The heart of the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) research site in Albany, Oregon, is its cutting-edge metallurgy and materials research capabilities. Situated on 42 acres, NETL’s Albany complex has specialized facilities for materials fabrication and performance testing of advanced high-temperature, corrosion-resistant structural ceramic composites and metal alloys.
NETL-Albany traces its origins to 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that the U.S. Bureau of Mines had selected Albany as the site for the new Northwest Electro-Development Laboratory. Today NETL-Albany is internationally recognized for its leadership in designing, developing and deploying advanced materials for use in energy applications and extreme service environments.
NETL-Albany has expanded its geoscience and geomaterials science capabilities to better understand and characterize engineered/natural systems related to fossil energy such as conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons both onshore and offshore, natural gas hydrates and geothermal systems. This includes the multifunctional High-Pressure Immersion and Reactive Transport Laboratory capable of performing geological studies at simulated depths up to 10,000 feet, providing an experimental basis for modeling various subsurface phenomena and processes.
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