Energy Sector Workforce Development Studies Prepared for Energy Department Released
August 31, 2015
The RAND Corporation has released two energy-sector workforce development studies conducted on behalf of the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The two studies, one targeting the state of West Virginia and one the southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) region, provided recommendations that support the Energy Department’s strategic objective to increase energy productivity and ensure safe and responsible development of domestic energy resources.
Energy Department Lab Researcher Wins HENAAC Award for Outstanding Achievement
August 26, 2015
The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL’s) Nicolas Huerta has been honored as a Great Minds in STEM™ Luminary Honoree by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC).
Dr. Huerta, who has made significant scientific contributions to the field of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage risk assessment, is being recognized for his work as a leader and role model to the Hispanic technical community.
DOE Selects Six University Coal Research Projects for Funding
August 17, 2015
The U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected six projects to receive funding through NETL’s University Coal Research Program, administered by the Crosscutting Research Technology Program. The University Coal Research Program funds research and development at U.S. colleges and universities for coal conversion and utilization.
DOE Selects 16 Transformational Carbon Capture Technologies Projects for Funding
August 13, 2015
The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 16 projects to receive funding through NETL’s Carbon Capture Program. The program funds development and testing of transformational carbon dioxide (CO2) capture systems for new and existing coal-based power plants. Research funded by this program is expected to help overcome limitations of singular, standard gas treatment systems, such as those based on solvents, sorbents, or membranes alone.
DOE Selects Twelve Projects for Crosscutting Technology Research Funding
August 11, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 12 projects to receive funding through its Crosscutting Research Program's Transitional Technology Development to Enable Highly Efficient Power Systems with Carbon Management initiative.
Funding Opportunity Announcement for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements Released
July 28, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Opportunities to Develop High Performance, Economically Viable, and Environmentally Benign Technologies to Recover Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from Domestic Coal and Coal Byproducts."
DOE Selects Projects to Assess Offshore Carbon Storage
July 15, 2015
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected four projects to receive funding through NETL’s Carbon Storage program. The program is working to develop and advance the effectiveness of onshore and offshore carbon storage technologies, reduce the challenges associated with implementation, and prepare them for widespread commercial deployment in the 2025–2035 time frame.
DOE Selects Gasification Technology Research Projects for Funding
July 14, 2015
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected seven projects to receive funding through NETL’s Gasification System Program. This program supports a wide range of research and development activities aimed at improving fuel and product versatility, efficiency, and economics of gasification processes.
DOE Selects Research Projects to Advance Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology
July 13, 2015
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected for funding 16 solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology research projects. Fuel cells are a modular, efficient, and virtually pollution-free power generation technology. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, NETL issued two funding opportunities announcements (FOAs) to support programs that enable the development and deployment of this energy technology.
DOE-Sponsored Project to Study Shale Gas Production
June 26, 2015
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and its partners, West Virginia University (WVU), Northeast Natural Energy (NNE), and The Ohio State University, are moving forward on a project to monitor the process and progress of unconventional gas production at a Marcellus Shale well near Morgantown, WV.
Advanced Combustion Systems Projects Selected for Funding
June 08, 2015
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected ten projects to receive funding through NETL’s Advanced Combustion Systems Program. The program focuses on lowering costs and improving performance of combustion systems that generate electricity with near-zero emissions, including CO2. Central to the program are systems based on oxy-combustion—which uses oxygen to combust fuel and form a concentrated stream of CO2 for efficient and effective carbon capture—and chemical looping, which produces energy using oxygen from metal oxide oxygen carriers for fuel combustion. Projects being funded fall under three subtopic areas: use of higher efficiency supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles, further research on mature combustion technologies, and development of novel concepts.
Nine Projects Selected for Funding through University Turbine Systems Research Program
June 04, 2015
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected nine research and development projects to receive funding through the NETL-managed University Turbine Systems Research Program. The Program funds a portfolio of gas turbine-focused university projects to facilitate the development and demonstration of next-generation technology. The work will address technical challenges in turbine technology in support of the Energy Department’s strategic goals and program mission needs.
