Awards & Recognition

NETL has a long history of garnering recognition for research excellence, technology transfer, and successful partnerships. Over the past 20 years, NETL’s scientists have earned 46 R&D 100 Awards, as well as 33 regional and national awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium. These awards, along with the many other individual awards won by NETL scientists and research partners, serve to recognize NETL’s contribution to our nation’s energy future.

The awards and other forms of recognition received by the national laboratory provide tangible evidence of the world-class nature of the research as well as the technical, scientific, and program staff carrying out the research at NETL. These numerous accolades further demonstrate the commitment and dedication of the laboratory’s staff to fulfilling the mission of advancing energy options to fuel our economy, strengthen our security, and improve our environment.

Select the year and or category below to view any of NETL’s past awards.

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President's Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Dr. Paul R. Ohodnicki, a materials scientist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), has been named by President Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE award is the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on scientists or engineers in the early stages of their research careers. Dr. Ohodnicki was selected for his outstanding innovation and technical leadership, which have advanced foundational materials science and led to the development of new applications and inventions in materials technology. 



NETL RESEARCHERS HONORED BY OREGON FEB

2018 Oregon FEB Award – Alan Hartman, Customer Service Award

2018 Oregon FEB Award – Kelly Rose, Exceptional Service Award

2018 Oregon FEB Award – Circe Verba, Leadership Award



NETL RESEARCHERS AND TEAMS NET PRESTIGIOUS FEDERAL AWARDS IN PITTSBURGH
The FEB held the 2018 annual Excellence in Government Awards Program luncheon at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The awards program recognizes outstanding federal employees for efforts that encourage innovation and excellence in government, reinforce pride in federal service; and help call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees. The awards were selected by an independent committee of federal executives.



USS-E2 WINS SMALL BUSINESS AWARD
2018 Annual Small Business Award – USSE2, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year



American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2017 Carnegie Science Manufacturing/Materials Award – Aidong Yang, Michael Buric, Paul Ohodnicki, Greg Hackett, Shiwoo Lee, Benjamin Chorpening; High Performance Optical Sensors and Sensor Materials: 



2017 R&D 100 Award
Robert Dilmore, National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP)



2017 Secretary Appreciation Award – Cynthia Powell
 Dr. Cynthia Powell was presented with the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary’s Appreciation Award for her successful efforts to transform our laboratory into an eminent center of technical excellence. Dr. Powell is not only a gifted researcher, she is also a very skilled administrator who has served in a leadership capacity for NETL’s in-house research arm for years. Through Dr. Powell’s vision and leadership, NETL created a robust environment for scientific and technical achievement that is benefitting the nation through innovation and technology development.  Dr. Powell helped set NETL on an enduring path toward fulfilling its national mission, and imbued the Laboratory with her passion for collaborative technology discovery, development, and delivery.



Computationally Optimized Heat Treatment of Metal Alloys
Homongenization Heat Treamtment for Metal Alloys - Paul Jablonski



AECOM Excellence Award
NETL researcher Dr. Shiwoo Lee has been awarded a prestigious AECOM Excellence Award for 2016 in recognition of his exceptional and innovative research, which is improving solid oxide fuel cell performance, with significant environmental and commercial benefits. This year, the Excellence Awards honored those whose work exemplify AECOM’s core value: Safeguard, Collaborate, Inspire, Anticipate, Deliver, and Dream. A series of internal juries selected 12 winners—one project or project team and one individual for each category—from over 230 nominations garnered from AECOM’s 92,000 employees around the world. Dr. Lee was the individual award winner in the “Dream” category.



Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) Toolset

Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative - David Miller





HVAC Load Reduction Technology for Commercial Buildings
Ranjani Siriwardane - eNvirad Sorbent



Excellence in Government Awards - Heroic Act Awards - Gold Award
Congratulations to Colleen Butcher, who was awarded a 2016 Gold Medal Award for Excellence by the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board for her Heroic Act in serving as a living organ donor for a fellow employee. In the organ recipient’s words, “I cannot overstate the personal sacrifice and tremendous and selfless gift that Colleen Butcher made to me. Her generosity is second to no one I know. Not only is Colleen Butcher my personal hero, she is an example of outstanding courage and generosity. Clearly, her courage, generosity, and sacrifice exemplify excellence in government service.”



2015 Energy in Leadership Award – Barbara Kutchko, Upstream (Foamed Cement Work):
There’s no doubt the tragedy of the Deep Water Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010—plus the innovative science and engineering techniques that eventually stopped the leak, created ways to prevent similar events, and improved the safety of deep offshore drilling operations—will be captured in the pages of history. The Pittsburgh Business Times (PBT) believes NETL researcher Dr. Barbara Kutchko, and the important work she performed, are an integral part of that history and worthy of significant recognition. 



Excellence in Government Awards - Outstanding Contribution to Science - Silver Award
Congratulations to Dr. Yuhua Duan who was honored with a Silver Medal Award for Excellence by the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board in the Outstanding Contribution to Science and/or Information Technology category. Dr. Duan was recognized for his work in theoretical modeling of carbon dioxide capture technologies, high-temperature gas sensors, and solid oxide fuel cells.



Women of the Year Award

  • Circe Verba - Gold Award
  • Barbara Kutchko - Silver Award
  • Ale Hakala - Bronze Award
  • Natalie Pekney - Bronze Award






Excellence in Government Awards - Outstanding Contribution to Science - Silver Award
Congratulations to Dr. Yuhua Duan who was honored with a Silver Medal Award for Excellence by the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board in the Outstanding Contribution to Science and/or Information Technology category. Dr. Duan was recognized for his work in theoretical modeling of carbon dioxide capture technologies, high-temperature gas sensors, and solid oxide fuel cells.



Excellence in Government Awards - Rookie of the Year - Gold Award
Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Mullen, who was awarded a Gold Medal Award for Excellence by the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board in the Rookie of the Year category, recognizing her leadership, outreach, and impact. Dr. Mullen has been cited for her work to improve the world by discovering improved water treatment processes, increasing water utilization and efficiency, and creating partnerships that change the way the citizens of this country, and the world, view and use all types of water. 



