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US-UK Collaboration on Fossil Energy Advanced Materials: Task 2—Materials for Advanced Boiler and Oxy-combustion Systems(NETL-US)
Creators: Holcomb, Gordon; Tylczak, Joseph; Carney, Casey
Date: 04/19/2017

Method of CO and/or CO.sub.2 hydrogenation to higher hydrocarbons using doped mixed-metal oxides
Creators: Shekhawat, Dushyant; Berry, David A.; Haynes, Daniel J.; Abdelsayed, Victor; Smith, Mark W.; Spivey, James J.
Date: 03/21/2017
Description: A method of hydrogenation utilizing a reactant gas mixture comprising a carbon oxide and a hydrogen agent, and a hydrogenation catalyst comprising a mixed-metal oxide containing metal sites supported and/or incorporated into the lattice. The mixed-metal oxide comprises a pyrochlore, a brownmillerite, or mixtures thereof doped at the A-site or the B-site. The metal site may comprise a deposited metal, where the deposited metal is a transition metal, an alkali metal, an alkaline earth metal, or mixtures thereof. Contact between the carbon oxide, hydrogen agent, and hydrogenation catalyst under appropriate conditions of temperature, pressure and gas flow rate generate a hydrogenation reaction and produce a hydrogenated product made up of carbon from the carbon oxide and some portion of the hydrogen agent. The carbon oxide may be CO, CO.sub.2, or mixtures thereof and the hydrogen agent may be H.sub.2. In a particular embodiment, the hydrogenated product comprises olefins, paraffins, or mixtures thereof.

Chromia refractory brick with carbon treatment
Creators: Bennett, James P.; Kwong, Kyei-Sing
Date: 03/21/2017
Description: The disclosure provides a refractory brick system comprising a chromia refractory brick for operation in the slagging environment of an air-cooled gasifier. The chromia refractory brick comprises a ceramically-bonded porous chromia refractory having a porosity greater than 9% and having carbon deposits residing within the pores. The brick may be further comprised of Al.sub.2O.sub.3. The air-cooled gasifier generates a liquefied slag in contact with the refractory brick and generally operates at temperatures between 1250.degree. C. and 1575.degree. C. and pressures between 300 psi to 1000 psi, with oxygen partial pressures generally between 10.sup.-4 and 10.sup.-10 atm. The refractory brick performs without substantial chromium carbide or chromium metal formation in the low oxygen partial pressure environment. The inclusion of carbon without chromium carbide formation provides for significant mitigation of slag penetration and significantly reduced refractory wear.

Surface functionalization of metal organic frameworks for mixed matrix membranes
Creators: Albenze, Erik; Lartey, Michael; Li, Tao; Luebke, David R.; Nulwala, Hunaid B.; Rosi, Nathaniel L.; Venna, Surendar R.
Date: 03/21/2017
Description: Mixed Matrix Membrane (MMM) are composite membranes for gas separation and comprising a quantity of inorganic filler particles, in particular metal organic framework (MOF), dispersed throughout a polymer matrix comprising one or more polymers. This disclosure is directed to MOF functionalized through addition of a pendant functional group to the MOF, in order to improve interaction with a surrounding polymer matrix in a MMM. The improved interaction aids in avoiding defects in the MMM due to incompatible interfaces between the polymer matrix and the MOF particle, in turn increasing the mechanical and gas separation properties of the MMM. The disclosure is also directed to a MMM incorporating the surface functionalized MOF.

Draft Genome Sequence of Pseudomonas sp. BDAL1 Reconstructed from a Bakken Shale Hydraulic Fracturing-Produced Water Storage Tank Metagenome
Creators: Lipus, Daniel; Ross, Daniel; Bibby, Kyle (ORCID:0000000331426090); Gulliver, Djuna
Date: 03/16/2017
Description: ABSTRACT

We report the 5,425,832 bp draft genome ofPseudomonassp. strain BDAL1, recovered from a Bakken shale hydraulic fracturing-produced water tank metagenome. Genome annotation revealed several key biofilm formation genes and osmotic stress response mechanisms necessary for survival in hydraulic fracturing-produced water.

Improved Modeling of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs by Quantitatively Handling Flow Convergence into the Wellbore
Creators: Crandall, Dustin [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States)]; Stadelman, Matthew [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States)]
Date: 03/13/2017

Gasification Technologies, in Handbook of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Creators: Shadle, Lawrence; Breault, Ronald; Bennett, James
Date: 03/02/2017

Hydraulic fracturing system and method
Creators: Ciezobka, Jordan; Salehi, Iraj
Date: 02/28/2017
Description: A hydraulic fracturing system and method for enhancing effective permeability of earth formations to increase hydrocarbon production, enhance operation efficiency by reducing fluid entry friction due to tortuosity and perforation, and to open perforations that are either unopened or not effective using traditional techniques, by varying a pump rate and/or a flow rate to a wellbore.

High Materials Performance in Supercritical CO2 in Comparison with Atmospheric Pressure CO2 and Supercritical Steam
Creators: Holcomb, Gordon [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States)]; Tylczak, Joseph [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States)]; Carney, Casey [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States)]; Dogan, Omer N. [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States)]
Date: 02/26/2017
Description: This presentation covers environments (including advanced ultra-supercritical (A-USC) steam boiler/turbine and sCO2 indirect power cycle), effects of pressure, exposure tests, oxidation results, and mechanical behavior after exposure.

Operation of the NETL Chemical Looping Reactor with Natural Gas and a Novel Copper-Iron Material
Creators: Straub, Douglas [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States)]; Bayham, Samuel [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States)]; Weber, Justin [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States)]
Date: 02/21/2017
Description: The proposed Clean Power Plan requires CO2 emission reductions of 30% by 2030 and further reductions are targeted by 2050. The current strategies to achieve the 30% reduction targets do not include options for coal. However, the 2016 Annual Energy Outlook suggests that coal will continue to provide more electricity than renewable sources for many regions of the country in 2035. Therefore, cost effective options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel power plants are vital in order to achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets beyond 2030. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Combustion Program, the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Research and Innovation Center (NETL R&IC) is investigating the feasibility of a novel combustion concept in which the GHG emissions can be significantly reduced. This concept involves burning fuel and air without mixing these two reactants. If this concept is technically feasible, then CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced at a much lower cost than more conventional approaches. This indirect combustion concept has been called Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) because an intermediate material (i.e., a metal-oxide) is continuously cycled to oxidize the fuel. This CLC concept is the focus of this research and will be described in more detail in the following sections. The solid material that is used to transport oxygen is called an oxygen carrier material. The cost, durability, and performance of this material is a key issue for the CLC technology. Researchers at the NETL R&IC have developed an oxygen carrier material that consists of copper, iron, and alumina. This material has been tested extensively using lab scale instruments such as thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), mechanical attrition (ASTM D5757), and small fluidized bed reactor tests. This report will describe the results from a realistic, circulating, proof-of-concept test that was completed using NETL’s 50kWth circulating Chemical Looping Reactor (CLR) test facility.

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