2004 News Releases
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December 14, 2004
DOE Asks Regional Partners to Validate Carbon Sequestration Technologies
DOE is releasing a solicitation for the second phase of its Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program which will provide up to $100 million over 4 years for field testing and validation of promising sequestration technologies.
December 09, 2004
DOE to Help Develop Advanced Energy Exploration Tools and Technologies
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announces awards for five new cost-shared research projects to help meet the Nation's growing demand for natural gas.
December 8, 2004
DOE Selects New Projects to Enhance Oil and Gas Production
Energy Secretary Abraham announced the selection of 35 new oil and gas cost-shared projects that promise to strengthen our nation's energy security and reduce greenhouse emissions.
December 3, 2004
Fuels, Carbon Sequestration, Advanced
Power Systems Form Centerpiece of DOE Research Selections
The Department of Energy’s commitment to fostering next-generation
fuels, protecting the environment, and providing affordable and sustainable
energy for the Nation was demonstrated with the recent selection of 18
projects under a broad-based solicitation for coal research.
December 2, 2004
New Curriculum Promotes Climate Change Education
The Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has joined with the Keystone Center in Colorado and teachers from around the nation in a first-of-a-kind effort to teach a new curriculum about climate change and carbon sequestration.
November 30, 2004
Kentucky Research Foundation Signs $9 Million Clean Coal Agreement
The University of Kentucky Research Foundation, along with CEMEX USA and LG&E Energy Corporation, plan to build a near commercial-scale facility to produce advanced, high value materials from coal utilization byproducts at the Ghent Power Station in Kentucky.
November 22, 2004
Robot Successfully Inspects Live Natural Gas Pipeline in New York
In a recent field demonstration filled with firsts, a self-powered robot developed by the Northeast Gas Association, Carnegie Mellon University, and the NETL successfully inspected a mile of a live natural gas distribution main in Brockport, NY.
November 19, 2004
Frio Formation Test Well Injected With Carbon Dioxide
In the first U.S. field test to investigate the ability of brine formations to store greenhouse gasses, researchers funded by DOE are closely monitoring 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide that were injected into a mile-deep well in Texas
November 5, 2004
New Projects Selected to Meet President’s
Commitment to Clean Coal, Address National Energy Priorities
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham has announced the selection of four
projects from the second round of competition under President Bush’s
10-year, $2 billion Clean Coal Power Initiative.
November 5, 2004
DOE Selects Five NOx-Control Projects
to Combat Acid Rain and Smog
Continuing efforts to cut acid rain and smog-producing nitrogen oxides
(NOx) have prompted the U.S. Department of Energy to partner with industry
experts to develop advanced NOx-control technologies.
November 5, 2004
DOE Announces Further Field Testing
of Advanced Mercury Control Technologies
With an eye on future federal regulations aimed at reducing mercury emissions,
the U.S. Department of Energy has selected six additional projects as
part of a DOE research program to advance the technical readiness of mercury
control options for the Nation’s fleet of coal-fired power plants.
November 5, 2004
Projects Selected to Study Coal Plant
Particulate Matter, Human Health
The Department of Energy has selected three projects to help determine
whether fine particulates emitted from coal-fired power plants affect
human health, and which components of the particulates may be most problematic.
November 5, 2004
Advanced Research Awards to Reveal Mechanisms
of Mercury Chemistry, Lead to Lower Mercury Emissions
The Department of Energy has announced four awards totaling $1.4 million
for advanced research to aid the removal of mercury from existing fossil-fueled
November 5, 2004
Interactive Website Pinpoints Areas
to Recover More Oil, Gas
A software program that projects how much oil or natural gas lies
in a reservoir, and how much more can be recovered, has the potential
to save millions of dollars while increasing our Nation’s oil and
natural gas supplies. And it’s free.
October 28, 2004
Pegasus Project Selected as Part of Clean Coal Power Initiative
Spencer Abraham announced the selection of the Pegasus project from the second round of competition under President Bush's Clean Coal Power Initiative.
October 27, 2004
Department of Energy Funds 26th Year of University Coal Grants
Spencer Abraham today kicked off DOE's longest running student-teacher research grant program, the University Coal Research Program, which begins its 26th year this week with the release of a solicitation.
