News Releases

NETL-Regional University Alliance Researcher to Receive Nation’s Highest Award for Young Scientists
April 14, 2014

Dr. Brian Anderson, a research fellow of the NETL-Regional University Alliance and associate professor of chemical engineering at West Virginia University, was recognized during a special event at U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters April 14 for receiving the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on an outstanding scientist in the early stages of his research career.

DOE Marks Major Milestone with Startup of Recovery Act Demonstration Project
April 09, 2014

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy joined RTI International (RTI) and Tampa Electric Company (TECO) to celebrate the successful startup of a pilot project to demonstrate a warm gas cleanup carbon capture technology in a coal gasification unit at the TECO Polk Power Station near Tampa, Fla. The project, which is approximately $3 million under budget, included $168 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

NETL-Led Laboratory-Industry-Academia Collaboration Is Accelerating Carbon-Capture Technologies
April 01, 2014

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) established the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) to take carbon-capture concepts from the laboratory to the power plant more quickly, at a lower cost, and with reduced risk than would be accomplished following more traditional research and development pathways. Today, the NETL-led CCSI has proven itself to be a model of successful, effective collaboration among government, industry, and academia. 

Fossil Energy’s Advanced Combustion R&D Seeks Innovative Ways to Lower Cost of Capturing Carbon Emissions from Coal Fired Power Plants
March 27, 2014

You’ve probably heard about carbon capture and storage (CCS), a suite of technologies designed to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants and industrial sources.  Because CCS can be applied to existing and new coal-fired power plants to help them burn cleaner, it’s a big part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and his all-of-the-above energy strategy. 


NETL Researchers Reap 15 New Patents in 2013
March 19, 2014
Just as the nation’s farmers sow, nurture, and ultimately harvest the results of their labor, scientists and engineers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) can take pride when their own processes or products are ripe for patents recognizing their efforts. During 2013, 15 tools, techniques, and technologies developed by NETL researchers were recognized for their exclusivity and uniqueness by receiving patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

FE’s Ultra-Deepwater Program focuses on spill prevention, safety and environmental stewardship
March 06, 2014

Nearly everyone recognizes that prudent development of domestic oil and natural gas resources will continue to be an important part of U.S. energy strategy for decades to come.  How important depends a lot on conducting operations responsibly, ensuring communities are safe and the environment protected as the nation maximizes use of this vital domestic energy resource.

Cleantech: Innovative Lab Partnership Reduces Emissions from Coal
January 30, 2014

As the United States transitions to cleaner, greener sources of power, the Energy Department is investing in technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning the fossil fuels that many areas of our country still rely upon. Recently, the National Energy Technology Laboratory partnered with Great River Energy to increase operating efficiencies and reduce the emission of pollutants at the company's Coal Creek Station in North Dakota using a new fuel enhancement system called DryFining™.

Celebrating a Decade of Carbon Storage Research Through Partnership
January 07, 2014
For the past decade, the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory has managed a nationwide network of partnerships that team government, industry, academia, and nonprofit organizations to identify the best approaches for permanently storing CO2 in deep geologic formations.

The Energy Department Seeks Your Novel Ideas for Advanced Energy Systems
January 07, 2014
Do you care about power and our environment? Are you buzzing with innovative ideas? If so, the Energy Department wants to hear your new and creative concepts for improving the cost and performance of power or industrial systems that depend on fossil energy.

Uncovering Coal's Secrets Through the University Coal Research Program
January 06, 2014

The challenges confronting the environmentally sound use of our country’s fossil energy resources are best addressed through collaborative research and development. That’s why this approach, which stretches federal dollars, is at the heart of the Office of Fossil Energy’s University Coal Research (UCR) Program.

Department of Energy Releases $8 Billion Solicitation for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects
December 12, 2013
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan , the Energy Department published a solicitation today, making up to $8 billion in loan guarantee authority available to support innovative advanced fossil energy projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.  Authorized by Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, loan guarantees under this new solicitation will help provide critical financing to support new or significantly improved advanced fossil energy projects – such as advanced resource development, carbon capture, low-carbon power systems, and efficiency improvements – that reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gas pollution.