Carnegie Science Award - Innovation Awards
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researcher Dr. Shiwoo Lee has been honored with an Innovation in Energy award by the Carnegie Science Center. Dr. Lee is being recognized for his work on critical efficiency improvements that will make solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)—an efficient, combustion-less, virtually pollution-free power source capable of using fossil fuels—economically attractive for widespread and industry use. Dr. Lee and his research colleagues developed a one-step infiltration technique that deploys engineered nanomaterials to active sites within a SOFC’s cathode (the electrode where oxygen reduction takes place), thereby increasing the durability and efficiency of the cell. The technique marks a transformative achievement in energy innovation.



R&D 100 Award

  • Ranjani Siriwardane, HVAC Load Reduction (HLR) Technology for Commercial Buildings
  • Paul Jablonski & Jeffrey Hawk, Computationally Optimized Heat Treatment for Metal Alloys
  • David Miller, Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI): 



Hispanic Achievement Award

Hispanic Achievement Award
As part of the FEB's recognition program, the Federal Executive Board’s Hispanic Employment Program Committee (HEPC) created the Hispanic Achievement Awards recognizing non-Hispanic Federal Employees that contribute to the Hispanic Community and Hispanic Federal Employees that show professionalism and are role models to others.  These awards focus on federal employees who have exemplified a high degree of character, job interest and performance, and who have contributed substantially to the Federal Government and the Hispanic community.

  • Nicolas Huerta
  • Alexandra Hakala



U.S. Department of Energy Projects Win 33 R&D 100 Awards for 2015
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers have won 33 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The R&D 100 awards, sometimes called the “Oscars of Innovation,” are given annually in recognition of exceptional new products or processes that were developed and introduced into the marketplace during the previous year.  The awards were presented at a gala reception in Las Vegas on the evening of Friday, November 13th



2015 Gold Outstanding Professional Employee - William Aljoe
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that William Aljoe has been selected to receive a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Gold Award in the category of Outstanding Professional Employee. Mr. Aljoe has over 30 years of service with the federal government, and currently serves a project manager in NETL’s Strategic Center for Coal’s Storage Division. He was selected for this award based on his outstanding contributions in the field of carbon storage project management, including management of the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership.



2015 Silver Outstanding Professional Employee - Kelly Rose
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that Kelly Rose has been selected to receive a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Silver Award in the category of Outstanding Professional Employee. Ms. Rose began her career at NETL in 2001 and currently serves as lead for the Geology & Geospatial Team in the Office of Research and Development, as well as NETL’s Technical Coordinator for the Offshore Energy Resources Research Portfolio. She also serves as the coordinator and systems integrator for NETL’s Energy Data eXchange (EDX). Ms. Rose was selected for this award based on her multi-faceted and wide-ranging achievements in 2014.  



2015 Bronze Outstanding Team - Petra Nova
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that the Petra Nova research team has been recognized for their successful, collaborative efforts through a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Bronze Award in the category of Outstanding Team.



2015 Silver Outstanding Supervisor/Manager - Jamie Brown
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that Jamie Brown has been selected to receive a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Silver Award in the category of Outstanding Supervisor/Manager. Ms. Brown joined the U.S. Department of Energy in 1993 and currently serves as division director for NETL’s Predictive Geosciences Division where she identifies and organizes the unique competencies within her division and leads them in the search for new business opportunities. She was selected for this award based on her vison and ingenuity in supporting NETL’s Office of Research and Development during a major organizational shift in 2014.



2015 Bronze Outstanding Team - SOFC
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Sensors research team has been recognized for their innovative and impressive achievements through a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Bronze Award in the category of Outstanding Team. The award recognizes the six scientists and engineers that compose the NETL SOFC team: John Baltrus, a research chemist; Thomas Brown, a research general engineer; Michael Buric, a research general engineer; Benjamin Chorpening, a research mechanical engineer; Paul Ohodnicki, a lead research general engineer; and Kirk Gerdes, a lead research general engineer. Together, the NETL SOFC team conceived of and developed high-performance optical sensor materials for use in advanced energy systems.



2015 Bronze Outstanding Supervisor/Manager - Timothy Skone
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that Timothy Skone has been selected to receive a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Bronze Award in the category of Outstanding Supervisor/Manager. Timothy has over 19 years of experience and expertise in environmental engineering, and currently leads NETL’s Life Cycle Analysis Research efforts. He was selected for this award based on his outstanding achievements towards realizing the potential of rare earth elements from coal as a strategic asset to our Nation.



2015 Bronze Outstanding Professional Employee - Katherine Nielsen
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that Katherine Nielsen has been selected to receive a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Bronze Award in the category of Outstanding Professional Employee. Kate Nielsen has dedicated fifteen years of her career to government service and is currently an invaluable asset to the Education, Collaboration, and Outreach team in NETL’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). Her work creating a centralized ORD hub to improve information sharing within the NETL community made her a natural recipient for this award.



2015 Bronze Rookie of the Year - Sydni Credle
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that Sydni Credle has been selected to receive a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Bronze Award in the category of Rookie of the Year. Dr. Credle began her career at NETL in 2013 and currently serves as a federal project manager in the Crosscutting Research Division where, in a short amount of time, she has proven to be an integral part of the team and has contributed to NETL in ways that go above and beyond her regular duties. Dr. Credle was selected for this award based on her long list of achievements accomplished in her new and burgeoning career at NETL.



2015 Gold Rookie of the Year - Douglass Kauffman
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that Douglas Kauffman has been selected to receive a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Gold Award in the category of Rookie of the Year. Dr. Kauffman began his career at NETL in 2013 and currently serves as a research chemist in the Molecular Science Division. One of his many innovative first-year accomplishments is the development and optimization of a “carbon-negative” electrochemical CO2 reactor. He was selected for this award based on his impressive first year as an early career scientist.



