West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Visit to NETL Morgantown

December 20, 2017


The NETL Morgantown staff hosted West Virginia Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher on Wednesday, December 20. The visit included discussions on carbon fiber, energy, solid-oxide research, fuel cells, carbon capture and storage, and the training center for gas-powered plants. 

DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Visits NETL Sites

December 19, 2017


NETL hosted U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg at the Lab’s Pittsburgh and Morgantown sites. In Pittsburgh, NETL experts briefed Winberg on computational molecular science and fluid dynamic simulations used to design and analyze advanced energy systems; NETL’s Institute for Design of Advanced Energy Systems: efforts to recover rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts; improvements to wellbore integrity in shale oil and gas recovery; experiments for energy conversion engineering and direct power extraction; and NETL support for DOE international energy agreements. In Morgantown, Winberg visited NETL’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Laboratory; Chemical Looping and Reactor Facility; Geological and Environmental Systems Laboratory and high-performance JOULE Supercomputer. The Office of Fossil Energy is responsible for technological solutions leading to prudent and sustainable development of unconventional oil and gas domestic resources. Prior to coming to DOE, Winberg served as a senior program manager at Battelle Memorial Institute and as a vice president for CONSOL Energy Research & Development.

Dr. Barbara Kutchko SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2018-2019 Lecture Season

December 13, 2017


Dr. Barbara Kutchko is being recognized on an international level as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers 2018-19 lecture season! Dr. Kutchko receives this recognition for her pioneering research on foamed cement, helping revolutionize wellbore safety.

Oregon State University Students visit NETL Albany

December 12, 2017

1212 OSU VisitStudents from Oregon State University visited NETL’s Albany, Ore. Site recently to learn about current research and take a tour of Laboratory facilities. NETL’s Circe Verba, Ph.D., and a team of NETL researchers introduced the delegation to research under way at the GAIA Computational and Severe Environment facility and the Corrosion Erosion Facility. Verba said the visit helped provide the students with insights for potential career opportunities. The event further strengthens NETL’s partnership with Oregon State University’s College of Science and reinforces the Laboratory’s goal of motivating a new generation of energy researchers. 

NETL Representatives Attend Largest Space and Earth Science Meeting in the World

December 11, 2017


NETL and U.S. Department of Energy representatives are presenting at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall meeting in New Orleans.  The DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility will be exhibiting during the weeklong event. The AGU meeting features a mix of more than 20,000 oral and poster presentations, a range of keynote lectures, an array of formal and informal networking opportunities, and scientific field trips around New Orleans

NETL at the National Ground Water Association Workshop

December 06, 2017

500pxNGWAcollageNETL’s Jennifer Bauer presented on the Laboratory’s significant work devoted to energy issues and the protection of the nation’s groundwater at the 2017 National Ground Water Association (NGWA) Groundwater Summit this week in Nashville, Tenn. The technical conference attracted industry professionals from across the globe to share research, expertise, and knowledge. Bauer joined a range of industry experts for discussions on groundwater modeling, monitoring, remediation, integrated water management, surface and groundwater interaction, and sustainability.

Fall Edition of NETL Impact Is Now Available

November 22, 2017

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NETL presents the latest edition of a quarterly publication, showcasing the Lab’s many accomplishments and robust areas of research. This issue explores how NETL is advancing technologies for effective resource development and environmental sustainability. Check out the full edition by clicking on the title above:

Energy, Environment, and Economics: Teachers Gather for the 26th Annual Triple E Workshop

November 17, 2017


NETL welcomed teachers from throughout the southwestern Pennsylvania region to an exciting two-day training event. The teachers participated in hands-on, minds-on experiences of fun, low-cost activities that they could bring back to their own classrooms.

November 16, 2017

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Researchers from the R&IC Systems Engineering and Analysis (SEA) team attended the America Makes Members Meeting & Exchange in Youngstown, Ohio this week. NETL researchers learned more about the development and growth of a comprehensive, and globally competitive, American 3D printing and AM infrastructure.

Energy Investor Center’s Bridges for Innovation Summit

November 13, 2017

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NETL Offshore Technology Manager Roy Long and researcher Jennifer Bauer attended the Bridges for Innovation Summit, presented by the DOE’s Energy Investor Center in partnership with the Road to Global Entrepreneurship Initiative in Houston, Texas.  The Bridges for Innovation Summit brought together diverse and global viewpoints to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, with a spotlight on smarter energy infrastructure that will boost prosperity and energy system reliability.

NETL Thanks its veterans

November 07, 2017


NETL is proud of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and Coast Guard veterans who continue their service to America by working in its Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Oregon laboratories. Click on the image above pictures and bios of its veteran heroes.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Meeting

November 03, 2017

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NETL showcased its open-source MFIX code at the 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers conference in Minnesota, October 29–November 3, 2017. NETL researchers joined more than 7,000 chemical engineers to discuss research and new technologies at this premier forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation.

NETL researchers lead a session at the Community Colleges of Appalachia Fall Conference

November 01, 2017


This year’s CCA Fall Conference is themed “A New Chapter of Appalachia: Stories of Success, Innovation, and Hope.” It will feature a variety of sessions with administrators from regional community and technical colleges. The Community Colleges of Appalachia (CCA) is a voluntary association of public community colleges serving the common interests of member colleges and their communities through programs and services responsive to the unique cultural, geographic, and economic development challenges facing the region.