EDX - Share and Share Alike
November 26, 2013
At NETL, sharing energy technical knowledge and expertise just got a whole lot easier. The Laboratory’s Office of Research and Development has recently launched the Energy Data eXchange, or EDX, a knowledge-sharing network built to provide a single source for fossil energy-related datasets and the tools to use them. EDX is designed to make research and other data generated by NETL researchers, other EDX users, and outside agencies available almost instantly through a common portal that features key tools to support analysis and evaluation.

Energy Department Assisting Launch of Low Greenhouse Gas–Emitting Jet Fuels
November 22, 2013

On behalf of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force, the Energy Department is seeking research projects that would lead to the commercial production of coal-derived jet fuel. Creating jet fuels from coal capitalizes on an abundant domestic energy resource and lessens our dependence on foreign oil for jet fuel production.

Energy Department Expands Research into Methane Hydrates, a Vast, Untapped Potential Energy Resource of the U.S.
November 20, 2013
Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced nearly $5 million in funding across seven research projects nationwide designed to increase our understanding of methane hydrates — a large, completely untapped natural gas resource—and what it could mean for the environment, as well as American economic competiveness and energy security.

Rewarding Green: NETL Recognized for Sustainable Buildings
November 14, 2013

On behalf of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force, the Energy Department is seeking research projects that would lead to the commercial production of coal-derived jet fuel. Creating jet fuels from coal capitalizes on an abundant domestic energy resource and lessens our dependence on foreign oil for jet fuel production.

Energy Department Invests to Drive Down Costs of Carbon Capture, Support Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Pollution
November 07, 2013
As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, today the Energy Department announced the selection of 18 projects across the country to research innovative, second-generation technologies that will help improve the efficiency and drive down costs of carbon capture processes for new and existing coal-fired power plants.

Wellbore Cement: Research That Begins Where the Sidewalk Ends
October 29, 2013
As we meander down the sidewalk, how many of us give more than a passing thought to the cement underfoot? For the most part, it’s just another flat surface, a means to an end, whether it leads us to a coffee shop, book store, or parking lot. But when it’s puckered, chipped, or crumbling, we certainly think about its need for repair.

NETL Technologies Recognized for Technology Development, Transfer
October 25, 2013
A great invention that sits on a shelf, gathering dust, benefits no one. That’s the idea behind the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC), a nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides a forum to turn laboratory innovations into commercial products. Organized in 1974, and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, the FLC now comprises approximately 300 federal laboratories and centers, along with their parent departments and agencies.

Project Aids Development of Legacy Oilfield on Alaska's North Slope
October 21, 2013
Building on a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Linc Energy (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) is exploring the potential for accessing significant amounts of oil in the Umiat oilfield, a shallow, low-temperature, light-oil reservoir within Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve. In the process, they’re shedding light on how this and similar reservoirs could be successfully developed to increase supplies of domestic oil and natural gas.

National Lab Technology Transfer Making a Difference
August 28, 2013

At the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), scientists and engineers work every day to develop solutions to the nation’s energy problems. Technology transfer makes it possible to move NETL innovations from the lab to the marketplace, benefitting the greatest number of people as quickly and efficiently as possible.

A Potential Path to Emissions-Free Fossil Energy
August 20, 2013

President Obama has outlined a broad strategy to reduce pollution and slow the effects of climate change. 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Receive Funds for Fossil Energy Research
August 15, 2013

Five fossil energy-related projects that will help maintain the nation’s energy portfolio while also providing educational and research training opportunities for tomorrow's scientists and engineers have been selected for funding by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Greenhouse's Effect: NETL and Phipps Join Forces to Study Water
August 15, 2013

At first glance, one of the world’s greenest greenhouses and an energy lab may seem an unlikely pair, but they share more than their Pittsburgh, Pa., location. The Phipps Conservatory Botanical Gardens and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) also share a concern for water.