2015 Bronze Outstanding Supervisor/Manager - Heather Quedenfeld
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is pleased to announce that Heather Quedenfeld has been selected to receive a Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Bronze Award in the category of Outstanding Supervisor/Manager. Heather Quedenfeld has served as the division director for the Advanced Energy Systems Division at NETL since 2007. Under her leadership, her division has flourished with over 100 projects and 6 different technology programs.



2015 Arthur S. Flemming Award – David Miller, Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI):

The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration has selected David Miller of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) as a recipient of the 2014 Arthur S. Flemming Award recognizing outstanding men and women in the federal government. Dr. Miller was chosen in recognition of his innovative leadership as Technical Director of the Department of Energy's Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI). The Initiative provides an essential and much needed capability to improve the development of carbon capture and related technologies. The multi-disciplinary team that Dr. Miller guides includes members from several national labs and universities and has successfully created innovative computational tools and models to accelerate the scale-up and deployment of costeffective carbon capture technologies. CCSI is a collaborative partnership among researchers at NETL, the Los Alamos National Lab, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, Princeton University, Boston University, and the University of Texas.



2015 Energy in Leadership Award – Shiwoo Lee, Manufacturing
The Pittsburgh Business Times has selected Dr. Shiwoo Lee of
the National Energy Technology Laboratory for an Energy in Leadership Award. Dr. Lee
was chosen in recognition of his development of a manufacturing method that
significantly improves the efficiency of solid oxide fuel cells—a contribution that will
help to develop the energy industry in western Pennsylvania in an environmentally
responsible way. The Pittsburgh Business Times will present Dr. Lee’s award at a
ceremony on May 14, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe.



Sorbent-Based Mercury Control Technology
This powdered activated carbon injection technology effectively captures up to 90 percent of all species of mercury, including difficult-to-remove elemental mercury, from coal-fired power plant flue gas. ADA Environmental Solutions (Littleton, Colo.) conducted large-scale testing at four power plants to successfully demonstrate the cost- and performance-effectiveness of the injection technology. The work was funded through NETL’s Innovations for Existing Plants Program. [Co-developers with ADA‑ES, all named: Southern Company (Atlanta, Ga.), We Energies (Milwaukee, Wisc., PG&E NEG (Bethesda, Md.), EPRI (Palo Alto, Calif.), Ontario Power Generation (Toronto, Canada), TVA (Knoxville, Tenn.), First Energy (Akron, Ohio), Kennecott Energy (Gilette, Wyo.), Arch Coal (St. Louis. Mo.)] 



2015 Fellow Nomination for American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) – Stephen Zitney
Stephen E. Zitney of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has been named as a Fellow by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). To be named a Fellow is to achieve the highest grade of membership offered by the organization and is a reflection of the esteem with which the chemical engineering community regards Dr. Zitney for his lifetime of work in his field.



NAGC Bestows Two Blue Pencil Gold Screen Awards for NETL Publications
NETL took home two prestigious National Association of Government Communicators’ 2014 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards from the Association’s Annual Awards Banquet, held June 12 in Washington, D.C.



NETL Researcher to Receive National Award for Innovation in Gas Separation Technology
An innovation that could lead to a more efficient and cost-effective technology for reducing greenhouse gases at energy-producing facilities has garnered significant national recognition for a National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researcher.



Excellence in Environment, Security, Safety, and Health Award Winners Announced

The Office of Fossil Energy is proud to announce this year's recipients of its Excellence in Environment, Security, Safety and Health Award.

Duane Johnson, Jordan Jones, Todd Demaris, Dale Paff, Pitt Tarrant, Cheryl Tarrant, Kevin Cannon, Rick Shutt, Jerry Packard, and Larry Barela of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve received an award for the Protective Force “Supervisor Surveillance Program.”



2014 FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional STEM Award
Part of the mission at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is to strategically work to ensure the robustness of America’s energy future through the demonstration of not only a deep commitment to research and development but also through investment in people. In particular, NETL is invested in providing a continuum of STEM opportunities and initiatives to our nation’s students and teachers.



The Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board Honors NETL with Eight Awards
NETL took home one team and seven individual awards at the 31st Annual Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Awards Program Luncheon at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh.



American Institute of Chemical Engineers Separation Division
This particular honor was bestowed upon Dr. Isaac Gamwo for his For Isaac’s 4 year service term as Area Chair of the Fluid Particle Separations Division.

 



Computers & Chemical Engineering, Most Cited Articles Award
NETL researcher, Steve Zintey, received the Most Cited Articles Award from Elsevier, for the paper: “Process/Equipment Co-Simulation for Design and Analysis of Advanced Energy Systems,” Comp. & Chem. Eng., 34(9), 1532-1542 (2010).



Gold Award - Outstanding Administrative Employee 2014

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Team 2014

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2014
Fellow is AIChE's highest grade of membership and is achieved only by election by the AIChE BOD, generally upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee through whom all nominations for election to Fellow are processed. The Grade of Fellow is conferred on not more than .3 percent of all AIChE members in any given year, In 2014, NETL's Dr. Isaac Gamwo, received this distinguished recognition.

 



Silver Award - Outstanding Professional Employee (All Other Fields) 2014

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Professional Employee (All Other Fields) 2014

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Outstanding Contribution to Science (Non-Medical) 2014

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Professional Employee (Medical and Scientific Field) 2014

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Community Service 2014

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series 2014

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Engineering Materials Achievement Award
For their work on the development, transfer, and successful commercialization of a novel platinum-chromium alloy used in next-generation coronary stents, scientists at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and their colleagues, have been selected to receive a 2015 ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award from the materials science and engineering society ASM International.