2017 Propulsion Instrumentation Working Group (PIWG) Fall Meeting

November 01, 2017


NETL is hosting the 2017 Propulsion Instrumentation Working Group (PIWG) Fall Meeting today and tomorrow, bringing together representatives of all domestic turbine original equipment manufacturers with key research leaders within the Energy Department. Attendees will see informative presentations on high-temperature instrumentation and measurements for gas turbine applications, learn more about relevant NETL research programs, and tour the laboratories at the Morgantown site.


National Association of Royalty Owners’ (NARO) Appalachia Conference

October 31, 2017


NETL’s REE Technology Manager Mary Anne Alvin gave a presentation on rare earth elements in coordination with the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey at the National Association of Royalty Owners’ (NARO) Appalachia Conference. The Laboratory’s research into securing a domestic supply of rare earth from coal and coal by-products is well aligned with NARO’s conference goals, including helping to support Appalachian economic vitality.

NETL participated in the 2017 National Laboratory Director's Council Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

October 26, 2017


NETL participated in the 2017 National Laboratory Director's Council Diversity and Inclusion Workshop at Ames National Laboratory on October 24-25. NETL Director  Dr. Grace Bochenek, Kristin Meier, and Walter Perry along with other National Lab representatives traveled to Ames, Iowa to contribute to thought provoking discussions of ideas to foster an inclusive working environment at DOE's seventeen National Laboratories.

TMS LMD/EPD Energy Best Paper Award

October 25, 2017


Congratulations to NETL researchers Jin Nakano, James Bennett, and Anna Nakano who were honored with a 2017 LMD/EPD Energy Best Paper Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) in the Professional category. The award-winning paper, on the topic of fuel production from industrial slag, was nominated by the TMS Light Metals and Extraction & Processing divisions. 

TransTech Energy Business Development Conference

October 24, 2017


NETL is excited to be attending the 2017 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference. Our researchers are pitching six different NETL technologies, and NETL Deputy Director and technology managers are sharing their expertise about partnering and building a next-generation regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Visit of Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to Albany Site

October 23, 2017



Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (1st District, Ore.) visited NETL Albany site Friday, Oct. 20, to learn more about ongoing energy research and meet with Laboratory researchers. Congresswoman Bonamici is a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. In addition to her discussions with NETL researchers David Alman, Paul Jablonski, Jeff Hawk, and Kelly Rose, Congresswoman Bonamici toured key Albany research labs.

NETL Regional Workforce Initiative Workshop

October 20, 2017


Representatives from regional community and technical colleges participated in NETL’s Regional Workforce Initiative Workshop October 20, 2017. The workshop included a tour of NETL’s Morgantown laboratory and introduced participants to emerging technologies for which the region’s future technical and skilled workforce must be trained.

Visit of Eaton Corp. R&D Representatives

October 16, 2017


R&D Officials from Eaton Corp. visited NETL Pittsburgh last week to tour facilities and learn more about the Laboratory’s expertise in fuel cells, general materials, offshore power conversion, and sensors and controls. NETL and Eaton have collaborated on research before. Last week’s meetings were intended to explore future collaborative possibilities. The Eaton visitors attended Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s High-Performance Computing for Materials Program launch event Thursday in downtown Pittsburgh prior to their NETL tour.

Paul Jablonski, Ph.D., Elected Fellow of ASM International

October 12, 2017


NETL Metallurgist Paul Jablonski, Ph.D., was officially inducted as a Fellow of ASM International at the Materials Science & Technology Technical Meeting and Exhibition, October 10, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pa. ASM recognized Jablonski for his distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering. Specifically, ASM cited Dr. Jablonski for “sustained excellence in materials processing and heat treatment, leading to CALPHAD [Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry]-based methodology for efficient homogenization of alloys through utilization of computational thermodynamics and kinetics.” Election as an ASM Fellow is one of the highest honors in the field of materials science.

Director Bochenek Addresses PA Lawmakers at White House

October 12, 2017


NETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek addressed members of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives at a White House Conversation on Infrastructure: Empowering State and Local Leaders. The conference was held to help promote relationships between federal agencies and state lawmakers. The Director discussed innovations, impacts, and partnerships of the Laboratory.


October 10, 2017


The Federal LCA Commons, which includes several members from NETL, received an award for contributions to the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at the LCA XVII conference. The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) is recognizing the Federal LCA Commons for their collective efforts to build and share databases, tools, and resources for everyone. The ACLCA is a non-profit membership organization and professional society for Life Cycle Assessment. The work of the ACLCA is primarily carried out through the members working in the organization’s various committees.

NETL Researchers and Engineers Present at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Eastern Section Annual Meeting

October 02, 2017



Several NETL experts participated in the recent American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Eastern Section meeting in Morgantown, West Virginia. NETL researchers and engineers discussed their shale gas work, including projects with the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory and NETL’s research related to environmental monitoring at sites such as abandoned oil and gas wells. The meeting was hosted by the Appalachian Geological Society and the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey.

Supporting Shale Gas Research & Development

September 29, 2017


NETL participated in the Shale Insight Conference on September 27-28 to demonstrate its support of safe and efficient technologies to utilize natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale geological formations.  The conference also featured prominent industry and government leaders, including Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, discussing the importance of shale gas to the nation’s energy supply.

