2007 News Releases
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December 18, 2007
Energy Department Awards $66.7 Million for Large-Scale Carbon Sequestration Project
DOE awarded $66.7 million to the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium for the Department's fourth large scale carbon sequestration project.
December 06, 2007
DOE Estimates Future Water Needs for Thermoelectric Power Plants
The Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory has released a 2007 update to its groundbreaking study, "Estimating Freshwater Needs to Meet Future Thermoelectric Generation Requirements."
December 05, 2007
Tax Credit Program Promotes Advanced Coal Power Generation and Gasification Technologies
DOE is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service to evaluate five projects that have recently applied for tax credits under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
December 04, 2007
DOE-Funded Pipeline Robot Revolutionizes Inspection Process
The self-propelled Explorer II robot demonstrates it can maneuver through most gas lines to spot pipeline defects before they escalate into gas leaks or ruptures.
November 27, 2007
DOE-Funded "Deep Trek" Project Yields Rugged New Electronic Chips
Innovative new electronic components developed with support from DOE's Oil and Natural Gas Program could revolutionize the process of recovering natural gas trapped miles below the Earth's surface.
November 20, 2007
DOE Selects Two Projects for University Coal Research Program
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of two new projects under the University Coal Research Program, the Department's longest-running student-teacher research grant initiative.
November 20, 2007
NETL Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Brazil
Researchers at NETL and Brazil’s Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul will collaborate to develop advanced fossil energy technologies with a focus on carbon capture and storage.
November 16, 2007
Coal Power Plant Database Now Available from DOE
NETL has released its new, updated 2007 Coal Power Plant Database, which contains the most current and comprehensive collection of coal-fired power plant data in the United States.
November 09, 2007
DOE Releases Environmental Impact Statement for FutureGen Project
The Department of Energy has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the FutureGen project, a near-zero emissions gasification power plant that, when operational in 2012, would be the first plant in the world to produce both electricity and commercial-grade hydrogen gas from coal, while capturing and sequestering greenhouse gas emissions.
November 06, 2007
DOE Releases Final Western Greenbrier Co-Generation Environmental Impact Statement
DOE has issued its final EIS for the Western Greenbrier Co-Generation Project, a 75-megawatt plant to be fueled by a 4 million ton refuse site at Anjean, WV.
November 02, 2007
NETL Issues Versailles Methane Report
November 02, 2007
DOE/NETL Details Progress of Hydrogen-from-Coal Research
Six DOE research and development projects designed to promote the large-scale production of hydrogen from coal are close to completing their first year of activity—progress that is detailed in fact sheets being published today.
October 29, 2007
Students, Teachers at Four Minority Universities Win Fossil Energy Research Grants
The Department of Energy has selected four institutions to receive grants for energy research through its Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions program.
October 25, 2007
DOE Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement on Coal-to-Clean Fuels Project
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued its final Environmental Impact Statement for the Waste Management and Processors Inc. (WMPI) clean coal project in Gilberton, PA.
October 15, 2007
NETL and NETL-Sponsored Innovations Accept R&D 100 Awards
Seven technologies developed at NETL or with NETL assistance receive R&D 100 Awards for technological innovation.
October 09, 2007
DOE Awards First Three Large-Scale Carbon Sequestration Projects
In a major step forward for demonstrating the promise of clean energy technology, DOE awarded the first three large-scale carbon sequestration projects in the United States and the largest single set in the world to date.
October 4, 2007
DOE Releases Draft Funding Opportunity Announcement for
CCPI Round 3
The Department of Energy has released for public comment the draft Funding Opportunity Announcement, Model Cooperative Agreement, and Model Payment Agreement for Round 3 of the Clean Coal Power Initiative.
September 20, 2007
DOE Participates in Commercialization of Its Steel Casting Technology
To protect military personnel and vehicles from improvised explosive devices, the U.S. Army has decided to commercially produce a unique steel armor based on technology developed and patented by DOE.
September 17, 2007
New Study Indicates Positive Economic Impact of DOE Laboratory
A recently prepared economic report indicates that the Office of Fossil Energy's NETL contributed $283 million and supported nearly 3,200 jobs during 2006 in the Pennsylvania and West Virginia region.
September 10, 2007
Construction Begins on First-of-a-Kind Advanced Clean Coal Electric Generating Facility
Officials representing the U.S. DOE, Southern Company, KBR Inc. and the Orlando Utilities Commission today broke ground to begin construction of an integrated gasification combined cycle facility near Orlando.
August 30, 2007
Regional Partner Launches Drilling Test in DOE’s Carbon Sequestration Program
The Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership—one of seven regional partnerships in the NETL-managed Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program—has begun drilling operations to determine whether a North Dakota lignite coal seam can be used to sequester the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide while producing valuable methane.
