2009 News Releases
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December 14, 2009
Director Leaving the National Energy Technology Laboratory
DOE today announced that Carl O. Bauer is retiring from Federal service and leaving the National Energy Technology Laboratory effective February 28, 2010, following a distinguished four-year tenure as the laboratory's Director.
December 04, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces $3 Billion Investment for Carbon Capture and Sequestration
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the selection of three new projects with a value of $3.18 billion to accelerate the development of advanced coal technologies with carbon capture and storage at commercial-scale.
November 17, 2009
Announcement Made on FOA DE-FOA0000099, “Recovery Act – Building America Energy Efficient Housing Partnerships”
Building Technology Funds To Be Restructured To Support “Recovery Through Retrofit” Initiative
November 16, 2009
Improved Lining Material for Gasifiers Could Lead to Wider Commercialization of Clean and Efficient Energy Technology
A new improved-performance refractory lining material developed by NETL has been successfully tested and could lead to greatly increased reliability and economics of gasification technology as a clean and efficient process.
November 13, 2009
Worldwide Carbon Capture and Storage Projects on the Increase
Worldwide efforts to fund and establish CCS projects have accelerated, according to a new DOE online database, indicating ongoing positive momentum toward achieving the G-8 goal for launching 20 CCS demonstrations by 2010.
November 12, 2009
DOE Targets Rural Indiana Geologic Formation for CO2 Storage Field Test
A U.S. Department of Energy team of regional partners has begun injecting 8,000 tons of carbon dioxide to evaluate the carbon storage and enhanced oil recovery potential of the Mississippian-aged Clore Formation in Posey County, Ind.
November 06, 2009
DOE Signs Cooperative Agreement for New Hydrogen Power Plant
DOE signs cooperative agreement with Hydrogen Energy California LLC (HECA) to build and demonstrate a hydrogen-powered electric generating facility, complete with carbon capture and storage, in Kern County, California.
November 05, 2009
DOE-Sponsored Mississippi Project Hits 1-Million-Ton Milestone for Injected CO2
A large-scale carbon dioxide storage project in Mississippi has become the fifth worldwide to reach the important milestone of more than 1 million tons injected.
October 29, 2009
DOE-Sponsored Beaufort Sea Expedition Studies Methane's Role in Global Climate Cycle
Increased understanding of methane's role in the global climate cycle and the potential of methane hydrate as a future energy resource could result from a recent joint research expedition off the coast of northeastern Alaska involving the NETL.
October 28, 2009
DOE Announces 31st Annual University Coal Research Competition
NETL has released a funding opportunity announcement calling on U.S. colleges and universities to propose new projects that will lead to the cleaner use of coal, America's most abundant energy resource.
October 21, 2009
DOE Partnership Completes Successful CO2 Injection Test in the Mount Simon Sandstone
The Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership has successfully injected 1,000 metric tons of CO2 into the Mount Simon Sandstone, a deep saline formation that is widespread across much of the Midwest.
October 13, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces Up To $55 Million in Funding to Develop Advanced Carbon Capture Technology at Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants
DOE today issued an FOA to develop technologies that can capture CO2 from flue gases at existing power plants so that the greenhouse gas may be sequestered or put to beneficial use.
October 02, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces First Awards from $1.4 Billion for Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Projects
Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the first round of funding from $1.4 billion from the Recovery Act for the selection of 12 projects that will capture carbon dioxide from industrial sources for storage or beneficial use.
October 02, 2009
DOE to Unveil New Online Database of Oil and Natural Gas Research Results
DOE plans to introduce a new, user-friendly online repository of oil and natural gas research results at the Society of Petroleum Engineers' Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, to be held in New Orleans, La., October 4-7, 2009.
October 02, 2009
DOE Scientist Earns Chairman's Award from Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance
A researcher at the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory has been presented with the Chairman's Award by the Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance.
September 16, 2009
Energy Department Advances Carbon Capture and Storage Research on Two Fronts
Forty-three research projects that will advance CCS technologies while providing student training opportunities at universities across the country will be supported by $12.7 million in DOE funding announced today.
September 16, 2009
DOE Research Projects to Examine Promising Geologic Formations for CO2 Storage
DOE today announced 11 projects valued at $75.5 million aimed at increasing scientific understanding about the potential of promising geologic formations to safely and permanently store CO2.
September 15, 2009
Department of Energy Awards $71 Million to Accelerate Innovative Carbon Capture Project
DOE today announced that Arizona Public Service has been awarded $70.5 million from the Recovery Act to expand an existing industrial and innovative reuse carbon mitigation project.
September 08, 2009
First-of-a-Kind Sequestration Field Test Begins in West Virginia
Injection of carbon dioxide began today in a first-of-a-kind field trial of enhanced coalbed methane recovery with simultaneous CO2 sequestration in an unmineable coal seam.