BlackGold Nanocoating
BlackGold® Nanocoating - During aircraft operation, gas turbine engines are continuously exposed to erosive media that damage engine components. Nanostructured coatings applied to compressor airfoil surfaces can significantly reduce material loss, leading to improved engine performance and fuel efficiency. Researchers at MCT have designed an erosion-resistant nanocoating material and application process, which significantly reduces erosion of compressor airfoils. MCT teamed with scientists and engineers at NETL and Delta Air Lines to perform critical tests required for FAA certification needed to deploy the protective coating on commercial aircraft. The FAA-approved nanocoating has the potential to save 5 the U.S. commercial aviation industry up to 100 million gallons of fuel annually and realize cost savings greater than $300 million per year at today’s jet fuel prices.



Secretary of Energy Appreciation Award 2013
NETL employee Jay Hanna attended a recognition ceremony in Energy Secretary Chu's office to receive a "Secretary Appreciation Certificate" and commemorative paperweight for his work representing DOE to FEMA Region II during Hurricane Sandy. 



Excellence in Technology Transfer Award 2013
NETL’s 3D Virtual Energy Plant Simulator and Immersive Training System (ITS) combines a high-fidelity, real-time dynamic simulator and 3D virtual reality (VR) technology to deliver for the first time a virtual energy plant for interactive, multimodal, experiential learning.  Power plants, particularly those with CO2 capture, are some of the most complex and expensive plants in the world, costing several billions of dollars to design and build then tens of millions annually to operate, control, and maintain.  The 3D virtual energy plant simulator deployed at NETL’s AVESTAR® Center is accelerating industry progress toward achieving operational and people excellence for commercial-scale power plants and transforming how companies conduct training, research, and development aimed at safe, reliable, and efficient field operations.



Arc Position Sensing
Arc Position Sensing - Vacuum arc remelting (VAR) is the primary method for melting and refining specialty metals for aerospace and other advanced applications. Defects in the ingots from VARs can cause catastrophic failure in their end use. Flaws are often caused by solidification problems due to operational characteristics, such as constricting of arcs during melting. Previously, these conditions could not be identified during furnace operations, requiring ingot manufacturers to perform extensive testing on all ingots. NETL’s Arc Position Sensing (APS) technology allows operators to digitally monitor arc location during melting, identifying deleterious operating conditions quickly and avoiding known conditions that may lead to defects. Viewing electric arcs with the APS reduces defects and provides quality control critical for safety; it could also lead to the production of materials with stronger chemical and mechanical homogeneity, increasing yield in the specialty metals and alloys used in critical industries, such as the airline industry.



Outstanding Technology Development 2013
Heat-resistant alloys contain a variety of elemental components that are hard to control during the melt-solidification processing stage. As a result, subsequent heat treatment is needed to disperse these elements via diffusion uniformly throughout the ingot. Traditionally, carefully controlled trial and error procedures are used, based on historical best practices. Until recently, this approach was acceptable to produce a "homogenized" ingot or casting. However, as more of these hard to diffuse elements have been incorporated into newer alloy systems, traditional methods of homogenization are no longer appropriate. Unless these elements are uniformly dispersed within the ingot, the microstructure is critically unstable with respect to long-term, high-temperature performance. NETL has developed a computational algorithm using commercially available thermodynamic and kinetic software to design a customized homogenization schedule that delivers a predetermined and desired level of homogenization to an alloy using conventional furnace capabilities.



Outstanding Technology Development
Vacuum arc remelting (VAR) is the primary method for melting and refining specialty metals for aerospace and other advanced applications.  Defects in the ingots from VARs can cause catastrophic failure in their end use. Flaws are often caused by solidification problems due to operational characteristics, such as constricted arcs during melting.  Previously, these conditions could not be identified during furnace operations, requiring ingot manufacturers to perform extensive and costly testing on all ingots.  Arc position sensing (APS) technology allows operators to digitally monitor arc location during melting, identifying deleterious operating conditions quickly and avoiding known conditions that may lead to defect formation. Viewing electric arcs with APS provides quality control critical for safety and reduction of defects and also could lead to the production of materials with stronger chemical and mechanical homogeneity, increasing yield in the specialty metals and alloys used in critical industries, such as the airline industry.



President's Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2013
Dr. Brian Anderson, a research fellow of the NETL-Regional University Alliance and associate professor of chemical engineering at West Virginia University, was recognized during a special event at U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters April 14 for receiving the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on an outstanding scientist in the early stages of his research career.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Contribution to Science 2013

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Oustanding Contribution to Science 2013

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Carnegie Science Award - Advanced Materials Award
The Carnegie Science Center established the Carnegie Science Awards program in 1997 “to recognize and promote innovation in science and technology across western Pennsylvania.” The awards not only identify the innovators of today who make a global impact with their novel ideas and technologies, they also encourage tomorrow’s leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.



Silver Award - Outstanding Team 2013

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Professional Employee (Medical/Scientific) 2013

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



AMS Fellow
The purpose of the ACS Fellows Program, one component of the broader ACS Awards Program, is to recognize and honor members of the American Chemical Society for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science and the profession and for their equally exemplary service to the Society.



Excellence and Service Award

Dr. Steve Zitney received this award in recognition for his service as Meeting Programming Co-Chair for the 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

 

 



2013 Woman of the Year

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Carnegie Science Award - Environmental Award

NETL-RUA principal investigator (PI),Dr. Robert Enick, will be honored with the Carnegie Science Environmental Award for developing a unique method of capturing CO2 from the stacks of coal-fired power plants. 

 

 



Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2013
Fellow is AIChE's highest grade of membership and is achieved only by election by the AIChE BOD, generally upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee through whom all nominations for election to Fellow are processed. The Grade of Fellow is conferred on not more than .3 percent of all AIChE members in any given year, In 2013, NETL's Dr. Madhava Syamlal, received this distinguished recognition. 