DOE Selects Ten Projects to Conduct Advanced Turbine Technology Research
August 14, 2013

Ten university projects to conduct advanced turbine technology research under the Office of Fossil Energy’s University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for additional development.

Ancient Lava Flows Trap CO2 for Long-Term Storage in Big Sky Injection
August 13, 2013
How can a prehistoric volcanic eruption help us reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere today? The answer is found in the basalt formations created by the lava – formations that can be used as sites for injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from industrial sources in a process called carbon capture and storage (CCS).

One Thing Leads to Another: How NETL Research Saves Lives
August 08, 2013

Balanced on the tip of a finger, it doesn’t look like much — a bit of screen door, perhaps, or a badly mangled paper clip — but this little piece of metal is making big news in the medical community, and big changes in the lives of patients with coronary- and peripheral-artery disease.

Excerpts of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's Remarks at National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown
July 29, 2013

On Monday, July 29, 2013, Secretary Moniz will visit the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, W. Va.  Moniz will tour the facility where the National Energy Technology Laboratory is leading the charge to develop clean and efficient energy technology. 

Secretary Moniz Dedicates New Supercomputer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory
July 29, 2013

Today, Secretary Moniz dedicated a new supercomputer—one of the world’s fastest and most energy efficient—at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The high-performance computer for energy and the environment is not only one of the top 100 supercomputers in the world, but it is also one of the most energy efficient for its size.

How a Chemical Engineering Major & Track Star Came to a DOE Summer Internship
July 25, 2013

From an early age my mother always instilled in me that education was important.  As a young child, growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, I was not always the best at math. During the fourth grade I was placed in a summer program to better my math skills. This gave me the foundation I needed to understand the math concepts enabling me to master the skills. With this new confidence, I began to excel in math and science related courses, even now as I enter my senior year at Howard University.

National Energy Technology Laboratory Publishes Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Studies
July 23, 2013

Solid oxide fuel cells are among the cleanest, most efficient power-generating technologies now being developed. They provide excellent electrical efficiencies and are capable of operating on a wide variety of fuels, from coal and natural gas to landfill waste and hydrogen.

Research Without Borders: NETL Pens MOU with Brazilian Coal Association
July 18, 2013

In 1837, separated by an ocean, Charles Wheatstone and Samuel Morse both invented electrical telegraphs. On February 14, 1876, Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell separately filed for a U.S. patent on the telephone. In 1902, German meteorologist Richard Assmann and French scientist Léon Teisserenc de Bort independently discovered the stratosphere.

Virtual “Open House” Makes it Easier to Tour NETL Labs
July 11, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with a first class technology lab?  Are you looking for a cutting-edge facility where you can be a part of important research projects?  Or are you just interested in the latest research on energy technologies?

NETL Innovations Recognized with R&D 100 Awards
July 09, 2013

Two technologies advanced by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in collaboration with strategic partners have been recognized by R&D Magazine as among the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the commercial marketplace within the past year.

New Breathalyzer Offers Hope of Pain-Free Diabetes Monitoring
July 08, 2013

Researchers at the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have teamed up with their Regional University Alliance (NETL-RUA) colleagues to develop a new hybrid nanostructure that could make it easier to monitor blood sugar.

Improving Our Environment One Roof at a Time
June 27, 2013

Living roof.  Eco-roof.  Vegetated roof.  Known by a variety of names, green roofs – which are built on top of a conventional roof and are partially or completely covered by vegetation – have been around for thousands of years and are popular in many European countries, especially Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany.  Because of their many benefits, including improved energy efficiency and enhanced regional biodiversity, green roofs are becoming increasingly popular in North America. According to the annual Green Roofs for Healthy Cities survey, the green roof industry grew a remarkable 24 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Developing a New Primer on the Nation's Electricity Markets
June 25, 2013

You flip a switch and your light comes on.  Sounds simple, right? 