August 29, 2007
NETL and USAF Release Feasibility Study for Conceptual Coal+Biomass-to-Liquids Facility
In a newly released report, NETL and the U.S. Air Force examine a conceptual facility that would produce liquid fuels from coal and biomass while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
August 28, 2007
DOE-Patented Process Improves Energy Recovery, Reduces Coal Prep Wastes
What began as a small in-house laboratory experiment to find a way to use discarded coal products called "fines" has now led to a full-scale demonstration that can boost coal operator profits, reduce waste at their plants, and recover valuable energy sources for consumers.
August 23, 2007
NETL Recognized for Publication Excellence
NETL garners three Apex 2007 Awards for publications outlining the innovative technologies DOE is developing to meet current and future energy demands.
August 16, 2007
DOE-Led Partnership Creates Tool to Raise Output of Non-Conventional Natural Gas
DOE and Pinnacle Technologies have successfully demonstrated a new technology that will help optimize the output of natural gas from the often-grudging non-conventional gas reserves.
August 07, 2007
Novel Technology Locates Potential Carbon Sequestration Areas
NETL researchers have launched a major breakthrough in carbon storage efforts with SEQURE(TM), the only commercially available technology that can search for abandoned oil and gas reservoirs that could be used to permanently store carbon dioxide.
August 03, 2007
Climate Technology: DOE Readies First Big U.S. Projects in CO2 Capture and Storage
DOE is preparing to commission this year America's first large-scale demonstrations of CO2 capture and deep geologic storage in fulfillment of a commitment announced last October.
July 24, 2007
Oil and Natural Gas Program Uses Stranded Gas to Revive Oil Production
A DOE project is turning "stranded" natural gas at marginal, or low-production, oil fields into fuel for distributed electric power.
July 20, 2007
DOE's Oil and Gas Produced-Water Program Logs Key Milestones
A DOE research program managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory is making significant progress in developing new ways to treat and use water coproduced with oil and natural gas.
July 18, 2007
DOE Laboratories Join Forces to Address Water-Energy Issues
To address the ever-increasing need for energy and the large demand for fresh water by electricity producers, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories are pooling their resources in a collaborative effort within the Department's emerging energy-water research program.
July 09, 2007
Department of Energy Supported Technologies Recognized with R&D 100 Awards
Three technologies developed with support from the Office of Fossil Energy's NETL have won prestigious R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine for 2007.
June 27, 2007
DOE Issues Report on Cost and Performance of Fossil Energy Plants
The U.S. Department of Energy has released a major new report establishing baseline performance and cost estimates for today's fossil energy plants. The report provides a foundation from which progress in research and development can be benchmarked and highlights where research is needed.
June 27, 2007
DOE Provides up to $51.8 Million to Modernize the U.S. Electric Grid System
Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today announced that DOE will provide up to $51.8 million for five cost-shared projects that will help accelerate much-needed modernization of our Nation’s electricity grid.
June 21, 2007
DOE-Funded Innovation Promotes Reduced Coal Plant Emissions
A catalyst-activity testing tool developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy is now commercially available and offers a major breakthrough in managing the selective catalytic reduction systems that are used in power plants to control nitrogen oxide emissions.
June 15, 2007
DOE's Produced Water Program Yields New Web Tool
A comprehensive new program designed by the Department of Energy to help America's oil and natural gas producers tackle produced water, one of their toughest environmental challenges, is now available on-line as a web-based tool.
June 14, 2007
DOE Licenses Mercury Control Patent to Help Meet Clean Air Regulations
A licensing agreement recently signed by the U.S. Department of Energy and Johnson Matthey, an international specialty-chemicals company, will contribute significantly to the reduction of mercury and other trace elements emitted from coal gasification and coal-fired power plants, while helping to meet ever-stringent clean air regulations.
June 12, 2007
NETL Inventors Receive Patent for Sensor Technology
Newly patented sensor helps pave the way for low-emission, fuel-flexible gas turbines of the future.
June 12, 2007
New Seismic Technology Improves Pre-Drill Diagnostics for Deep Oil and Gas Reservoirs
New technology developed through a cost-shared project managed by NETL is improving industry's ability to identify commercially viable deep oil and gas targets prior to drilling.
June 07, 2007
Treasury, Energy Departments Release New Advanced Coal Project Tax Credit Applications for 2007-2008
The Treasury Department and the Department of Energy released today new instructions for applying for the tax credits for advanced coal projects and gasification projects.
June 06, 2007
Unique DOE-Funded Coal Dryers Meet Goal of Increased Efficiency, Reduced Emissions
North Dakota power station plans to expand use of "very successful" coal-drying technology.
June 05, 2007
DOE Oil Recovery Project Extends Success through Technology Transfer
A groundbreaking oil-recovery project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy is coming to a close, but its success will continue to be felt throughout the United States and the world.
