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NETL-Managed Project Launches Bench-Scale Facility to Extract Rare Earth Elements
Image of NETL logoAn innovative bench-scale facility established at West Virginia University (WVU) in collaboration with NETL will demonstrate the feasibility of extracting rare earth elements (REEs) from acid coal mine drainage (AMD) to develop a domestic supply of REEs – an effort that will enhance America’s economic growth and national security.

Laser-Based Technology Provides More Accurate Subsurface Environmental Monitoring
Image of NETL logoNETL researchers are using a laser-based technology to create newer methods that can better quantify certain environmental impacts associated with fossil energy production or underground carbon storage by assessing gases, water and soil quality in situ underground.

Energy Department Invests $2.8M to Support Fossil Energy Research at Universities
Image of NETL logoThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and NETL have selected seven projects to receive approximately $2.8 million in federal funding for research and development projects that support fossil energy research at colleges and universities nationwide, including minority institutions.

NETL Plays Key Role in DOE's New Lab Partnering Service Web Experience
Image of NETL logoNETL, the only U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory focused on development of advanced fossil energy technologies and the only government-owned and government-operated (GOGO) national laboratory, is playing a prominent part in DOE’s new Lab Partnering Service (LPS) Internet presence that offers technology investors and innovators multi-faceted search capabilities across a range of technology areas resident in the national laboratories.

NETL in the News

News IconNETL awards $364 million engineering contract to Leidos—The State Journal

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News IconEnergy Department Invests $2.8M to Support Fossil Energy Research at Universities – EIN News

Director's Corner

Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D.

 Photo of Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D. Leading-Edge Energy Research with Lasers and Laser Sensing

From an obscure theory to laboratory experiments to practical use in industry, operating rooms, and even outer space, lasers have become a ubiquitous technology device. At NETL, researchers use lasers in a variety of applications in a mission to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations.


NETL Co-Hosts with Carnegie Mellon on Subsurface Workshop


NETL co-hosted, with Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, a collaborative workshop, “Real-Time Decision-Making for the Subsurface,” that brought national laboratories, academic institutions, and industry stakeholders together July 17-18 in Pittsburgh. The workshop focused on recent advancements and continued challenges associated with the subsurface. Plenary sessions and interactive breakout groups tackled a variety of timely topics, such as improving resource recovery, developing autonomous monitoring systems, and managing induced seismicity. Participants considered advancements in high-performance computing, predictive modeling, and sensing technologies to develop recommendations for achieving real-time analysis of subsurface data for fossil energy needs. A report will be published later this year.

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