AVESTAR Dynamic Simulator for IGCC Power Plants with Carbon Capture
NETL’s Advanced Virtual Energy SimulationTraining And Research (AVESTAR) Center is dedicated to accelerating progress toward achieving operational excellencefor commercial-scale power plants capable of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture. NETL launched the world-class AVESTAR Center with the deployment of the technology nominated for this award, a high-fidelity real-time dynamic simulator and operator training system (OTS) for an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant with CO2 capture. The IGCC dynamic simulator combines, for the first time, a gasification with CO2 capture process simulator with a combined-cycle power simulator to provide industry workforce training, engineering education, and advanced R&D.



NATIONAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL) EMS extends nationwide as it integrates all organizational units at its sites in Albany, Oregon; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Pittsburgh. NETL's EMS helps achieve DOE's sustainability goals by identifying, setting, and measuring specific objectives and targets on a quarterly basis. NETL's system led to several significant accomplishments. In 2011, NETL reduced its generation of routine nonhazardous waste by 15% from a fiscal year (FY) 2008 baseline and reduced its hazardous waste by approximately 30%. In the same year, NETL recycled or reused 84% of its construction and demolition debris. Through carpooling, shuttle services, and promoting the use of alternative fuels, NETL reduced petroleum consumption by 20%, exceeding the goal of 12%, and increased alternative fuel use by 55% over the FY 2005 baseline. NETL also reduced energy intensity by 23%—5% greater than the target. Green procurement is also progressing—78% of janitorial cleaning products purchased were environmentally preferred products, 100% of maintenance products were ENERGY STAR-rated, and 100% of copier and printer paper contained a minimum 30% recycled post-consumer fiber.



Certificate of Commendation
NETL scientist Barbara Kutchko has received a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding performance and invaluable assistance in support of the activities of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. The award recognizes Dr. Kutchko for timely and expert presentation of data obtained from samples associated with the uncontrolled release event at BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.



Development of a Platinum-Chromium Alloy for Improved Coronary Stents
Coronary stents save thousands of lives each  year by providing a structural support to reopen blocked or restricted arteries and allowing blood to recirculate to cardiac tissue. A major limitation of current stents is radiopacity—the lack of visibility in x-rays—which makes it diffi to see the stent for proper placement. The platinum-chromium alloy, developed at National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is a stainless steel formulation with a signifi ant concentration of a highly radiopaque element (platinum) that makes it easier for coronary specialists to see the stent in the catheter during insertion, placement, and expansion. Th   alloy also increases the stent’s corrosive resistance, strength, and fly—all of which offer positive benefi   to patients and cardiovascular surgeons.



Basic Immobilized Amine Sorbent (BIAS) Process 2012
NETL’s Basic Immobilized Amine Sorbent (BIAS) process, encompassing a portfolio of patented and patent-pending technologies for the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas streams.



Secretary of Energy Achievement Award 2012
NETL’s coronary stents team, Paul Turner and Paul Jablonski of NETL and Ed Argetsinger of URS, earned a Secretary of Energy Achievement Award for their work in formulating a unique platinum-chromium alloy used for new-generation coronary stents.



Outstanding Commercialization Success 2012
The PtCr alloy, jointly developed by the NETL and Boston Scientific scientists, is the first austenitic stainless steel formulation with significant concentration of a highly radiopaque element to be produced for the stent industry. The team experimented with alloy formulation, melting practice, ingot processing, and conversion of ingot to bar, foil, and tube raw material forms. Ultimately, the material was utilized with next generation stent design concepts resulting in the commercialized BSCI coronary stent product with a beneficial thinner profile and improved deliverability during the surgical procedure.



President's Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2012
On July 23, 2012, President Obama named 96 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Professional Employee 2012

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series 2012

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Team 2012

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Community Service Award 2012

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Arthur S. Flemming Award
In recognition of his accomplishments as the chief metallurgist of the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, for the development of a novel platinum-chromium alloy for use in manufacturing the next generation of coronary stents, Dr. Paul Jablonski was a recipient of a 2012 Arthur S. Flemming Award.  



Gold Award - Rookie of the Year 2012

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Team 2012

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Collaboration Success Award
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with its partners, Louisiana State University (LSU), Precision Combustion Inc. (PCI), Delphi, West Virginia State University (WVU) and EG&G, were recipients of the 2012 Council for Chemical Research Collaboration Award.



Silver Award - Outstanding Contribution to Science (Non-Medical) 2012

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) 2012
Recognition for 'Commercialized Technologies Through the Oil & Natural gas Program' Marketing & Public Relations Brochures, Manuals & Reports category 



Award for Publication Excellence (APEX)
Recognition for 'Accomplishments 2012 – Annual Report' Annual Reports category 



Bronze Award - Oustanding Professional Employee 2012

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Professional Employee (Medical/Scientific) 2012

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Rookie of the Year

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Deepwater Horizon Flow Estimation Group/Nodal Analysis Team
The Secretary of Energy Achievement Award is one of three types of Secretary’s Honor Awards, the highest nonmonetary awards an employee or contractor can receive from DOE. Bestowed annually, Achievement Awards recognize exceptional service and collaboration by a DOE team of employees or contractors, with winners selected by the Secretary after panel review.



APECS v2.0 with ANSYS Design Xplorer and ROM Builder
APECS v2 with ANSYS DesignXplorerTM and ROM Builder.



APECS v2.0 with ANSYS DesignXplorer and ROM Builder
The grand challenge facing the power and energy industries is the development of efficient, environmentally friendly, and affordable technologies for next-generation power production and chemical processing plants. These vital industries are relying increasingly on the use of sophisticated computer-aided process design and optimization tools, such as the 2011 R&D100 award-winning Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS) v2.0 with ANSYS DesignXplorerTM and ROM Builder. Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and transferred to ANSYS, Inc., APECS v2.0 is a versatile, innovative, and powerful software toolkit that provides advanced process/equipment co-simulation and comprehensive design optimization.  The co-simulation technology reduces the time and cost needed to foster plant innovations by seamlessly integrating process simulation with equipment-scale simulations built using high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and fast reduced order models (ROMs) based on CFD results.  The advanced design optimization capabilities make it easier, faster, and cheaper for the energy and process industries to design their capital-intensive and knowledge-intensive plants with a high degree of confidence.



