National Laboratory Research Network

The National Laboratory Research Network (NLRN) is a strategic effort to foster collaboration between the Storage Program, NETL's Research & Innovation Center, and other DOE laboratories. This coordination provides DOE researchers and program managers the ability to look across similar activities, quickly fill critical gaps in research, and archive results in a corporate database, all of which will promote efficient knowledge for future researchers.

Efforts span all of the key technologies, which are working to support a range of technical needs within the Storage Program to help meet its goals for future capacity and storage assessments. Read more about NLRN research.

National Laboratory participants collaborating in research efforts in support of NETL's Storage Program.
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Additional Strategic Program Support Avenues

Another example of the program’s integrated approach is DOE’s Subsurface Technology and Engineering Crosscut Technical Team (SubTER), which identifies and facilitates crosscutting subsurface R&D and policy priorities. SubTER is an integrated platform across DOE offices to address crosscutting challenges associated with the use of the subsurface for energy extraction and storage purposes. This new initiative is focusing on subsurface research, such as discovering, characterizing, predicting, and monitoring the subsurface; accessing wells and their integrity; engineering and permeability control; and sustained production while sustaining the environment.

The Storage Program also leverages two activities implemented by NETL’s ORD to facilitate the validation of storage technologies and data collected through the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs). These include the National Risk Assessment Partnership and Energy Data eXchange.  

The National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) is a DOE multi-national laboratory initiative that harnesses core capabilities developed across the national laboratories in order to carry out science-based predictions of the critical behavior of engineered-natural systems that can be applied to risk assessment for safe, long-term CO2 storage. The basic goals of NRAP are to build a suite of science-based tools for predicting the performance of CO2 storage sites, apply the tools to a range of potential scenarios to clarify key storage-security relationships, and develop a portfolio of monitoring and mitigation protocols that can be used as part of a risk management strategy. These goals require that NRAP closely collaborate with the RCSPs to obtain field data to develop and validate their protocols and predictive tools.

The NLRN also manages the Energy Data eXchange™, which is an online system providing access to information and data relevant to fossil and renewable energy systems. EDX coordinates historical and current data and information from a wide variety of sources to serve as a research and rapid response tool for a wide variety of users. Datasets from NATCARB, the RCSPs, and the other sponsored research projects in the Core Storage R&D Technology Areas can be stored in EDX for the benefit of future research and analysis.