August 27, 2009
DOE Announces More than $8.4 Million for Regional Sequestration Technology Training Projects
Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced more than $8.4 million for seven projects that will facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technologies required for site development, operations, and monitoring of commercial carbon capture and storage projects.
August 26, 2009
Carbon Sequestration Documentary Wins Coveted Aurora Award
A film about carbon sequestration produced with support from DOE has received a 2009 Gold Aurora Award in the documentary category for nature/environment.
August 25, 2009
DOE Selects Projects to Develop Sensors and Controls for Next-Generation Power Plants
DOE has selected seven projects to develop sensors and controls to support the full-scale implementation and operation of highly efficient power generation technologies with near-zero emissions.
August 24, 2009
Gas Hydrate: A Realistic Future Source of Gas Supply?
A DOE scientist writes in this week's Science magazine that a search is underway for a potentially immense untapped energy resource that, given its global distribution, has the potential to alter existing energy production and supply paradigms.
August 24, 2009
DOE Selects Projects to Monitor and Evaluate Geologic CO2 Storage
DOE today announced the selection of 19 projects to enhance the capability to simulate, track, and evaluate the potential risks of CO2 storage in geologic formations.
August 19, 2009
Hydrogen Production and Dispensing Facility Opens at West Virginia Airport
A hydrogen production and dispensing station constructed and operated with support from the Office of Fossil Energy's NETL was officially opened Monday at the Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va.
August 19, 2009
DOE Projects to Advance Environmental Science and Technology
The Office of Fossil Energy's NETL has selected nine new projects targeting environmental tools and technology for shale gas and coalbed methane production.
August 17, 2009
Regional Partner's Decision Support System Used in Development of Carbon Management Plan for Industry
The Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, one of seven members of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program, has used its Decision Support System (DSS) to assist in preparing a carbon management plan for Excelsior Energy’s Mesaba Energy Project.
August 12, 2009
DOE-Sponsored Project Pushes the Limits of Seismic-While-Drilling Technology
In a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Technology International Inc. has developed a breakthrough borehole imaging system that stands on the cusp of commercialization.
August 10, 2009
Department of Energy Awards $20 Million for Project to Advance Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage
The Department of Energy has announced that Ramgen Power Systems LLC, Bellevue, Washington, has been awarded $20 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to scale up a device that uses supersonic shockwaves to compress carbon dioxide for capture and storage.
August 06, 2009
American Institute of Chemical Engineers Honors DOE Researcher
For his efforts in modeling and simulating fluid-particle flows, NETL's Dr. Madhava Syamlal has been selected to receive the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Fluidized Processing Recognition Award.
August 05, 2009
President Obama Announces $2.4 Billion in Grants to Accelerate the Manufacturing and Deployment of the Next Generation of U.S. Batteries and Electric Vehicles
Recovery Act will fund 48 new advanced battery and electric drive components manufacturing and electric drive vehicle deployment projects in over 20 states.
August 05, 2009
DOE-Sponsored Software Application Assists Exploration of Gas-Rich Fayetteville Shale
A project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy has resulted in the development of the Fayetteville Shale Infrastructure Placement Analysis System, or IPAS, which is now available online.
July 30, 2009
DOE Leads National Research Program in Gas Hydrates
A DOE witness today told Congress the agency is leading a nationwide program in search of naturally occurring natural gas hydrates, with far reaching implications for the environment and the nation's future energy supplies.
July 30, 2009
DOE Showcases Websites for Tight Gas Resource Development
Two U.S. Department of Energy projects funded by FE's National Energy Technology Laboratory provide quick and easy web-based access to sought after information on tight-gas sandstone plays.
July 29, 2009
Bees, Balloons, Pollen Used as Novel CO2 Monitoring Approach
Researchers at FE's National Energy Technology Laboratory have discovered an innovative way to use bees, pollen, and helium-filled balloons to verify that no CO2 leaks from sequestration sites.
July 23, 2009
NETL Technologies Earn Prestigious R&D 100 Awards
Technologies developed by researchers at NETL have captured four prestigious 2009 R&D 100 Awards.
July 20, 2009
Regional Partner Announces Plans for Carbon Storage Project Using CO2 Captured from Coal-Fired Power Plant
Southern Company and the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) have announced plans to store CO2 captured from a coal-fired power plant.
July 16, 2009
DOE Taps Universities for Turbine Technology Science
DOE announces the selection of three projects under the Office of Fossil Energy's University Turbine Systems Research Program.
July 14, 2009
Department of Energy Takes Another Step Forward on FutureGen Project in Mattoon, IL
The Department of Energy today issued a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Record of Decision to move forward toward the first commercial scale, fully integrated, carbon capture and sequestration project in the country.