Novel Pyrochlore Catalyst for Hydrocarbon Reforming
Methods for generating synthesis gas from simple hydrocarbons (reforming), such as methane, have been available for many years. These processes routinely involve the use of a catalyst—a material that speeds up the reaction but is not consumed—to make the process economically feasible. The high sulfur and aromatic content of fuels such as diesel poses a major technical challenge, since these components can deactivate reforming catalysts. No economically feasible reforming catalyst is available for converting heavy hydrocarbons, such as diesel and coal-based fuels, into hydrogen-rich synthesis gas for use in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).



Novel Platinum/Chromium Alloy for the Manufacture of Improved Coronary Stents
Novel Platinum/Chromium Alloy for the manufacture of improved coronary stents.



NETL RESEARCHERS RECEIVE USGS AWARDS FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO NATION
For their efforts in providing accurate estimates of the leakage rates at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, three researchers from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have earned national recognition from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).



Hanford Site Validation and Verification Evaluation
The Secretary of Energy Achievement Award is one of three types of Secretary’s Honor Awards, the highest nonmonetary awards an employee or contractor can receive from DOE. Bestowed annually, Achievement Awards recognize exceptional service and collaboration by a DOE team of employees or contractors, with winners selected by the Secretary after panel review.



Mn-Co Coating for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Interconnects
Mn-Co Coating for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Interconnects.



2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
This breakthrough technology is a manganese-cobalt (Mn-Co) pulse plated alloy coating that is subsequentlyoxidized to form a MnCoO3 spinel structure which acts as a protective coating for planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnects (1-2 mm thick spacing elements between stacked fuel cells).  The electroplated coating has a combination of properties that make it uniquely capable for this application.  It can protect the metal interconnects from continued oxidation, it prevents chromium from the substrate from evaporating and contaminating the SOFC cathode, and it maintains a relative high conductivity for an oxide material.  One key aspect of this innovative technology advancement is to get the ideal composition of the alloy coating in order to form the correct oxide spinel.  For a Mn-Co alloy, this is not an easy task and it has been worked on unsuccessfully for many years by plating experts.



Outstanding Technology Development 2011
The U. S. Dept of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) developed and patented a novel surface treatment technology (USPN 7,553,517) which extends the lifetime of metal components exposed to oxidizing environments such as those found in land based turbines for large scale power generation. 



Outstanding Commercialization Success 2011
Gasification is an efficient, environmentally clean technology capable of processing a variety of abundant natural carbon sources or industry wastes/byproducts such as coal, petroleum coke, or biomass into CO and H2 (synthesis gas, or syngas) used in the production of electric power and chemicals. The short lifetime of current high chrome oxide refractory materials used as an internal liner in gasifiers has been identified by industry as a leading need for longer life, and is therefore one of the principle roadblocks to achieving the on-line availability and service life necessary for greater gasifier use by the energy production industry, for example.



Gold Award - Rookie of the Year 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Team

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
The award recognizes NETL management for “its substantial contribution to the management of engineers involved in the chemical process industries, and to the management techniques and procedures utilized in those industries.”



Gold Award - Outstanding Professional Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Contribution to Science 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Outstanding Professional Employee 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Professional Employee 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Equal Employment Opportunity 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



2010 Director’s Community Leadership Award
In Pittsburgh, Michael DeStefano works tirelessly to invest in his community. As the chairman of the Federal Executive Board, Hispanic Employment Program Committee, he has worked to improve Hispanic recruitment in federal government. He has directed the committee in organizing multiple job fairs to promote employment opportunities and in presenting Hispanic community human resource panel discussions.



Silver Award - Outstanding Professional Employee. (Med/Scientific Field) 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Oustanding Administrative Employee 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Enviro-Star Award
Each year, the Allegheny County Health Department recognizes businesses and organizations that undergo voluntary Pollution Prevention activities through an award program called Enviro-Star. Winners are recognized as local leaders in their commitment to our communities and our environment.



Gold Award - Outstanding Professional Employee. (Med/Scientific Field) 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Rookie of the Year 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Team 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Outstanding Professional Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Contribution to Science (Non-Medical) 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Team 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Community Service Award 2011

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



2010 Special Recognition
The NETL Incentive Tax Credit Team was selected for the award based on their work with the U. S. Treasury and the IRS for the past 3 years to create and implement the Incentive Tax Credit Program authorized in the EPACT 2005 language. As a result of their efforts, more than $1.2 billion worth of tax credits have been issued for advanced clean coal facilities and advanced gasification. The awards represent the highest internal non-monetary recognition that DOE employees and contractors can receive for providing exceptional service to the Department and the American people. Secretary Bodman presented the Honor Awards at a special ceremony on January 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. 



Cerium Oxide Coating for Oxidation Rate Reduction in Stainless Steels and Nickel Superalloys
NETL’s Cerium-oxide coating to reduce oxidation rates in stainless steels and nickel alloys.



VE-PSI: Virtual Engineering Process Simulator Interface
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and its R&D collaboration partners, Ames Laboratory  and  Reaction  Engineering International, developed Virtual Engineering Process Simulator Interface (VE-PSI) software to facilitate the collaborative design of nextgeneration energy plants within a virtual engineering environment.



Basic Immobilized Amine Sorbent (BIAS) Process for CO2 Capture
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered to be one of the major greenhouse gases responsible for global warming; consequently, it is critical to control the emission of CO2 into the Earth’s atmosphere. The NETL BIAS Process utilizes low-cost, regenerable, solid CO2 sorbents in large-scale fossil fuel-burning power plants. The process entails the novel steps of treating an amine compound to make it more selective and reactive toward CO2; depositing the amine onto a porous solid support to formulate the sorbent; utilizing the sorbent to selectively react with CO2 to extract it from the flue gas; and regenerating the sorbent by heating it to release the CO2 for storage, thereby refreshing the sorbent for reuse.



