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NETL Partnerships Help Accelerate Rare Earth Elements Research
Image of NETL logoIn addition to the robust in-house rare earth elements (REE) research conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Technology Laboratory (NETL), the Laboratory also partners with leaders in industry and academia to facilitate REE technology research and development, and its potential deployment. REEs are valuable for manufacturing a vast array of high-tech products, and these strategic partnerships amplify NETL’s contribution toward recovering REEs from domestic coal and coal-based products. As commented by Chuck Miller, NETL Federal Project Manager, “The DOE-NETL REE Program portfolio currently comprises 14 active external projects that are achieving remarkable successes.”

NETL Researchers Use Advanced Techniques to Identify Rare Earth Elements in Coal and Coal By-products
Image of NETL logoCoal has helped power the nation for well over a century, but NETL researchers are beginning to find another use for this abundant energy source by developing advanced characterization techniques. Hidden within the black organic rock are tiny quantities of rare earth elements (REEs), and these special elements are widely used in high-tech products, including cell phones, computers, batteries, and lasers. REEs are of significant value to national security, energy independence, economic growth, and the country’s environmental future, but the United States currently imports most of its REE supply from off-shore countries.

NETL Releases Latest Best Practice Manuals for Geological Storage
Image of NETL logoNETL has released the first three of five 2017 revised edition best practice manuals for geologic storage projects. The final two manuals are scheduled for release by the end of the year. Together, the five interconnected manuals provide a holistic approach to carrying out a geologic storage project, from inception to completion.

GTO and FE Announce Joint FY17 SubTER Lab Call Selections
Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) and the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced the selection of 5 projects to receive up to $15 million in funding to investigate wellbore integrity research subjects via a Lab Call announcement. This funding opportunity will address two topic areas: 1) Wellbore Diagnostics and Integrity assessment in legacy wells, and 2) Sensors and Tools for Autonomous Completions and Long Term Monitoring of Wellbore Integrity.

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Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

 Photo of Dr. Grace Bochenek NETL and the Hunt for Rare Earth Elements in Coal and Coal-Byproducts

Most people know about the rich energy heritage of coal and how it was used for almost two centuries to build industries, create jobs and make America strong in a challenging world. Now, we could be on the verge of adding to coal’s legacy by finding new efficient, economical ways to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal by products.


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

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

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.