NETL Issues Licenses for its Arc Position Sensing Technology
May 27, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has issued two licenses involving its Arc Position Sensing (APS) technology to KW Associates LLC , an Oregon-based company founded by the technology’s inventors. APS technology is a patented, award-winning measurement technology developed for the specialty metals industry to identify arc distribution conditions during arc melting. The unique technology allows operators to optimize the processing to improve material yield, decrease energy use, and improve safety systems.
NETL-Supported Study Advances Exploration of Utica Shale Play
May 21, 2015
A few thousand feet below the Marcellus Formation in the Appalachian Basin lies the Utica Shale. Consisting of alternating layers of limestone and organic-rich shale rock, the Utica Shale is capable of yielding large amounts of valuable hydrocarbons. In a 2-year study organized by West Virginia University (WVU), and financially supported by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and 15 industry partners, the Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration Consortium thoroughly investigated this important hydrocarbon-bearing resource. The resulting Geologic Play Book for Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Explorationwill released to the public at a July workshop.
Texas CO2 Capture Demonstration Project Hits Two Million Metric Ton Milestone
May 15, 2015
On May 15, 2015, Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (Allentown, Pa.) successfully captured and stored its 2 millionth metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) in a project sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Located at a hydrogen-production facility in Port Arthur, Texas, the project is demonstrating an innovative gas-separation technology called vacuum swing adsorption. The technology is being used to capture more than 90 percent of the CO2 from the product streams of two commercial-scale steam methane reformers, preventing its release into the atmosphere.
In Milestone, Energy Department Projects Safely and Permanently Store 10 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide
April 22, 2015
In Milestone, Energy Department Projects Safely and Permanently Store 10 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide
WASHINGTON – In a landmark accomplishment, the U.S. Department of Energy is announcing that a group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the Department have safely captured 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – the equivalent of removing more than 2 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s roads for one year.
NETL Collaborates with Partners to Produce Global Outlook on Natural Gas Hydrates
March 17, 2015
Researchers at the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) were part of an international team, including the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), that contributed to a newly released report explaining the prospect of gas hydrates as a potential worldwide energy source that can contribute in the transition to the low-carbon energy systems of the future.
NETL Researchers Garner 17 New Patents in 2014
February 26, 2015
Each year, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) push the limits of innovation and are rewarded for their unique technological advancements by being issued U.S. patents. NETL researchers received 17 patents in 2014 for technologies including techniques that remove CO2 from flue streams, increase power efficiencies, and lower energy-production costs.
NETL-Sponsored Study Confirms Vast Energy Resource in Residual Oil Zones
February 24, 2015
A geologic core extracted from a West Texas well and analyzed by researchers sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has confirmed that carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) can "push out" oil from largely untapped areas called residual oil zones (ROZs). This finding further demonstrates that these zones hold the potential to harvest billions of barrels of additional oil that could increase domestic supply, reduce imports, and increase U.S. energy security.
Where in the World is Carbon Being Captured and Stored? This Database will Show You.
February 23, 2015
Capturing carbon emissions and storing them safely and permanently so they don’t reach the atmosphere is a key technology in mitigating climate change. This win-win technology, called carbon capture and storage (CCS), allows a wide range of fuels to be used to generate power (win), while still protecting the environment (win). When the carbon is used beneficially, say, for example, to increase oil production, the scenario is win-win-win.
DOE-Sponsored Project Tests Novel Method to Increase Oil Recovery
February 03, 2015
Successful laboratory tests at the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have verified that the use of a brine-soluble ionic surfactant could improve the efficiency of carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR).
Interns at NETL: Expanding Horizons through Diverse Collaborations
January 30, 2015
With one-of-a-kind laboratories and facilities for groundbreaking energy research, NETL is a sought-after venue for students from all over the world who seek collaborative research opportunities and access to NETL's world-class fossil energy expertise and training. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) helps make those opportunities possible for many.
Novel Carbon Capture Solvent Begins Pilot-Scale Testing for Emissions Control
January 13, 2015
Pilot-scale testing of an advanced technology for economically capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas has begun at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC ) in Wilsonville, Ala. Under a cooperative agreement with the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Linde LLC is operating a nominal 1-megawatt-electric (MWe) pilot plant expected to capture 30 tons of CO2 per day. Cost-effective carbon capture and storage from fossil-based power generation is a critical component of national efforts to mitigate climate change.