Special Recognition 2010
Scott Smouse for contributions to the design and implementation of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF).



Special Recognition 2010
The NPEP is a waste minimization program run by the EPA. This voluntary program encourages results by publicly recognizing and showcasing the source reduction, recycling, and advanced manufacturing accomplishments of Member Partners who commit to reducing wastes containing the Waste Minimization Priority Chemicals. NETL recently reduced its inventory of mercury by 140 pounds and was recognized by the EPA for its efforts. The mercury was sent offsite to be recycled. This goal was achieved by replacing mercury-containing equipment with environmentally safe substitutes and disposing of stored equipment that contained mercury. 



osg Bullet
NETL’s osgBullet open-source software toolkit that streamlines the engineering and design process for advanced power generation and other applications.



Silver Award - Outstanding Team 2010

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Rookie of the Year 2010

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Rookie of the Year 2010

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Outstanding Professional Employee
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Scientific Research 2010

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) 2010
Recognition for 'Accomplishments 2010 – Annual Report' Annual Reports category 



Bronze Award - Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series 2010

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series 2010

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Professional Employee 2010

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstnading Team 2010

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



VE-PSI: Virtual Engineering Process Simulator Interface
The VE-PSI software provides engineers with the ability to design and optimize power plants within a virtual engineering environment. Engineering data from process simulation, computational fluid dynamics, and computer-aided design can be seamlessly integrated and easily analyzed within an immersive, interactive, three-dimensional power plant walk-through system. VE-PSI enables engineers to create virtual prototypes of new plant designs more quickly, more efficiently, and at less cost than ever before, as well as improve existing designs before expending time and materials on physical prototypes and pilot plants. Developed in conjunction with Ames Laboratory and Reaction Engineering International of Salt Lake City, Utah, this process has been shown to save time, energy, and costs related to plant design and ultimately benefit the energy-consuming public. [Steve Ziney. Application submitted by Ames Laboratory; joint applicants Reaction Engineering International and NETL]



SEQURE Tracer Technology
Developed by NETL researchers, this patent-pending technology uses perfluorocarbon tracers, or PFTs, to ultra-sensitively detect CO2 leakage from geological storage reservoirs. Since the capture and permanent storage of CO2 is vitally important to addressing greenhouse gas emissions, the Office of Fossil Energy must have technology available to verify that CO2 is not leaking from deep storage reservoirs in the nation’s carbon sequestration program. This technology has been tested at several pilot-scale sites and has proven to be successful in detecting CO2 in field simulation experiments. [Arthur Wells, Brian Strazisar, J. Rodney Diehl]



Clay-Liquid CO2 Removal Sorbent
NETL developed and patented a low-cost, solid-state sorbent that removes CO2 from power plant flue gas and other gases. The sorbent’s low cost, availability, and simple preparation contribute to a significant reduction in total energy costs when compared to currently used commercial processes associated with carbon sequestration. The end result is that operators can continue to burn coal to provide low-cost electric power to consumers. Feasibility of commercial-scale preparations of the sorbent has been demonstrated in cooperation with Sud-Chemie of Louisville, Ky., using NETL- developed technology. [Ranjani Siriwardane. Joint entry with Süd-Chemie Inc.]



Superhard and Slick Coating
A super hard and slick coating jointly developed as a nanomanufacturing activity under the Industrial Technologies Program of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) captured one of R&D Magazine’s prestigious awards in the Thin Film category. Applied using high-power impulse magnetron sputtering, the computer-designed metallic composition reduced friction in test engines by 80 percent when compared to uncoated steel, and it virtually eliminated wear under severe boundary-lubricated sliding regimes. Friction losses in vehicle engines can waste 10–20 percent of total fuel energy. NETL is managing this and other nanomanufacturing activities for EERE. The award was made jointly to Argonne National Laboratory, Galleon International Co. of Brighton, Mich., and Hauzer Technocoating of Venlo, The Netherlands. [Argonne’s press release says: “The SSC was jointly developed by a team from Argonne and Istanbul Technical University. Galleon International Co., Brighton, Mich, and Hauzer Technocoating, The Netherlands licensed the patents.”]



THIEF Process for the Removal of Mercury from Flue Gas 2009
Researchers at NETL developed the Thief Process which extracts partially burned coal from a pulverized coal-fired combustor using a suction pipe, or “thief,” and injects the resulting sorbent into the flue gas to capture the mercury. The process greatly reduces the costs of removing mercury by using already existing coal rather than expensive activated carbon. The process can prevent 90 percent of the mercury from reaching the atmosphere, thereby making the air safer for people and generating clean energy from domestic coal. The process was licensed to Nalco Mobotec of Orinda, Calif., which began marketing it in December 2008. [Evan Granite. Joint award with Nalco Mobotec.]



Thief Process for the Removal of Mercury from Flue Gas
Mercury is a toxic chemical element that has been linked to many health disorders in humans. Much of the mercury in the environment comes from the flue gas produced when coal is burned in electric utility boilers. Methods to reduce mercury emissions are thus of primary importance in protecting humans, wildlife, and the environment.



ASM Fellow
Recipients of one of the highest honors in the field of materials, ASM Fellows are technical and professional leaders who have been recognized by their colleagues and now serve as advisors to the society.



Fluidization Process Recognition Award
AIChE presents the Fluidization Process Recognition Award every two years to an AIChE member "who has made significant contribution to the science and technology of fluidization or fluidized processes and who has shown leadership in the engineering community." This year the award goes to Dr. Madhava Syamlal, Focus Area Leader for Computational and Basic Sciences at NETL. Dr. Syamlal will receive his award during AIChE's 2009 annual meeting set for November 8–13, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn.



Silver Award - Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Coal Chemistry Module
Researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) developed the Coal Chemistry Module (CCM) software as a means to incorporate coal chemical reactions into physics-based models of multiphase reactors to solve scale-up problems for advanced power plants using coal gasification, such as integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plants. Advanced power plant technologies combine the technology of multiphase reactors with high-temperature chemical reactions for processing fossil fuels.