October 26, 2004
Minnesota Company to Receive $36 Million to Construct Clean Coal Plant
Spencer Abraham, together with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Senator Norm Coleman, announced the selection of Excelsior Energy's proposal to build an advanced 531-megawatt coal gasification facility as part of the President's Clean Coal Power Initiative.
October 26, 2004
Secretary Abraham Visits Site of Pennsylvania Clean Coal Project
Spencer Abraham tours future home of a facility that will convert waste coal to power.
October 21, 2004
Secretary Abraham Announces $235 Million for Florida Clean Coal Plant
Spencer Abraham, together with Florida Governor Jeb Bush, announced the selection of Southern Company's proposal to build an advanced 285-megawatt coal gasification facility in central Florida as part of the President's Clean Coal Power Initiative.
October 14, 2004
New Mexico Coal-Fired Power Plant to Demonstrate Multi-Pollutant Controls
Secretary Abraham announced that Peabody Energy's Mustang Energy Project has been selected to receive a $19.7 million grant from DOE under the second round of competition in President Bush's Clean Coal Power Initiative
October 14, 2004
Energy Department Announces Nearly $4.3 in Grants to Michigan
Acting Under Secretary of Energy David K. Garman announces nearly $4.3 million in DOE grants to Michigan universities and companies.
October 08, 2004
Energy Department Announces $9.4 Million in Grants to Pennsylvania
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced $9.4 million in DOE grants to Pennsylvania universities and companies.
October 06, 2004
DOE Grants New Mexico $4.1 Million for Fossil Energy R&D Projects
DOE announces it is providing more than $4.1 million to New Mexico for five new research and development projects that hold the promise to strengthen our Nation's energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect human health.
September 16, 2004
Field Testing Underway of Remote Sensor Gas Leak Detection Systems
Low-flying aircraft, satellites and special ground vehicles carrying advanced leak detection sensors are being observed in a real-world environment.
September 13, 2004
DOE-Funded "Smart" Drilling Prototype On Track for Commercialization
Intellipipe(TM) technology, which allows natural gas and oil explorers to drill safer, more productive wells by using a high-speed, down-hole communications system, is being successfully tested in a full-scale commercial well.
September 13, 2004
Successful CO2 Sequestration Project Heads into Phase II
Project Testing Safety and Permanence of Carbon Sequestration
Phase I study concluded large-scale carbon sequestration is safe.
August 16, 2004
Drilling Operators Receive Boost from New
Database to Weigh Options Regarding Waste Management
The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed an innovative, interactive
website to provide technically sound, unbiased information about drilling-waste
August 12, 2004
Abraham Announces Winners of Annual University Coal Research Competition
$3.4 Million in Funds Go to 22 Universities in 18 States
Department of Energy program brings science, university students and their professors together to advance the study of new clean and efficient coal-use technologies and concepts.
August 9, 2004
Five NETL Research Projects Win Esteemed 'R&D 100' Awards
Energy Secretary Abraham announced that researchers at DOE's NETL together with companies conducting DOE-funded research have won four R&D 100 awards, which are given for the most outstanding technology developments with the greatest commercial potential.
July 26, 2004
President's Clean Coal Initiative Attracts "Second Wave" of Technologies
$6 Billion in Proposals; Major Focus on Coal Gasification
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced it has received proposals for projects in a new generation of clean coal projects, valued at nearly $6 billion, in the latest phase of the President's Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI).
July 19, 2004
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells to Advance Zero-Emissions Energy
Energy Secretary Abraham announces eleven grant-winning projects focused on developing improvements in fuel cell materials and performance, as well as attaining target capital costs of less than $400 per kilowatt.
June 25, 2004
More Electricity, Lower Emissions from Lignite Plants Are Goals of New Clean Coal Project
Fuel Enhancement System Expected to Boost Generating Capacities
Great River Energy will test their Lignite Fuel Enhancement System in a newly launched project to boost the efficiency of, and reduce emissions from, power plants that burn high moisture lignite coal.
June 16, 2004
DOE Seeks "Small-Footprint" Oil and Gas Technologies
DOE announces a major new research and development initiative to develop "microhole" technologies — those that use portable drilling rigs with a smaller footprint and lower environmental impact.
