussed opportunities for research collaboration.

More Power, Fewer Emissions: NETL’s Cutting-Edge Energy Conversion Technologies
May 15, 2017
Increasing demands for power coupled with environmental concerns are driving the development of more efficient energy conversion technologies that can produce more energy from cheap and abundant fossil fuels while reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Building upon a history of success and a tradition of innovation, NETL’s energy conversion engineering research has produced several transformational technologies that can burn fossil fuels at very high efficiencies to generate electricity, and capture CO2 emissions.

Frozen Heat: Exploring the Potential of Natural Gas Hydrates
May 12, 2017
Everyone hears about the vastness of our more traditional fossil fuel resources. But one potential source of fossil energy could exceed the energy content of all other known fossil fuels combined—and that’s natural gas hydrate.

Dr. Paul Ohodnicki Selected as a Finalist for a Prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal
May 09, 2017
NETL researcher Dr. Paul Ohodnicki has been named a finalist for a prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in the Promising Innovations category. The Service to America Medals, known as the Sammies, are the premier awards dedicated to recognizing America’s best in government service. The finalists will be honored May 9 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as part of Public Service Recognition Week.

NETL’s Energy Conversion Engineering Targets Innovations for Increasing Power Generation While Using Less Fuel with Fewer Emissions
May 08, 2017
An energy-hungry world requires innovative approaches to meet the increasing needs of homes, hospitals, schools and businesses, military installations and industries—the kinds of innovative approaches that NETL pursues daily under the research banner of one of its major core competencies known as energy conversion engineering.

Small Businesses Vital to NETL’s Mission Success
May 02, 2017
Whether putting a new roof on a building or keeping computers running, you will find small business professionals doing the work at the National Energy Technology Laboratory. This Department of Energy facility is one of many in the nation that utilizes the goods and services of small businesses to support its mission. National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6, offers an opportunity to highlight their contributions.

Increased Oil and Natural Gas Production Could Result from Data on Low Frequency Tremors Discovered by NETL During Hydraulic Fracturing
April 25, 2017
When researchers from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) set up new monitoring capabilities at active Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing sites in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to better understand seismic activity, they discovered that low frequency tremors occur, which they believe could be useful to optimize oil and natural gas production from unconventional shale.

Novel Oil-Spill Recovery Process Demonstrates Feasibility under Simulated Artic Conditions
April 24, 2017
NETL researchers have successfully demonstrated a new oil-spill recovery process under simulated Arctic conditions. The work, which is being conducted under a grant awarded to NETL by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement, is focused on verifying that this process can have real-world applications for oil recovery in a harsh Arctic environment.

Revolutionizing the Art of Metal Fabrication
April 18, 2017
NETL metallurgists have developed a new process that allows operators to digitally monitor arc location during vacuum arc remelting, a step in crafting metal alloys that’s akin to tempering chocolate. The patented, award-winning process has been licensed to an Oregon company that’s further developing it for commercial deployment to the specialty metals industry.

The Technology Commercialization Fund Supports NETL’s SOFC Nanofabrication Process!
April 17, 2017
Fuel cell technology is a unique form of energy creation—an efficient, quiet, and clean method of transforming an energy source (such as propane, diesel, or natural gas) into electricity.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Marks Opening of Petra Nova, World’s Largest Post-combustion Carbon Capture Project
April 13, 2017
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the opening of Petra Nova, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture project, which was completed on-schedule and on-budget. The large-scale demonstration project, located at the W.A. Parish power plant in Thompsons, Texas, is a joint venture between NRG Energy (NRG) and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (JX).

NETL’s Microstructural Explorations Inside Fuel Cells Could Lead to Increased Durability and Economical Use of Fossil Fuels
April 10, 2017
Researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are searching for answers to create SOFCs that can effectively operate at lower temperatures with a longer life-span by taking a deep look inside fuel cells on a microstructural level.

DOE Announces Major Milestone Reached for Illinois Industrial CCS Project
April 10, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project in Decatur, Illinois, has begun operation by injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) into a large saline reservoir.  This project received a $141 million investment from DOE, matched by over $66 million in private-sector cost share.

Forging a Clean Energy Future with Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
April 03, 2017
In the 1960s, when humans were taking their first grand leaps into outer space, NASA needed a clean reliable way to supply electricity to its spacecraft. The answer to the problem was fuel cell technology. NASA’s manned space flights marked the first commercial use of the fuel cell, and they have been providing electrical power for space missions—and more down-to-earth applications—for more than 40 years. So, what’s so great about a fuel cell? Unlike renewable energy sources like solar or wind, fuel cells can run in any environment quietly and efficiently. They have near-zero emissions, and, unlike batteries, which are simply energy storage devices, fuel cells can run continuously as long as fuel is provided. In certain configurations, fuel cells can even run in reverse, generating hydrogen that can then be used as fuel for continuous operation.

More Efficient Method of Water Desalination Advanced in NETL-Managed Project
March 29, 2017
In an NETL-managed project, GE Global Research has advanced a method to lower the energy requirement and cut the cost of recovering usable water from high-salinity brines. The new technology offers a way to turn a potential waste product into a usable source of water and minerals.