DOE-Sponsored Research Improves Gas Turbine Performance
June 17, 2013

An innovative airfoil manufacturing technology that promises to improve the performance of state-of-the-art gas turbines has been commercialized through research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

DOE Lab Receives Award for Work on Drilling Technology
June 13, 2013

Directional drilling – the drilling of non-vertical wells that helped make the development of shale gas possible -- will continue to play a key role in  energy development, and so will the technologies that make it possible.

NETL Corrosion Scientist Earns International Technical Achievement Award
May 30, 2013

For the impressive breadth of her contributions to the field of corrosion science, both as an educator and researcher, NETL's Malgorzata Ziomek-Moroz has been recognized by NACE International, The Corrosion Society.

Modeling Through Shared Resources, No High-Fashion Experience Required
May 29, 2013

Modeling—the computer kind, not the runway kind—can help researchers predict particle movement, enabling improvements in the design of components used in energy production. To give graduate students experience modeling these systems, NETL has placed several high-performance computer clusters at Oregon State University.

Finding Alternative Water Sources for Power Plants with Google Earth
May 29, 2013

Sobering news from experts: Rising populations, regional droughts, and decreasing groundwater levels are draining the nation’s fresh water supply.

Recycling Carbon Dioxide to Make Plastics
May 20, 2013

The world's first successful large-scale production of a polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polymer using waste carbon dioxide (CO2) as a key raw material has resulted from a projected funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy.

Expedition Provides New Insight on Gas Hydrates in Gulf of Mexico
May 14, 2013

A joint-federal-agency 15-day research expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico yielded innovative high-resolution seismic data and imagery that will help refine characterizations of large methane hydrate resources in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

Breakthrough Industrial Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Project Begins Full-Scale Operations
May 10, 2013

The Energy Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith today attended a dedication ceremony at the Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facilities in Port Arthur, Texas. Supported by a $284 million Energy Department investment, the company has successfully begun capturing carbon dioxide from industrial operations and is now using that carbon for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and securely storing it underground. This first-of-a-kind, breakthrough project advances carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies and demonstrates the potential to safely secure carbon dioxide pollution underground while providing an economic benefit and increasing our energy security.

NETL Scientist Named Finalist for Service to America Medal
May 08, 2013

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) metallurgist Dr. Paul Jablonski, was named a finalist for a Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal – known as the Sammies – during a congressional breakfast ceremony today in Washington, DC.  The annual awards pay tribute to federal employees whose work advances the health, safety and well-being of Americans.

Carbon Storage Atlas, Employee Newsletter Earn International Communications Awards
May 07, 2013

The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and its National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) recently walked away with two prestigious 2013 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards presented by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). 

Regional Partnership Documentary Wins "Best of Show" Aurora Award
April 30, 2013

A documentary co-produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting (Fargo, N.D.) and the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership with support from the U.S. Department of Energy has received a 2012 Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award — the highest honor awarded — in the nature/environment documentary category.

Interagency Collaboration to Address Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Drilling
April 23, 2013

A memorandum of understanding to perform collaborative research related to airborne emissions and air quality at natural gas drilling sites has been signed by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The research supports DOE's goal of enhancing America's energy security by contributing to the health and safety of workers in the nation's energy sector.

Hydraulic Fracturing Data Collection Tools Improve Environmental Reporting, Monitoring, Protection
April 18, 2013

Two data collection tools specifically developed for hydraulic fracturing are available to help regulatory agencies  monitor drilling and completion operations and enhance environmental protection.

DOE Accord Seeks Accelerated Development of Alaska's Vast Unconventional Energy Resources
April 17, 2013

Development of potentially vast and important unconventional energy resources in Alaska – including viscous oil and methane hydrates – could be accelerated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today by the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 

Innovative Technology Improves Upgrading Process for Unconventional Oil Resources
April 09, 2013

An innovative oil-upgrading technology that can increase the economics of unconventional petroleum resources has been developed under a U.S. Department of Energy -funded project.

Data from Innovative Methane Hydrate Test on Alaska's North Slope Now Available on NETL Website
March 11, 2013

Data from an innovative test conducted last year that used carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen (N2) injection to release natural gas from methane hydrates at a well on the Alaska North Slope is now available to researchers and the public on the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) website.