July 13, 2009
DOE, RTI to Design and Build Gas Cleanup System for IGCC Power Plants
The Department of Energy announces a collaborative project with Research Triangle Institute International to design, build, and test a warm gas cleanup system to remove multiple contaminants from coal-derived syngas.
July 01, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces Two New Projects to Reduce Emissions from Coal Plants
Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that projects by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Hydrogen Energy International LLC have been selected for up to $408 million in funding from the ARRA.
June 25, 2009
DOE Partner Begins Carbon Storage Test
A DOE-sponsored project in Hopkins County, Kentucky has begun injecting carbon dioxide into a mature oil field to assess the region's CO2 storage capacity and feasibility for enhanced oil recovery.
June 24, 2009
New Jersey Joins the Energy Department's Carbon Sequestration Regional Partnership Program
The State of New Jersey is the newest member of DOE's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership program, the centerpiece of national efforts to validate and deploy carbon sequestration technologies.
June 15, 2009
DOE Issues Amended Funding Opportunity Announcement for Third Round of Clean Coal Power Initiative
DOE has issued an amendment to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for Round 3 of the Clean Coal Power Initiative.
June 15, 2009
DOE Seeks Proposals to Increase Investment in Industrial Carbon Capture and Sequestration Projects
DOE has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement soliciting projects to capture and sequester carbon dioxide from industrial sources and to put CO2 to beneficial use.
June 12, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces Agreement on FutureGen Project in Mattoon, Illinois
Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced an agreement with the FutureGen Alliance that advances the construction of the first commercial scale, fully integrated, carbon capture and sequestration project in the country.
June 11, 2009
DOE Selects Projects to Develop Pre-Combustion Carbon Capture Technologies for Coal-Based Gasification Plants
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the selection of nine projects that will develop pre-combustion carbon capture technologies that can reduce CO2 emissions in future coal-based integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants.
June 02, 2009
DOE National Laboratory Releases Annual Accomplishments Report
NETL has released its annual accomplishments report, highlighting breakthroughs in research and technology development to address the nation's energy, economic, and environmental challenges.
May 27, 2009
DOE Establishes National Carbon Capture Center to Speed Deployment of CO2 Capture Processes
DOE has announced the creation of a new National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) to develop and test technologies to capture carbon dioxide from coal-based power plants.
May 22, 2009
Implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
The Office of Fossil Energy has received $3.4 billion from the Recovery Act. Initiatives will focus on research, development and deployment of technologies to use coal more cleanly and efficiently.
May 22, 2009
DOE Regional Partnership Begins Core Sampling for Large-Volume Sequestration Test
The Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership has begun collecting core samples from a new characterization well near Spectra Energy’s Fort Nelson natural gas processing plant in British Columbia, Canada.
May 21, 2009
DOE Study Monitors Carbon Dioxide Storage in Norway's Offshore Sleipner Gas Field
Researchers, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, are partnering with European scientists to track injected carbon dioxide in the world’s first and longest running carbon storage operation located at the Sleipner gas field in the North Sea.
May 20, 2009
Small-Scale Carbon Sequestration Field Test Yields Significant
The Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership has completed a preliminary geologic characterization and sequestration field test at FirstEnergy's R. E. Burger Plant near Shadyside, Ohio.
May 18, 2009
DOE-Supported Publication Boosts Search for Oil, Natural Gas by Petroleum Operators
A comprehensive publication detailing the oil-rich fields of Utah and nearby states, sponsored by DOE, can now provide petroleum companies and related service providers with the data needed to tap into these resources.
May 15, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces $2.4 Billion in Funding for Carbon Capture and Storage Projects
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced at the National Coal Council that $2.4 billion from the ARRA will be used to expand and accelerate the commercial deployment of CCS technology.
May 14, 2009
DOE Expedition Discovers the First Gulf of Mexico Resource-Quality Gas Hydrate Deposits
The Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory has established that gas hydrate can and does occur at high saturations within reservoir-quality sands in the Gulf of Mexico.
May 14, 2009
DOE Report Assesses Potential for Carbon Dioxide Storage Beneath Federal Lands
The National Energy Technology Laboratory has released a report that provides an initial estimate of the potential to store CO2 underneath millions of acres of Federal lands.
April 22, 2009
New Oxygen-Production Technology Proving Successful
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. and DOE have partnered to develop the Ion Transport Membrane Oxygen, a revolutionary new oxygen-production technology that requires less energy and offers lower capital costs than conventional technologies.
April 14, 2009
DOE-Funded Primer Underscores Technology Advances, Challenges of Shale Gas Development
The Department of Energy announces the release of "Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States: A Primer." The Primer provides regulators, policy makers, and the public with an objective source of information on the technology advances and challenges that accompany deep shale gas development.