Energy Department Project Captures and Stores One Million Metric Tons of Carbon
January 08, 2015
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy announced today that its Illinois Basin-Decatur Project successfully captured and stored one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and injected it into a deep saline formation. The project is part of the development phase of the Department’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships initiative, which is helping develop and deploy carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies across the country, and continuing the United States on a path towards a low carbon future.
NETL’s BLOSOM Works to Predict and Prevent Underwater Oil Spills
December 10, 2014
A new modeling tool created by scientists at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is helping to prevent future hydrocarbon leaks and providing a greater understanding of how hydrocarbon leaks from all sources are transported throughout offshore systems.
ASM International Honors NETL Work on Platinum-Chromium Alloy for Coronary Stents
November 28, 2014
For their work on the development, transfer, and successful commercialization of a novel platinum-chromium alloy used in next-generation coronary stents, scientists at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and their colleagues, have been selected to receive a 2015 ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award from the materials science and engineering society ASM International.
Energy Department Announces New Investments in Gasification Research
November 06, 2014
WASHINGTON--Today, as part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy approach, the Department of Energy has selected four projects to receive funding for next-generation gasification systems that also reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Awardees will receive approximately $16 million to advance the gasification process, which converts carbon-based materials like coal into syngas for use as power, chemicals, hydrogen, and transportation fuels.
New Field Laboratories and Related Research To Help Promote Environmentally Prudent Development of Unconventional Resources
November 05, 2014
Today, the Department of Energy announced the selection of three multiyear, field laboratories and six other multiyear research projects for continued research to promote environmentally prudent development of unconventional oil and natural gas (UOG) resources. As part of a July, 2014 Executive Order and a multiagency effort involving the Energy Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Geological Survey, these selections will help provide timely science and technology that will minimize environmental impacts of UOG development while maximizing the economic and national security benefits.
NETL-Managed Electric Vehicle/Smart Grid Transportation Projects Continue to Advance
October 30, 2014
With the growing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) on America’s highways, evidenced by an anticipated 60 new commercial models on the market horizon, NETL-managed smart grid projects are making progress in the effort to drive down the costs of charging EVs with innovations for improving the nation’s charging infrastructure.
New Project To Improve Characterization of U.S. Gas Hydrate Resources
October 22, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of a multi-year, field-based research project designed to gain further insight into the nature, formation, occurrence and physical properties of methane hydrate‐bearing sediments for the purpose of methane hydrate resource appraisal.
First-of-its-Kind Carbon Capture and Conversion Demonstration Technology Opening in Texas
October 21, 2014
Today, the Department of Energy and Skyonic Corporation marked the opening of a major project demonstration for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into commercial products. This new plant will use a first-of-its-kind process to capture 75,000 tons of CO2 from a San Antonio, Texas, cement plant and convert the greenhouse gas into other products, including sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, hydrochloric acid and bleach.
NETL Aids Schools and Students with STEM Outreach Opportunities
October 03, 2014
Early engagement with science is what propels students into careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). STEM education increases scientific literacy, creates critical thinkers, and provides the tools for the next generation of innovators to take their place in the world.
NETL Partners with Local Teachers for STEM Education Successes
October 01, 2014
NETL is committed to advancing new methods and technologies for efficient, low-cost, environmentally benign energy production. As part of this commitment, the laboratory works hand in hand with teachers of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to provide them with energy-related, content-rich STEM materials. Students who are excited in the STEM classroom today may pursue careers that help them find solutions to tomorrow’s energy challenges.
NETL Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Study
September 15, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released a technical report on the results of a limited field study that monitored a hydraulic fracturing operation in Greene County, PA for upward fracture growth out of the target zone and upward gas and fluid migration. Results indicate that under the conditions of this study, for this specific location, fracture growth ceased more than 5,000 feet below drinking water aquifers and there was no detectable upward migration of gas or fluids from the hydraulically-fractured Marcellus Shale.
Six University Coal Research Projects Selected to Boost Advanced Energy Production
September 09, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected six new projects under the University Coal Research Program (UCR) that seek long-term solutions for the clean and efficient use of our nation’s abundant coal resources. The selected projects support the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Crosscutting Research Program’s initiatives in high-performance materials and sensors and controls technology. The projects will be managed by FE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.