Alaskan Ice Road Water Supplies Augmented by Snow Barriers
March 06, 2013

In a project supported and managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have demonstrated that the use of artificial barriers—snow fences—can significantly increase the amount of fresh water supplies in Arctic lakes at a fraction of the cost of bringing in water from nearby lakes. The results promise to enhance environmentally sound development of Alaska’s natural resources, lowering the costs of building ice roads used for exploring for oil and natural gas in Alaska. They could also be used to help augment fresh water supplies at remote villages.

NETL Earns Carnegie Science Awards for Advanced Materials, Corporate Innovation
March 04, 2013

For its leadership and innovation in science and technology, the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has earned two Carnegie Science Awards from the Carnegie Science Center. NETL representatives will receive the Advanced Materials Award and the Corporate Innovation Award at the 17th annual award ceremony to be held May 3, 2013, at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh.

NETL Research Results in New U.S. Patents
February 14, 2013

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) received nine patents in 2012 for innovations that address the Nation’s energy challenges. The patents include an integrated process for removing pollutants from fossil-fuel combustion systems; a metallurgical melting process to produce defective-free metal ingots; catalysts that make it easier to reform hydrocarbon fuels; stainless steel compositions and heat treatment processes to enhance stainless steel durability; a method to measure the circulation rate of coal solids in gasification reactors; and a process to separate and purify carbon dioxide (CO2). Deployment of these technologies will enhance energy efficiency, improve metallurgical processes, and allow for better emissions monitoring and control.

Researching the Climate
February 08, 2013

What role do methane hydrates play in the global carbon cycle? How might Earth's vast stores of hydrates respond to a warming climate?  What impacts could large-scale gas hydrate dissociation have on the world's environment?  Working with other federal agencies and academia, NETL seeks to answer these and other vexing questions about methane hydrates or "fire ice." Read about this research in the latest edition of Environment Coastal & Offshore magazine here.  Browse the entire edition here.

Fossil Energy-Developed Fuel Cell Technology Being Adapted by Navy for Advanced Unmanned Undersea Vehicles
January 31, 2013

Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for coal-based central power generation is being adapted by the U.S. Office of Naval Research for use in advanced unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs).

DOE-Supported Project Advances Clean Coal, Carbon Capture Technology
January 29, 2013

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) have successfully completed more than 200 hours of continuous operation of their patented Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL) technology - a one-step process to produce both electric power and high-purity carbon dioxide (CO2). The test, led by OSU Professor Liang-Shih Fan, represents the longest integrated operation of chemical looping technology anywhere in the world to date.

Breakthrough Large-Scale Industrial Project Begins Carbon Capture and Utilization
January 28, 2013

A breakthrough carbon capture, utilization, and storage project in Texas has begun capturing carbon dioxide and piping it to an oilfield for use in enhanced oil recovery. The project at Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur, Texas, is significant for demonstrating both the effectiveness and commercial viability of CCUS technology as an option in helping mitigate atmospheric CO2 emissions.

New Set of Computational Tools and Models Expected to Help Enable Rapid Development and Deployment of Carbon Capture Technologies
January 28, 2013

An eagerly anticipated suite of 21 computational tools and models to help enable rapid development and deployment of new carbon capture technologies is now available from the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI). The toolset developed by CCSI, a public-private partnership led by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, will help meet an urgent need by industry to take carbon capture concepts from the laboratory to the power plant more quickly, at lower cost and with reduced risk.

New Agreement Makes Innovative NETL Simulator Training Available to Pierpont Students
January 17, 2013

Community and technical college students in West Virginia will learn about the safe, efficient, and reliable operation of clean energy plants utilizing unique simulator based training in a new agreement signed with the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

NETL's New Supercomputer Ranks Among the World's Top 100
January 15, 2013

One of the world’s fastest, most energy-efficient supercomputers – expected to help energy researchers discover new materials, optimize designs and better predict operational characteristics – is up and running at the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, W.Va