NETL-University of Kentucky Project Closes in on Coal-to-Liquids Process for Cleaner Transportation Fuels
March 27, 2017
With an eye toward the development of cleaner coal-derived liquid fuels that can someday power cars, trucks, tanks, and even jets, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has been supporting researchers at the University of Kentucky as they close in on an innovation that could someday advance the state of the art for transportation fuels production.

Functional Materials Research at NETL
March 16, 2017
Just as the newest jet aircraft technologies require cutting edge innovations like carbon-fiber composites, polymers, and avionics to make them fly, the next generation of high efficiency and environmentally sound energy-producing technologies demand a very specific set of functional materials to make them capable of answering the nation’s increasing energy needs.

NETL Research Team Wins Carnegie Science Award
March 15, 2017
A research team at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has been honored with a Carnegie Science Award in recognition of the ways their work has serviced manufacturing and materials science in the western Pennsylvanian area.

NETL’s Metallurgical Expertise Reaches New Heights
March 13, 2017
Extreme environments are everywhere. From the pressures of the ultradeep ocean to the inferno heat of a power plant, harsh conditions make scientific ingenuity a necessity. To operate technology in extreme environments, new materials that can withstand those environments need to be created. Scientists at NETL are known for their ability to do just that.

NETL Examines Foamed Cement for Safer Recovery of Oil and Gas around the World
March 01, 2017
What does a CT scanner have to do with safer drilling operations? The answer may surprise you. Researchers at NETL are combining their unparalleled expertise with unexpected tools like CT scanners to investigate a material that prevents leaks and spills during oil and gas drilling operations—foamed cement.

Department of Energy Invests $5.9 Million in Projects to Advance Novel CO2 Utilization Strategies
February 22, 2017
The U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected seven projects to receive $5.9 million to focus on novel ways to use carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from coal-fired power plants.  In addition to federal funding, each project will also include non-federal cost share of at least 20 percent.

Commercialization Success Recognized with Excellence in Technology Transfer Award
February 21, 2017
A technology developed by researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has been recognized with a prestigious Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). The award, presented annually, recognizes outstanding work by laboratory employees in transferring technology developed in federal laboratories to the commercial marketplace.

NETL Study Sheds Light on Methane Emissions
February 07, 2017
A 2-year study by analysts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), in which they synthesized new methane emission data from a series of ground-based field measurements, shows that 1.7 percent of the methane in the U.S. natural gas supply chain is emitted between extraction and delivery. Identifying the magnitude and sources of methane emissions will allow producers to prioritize opportunities to reduce emissions of the potent greenhouse gas. Results of the study have been published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

The Power of Plasma: Higher Efficiency without Moving Parts
February 01, 2017

Inside a new NETL laboratory, researchers are firing up a device that may one day enable unprecedented power generation performance without any moving parts. Jetting out of the nozzle of a high-velocity oxyfuel torch, a stream of plasma glows like a light-saber poised for combat. But this technology is designed to battle the low efficiencies that plague many of today’s energy conversion systems, rather than galactic evil-doers.


Coal Ash Recovery Could Pump the Domestic Rare Earth Metals Supply
January 24, 2017
Currently REEs are used in catalysts, cell phones, hard drives, hybrid engines, lasers, magnets, medical devices, televisions and other applications.

NETL Researcher Alexandra Hakala To Receive U.S. Government’s Highest Honor for Early Career Research Scientists
January 19, 2017

Dr. Alexandra Hakala, a geochemist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), has been named as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)—the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on scientists or engineers in the early stages of their research careers.


Smart Sensing Technology Moving Toward Commercialization
January 18, 2017
Sensing technology developed for gas turbines by the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) as part of a cooperative agreement with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is advancing toward commercial use. The technology, called Additive Topology Optimized Manufacturing with embedded Sensing (ATOMeS), seamlessly integrates wireless sensors into aero- and ground-based turbine engine components using additive manufacturing—a process for building objects by adding layer upon layer of material, similar to 3D printing, but on an industrial scale using a combination of metals and ceramics.

U.S. Energy and Employment Report
January 18, 2017

The U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) is the agency’s annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in multiple energy sectors.


Petra Nova, World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon-Capture Project, Begins Commercial Operation
January 11, 2017

The Petra Nova project, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon-capture system, has begun commercial operation at the W. A. Parish Plant in Texas. The project, which receives project-management support from NETL, demonstrates how carbon-capture technologies can support the flexibility and sustainability of fossil fuels at a commercial scale.

Second Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review Released
January 10, 2017

On January 6, 2017, the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force released the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), titled “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” The second installment (QER 1.2) finds the electricity system is a critical and essential national asset, and it is a strategic imperative to protect and enhance the value of the electricity system through modernization and transformation.


NETL Group Combines Fossil Energy Research with Studies of Geothermal Energy Potential in Appalachia
January 04, 2017
For more than a century, fossil energy innovations have dominated research at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Now a group of NETL researchers are building on that expertise to increase the world’s body of knowledge on how to integrate fossil fuel energy systems with renewable energy technologies—knowledge that could end up powering commercial office complexes and military installations with heat from deep within the earth.

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