May 31, 2007
DOE Transfers Steel Casting Technology to Rock Island Arsenal
A steel casting technology developed by the Department of Energy has been transferred to the U.S. Army's Rock Island Arsenal to manufacture improved armor for vehicles used in the global war on terrorism.
May 29, 2007
Fuel Cell-Powered Ice Resurfacer Smoothes the Way to the Hydrogen Economy
A unique fuel-cell-powered ice resurfacer has been touring ice rinks throughout the U.S. and Canada to prove that hydrogen fuel cells are "safe, practical, and ready."
May 25, 2007
DOE Releases Draft EIS Statement for FutureGen Project
The Department of Energy issued its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the FutureGen Project for public comment.
May 23, 2007
DOE Plans New Round of Clean Coal Demonstrations
DOE announces it is planning a new round of its Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI), aimed at technologies that will capture carbon dioxide for sequestration or other beneficial uses.
May 22, 2007
DOE Releases Feasibility Study for Small-Scale Conceptual Coal-to-Liquids Facility in Appalachian Basin
A report recently issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory investigates the feasibility of a commercial 10,000 barrel per day coal-to-liquids (CTL) facility in the Appalachian coal basin.
May 21, 2007
DOE Reports Provide Important Information for Deep Gas Explorers
The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released two comprehensive reports that provide detailed geologic information of the Northern Appalachian Basin and northeastern Gulf Coast regions.
May 21, 2007
DOE Releases Feasibility Study for Conceptual Coal-to-Liquids Facility
The Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory has issued a report that examines the feasibility of a commercial 50,000 barrel per day coal-to-liquids facility in the Illinois coal basin.
May 16, 2007
SECA Fuel Cell Development Program Completes Phase I
Six industry teams have successfully completed tests of the first solid oxide fuel cell prototypes that can be manufactured at costs approaching those of conventional stationary power-generation technology.
May 15, 2007
Carbon Sequestration Field Test Begins in Illinois Basin
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium is conducting its first enhanced oil recovery field test in the Loudon Field in Illinois.
May 14, 2007
Another Milestone Reached in Coal Gasification Revenue-Sharing
The successful partnership between DOE and Dakota Gasification Company recently marked another major milestone with the payment of $39.2 million to DOE under a revenue sharing agreement signed in 1988.
May 10, 2007
DOE Releases 2007 Carbon Sequestration Technology Roadmap, Marks Tenth Year of Carbon Sequestration Prog.
The 2007 Carbon Sequestration Technology Roadmap and Program Plan was released by the U.S. Department of Energy's Carbon Sequestration Program.
May 09, 2007
DOE-Funded Research Opens Way to 218 Billion Barrels of By-Passed Domestic Oil
A joint venture in technology development between researchers at Texas A&M University and DOE has produced a new computer tool that will increase recovery of up to 218 billion barrels of by-passed oil remaining in mature domestic fields.
May 07, 2007
DOE Releases Archive of Unconventional Gas Research Data
A CD archive of nearly two decades of unconventional gas research from the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory is now available.
May 03, 2007
DOE Begins 29th Year of University Coal Research Program
With the recent release of a funding opportunity announcement, the Secretary of Energy has kicked off DOE's longest running student-teacher research grant program, the University Coal Research program
May 03, 2007
Mining R&D Archive Now Available on NETL Website
An archive of information from the DOE's Mining Industry of the Future program is now available online. The archive includes fact sheets, roadmaps, annual reports, and other materials from the highly successful program.
May 02, 2007
California Student Selected as Inaugural Recipient of DOE Fellowship
Ms. Monica Heintz, a doctoral student at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will receive the inaugural Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship award.
May 01, 2007
Department of Energy Releases Updated Report Tracking Resurgence of Coal-Fired Power Plants
A newly released Department of Energy report shows that many power producers are turning to coal as the most economic and abundant national resource for electricity generation.
May 01, 2007
DOE, EPA Launch Coordinated Carbon Sequestration Project
DOE and EPA have begun a coordinated research effort to evaluate how the storage of CO2, a greenhouse gas, might affect the nation's valuable groundwater resources.
April 30, 2007
DOE-Supported Oil and Gas Advances Garner Prestigious Innovation Award
DOE-sponsored technological advances that could help increase U.S. recoverable reserves of oil and natural gas have won awards for engineering innovation and will be recognized at this year's Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
April 26, 2007
Mine Test Seeks Capture of Powerful Greenhouse Gas
Using a new application of existing technology, engineers will attempt to capture methane in underground coal mine air and if successful could limit emission of a greenhouse gas with more than 20 times the warming potential of CO2.
April 26, 2007
Petroleum Geologists Recognize DOE for Environmental Stewardship
The Energy Department has been selected to receive the American Association of Petroleum Geologists' Corporate Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship.
