Mission and Overview
Advancing energy options to fuel our economy, strengthen our security, and improve our environment.
NETL is committed to addressing the challenges put forth by the National Energy Policy:
- Enhance America’s energy security;
- Improve the environmental acceptability of energy production and use;
- Increase the competitiveness and reliability of U.S. energy systems; and
- Ensure a robust U.S. energy future.
NETL is unique among DOE national laboratories in both its mission and its approach to achieving that mission. First, the Laboratory is federally owned and operated, a departure from the contractor-operated model that is the norm within the DOE laboratory system. Second, NETL devotes the majority of its funding to R&D partnerships with industry, university, and other government entities – work that is augmented by onsite research in the areas of computational and basic sciences, energy system dynamics, geological and environmental systems, and materials science."
In addition to conducting cutting-edge research and technology development on site, NETL shapes, funds, and manages contracted research in the United States and more than 40 foreign countries. Our research portfolio includes more than 1,800 projects, with a total award value of over $9 billion and private sector cost-sharing of over $5 billion. These projects are carried out through various contracting arrangements with corporations, small businesses, universities, non-profit organizations, and other national laboratories and government agencies.
NETL is a proactive supporter of educational initiatives at all levels. We fund nearly 500 research and development projects at U.S. universities to advance energy science and technology, and to provide a trained workforce for the energy industry of the future. NETL’s outreach efforts also include a speakers’ bureau, visiting professor program, Adopt-a-School Program, high school science bowls, in-school demonstrations, computer donations to area schools, job shadowing for high school students, and other initiatives that encourage careers in engineering and science.