Connecting with West Virginia’s Leaders

September 26, 2017

0926-Leadership-3-of-3forsite.jpg spotlight2.pngNETL’s Kirk Gerdes presented to 57 professionals from across the state at the Leadership West Virginia Program—Energy Session on September 22. Gerdes explained the full technology innovation cycle for the session focused on how to better understand how innovation begins, matures, and eventually creates deployable technology.

Self-driving cars-a thing of the present

September 20, 2017

IMG_0211.jpgSelf-driving cars are no longer a thing of the past according to Congressman David B. McKinley. NETL Director Dr. Grace M. Bochenek and Trevelyn Hall, who works with NETL’s vehicle program as part of the Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Team, saw a self-driving vehicle first-hand at the Autonomous/Self-Driving Cars … America First! Forum at West Virginia University hosted by Representative McKinley on September 20. Dr. Bochenek and Hall attended the event to highlight NETL’s support for regional research and development of safe self-driving vehicles.

NETL Talks Clean Tech at 2017 Oregon BEST FEST

September 14, 2017


NETL was delighted to participate in the 2017 Oregon BEST FEST CleanTech Innovation Conference, held in Portland, Ore., on September 14. Researchers from our lab joined entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, representatives from universities, and other researchers to explore how innovations in advanced manufacturing, energy, water, and natural resources can make a positive impact on the planet while enhancing the local economy.

NETL’s Well-Bore Integrity teamed has been named a finalist for a 2017 World Oil Award for their foamed cement work!

September 11, 2017

oilaward.jpgNETL’s Well-Bore Integrity teamed has been named a finalist for a 2017 World Oil Award. Led by Dr. Barbara Kutchko, seen here, the team was nominated for their work advancing foamed cementing technology—an accomplishment that is leading to safer, more sustainable offshore drilling.

Subsurface Science at NETL

September 06, 2017

NETL Director Bochenek Addressed Pittsburgh International Coal Conference

September 06, 2017

graceBochenekSpotlight.pngDr. Grace Bochenek, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the United States’ only national laboratory dedicated to fossil energy research, spoke on the topic of “21st Century Energy Ecosystems” at a featured appearance before the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference Wednesday morning. The Conference is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and is an outgrowth of a series of conferences spanning more than three decades dealing with coal utilization in the United States and internationally. It is described as the “premier” international annual event devoted to all aspects of coal, energy, and the environment.

Summer Edition of NETL Impact Is Now Available

September 05, 2017

impact-cover-sept2017.jpgNETL presents the latest edition of a quarterly publication, showcasing the Lab’s many accomplishments and robust areas of research. This issue explores how NETL’s materials research is enabling efficiency improvements for advanced energy systems. Check out the full edition here.

Chinese Delegation Tours NETL

September 05, 2017

chinese-delegation.jpgNETL was pleased to host technology executives and administrative managers from the Shenhua Group, China’s largest coal-producing company, at the laboratory’s Morgantown site on September 5. The group came to the United States to take part in a training opportunity at West Virginia University called “Training for the Application and Management of Clean Energy Technology.”

Once in a Lifetime Sky

August 23, 2017

Totality-Flag-Bld33.jpgNETL’s campus in Albany, Oregon was in the direct path of the solar eclipse that stretched across America on August 21, 2017. In the sky above this research support building, the totality of the eclipse is visible in the upper right hand corner. The Albany site is rich in history, from its role in metallurgical research going back to 1943 to its focus today on materials research and performance testing of advanced high-temperature, corrosion-resistant structural ceramic composites and metal alloys. With the eclipse, history was made again -- this time above the Albany site in a spectacular Oregon sky.

South Korean Representatives Visit NETL to Learn About Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies

August 22, 2017

9L3A4295.jpgA delegation from the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) visited NETL August 22 to learn about new technologies for carbon capture and storage. The delegation was led by Kwon Hanim, Deputy Director of MOTIE’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Division. Ayaka Jones, of DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, accompanied the visitors.

NETL Hosts Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance

August 17, 2017

Propulsion-and-Power-Systems-Photo.jpgNETL Morgantown hosted the annual meeting of the Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance (PPSA), a government alliance that promotes collaboration among government agencies — including DOE, the Department of Defense (Army, Navy, and Air Force), NASA, and the Federal Aviation Administration — to effectively use government resources in the areas of power and propulsion. The annual meeting presented opportunities to identify potential spin-off innovations, advance the technology readiness of government research, encourage more effective use of government resources in propulsion and power systems technology development, enable and encourage new agreements, and highlight and reinforce existing collaborative activities. PPSA members discussed innovations for combustors, compressors, controls and health management, hybrid electric, materials, mechanical components, modeling and simulation/thermal management, turbines, and integrated test and evaluation.

Making a Difference

August 17, 2017

During a recent tour of NETL’s facilities in Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh, PA, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry highlighted the critical role of DOE’s 17 “Laboratories of Innovation” in making a difference in people’s lives. Secretary Perry emphasized that work coming out of the DOE National Labs, including NETL, is a “true testament to what the genius of America is all about.” Hear the Secretary’s remarks and see footage from the tour.

