Turbines News

Research conducted in NETL’s High Pressure Combustion Facility could someday enable lower consumer electricity bills
June 25, 2018
NETL’s ground-breaking research on a process to increase the efficiency of power-producing turbines is attracting research partners from some of the nation’s leading academic institutions as well as the U.S. Air Force, and the results could someday mean lower consumer electricity bills.

Increasing Efficiency with Supercritical CO2
June 18, 2018
Turbines are important machines in our nation’s fleet of fossil-fueled power plants, extracting energy from domestic resources and converting it into the electricity we depend on. Turbines can also be key players in conserving resources because they can provide clean energy by using less fuel and generating fewer emissions.

NETL's Work to Enhance Turbine Components Offers Versatility, Immediate Benefits
June 11, 2018
Turbines are essential in meeting America's power demands, producing electricity at virtually every power plant in the United States. With fossil fuels projected to remain the dominant source of energy for decades to come, advanced combustion turbine technology will play a critical role in capitalizing on the nation's vast domestic resources.

Energy Department Selects Advanced Turbine Technology Projects to Receive $7M
April 30, 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy and NETL have selected 14 projects to receive approximately $7 million in federal funding under the funding opportunity announcement, DE-FOA-0001816, Advanced Components for 65 Percent Combined Cycle Efficiency, Super Critical Carbon Dioxide (sCO2) Power Cycles and Advanced Modular Heat Engines.

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 Selects New University Research Projects to Improve Turbine Performance
September 7, 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.

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.

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.

Pressure Gain Combustion Research Poised to Further Increase Turbine Efficiency
June 5, 2016
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.

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

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

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

Technology Transfer Initiative - NETL Funded Research Highlights of Three Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Projects
August 24, 2015
Under the Advanced Turbine Program, three recipients with unique developmental approaches have accumulated a substantial quantity of high-quality results in the area of high temperature TBCs. The lead organizations are UES, HiFunda, and the Stony Brook University. To initiate the technology transfer, the project managers at the Advanced Energy Systems Division worked with the Principle Investigators of those projects to provide to Industry a concise synopsis of their technology's key results and engineering data to the Industry in order to gauge interest and solicit feedback and facilitate the technology transfer. The feedback was found to be very informative in terms of the need for realistic system level testing, additional types of testing, ease of fabrication techniques and cost analysis of the new materials systems as compared to the state of the art materials. This feedback was also conveyed to the three recipients in order to provide useful guidance. For more detailed information please contact Patcharin Burke or Briggs White.