June 10, 2004
Carbon Sequestration Regional Partnership Program Adds Partners
DOE today announced that seven new states and 13 organizations have joined the Carbon Sequestration Regional Partnership Program, the centerpiece of national efforts to validate and deploy carbon sequestration technologies.
June 7, 2004
Clean Coal Plant to Anchor West Virginia "Eco-Park"
$215 Million Co-Production Demonstration Plant to Create 6,000 New Jobs
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham travels to Lewisburg, WV to commission a new $215 million project that is expected to bring environmental improvements, economic benefits and thousands of new jobs to the region.
May 20, 2004
NETL Opens Fuel Cell/Turbine Hybrid Research Facility
The Hybrid Performance Facility — called the Hyper facility — is now fully operational at the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). This one-of-a-kind facility, developed by NETL's Office of Science and Technology, will be used to develop control strategies for the reliable operation of fuel cell/turbine hybrids.
May 17, 2004
New Carbon Drill Pipe Signals Technical Achievement -
Technology May Benefit American Energy Production
DOE announced today the development of a new "composite" drill pipe that is lighter, stronger and more flexible than steel, which could significantly alter the ability to drain substantially more oil and gas from rock than traditional vertical wells.
May 5, 2004
DOE Seeks Public Input on Carbon Sequestration Program -
Public Meetings Scheduled in Eight Cities
DOE is asking for public comments on the environmental impacts of its Carbon Sequestration Program and has scheduled eight meetings in various parts of the country for citizen input.
April 21, 2004
President's Initiative to Seek 90 Percent Mercury Removal -
We Energies to Test TOXECON™ Process in Michigan Coal-fired Power Plant
The Department of Energy (DOE) and We Energies today initiated a joint venture to demonstrate technology that will remove an unprecedented 90 percent of mercury emissions from coal-based power plants.
April 12, 2004
Seven Minority Universities Selected for Energy Research Grants -
Projects to Help Meet Climate Change Initiatives Among Selections
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it has awarded grants to seven institutions for energy research through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU) program.
March 23, 2004
DOE Researchers Contribute to First
Ever Encyclopedia of Energy
A renowned publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information
products and services has called upon the U.S. Department of Energy to
help produce the first encyclopedia ever to be published on the entire
field of energy.
March 17, 2004
Cleaner Air by the Numbers -
NeuCo Signs Clean Coal Agreement to Apply Neural Network Technology to Illinois Power Plant
A series of sophisticated computational techniques will be applied to an Illinois coal-fired power plant as part of the federal government's efforts to show how new technology can increase power plant efficiency and reduce air emissions.
March 5, 2004
Reigning in CO2 Emissions....
DOE Selects Eight Innovative Projects to Capture and Store Carbon Dioxide from Power Plants
Described as revolutionary and experimental, the new projects will explore innovative technologies that could lead to practical and cost-effective means of capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
March 1, 2004
Alaska Well Targets Gas Hydrate, Produces Wealth of Information
Scientists and engineers work to unravel the secrets and potential of methane hydrate at a dedicated well on Alaska's North Slope.
March 1, 2004
Success on Tap....
New Technologies Boost Oil and Gas Production Off California Coast
A suite of new technologies is enabling independent oil and gas producer Venoco Inc. to find and tap into previously overlooked oil deposits in the Santa Barbara Channel, while improving the environmental impact of production operations.
February 23, 2004
DOE Selects Eight Projects to
Improve Energy Efficiency in Mining
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of eight
new technology-development projects designed to reduce energy consumption,
enhance economic competitiveness, and reduce the environmental impacts
of the domestic mining industry.
February 20, 2004
New Projects to Investigate “Smart
Two additional projects have been selected under a Department of
Energy solicitation designed to advance performance when drilling for
February 19, 2004
First Commercial Application of
Advanced Natural Gas Turbine Announced
GE Energy has announced that the world’s first application
of their next-generation 7H gas turbine technology will be an 800-megawatt
class, combined-cycle project with Hydro-Quebec Production.
February 17, 2004
DOE Launches Competition for Cutting Edge Coal Technologies
Round II Reaffirms President's Commitment to Reduce Power Plant Emissions
The Energy Department's Fossil Energy Office has posted a call for proposals from industry to design and build a new round of advanced projects to demonstrate clean coal power technologies.