April 08, 2009
DOE Lauds Successful U.S.-U.K. Collaborative Effort
DOE has announced numerous accomplishments coming out of a multi-year collaboration in the area of advanced materials research between the United States and the United Kingdom.
April 06, 2009
First U.S. Large-Scale CO2 Storage Project Advances
Drilling nears completion for the first large-scale carbon dioxide injection well in the United States for CO2 sequestration.
March 31, 2009
DOE-Funded Project Shows Promise for Tapping Vast U.S. Oil Shale Resources
A technology as simple as an advanced heater cable may hold the secret for tapping into the nation's largest source of oil, which is contained in vast amounts of shale in the American West.
March 26, 2009
DOE-Sponsored Technology Enhances Recovery of Natural Gas in Wyoming
Research sponsored by DOE has found a way to distinguish between groundwater and the water co-produced with coalbed natural gas, thereby boosting opportunities to tap into the vast supply of natural gas in Wyoming as well as Montana.
March 25, 2009
DOE to Build Hydrogen Fuel Test Facility at West Virginia Airport
FE's National Energy Technology Laboratory announced plans to construct and operate a hydrogen fuel production plant and vehicle fueling station at the Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va.
March 24, 2009
Fuel Cell Stacks Still Going Strong After 5,000 Hours
Two fuel cell stacks developed by FuelCell Energy in partnership with Versa Power Systems achieved 5,000 hours of service in February, meeting a goal of DOE's Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance.
March 19, 2009
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Successfully Powers Truck Cab and Sleeper in DOE-Sponsored Test
In a test sponsored by DOE, a Delphi auxiliary power unit employing an SOFC successfully operated the electrical system and air conditioning of a Peterbilt Model 386 truck while simulating idling conditions for 10 hours.
March 17, 2009
DOE Releases Report on Techniques to Ensure Safe, Effective Geologic Carbon Sequestration
The National Energy Technology Laboratory has created a comprehensive new document that examines existing and emerging techniques to monitor, verify, and account for carbon dioxide stored in geologic formations.
March 10, 2009
DOE Regional Partnership Initiates CO2 Injection in Lignite Coal Seam
A Department of Energy team of regional partners has begun injecting carbon dioxide into a deep lignite coal seam in Burke County, North Dakota, to demonstrate the economic and environmental viability of geologic CO2 storage in the U.S. Great Plains region.
March 10, 2009
DOE-Supported Project Demonstrates Benefits of Constructed Wetlands to Treat Non-Traditional Water Sources
In a pilot-scale test supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy, Clemson University researchers have shown that manmade or "constructed" wetlands can be used to treat non-traditional water sources which could then be used in power plants or for other purposes.
February 27, 2009
DOE Partner Begins Injecting 50,000 Tons of Carbon Dioxide in Michigan Basin
A U.S. Department of Energy team of regional partners has begun injecting 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into a Michigan geologic formation believed to be capable of storing hundreds of years worth of CO2.
February 25, 2009
DOE Project Leads to New Alliance to Promote Low-Impact Drilling
A project supported by FE's National Energy Technology Laboratory has given rise to a major new research consortium to promote advanced technology for low-impact oil and gas drilling.
February 19, 2009
DOE Seeks Applications for Tracking Carbon Dioxide Storage in
DOE today issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to enhance the capability to simulate, track, and evaluate the potential risks of CO2 storage in geologic formations.
February 17, 2009
Carbon Sequestration Partner Initiates Drilling of CO2 Injection Well in Illinois Basin
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium has begun drilling the injection well for their large-scale carbon dioxide injection test in Decatur, Illinois.
February 13, 2009
NETL Inventions Earn 2009 Technology Transfer Awards
Two technologies developed by researchers at the FE's National Energy Technology Laboratory have earned 2009 Excellence in Technology Transfer Awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.
February 11, 2009
DOE Regional Partner Initiates CO2 Injection Study in Virginia
A team of regional partners has begun injecting CO2 into coal seams in the Central Appalachian Basin to determine the feasibility of CO2 storage.
February 09, 2009
DOE Award Results in Several Patents, Potential Increased Coal Recovery
Researchers at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., have developed and patented an advanced technology called a hyperbaric centrifuge that can successfully remove water from very fine coal slurries.
February 05, 2009
SECA Fuel Cell Program Moves Two Key Projects Into Next Phase
The U.S. Department of Energy has selected two projects for continuation within the Department's Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Program research portfolio.
February 03, 2009
DOE Receives $57.2 Million in Revenue Sharing Agreement
DOE has received a payment of $57.2 million from the Dakota Gasification Company, a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Generation, pursuant to a revenue sharing agreement.
January 07, 2009
ASME Selects NETL Researcher for Prestigious Percy Nicholls Award
For his research in energy conversion and solid fuels, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has selected National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) scientist Dr. George “Geo” Richards to receive ASME’s prestigious Percy Nicholls Award.