NETL Collaborations Advance Carbon Management Strategies
August 27, 2014
Capturing carbon emissions before they can be released to the atmosphere and storing them safely and permanently is a key part of national efforts to curb climate change. This process, called carbon capture and storage (CCS), is also a critical component of the President’s Climate Action Plan.
Projects Selected for Safe and Permanent Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide
August 06, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 13 projects to develop technologies and methodologies for geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) research is focused on developing technologies to capture industrially generated CO2, and safely and permanently store it in underground geologic formations, in order to reduce the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere.
Grace Bochenek Named New Director of DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory
August 04, 2014
The Department of Energy announced today that Grace Bochenek has been named the director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
Bochenek will manage the day-to-day operations of NETL, the national laboratory for the Office of Fossil Energy's research and development program. With more than 1,000 federal and contractor employees at five sites across the nation, NETL’s primary mission is to develop new technologies and approaches to ensure the safe, clean, and affordable use of fossil energy resources, including carbon capture and storage; advanced generation technology for new and existing coal-based power plants, and advanced research on novel concepts.
From Lab to Market—Particle Imaging Technology Improves Energy Efficiency, Helps the Environment, Saves Lives
July 31, 2014
When scientists at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) created a new technology to study how tiny particles of coal take high-speed journeys through gases and liquids inside energy-producing systems, their goal was to help improve the efficiency and environmental friendliness of coal-based energy production. They didn’t intend to create an enabling innovation for other life-improving applications, but they did.
From Lab to Market—HEVI-Shot Helps Reduce Lead Levels in Fragile Ecosystems
July 25, 2014
Hunters and sportsmen are loading their shotguns with shells that contain environmentally friendly shot because of the metallurgical expertise of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the business ingenuity of a private sector entrepreneur, and a productive commercialization partnership.
Construction Begins on DOE-Sponsored Carbon-Capture Project at Kentucky Power Plant
July 21, 2014
Construction of an innovative carbon-capture pilot unit is now underway in a $19.5 million project funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The unit is being built at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Ky. When completed later this year, the unit will test, at slipstream-scale, a novel system conceived by the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UKCAER) to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the flue gas of an operating coal-fired power plant.
World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Project Begins Construction
July 16, 2014
Today, the Department of Energy – in partnership with NRG Energy Inc. and JX Nippon – announced that construction has begun on the first commercial-scale post-combustion carbon capture retrofit project in the U.S., the largest such project in the world. The Petra Nova Project will use this cutting edge technology to help decrease the power plant’s greenhouse gas emissions.
From Lab to Market—Reducing Mercury Emissions in U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants
July 15, 2014
To protect the nation’s air quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued national standards in 2011 to reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins. The standards were crafted largely by relying on widely available and proven controls already in use at more than half of our nation’s coal-fired power plants.
From Lab to Market—Improving Gasification Economics for Power and Chemicals Production
July 09, 2014
Gasification—the process of converting carbon-based materials such as coal into syngas, which can then be used to produce electricity, chemicals, and other products—is a promising pathway to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and provide a clean, carbon capture–ready source of energy. But gasification is a high-temperature, high-pressure process, so it can take a heavy toll on components and parts, costing operators considerable time and money.
NETL Supercomputer Puts Super Confidence in Research Results
July 03, 2014
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) supercomputer injects speed, accuracy, and—perhaps most importantly—confidence into the complex process of simulating emerging energy technologies and new, innovative materials.
NETL Supercomputer Helps Develop Metal Alloys for Next-Generation Fossil Fuel Technologies
July 01, 2014
Many emerging technologies designed to use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently require components made of new materials that can withstand unprecedented temperatures, pressures, and corrosion levels. Developing these new materials was an arduous, time-consuming task of trial-and-error before researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) began using one of the world’s top modeling tools—the NETL supercomputer—to design and model new metal alloys.
Energy Department Project Captures and Stores more than One Million Metric Tons of CO2
June 26, 2014
Following the one year mark since the release of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - in partnership with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. – today announced a major milestone, successfully capturing more than one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) at the hydrogen-production facility in Port Arthur, Texas. Using an innovative technology called vacuum swing adsorption, the project captures more than 90 percent of the CO2 from the product stream of two commercial-scale steam methane reformers that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. In addition to the secure storage, captured carbon from the project will be used to help produce additional, hard-to-access resources from existing nearby oil fields. In total, Department of Energy projects have captured and securely stored nearly 7.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to date, equivalent to taking more than 1.5 million cars off the road for a year. In just the last year since the release of the President’s Climate Action Plan, these Department-supported projects have stored approximately 2.8 metric tons.
