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Novel Simulation Tool Improves Optimization Process for Chemical Reactors
Image of NETL logoChemical reactors—like fluidized beds, transport beds, and gasifiers—are critical and complex components of power generation systems that involve a variety of multiphase chemical reactions. Understanding the reactions and designing optimized reactors requires intricate modeling and simulation. A new toolset being developed by NETL multiphase flow science experts will make the optimization process faster and more efficient.

DOE Invests $17.4 Million in Projects to Advance Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts
Image of NETL logoToday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in their efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts. DOE will invest $17.4 million to develop and test REE recovery systems originally selected and designed under phase 1 of a prior funding opportunity announcement through DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE).

MFIX-Exa: Using the Next Generation of Supercomputers for Multiphase Flow Research
Image of NETL logoNETL is collaborating with Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of Colorado Boulder to develop MFIX-Exa, the next generation of NETL’s internationally acclaimed Multiphase Flow with Interphase Exchanges (MFIX)—a suite of specialized computational fluid dynamic codes (CFDs) that help researchers study the simultaneous flow of gases, liquids, or solid materials.

Department of Energy Invests $4.8 Million in Projects to Advance Beneficial Use of CO2
Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected an additional five projects to receive $4.8 million to investigate novel uses of carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from coal-fired power plants. Each project will contribute a non-federal cost share of at least 20 percent, bringing the total award value of the projects to more than $6.1 million. The five new projects join seven others previously selected under funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001622, Applications for Technologies Directed at Utilizing Carbon Dioxide from Coal Fired Power Plants.

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Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

 Photo of Dr. Grace Bochenek NETL Congratulates the Petra Nova Plant for Being Named “Plant of the Year” by Power Magazine

When the time came for the editors of the prestigious publication Power magazine to bestow its coveted 2017 “Plant of the Year” award to a power plant that leads the industry in the successful deployment of an advanced technology that maximizes efficiency while minimizing environmental impact, they choose a project that NETL helped make a reality. We couldn’t be prouder of our involvement.


Making a Difference

During a recent tour of NETL’s facilities in Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh, PA, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry highlighted the critical role of DOE’s 17 “Laboratories of Innovation” in making a difference in people’s lives. Secretary Perry emphasized that work coming out of the DOE National Labs, including NETL, is a “true testament to what the genius of America is all about.” Hear the Secretary’s remarks and see footage from the tour.

NETL Hosts Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance

Propulsion-and-Power-Systems-Photo.jpgNETL Morgantown hosted the annual meeting of the Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance (PPSA), a government alliance that promotes collaboration among government agencies — including DOE, the Department of Defense (Army, Navy, and Air Force), NASA, and the Federal Aviation Administration — to effectively use government resources in the areas of power and propulsion. The annual meeting presented opportunities to identify potential spin-off innovations, advance the technology readiness of government research, encourage more effective use of government resources in propulsion and power systems technology development, enable and encourage new agreements, and highlight and reinforce existing collaborative activities. PPSA members discussed innovations for combustors, compressors, controls and health management, hybrid electric, materials, mechanical components, modeling and simulation/thermal management, turbines, and integrated test and evaluation.