April 24, 2007
Regional Partnership Completes 8,000-foot Well for Critical Carbon Sequestration Assessment
The Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership has completed an 8,000-foot well at FirstEnergy's Burger plant in preparation for a geologic sequestration field test.
April 24, 2007
Microhole "Designer" Seismic Testing Its Potential in the Field
Using microhole technology developed in partnership with NETL to inexpensively deploy sensors for vertical seismic profiling could dramatically enhance the oil and gas industry’s ability to find and produce huge volumes of by-passed oil and natural gas.
April 17, 2007
DOE to Host Carbon Storage Workshop
DOE announced that it will host the first Carbon Sequestration Leadership Task Force on Capacity Building in Emerging Economies Workshop beginning May 7, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
April 17, 2007
DOE to Host Sixth Annual Conference on Carbon Capture
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Thomas Shope and the NRDC's Climate Center Director David Hawkins will provide keynote remarks for the Sixth Annual Conference on Carbon Capture and Sequestration.
April 16, 2007
NETL Conference Showcases Mercury Control Research Accomplishments
Proceedings from an NETL-sponsored conference highlighting the advances and successes of mercury-control technologies are now available. The conference proceedings contain information about technology development that could save U.S. rate payers millions of dollars per year.
April 10, 2007
DOE Signs FutureGen Cooperative Agreement
DOE announces the authorized start of the next phase of the FutureGen project with the FutureGen Alliance after agreeing to terms on the project phase known as Budget Period 1.
April 3, 2007
DOE Signing Paves Way for Funding, Construction of Innovative Clean Coal Plant in Florida
Energy Secretary Bodman today announced the signing of a Record of Decision that clears the path for construction of a $569-million, 285-megawatt clean coal-fired power plant.
March 27, 2007
DOE Regional Partnerships Find More Than 3,500 Billion Tons of Possible CO2 Storage Capacity
DOE's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships have identified the power-plant and industrial sources of more than 3.8 billion tons a year of the greenhouse gas CO2 in the U.S. and Canada.
March 22, 2007
DOE-Funded Research at Maryland Marsh Aids Climate Change Solutions
Researchers from the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership recently paid a site visit to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to assess vigorous marsh restoration efforts and its contribution to carbon sequestration.
March 20, 2007
First Utility-Scale CO2 Deployment Shows Value of Private-Public Joint Ventures
American Electric Power's decision to initiate the first commercial demonstration of carbon capture and geologic storage by a utility underscores the value of joint-venture research and development by industry and government.
March 20, 2007
NETL Joins Forces with Medical School to Develop Sorbents
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is working with the West Virginia University School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department to produce sorbents for removing carbon dioxide from power plant exhaust gases using a nantechnology originally developed for medical applications.
March 19, 2007
NETL Researcher Receives Technology Transfer Award
A researcher at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has been selected to receive a national award for his leadership role in commercializing a one-of-kind software tool for worldwide use in the power, chemical, and research communities.
March 2, 2007
DOE Laboratory Develops New Processes to Tackle Nation's Energy Issues
The Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory continued its efforts to address the cleaner, more cost-effective use of fossil fuels with the award of four patents in 2006.
February 20, 2007
Alaskan North Slope Well to Sample and Test Gas Hydrate
Drilling is underway on an Alaskan North Slope well, cofunded by DOE, that could prove to be an important milestone in assessing America's largest potential fossil energy resource: gas hydrate.
February 20, 2007
NETL-Funded R&D Yields Non-Disruptive Plastic Natural Gas Pipeline Repair Tool
The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s research partnership with Timberline Tools of Whitefish Montanta and Oregon State University resulted in a unique new tool that can remotely repair plastic natural gas distribution pipelines without disrupting natural gas flow.
February 20, 2007
Detecting Environmental Contaminants with the Wave of a Wand
The X-Wand™ analyzer, a new contaminant-detection device was developed at Western Research Institute in cooperation with the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
February 07, 2007
NETL's Bauer Named 'Laboratory Director of the Year'
Carl O. Bauer, Director of the Office of Fossil Energy's NETL, has been named a Laboratory Director of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.
February 05, 2007
President Requests $863 Million for Fossil Energy Programs
President Bush's FY2008 budget seeks a 33 percent increase for the Office of Fossil Energy over last year's request to support improved energy security and rapid development of climate-oriented technology.
January 22, 2007
DOE's Microhole R&D Program Yielding Promising New Tools
New technology being developed under DOE's ambitious Microhole Initiative is already yielding new tools perched on the edge of commercialization.
January 10, 2007
Colorado Company Pursues Low-Cost, Low-Impact Technology to Develop Nation's Oil Shale Resources
A DOE-funded project has successfully demonstrated the viability of a new technology that could prove to be the key to unlocking America's largest potential source of oil.