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NETL-Supported Research Cruise Racks Up Methane Hydrate Data Successes
Image of NETL logoA recent interagency federal research cruise on the University of Delaware’s research vessel Hugh R. Sharp, which sailed along the Mid-Atlantic margin to characterize methane hydrate deposits, yielded 2,000 km of Multi-Channel Seismic (MCS) System data that confirmed previously detected methane hydrates and discovered new deposits. NETL supported the cruise.

Technology for Recovering Rare Earth Elements from Coal Ash Hits Key Target
Image of NETL logoIn a project managed and co-funded by DOE Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), an industry/academic research partnership has taken a significant step toward developing a pilot-scale test facility for creating a more effective way to harvest rare earth elements (REEs) from coal ash – a by-product of coal combustion, created when coal is burned to generate energy.

NETL Works to Locate Natural Gas Gathering Lines and Quantify Methane Emissions
Image of NETL logoAs NETL strives to develop technology solutions to the nation’s energy challenges, which includes improving the health, safety and security of all Americans, the Lab is working to locate and quantify methane leaks in the natural gas infrastructure.

Marcellus Shale Research Set at Second West Virginia Site
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Data from three years’ worth of research from the Marcellus Shale Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (MSEEL) – a research partnership funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) that involves West Virginia University (WVU) and Northeast Natural Energy (NNE) – will guide more extensive testing at a new well site near Blacksville, W.Va.


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NETL in the News

News IconTechnology for recovering REEs from coal ash takes step forward (NETL-supported project) – World Coal 9/20/18

News IconNETL launches project to locate methane leaks in gas pipelines – Daily Energy Insider 9/19/18

News IconMarcellus Shale Engineering and Environmental Laboratory to begin research at second site (NETL support detailed) – Daily Energy Insider 9/17/18

Director's Corner

Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D.

 Photo of Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D. Ensuring Sustainable Energy Production through Environmental Monitoring

Responsible stewardship of the environment is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Energy and a key tenet of NETL’s mission. As we work to produce technological solutions for America’s energy challenges, environmental sustainability remains a driving factor. That’s why our research – from developing innovations for highly efficient energy production, to advancing technologies that enhance the extraction and transmission of domestic resources – is underpinned by innovations that monitor the environment to safeguard our air and water and ensure the safety and health of all Americans.


NETL Marks Latino & Hispanic Awareness Month with Panel Discussion


NETL hosted a special panel discussion to mark Latino & Hispanic Awareness Month. The event and its theme, “One Endless Voice to Enhance Our Traditions,” celebrated the valuable contributions and unique perspectives of Latino and Hispanic Americans – both at NETL and across the country.

NETL at DOE’s Innovation XLab Summit


NETL leaders were at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo, Calif., recently to provide energy research insights at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Innovation XLab Summit. The Summit showcases the strong technical resources and capabilities of the 17 DOE national laboratories and explains how they can be used by private companies, investors, universities and other organizations as a source of innovation. Highlights of the summit include a discussion of industry energy storage technology and resource requirements; the latest technology innovations from national laboratories; innovative programs or initiatives that provide opportunities to collaborate with the national laboratories; types of business agreements and authorities for engaging with the national laboratories; and presentations about companies that have successful partnerships with the national laboratories. Participants include representatives from the national laboratories, private companies, government officials, investors, universities and other organizations focused on energy Innovation.