Petra Nova Selected 2017 Power Plant of the Year

August 11, 2017

Petra-Nova.pngThe NETL-supported Petra Nova project, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system, has been selected by POWER magazine as its 2017 Power Plant of the Year! POWER recognized the project, a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration, because “it was brought online on time, and on budget, and despite its unprecedented scale, it was completed in roughly 1.78 million man-hours without a single lost-time incident during construction.” More information about NETL’s involvement can be found here. The POWER magazine article is here.

6 Things you may NOT know about Coal

August 11, 2017

6-Things-About-Coal-Infographic.jpgLearn more about the importance of coal to our nation’s energy security in the new Infographic from DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy…

Multiphase Flow & Computational Science Research at NETL

August 08, 2017

Why investigate multiphase flows? Because this phenomenon—the simultaneous flow of materials in different phases (gas, liquid, or solid)—is encountered in almost every commercial energy and environmental process. Understanding these complex flows and chemical reactions & interactions, is a key element of NETL’s mission to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. 

West Virginia Congressman Evan Jenkins Visits NETL

August 02, 2017

Congressman-Evan-Jenkins-Visit---Spray-Coater-2.jpgU.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District visited the National Energy Technology Laboratory Morgantown site on August 1 to meet with Laboratory leadership and tour energy technologies research facilities. Jenkins was briefed on NETL research areas, including Energy Conversion Engineering and Geological & Environmental Systems.  Here Rep. Jenkins (center) observes an advanced manufacturing process invented by NETL researchers that deposits electrocatalysts onto solid oxide fuel cell electrodes while touring with Dr. Grace Bochenek, Laboratory Director, and Gregory Hackett of the NETL Solid Oxide Fuel Manufacturing and Test Lab.

Learn about DOE’s National Labs…17 Labs in 17 Minutes

July 28, 2017

7labs.pngNETL is one of 17 National Laboratories within the Department of Energy.  Learn about NETL and it’s Rare Element Elements project, along the other National Labs in the YouTube video here or at DOE’s website here

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Facts About the Impact of DOE Research and the Shale Revolution

July 27, 2017


Project Partners Boost NETL’s Rare Earth Elements Research

July 26, 2017

spotlight267.jpgIn addition to NETL’s robust in-house rare earth elements research, the Laboratory also partners with leaders in industry and academia to facilitate REE technology research and development, and its potential deployment. These strategic partnerships amplify NETL’s contribution toward securing a supply of REEs from domestic coal and coal-based products.

NETL Researchers Use Advanced Techniques to Identify Rare Earth Elements in Coal and Coal By-Products

July 19, 2017

elements-in-coal.jpgCoal has helped power the nation for well over a century, but NETL researchers are using advanced analytical and characterization techniques to address whether this abundant energy source can be used to provide REEs for use in high-tech products, including cell phones, computers, batteries, and lasers.

NETL and City of Pittsburgh Celebrate Anniversary, Progress

July 18, 2017

pittsburgh-anniversary.jpgNETL celebrates the 2-year anniversary of a fruitful collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh. Since July 2015, NETL has been assisting Pittsburgh on plans for efficient distributed energy systems in specific neighborhoods and ways to use new investments to increase resilience, reduce consumers’ energy costs, and encourage workforce development. A recent survey by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows that energy efficiency has improved in the City since the collaboration began. According to ACEE, Pittsburgh ranked 17the out of 51 cities on its City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Scoring was based on metrics reflecting the adoption and implementation of specific government policies, actions, or public services that can improve energy efficiency.

Women & Technology Conference

July 12, 2017

A-_BOB1673.jpgNETL recently participated in the Women & Technology Conference in Charleston, West Virginia, which enabled dialogue regarding the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Encouraging women to be involved in technology education and research, private enterprises, the public sector, investing, and entrepreneurship were primary focuses of this event. NETL was represented by Dr. Linda Kimberling, NETL Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer along with (pictured left to right) Laboratory Operations Center Chief of Staff Lee Ann Haley and Research & Innovation Center Associate Director Jamie Brown.

Techno-Economic Analysis of Rare Earth Element Recovery from Coal-Based Feedstocks

July 12, 2017

infograph.pngA 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. Therefore, researchers must assess, through cost-benefit analysis, whether rare earth elements (REEs) can be separated and recovered from coal-based feedstocks in an economically feasible fashion. NETL is addressing these questions through the development and implementation of techno-economic analysis models to assess the economics of commercially producing REEs from existing conventional, novel, and advanced separation and recovery processes.

Secretary Perry Gets First-Hand View of NETL Innovations

July 10, 2017

spotlight710.jpgNETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek hosted a two-day visit by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry July 6 at the NETL Morgantown site and July 7 at the Pittsburgh Laboratory location where some of Laboratory’s key energy innovations were demonstrated. The visitors, which included U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and U.S. Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia in Morgantown and U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania at the Pittsburgh site, took a tour of key NETL labs for insight into the Laboratory’s role in meeting the energy needs of the Nation. Secretary Perry presented brief remarks and took questions during appearances at both locations. He reflected upon the accomplishments of NETL labs across the country and their employees including more than 100 patents, 2,800 publications and lab awards. He also highlighted NETL’s research into extracting rare earth elements from coal.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Tours NETL facilities and meets with research staff

July 07, 2017

perry-visit-group-shot.jpg U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry was greeted at the National Energy Technology Laboratory Morgantown site on Thursday afternoon by NETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek. Secretary Perry visited the site to meet with NETL executive leadership, tour research facilities, and address laboratory staff. NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. The Laboratory focuses on conducting a broad range of energy and environmental research and development activities that support DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, and U.S. Rep. David McKinley accompanied Secretary Perry on the NETL Morgantown visit.

