About On-Site Research
A DOE Applied Energy National Laboratory

Research Mission

NETL’s onsite research effort is a national resource for fossil energy research and development, with a mission to create the knowledge base that enables the safe, sustainable utilization of our abundant, domestic energy resources.


History of Collaborative Energy R&D

NETL’s long history of leadership in the research and development of fossil energy reaches back to the days of NETL’s predecessor organization, the century-old U.S. Bureau of Mines. NETL’s scientists and engineers continue today to perform cutting-edge research in long-standing partnerships with universities, other research institutions and industry.

Federal Research staff

The onsite research program has a core group of over 100 federal scientists and engineers. Supplemental research support comes from contractors who are selected through a competitive process, as well as research fellows and associates at the faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels. This "corporate laboratory" utilizes state-of-the-art capabilities and facilities located in Morgantown, WV; Pittsburgh, PA; and Albany, OR. 

Research Approach

Scientific understanding and technology development are accelerated by leveraging NETL’s competency in science-based prediction. Combining simulation with targeted experimental validation at actual conditions and in field applications reduces the risk, cost, and time to bring new innovations to market.