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Petra Nova, World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon-Capture Project, Begins Commercial Operation

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The Petra Nova project, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon-capture system, has begun commercial operation at the W. A. Parish Plant in Texas. The project, which receives project-management support from NETL, demonstrates how carbon-capture technologies can support the flexibility and sustainability of fossil fuels at a commercial scale.

Second Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review Released

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On January 6, 2017, the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force released the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), titled “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” The second installment (QER 1.2) finds the electricity system is a critical and essential national asset, and it is a strategic imperative to protect and enhance the value of the electricity system through modernization and transformation.


NETL Group Combines Fossil Energy Research with Studies of Geothermal Energy Potential in Appalachia

Image of NETL logoFor more than a century, fossil energy innovations have dominated research at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Now a group of NETL researchers are building on that expertise to increase the world’s body of knowledge on how to integrate fossil fuel energy systems with renewable energy technologies—knowledge that could end up powering commercial office complexes and military installations with heat from deep within the earth.

DOE-Supported Research Team Demonstrates Combustor Approaches to Slash Emissions from Advanced Turbines

Image of NETL logoIn 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.

Director's Corner

Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time for contemplation and celebration of a man who embodied the ideals of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service.


What Happened to Acid Rain?

spotlight117.pngA new podcast from DOE features NETL research and technology development that helped solve the problem of acid rain. Now the laboratory is using its research prowess to help solve a problem that’s even more complex: climate change. Read, listen, learn!

NETL Researcher Earns AECOM Excellence Award for Fuel Cell Research

Shiwoo_21.jpgNETL researcher Dr. Shiwoo Lee has been awarded a prestigious AECOM Excellence Award for 2016 in recognition of his exceptional and innovative research, which is improving solid oxide fuel cell performance, with significant environmental and commercial benefits. This year, the Excellence Awards honored those whose work exemplify AECOM’s core value: Safeguard, Collaborate, Inspire, Anticipate, Deliver, and Dream. A series of internal juries selected 12 winners—one project or project team and one individual for each category—from over 230 nominations garnered from AECOM’s 92,000 employees around the world. Dr. Lee was the individual award winner in the “Dream” category.