NETL Hosts Tomorrow’s Energy Leaders

July 06, 2017

BYKTWD-collage.png We were delighted to welcome scientists and engineers of the future at Bring Your Kids to Work Day, an annual event held at all three NETL sites. Children 5–18 years old took part in planned activities and lab tours during the morning, and then shadowed their parents in the afternoon. This fun and inspiring event supports DOE efforts to improve science literacy and educate the next generation of energy leaders.

Coal and Rare Earth Elements Extraction—A New Mission for an Old Resource

July 05, 2017

REEspotlight.jpgCoal 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 from coal and its by-products, researchers at the National Energy Research Laboratory are unlocking innovations that could once

NETL Metallurgist Dr. Paul Jablonski Elected as Fellow of ASM International

July 03, 2017

Jablonski.png Dr. Paul Jablonski, an NETL metallurgist, has been elected as a Fellow of ASM International, the world's largest and most distinguished association for materials science professionals. ASM Fellows are technical and professional leaders who have been recognized by their colleagues and now serve as advisors to the society. Dr. Jablonski is being recognized for his distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering. Specifically, ASM cited Dr. Jablonski for “sustained excellence in materials processing and heat treatment, leading to CALPHAD [Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry]-based methodology for efficient homogenization of alloys through utilization of computational thermodynamics and kinetics.” Election as an ASM Fellow is one of the highest honors in the field of materials science.

Visualizing Oxy-Fuel Combustion

June 28, 2017

oxyfuel-combustion.jpgNETL researchers use computational fluid dynamics simulations to visualize how fuel, oxygen, and CO2 mix and react in a combustor to produce heat. The work is providing breakthrough analyses for supercritical CO2 power systems using oxycombustion. Read More.

Coal & Gas Research highlighted to International Visitors

June 27, 2017

chuck_tChuck Taylor of NETL’s Global Partnerships Program highlights the Office of Fossil Energy’s program in coal and gas research to a recent group of international visitors at West Virginia University’s National Center for Coal and Energy as coordinated by the U. S. Department of State as part of their International Visitor Leadership Program Meeting held at WVU.

Fossil Energy Research Highlighted at “Energizing North Dakota’s Future” Event

June 26, 2017


Dr. Randy Gentry highlighted DOE’s fossil energy research at the recent “Energizing North Dakota's Future: Realizing the Vision” workshop held at the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center.  NETL, along with industry & government representatives, discussed the importance of the energy industry to North Dakota and the role technology plays in driving new innovations in the energy sector.    

Pressure Gain Combustion Working Group Focuses on Efficient Electricity Generation

June 23, 2017


Gas Turbine Engines are a critical to ensure continuous electricity generation by electric utilities along with their role in aerospace propulsion.  Constant pressure within turbines can result in pressure loss.  NETL, as a leader in gas engine turbine technology, hosted the Pressure Gain Combustion Working Group met at NETL on June 22-23 to discuss how technology innovations in these engines can lead to greater efficiency in electricity generation.  Participants included a variety of government and industry partners, including DOE, NASA, Air Force, Navy and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  

NETL reaches out to Small Businesses

June 21, 2017

netl.jpgDuring a recent outreach event in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Jen Scharrer, Contracting Officer, and Larry Sullivan, Small Business Program Manager, provided information to small business owners about contracting opportunities with the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.  Small businesses provide goods and services to support the Laboratory’s mission with $67 million being obligated through small business contracts and simplified acquisitions in Fiscal Year 2016.

Research Partnership Advances Turbine Cooling Design Concepts

June 21, 2017

gasturbine.jpgSolving the challenges associated with developing advanced turbine systems is no easy task. In an effort to stimulate rapid technology advancements, NETL made a strategic investment in a research collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University’s Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Laboratory and industry partner Pratt & Whitney (a division of United Technologies). Established in 2011, this ongoing research partnership has the goal of transitioning new cooling technologies into working-scale gas turbines.

Improving Gas Turbines

June 14, 2017

blueturbine.jpgWorking 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.

Pressure Gain Combustion Research Poised to Increase Turbine Efficiency

June 07, 2017

turbinespotlightjune.jpgLarge gas turbines supply the nation with a reliable energy supply, and current combined cycle plants can operate at efficiencies of just over 60 percent. Now, Pressure Gain Combustion research at NETL is poised to further increase that efficiency, which could translate to a vast reduction in carbon emissions—potentially without increasing the cost of electricity.

NETL along with Joe Giove at DOE HQ recently presented at the Southern States Energy Board Annual Conference on clean coal technologies.

June 06, 2017

giove.jpgJoe Giove, DOE’s Director of Coal Business Operations in the Office of Fossil Energy, discusses Clean Coal Energy Policies and Technologies for the utility industry at the annual conference of the Southern States Energy Board. NETL Senior Fellow Dr. Geo Richards also participated to highlight the critical role of the Laboratory in providing technologies that may be used by industry to reduce the costs of power generation.

Advanced Turbine Program Researching More Efficient Combustion

June 05, 2017


The Energy Department’s 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, like Pressure Gain Combustion.