NETL Supercomputer Helps Researchers Study Coal Gasification
June 25, 2014
Researchers at the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are using their world-class supercomputer to learn more about the chaotic chemical reactions that occur in the coal gasification process—knowledge that can lead to cleaner, more efficient, and more economical use of coal.
NETL, Pennsylvania DEP Data-Sharing Agreement to Address State’s Abandoned Wells
June 05, 2014
The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have entered into a new data-sharing agreement that promises to improve methods of locating abandoned oil and gas wells. The Pa. DEP is engaged in an ongoing effort to discover and seal abandoned wells in Pennsylvania, while NETL has developed survey techniques that make it easier to find such wells. The data-sharing agreement will allow for research results to quickly benefit the Commonwealth and will provide NETL with a greater ability to assess the effectiveness of its survey technologies.
Power Storage Project Breaks New Ground in Smart Grid Renewable Energy Integration
June 03, 2014
An award-winning energy-storage project in Texas managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is demonstrating the effectiveness of using advanced lead–acid batteries to store power generated by a wind farm for more effective power grid management—solid progress in the nation’s drive toward smart grid evolution.
DOE-Sponsored Project Shows Huge Potential for Carbon Storage in Wyoming
June 03, 2014
The Wyoming Rock Springs Uplift could potentially store 14 to 17 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2, according to results from a Department of Energy-sponsored study. This is equal to 250 to 300 years’ worth of CO2 emissions produced by the Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants and other large regional anthropogenic CO2 sources at current emission levels.
Preparing the Next Generation Workforce for 21st Century Smart Grid Success
June 02, 2014
The interconnected electric power system that the National Academy of Engineering recognized as the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century is undergoing a major upgrade to 21st century functionality. A combination of sophisticated sensors, communications, and computing innovations help make this possible. Also needed—and one of the biggest challenges facing the transition—is having qualified people to make it happen and to keep it innovative.
Smart Grid Tool Helps Utility Companies Make Smart Decisions
May 28, 2014
Transforming the nation’s aging power grid—the interconnected system of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution—into a reliable smart grid that bolsters national security, improves emissions, and fuels a growing economy requires utility company leaders to make complex business and technology decisions. The Energy Department is providing assistance to navigate those challenges.
How the National Labs Help Us Understand the Inner Workings of Power Plants
May 27, 2014
From discovering subatomic particles to developing protective coatings for airplanes, our National Labs are constantly making advancements in research and development. This week, the National Energy Technology Lab held an open project review meeting to show the public exactly what they’re working on right now.
Elusive High-Speed Particles Caught on Video
April 30, 2014
To improve the efficiency and environmental performance of fossil fuel–based energy production, researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have developed high-speed imaging systems—comprising both video and accompanying software—that allow researchers to see and analyze particle motion in great detail, deep inside fast-moving flow fields.
NETL’s Nanometer-Sized Heaters Use Sunlight to Convert CO2
April 29, 2014
A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and West Virginia University has developed new nano-sized materials capable of converting visible light into thermal energy, which can then be used to drive the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to methane, carbon monoxide, and other usable gases.
NETL Nanotechnology May Make Life Easier for Diabetics
April 29, 2014
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a hybrid nanostructure with a unique sensitivity to acetone that has the potential to easily and non-invasively monitor blood sugar.
Unconventional Oil and Gas Projects Help Reduce Environmental Impact of Development
April 17, 2014
Since the first commercial oil well was drilled in the United States in 1859, most of the nation’s oil and natural gas has come from reservoirs from which the resources are relatively easy to extract. As these "conventional" reservoirs become harder to find, however, we are turning to oil and natural gas in shale or other less-permeable geologic formations, which do not readily release the hydrocarbons. These "unconventional" reservoirs require additional engineering measures, such as hydraulic fracturing, to improve reservoir quality and enable them to produce oil and gas at commercially viable rates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and 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.
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 RD 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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