NETL’s FY16 Annual Report is now available highlighting great energy-related scientific research

May 30, 2017

ar2016.jpgNETL is pleased to announce availability of its fiscal year 2016 Annual Accomplishments Report. The document provides an overview of the Laboratory and its great work advancing energy-related scientific research. The report is available for download or online viewing here.

Geothermal energy is the transformation of the earth’s heat into electricity

May 29, 2017


The potential of geothermal energy is immense—with some estimates that less that 7 percent of the world’s potential for this energy source has been tapped. Studying and improving the transforming the natural heat of the earth into electrical energy is one component of NETL’s focus on energy conversion technology. The Dixie Valley Bottoming Binary Plant: Terra-Gen is a good example of demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of nonconventional geothermal resources. NETL’s work in geothermal energy is an important step in weaving the energy source into a comprehensive approach to the nation’s energy future.

NETL has launched a new publication

May 26, 2017

Impact.jpgNETL Impact. The inaugural issue of this magazine looks at NETL’s efforts in the development and application of simulation-based computational tools for improving the efficiency of power generation systems. The overall mission of the quarterly publication is to inform stakeholders about the latest developments that NETL’s talented scientists and engineers are advancing to use our nation’s energy resources efficiently and safely to improve America’s energy security. You can review the first issue here!

NETL has developed a multi-cell array to accelerate fuel cell research.

May 24, 2017

sofc.pngFuel cell technology isn’t new, but the promise of this technology is vast. As part of NETL’s focus on energy conversion, the laboratory has been investing resources in unlocking the full promise of this technology. The multi-cell array (MCA) is one example of a unique platform that NETL has developed to aid in this research. The equipment is designed to rapidly test multiple fuel cells to determine how they degrade when exposed to contaminants, providing essential data to researchers hoping to extend the lifespan of energy technology.

NETL Celebrates Diversity Day

May 19, 2017

Diversity-Day.jpgNETL’s commitment to inclusion was front and center May 18th at a special event held at the Lab’s Pittsburgh site. NETL Director and Laboratory staff illustrated the program’s message of acceptance and respect by sharing stories and information about their own various cultures and traditions.

NETL’s High-Pressure Combustion Facility is a vital resource for energy conversion research

May 18, 2017

gas-turbine.pngNETL's High-Pressure Combustion Facility is a unique resource within the National Laboratories system. It provides the fuel test capabilities needed to evaluate new high-pressure, high-temperature hydrogen turbine combustion concepts. The Facility serves two key areas: fluid flow and combustion variability, and reaction behavior during high-pressure combustion. NETL researchers use computational fluid dynamics to model and study fluid flow and combustion in the Dynamic Gas Turbine Combustion test rig. Use of visualization models and study of test rig results can provide researchers with detailed insights into the complex combustion process, clearly showing the development and effects of pressure oscillations in the combustor. Using information from this facility, researchers are developing alternative thermal management methods, sensors, and control capabilities necessary for advanced combustion systems.

NETL Hosts Gas Technology Institute Delegation

May 11, 2017

AT4A0287.jpgNETL was pleased to host a delegation from the Gas Technology Institute at our Pittsburgh site on May 10. The group toured NETL research facilities; exchanged information about key GTI projects and NETL’s core capabilities; and met with NETL staff members to discuss high-level energy issues, technology drivers, and future partnerships and collaborations.

Chemical Looping at NETL

May 10, 2017

clr.pngChemical looping is an important energy conversion technology. Combusting fossil fuels in nearly pure oxygen instead of in air, the process of carbon dioxide capture is radically simplified. Chemical looping has been referred to as a “transformational” technology because of its potential to increase efficiency and cut the costs of energy generation. Therefore, NETL has been working to develop and advance chemical looping combustion technologies in facilities like this one, located in Morgantown, West Virginia.

NETL Hosts National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management

May 10, 2017

NARUC-NETL-Visit.jpgNETL was honored to host the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management, May 8–9. NARUC is the national association representing the state public service commissioners who regulate essential utility services, including energy, gas, and water. NARUC and the Office of Fossil Energy have entered into a 5-year carbon capture, storage, and utilization partnership in support of a new generation of environmentally sound clean-coal technologies.

Tim Murphy Visits NETL

May 08, 2017

murphy.jpgNETL hosted U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy, who visited the lab today for an update on NETL’s research activities. 


May 02, 2017

powerlinesNETL is dedicated to securing a robust, sustainable energy future. The laboratory is pursuing many approaches to meet this goal and energy conversion engineering is one of them. As one of NETL’s core competencies, energy conversion is simply the process of transforming one form of energy into another. There are currently a wide range of research and development programs at NETL—from solid oxide fuel cells to geothermal energy—that are designed to improve the ways we generate power. Energy conversion at NETL means greater efficiency in technology, lower costs for power generation, and the pursuit of economically and environmentally sustainable strategies for the future. This month, we’ll examine some of the ways that NETL is working on energy conversion technologies.

NETL supports National Small Business Week

May 02, 2017

spotlight-51.jpgNETL supports small businesses that contribute to the Laboratory’s success during National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6.  NETL hosted a training for small businesses in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program on April 28 in collaboration with the SBA’s Pittsburgh & West Virginia District Offices.

Follow NETL’s Small Business Program at and Small Business Week at and at #SmallBusinessWeek

Best of luck to our regional Science Bowl teams

April 28, 2017

sbspotlight.pngAs they head to the Energy Department’s National Science Bowl competition in Washington D.C., we wish the best of luck to our regional Science Bowl teams: North Allegheny Intermediate High School and Winchester Thurston School from southwestern Pennsylvania, and Suncrest Middle School and Morgantown High School in West Virginia. These teams earned the right to compete at the national level by coming out on top at regional competitions held in February and March. Good luck, teams!

Dr. Kutchko presented gas well cement research at the SINTEF Petroleum Conference in Trondheim, Norway

April 25, 2017

kutchko.jpgDr. Barbara Kutchko recently returned from Trondheim Norway where she was invited to speak at the 2017 SINTEF Petroleum Conference as an international expert on well integrity. The presentation, titled “Cementing Wells in Coal Country” featured the latest research in determining how corrosive waters in flooded coal mines impact gas well cements.

Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Receives Battelle Technical Achievement Award

April 25, 2017

mrcsp.jpgThe Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) project has been recognized with a “Scientific and Technical Team” Battelle Achievement Award for their novel research aimed at accelerating CO2 storage technologies. Funded in part by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, MRCSP is making significant advances in the deployment of novel methods for CO2 storage, monitoring, verification, and accounting. To learn more about MRCSP, visit their website.

NETL will be hosting the 18th Annual Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project Review Meeting

April 24, 2017

harry-abernathy.jpgNETL researchers Dr. Harry Abernathy and Dr. Shiwoo Lee in the Fuel Cell Test Stack Facility at NETL in Morgantown, WV. Through its solid oxide fuel cell R&D and systems analysis work, NETL is bringing a clean, combustion-free power generation technology to the market, enhancing America’s energy independence, security, and prosperity. In June, NETL will be hosting the 18th Annual Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project Review Meeting. Stay tuned for more information.

Research Initiatives in Rare Earth Elements

April 24, 2017

spotlight424.jpgNETL presented on Federal Rare Earth Element Research Initiatives in West Virginia at Congressman Evan Jenkins’ conference on Coal and Rare Earth Elements in Charleston on April 21. NETL’s Charles Miller and Mary Anne Alvin provided an overview of how research is identifying opportunities to recover 17 periodic table elements from coal and coal by-products so they may be used in consumer and industrial applications. Our nation’s vast coal resources contain quantities of REEs that offer the potential to reduce our dependence on others for these critical materials and create new industries in regions where coal plays an important economic role. To learn more, link to NETL’s REE website here.

Earth Day Poster Contest Shows “There Is No Planet B”

April 19, 2017

plugged-in-earth-day-poster-graphic.jpgWe received a great response for our annual Earth Day Poster Contest for students in kindergarten through fifth grade! This year’s theme was “There is no Planet B.” The entries truly embodied the ideas of conserving of planet’s precious resources and protecting the environment. Thanks to all who participated. Great job, kids!

Dr. Randy Gentry, NETL Deputy Director Presented on “The Future of Power Plant Operations” Panel

April 14, 2017

Dr.GentryDr. Randy Gentry (fourth from right), Deputy Director for Science & Technology Strategic Plans & Programs at NETL, discusses DOE’s accomplishments and current projects supporting technology development to address the needs of the power generation industry through fossil-based applications at a recent conference hosted by ABB in Houston, Texas.   Highlighted to the power industry were the Laboratory’s focus on applications that include Chemical Looping, Gas Turbines, Subsurface Production, Water Management, Advanced Sensors and Controls, High-Performance Computing & Systems Integration, and Advanced Manufacturing & Materials.

Dr. Angela Goodman Receives Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists

April 06, 2017

aapg.jpgThe American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) honored NETL’s Dr. Angela Goodman with a Division of Environmental Geosciences Award at their 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition in Houston, TX. Dr. Goodman has been with NETL for more than 15 years, and her work on carbon storage has been an invaluable resource for determining how much CO2 can be stored at sites around the nation and the world, ensuring a safer environment for generations.

NETL Experts Participate in Energy Seminar at Marshall University

April 03, 2017

marshall.jpgOn Friday, March 31, NETL was honored to participate in the Energy Seminar at Marshall. NETL experts gave presentations on four energy-related topics: West Virginia Energy Resources, Global Energy Outlook, Business of Energy, and Research to Reality. Participants learned about the importance of energy to West Virginia and the world, promising opportunities in energy, what NETL does, and how vital the lab’s mission is to the nation.

NETL-Sponsored Program Celebrates Woman’s History Month

March 30, 2017

womans-history.jpgIn honor of National Women’s History Month, NETL’s EEO/Diversity Office hosted three local women speakers to address this year’s theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” These local “trailblazing” women shared their experiences as females in the workforce, and how they have used their position as union organizers and leaders to address some of the challenges women face in the workplace. You can watch the event here or view photos here.

Materials Research Snapshot

March 22, 2017

baltrus.jpgNETL researcher John Baltrus uses X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to analyze a materials surface chemistry. Surface characterization is important for determining how materials interact with their environment. Researchers rely on their understanding of how surfaces behave to improve the performance of materials being incorporated into devices such as optical gas sensors. Read more!

NETL Researcher Wins Best Poster Award

March 22, 2017

AnnaTMS17Award.JPGNETL researcher Anna Nakano received the Best Poster Award by a Young Professional in the Functional Materials Division at the TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) Annual Meeting and Exhibition, held earlier this month. Co-authored by Jinichiro Nakano and James Bennett the poster reported thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of the high-temperature thermocouple sensor alloy failure controlled by distinct diffusion processes. Congratulations!

NETL supports West Virginia’s 2017 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day

March 16, 2017

Geo.jpgWest Virginia’s 2017 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol is an exciting event bringing together entrepreneurs and lawmakers at the West Virginia State Capitol Building. Sponsored by TechConnect West Virginia and the TransTech Energy Business Development Program, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue about how to promote best practices and programs to support new businesses, create good jobs, and ensure prosperous communities in West Virginia. NETL has been involved with the TransTech Energy Business Development Program since 2012 and firmly believes that supporting regional innovation is a key component in securing the economic and energy future of the nation. Pictured are (l to r) Kevin DiGregorio, Chemical Alliance Zone; Madhava Syamlal, NETL; and Geo Richards, NETL.

North Allegheny Intermediate H.S. and Winchester Thurston School Win Southwestern Pennsylvania Science Bowl

March 09, 2017

spotlightmar9.jpgThe 2017 regional champions of the SWPA Science Bowl have been selected! After strenuous competition and admirable performance from all the finalists, the winners pulled through. Winchester Thurston School is our middle school champion, and North Allegheny Intermediate High School is our high school victor. We’re excited to have such talented students represent the entire SWPA region at the National Science Bowl, to be held April 27–May 1 in Washington, D.C. Thank you to all the schools who have participated this year.  We hope to see you again next year!

Future Energy Leaders Visit NETL

March 08, 2017

32923110230_96433e0dfb_b.jpgNETL was honored to host participants in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program, March 5–8. Named after J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was tapped to lead the Manhattan Project at the age of 38, the program is designed to develop the next generation of leaders in science and energy. At NETL, program participants learned about the energy landscape in the Appalachian region, with a focus on how technology, economics, and policy affect regional and national energy needs. For more information about the program, visit

NETL Employees Tour Carbon Capture Facility in Norway

March 08, 2017

FullSizeRender.jpgNETL employees Lynn Brickett (left), Traci Rodosta (center) and Michael Matuszewski (back) tour Technology Centre Mongstad, the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture. As part of a DOE-funded project, a second-generation CO2 solvent technology is being testing at the center in western Norway.

NETL’s Cynthia Powell Receives Secretary’s Appreciation Award

March 06, 2017

Dr.-Cynthia-Powell-s-Secretary-s-Award.jpgDr. Cynthia Powell has been selected by the Energy Department to receive the Secretary’s Appreciation Award for her substantial accomplishments as the acting Deputy Director of Science and Technology at NETL and her achievements transforming NETL’s Science and Technology Strategic Planning and Partnerships Center. The Secretary’s Awards Program recognizes the career service and contributions of DOE employees to the mission of the Department and to the benefit of the nation. Dr. Powell is being honored for her dedication and exemplary service in support of NETL’s mission of energy security and sustainability.

2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

February 23, 2017


Come and see the NETL exhibit at this year’s ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, February 27-March 1, 2017. Now in its eighth year, the Summit’s program is aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. 
Our researchers will be on hand at Booth 707 to talk about their innovations. Here’s a chance to meet the minds behind the innovations: Dr. Ben Chorpening—researcher on NETL’s Raman gas analyzer and Dr. Dustin McIntyre—inventor of NETL’s laser induced breakdown spectroscopy technology. We look forward to seeing you there.

NETL Celebrates Black History Month

February 16, 2017

Speakers.jpgNETL celebrated Black History Month 2017 with a presentation organized by the laboratory’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Office. Event attendees were privileged to hear two guest speakers—Dr. Quintin Bullock, President of the Community College of Allegheny (CCAC), and Ms. Charlene Newkirk, J.D, President of CCAC South Campus—deliver remarks on the theme The Crisis in Black Education. The presentation highlighted the educational opportunities that CCAC affords regional students of color and the vital role mentorship can play in ensuring their success.

Morgantown High and Suncrest Middle teams win West Virginia Science Bowl

February 07, 2017


6c56c81505ec47b78c2ebd5b99f19482.jpgMorgantown High School and Suncrest Middle School, both of Morgantown, claimed victory at the 26th annual West Virginia Regional Science Bowl held at the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountainlair February 3–4, 2017. Twenty-four teams from high schools and 20 teams from middle schools throughout the state participated in the competition that tested contestants’ knowledge in math and science. The event is co-sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory and WVU, with the winners earning an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will represent West Virginia in DOE’s National Science Bowl® scheduled for April 27–May 1.

NETL Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority to Advance Fossil Energy Technologies

January 18, 2017

DubaiRepresentatives from NETL and the Office of Fossil Energy recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates to complete signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). His Excellency Saeed Al-Tayer (center), Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of DEWA, signed the MOU on Sunday, January 15.  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Doug Hollett (left) represented DOE at the ceremony. NETL and DEWA will collaborate to advance fossil energy technologies and foster assessments of technology options and economics.

What Happened to Acid Rain?

January 10, 2017

spotlight117.pngA new podcast from DOE features NETL research and technology development that helped solve the problem of acid rain. Now the laboratory is using its research prowess to help solve a problem that’s even more complex: climate change. Read, listen, learn!