APECS with ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager
NETL’s Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS) with ANSYS® Engineering Knowledge ManagerTM (EKMTM) is a one-of-a-kind software tool that provides high-fidelity process/equipment co-simulation for the design and optimization of advanced process and energy plants. With EKM, design engineers can effectively manage the data, model, and knowledge archiving and retrieval processes for APECS co-simulations through the use of a single server-based, enterprise-wide repository. NETL developed the integrated APECS/EKM product in partnership with ANSYS, ALSTOM Power, Aspen Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University. ANSYS is offering commercial software licenses for APECS with EKM to customers in industry, academia, and research organizations throughout the world. NETL researches are applying this technology to facilitate development of high-efficiency, near-zero emissions power plants.



Sorbent to Remove Mercury in Gasification Processes
This award-winning NETL sorbent captures mercury, arsenic, and selenium at high temperature at various stages in the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) process. Compared to low-temperature capture by activated carbons, high-temperature capture of these trace elements retains the high thermal efficiency of IGCC power plants, which form part of a strategy to increase the use of the nation’s abundant domestic coal reserves. The palladium-based sorbents have been licensed to Johnson Matthey, a world leader in catalyst manufacture, for commercial development and application. [Evan Granite, Henry Pennline. Joint award with Johnson Matthey Inc.]



Ammonia-based Scrubbing Process to Capture CO2 from Power Generation
Over 50% of the electric power generated in the U.S. comes from coal-burning power generators. A major concern for power generation systems that use coal as an energy source is gaseous emissions from the plant. Although certain emissions are currently regulated, such as sulfur dioxide and nitric oxides, a very large potential exists that carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, may be regulated in the not-too-distant future. It is suggested by the scientific community that global warming can be impacted by an increase in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere.



Excellence in Technology Transfer Award 2008
Mercury is a toxic chemical element that has been linked to many health disorders in humans. Much of the mercury in the environment comes from the flue gas produced when coal is burned in electric utility boilers. Methods to reduce mercury emissions are thus of primary importance in protecting humans, wildlife, and the environment.



Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) NETLog
Recognition for 'NETLog' Most Improved Newsletter category 



Gold Award - Outstanding Professional Employee 2008
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Oustanding Contribution to Science, Bronze Award

The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silerv Award - Rookie of the Year
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.

 



Bronze Award - Outstanding Team
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Rookie of the Year
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Rookie of the Year 2008
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) Publication
Grand Award recipeint of the One-of-a-kind Publication  for the 'Carbon Sequestration Atlas' 



Percy Nicholls Award
Geo received award for “notable scientific or industrial achievement in the field of solid fuels.” 



Gold Award - Outstanding Contribution to Science
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Outstanding Professional Employee, Bronze Award 2008
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Team 2008
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Partnership Award
Presented to NETL, Blue Mountain Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Southwest Gas for their combined support and development of the Gas Engine-Driven Air Conditioner (GEDAC) technology.



PureCycl Geothermal System
PureCycle, developed by United Technologies Research Center (East Hartford, Conn.), UTC Power (South Windsor, Conn.), and Chena Hot Springs Resort, (Fairbanks, Alaska), uses a moderate temperature heat source to generate electricity. As part of work performed in cooperation with NETL for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, engineers demonstrated that an organic Rankine cycle— a closed system that uses a working fluid to convert waste heat energy into electrical energy—can boost microturbine system efficiency more than 5 percentage points. This helped confirm the viability of PureCycle technology, which garnered a 2007 R&D 100 Award for recovering geothermal energy at Chena Hot Springs Resort near Fairbanks, Alaska, site of the lowest temperature geothermal resource (165 degrees Fahrenheit) ever used for commercial power generation in the world.



Low-Swirl Combustion for Fuel Flexible Near-Zero Emissions Gas Turbines
​Low-Swirl Combustion for Fuel Flexible Near-Zero Emissions Gas Turbines enables gas turbines from 70 kilowatts to 250+ megawatts to run on almost any gaseous hydrocarbon, including those gases derived from landfills, biomass, refineries, and pure hydrogen. In addition to being very affordable, it is also one of the only gas turbine technologies that demonstrates significant reduction of NOx and other greenhouse gas emissions. The technology was developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Solar Turbine with support from NETL through the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.



MFIX version 2006-4
MFIX (Multiphase Flow with Interphase eXchanges) - This much-needed software developed at NETL with support from Aeolus Research, Inc. (Dunbar, Pa.), Parsons, Inc. (Morgantown, W.Va.), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory promises to advance coal-utilization technologies by reducing the cost of developing and commercializing advanced coal technologies. Developing the technologies needed to use coal cleanly, efficiently, and with less carbon emissions entails repeatedly building and testing at several different scales designs that use solid fuels. This build-and-test method increases the cost of developing new technologies, which limits engineers' abilities to develop the novel designs that are needed to achieve near-zero emissions in future power plants. MFIX solves physics-based equations to simulate high-solids-loading flows that occur in critical equipment items, such as coal gasifiers, and allows engineers to replace expensive build-and-test steps with much cheaper simulations, thereby encouraging the discovery of radically novel designs. MFIX Version 2006-4 was released in December of 2006 and is available for download from www.mfix.org. 



Semi-Active Compressor Valve
This technology, developed by Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio, Texas) and the Gas Machinery Research Council (Dallas, Texas), is designed to replace current passive compressor valves, which have been prone to fatigue failure and require frequent replacement. The technology can potentially cut valve replacement costs by 90 percent over conventional valves typically used in the gas compression industry. Proof-of-concept testing for the valve was carried out under the Advanced Reciprocating Compression Technology (ARCT) program, which was funded by the Office of Fossil Energy and managed by NETL. Subsequent funding for the valve’s developed has come from the Gas Machinery Research Council and BP Exploration & Production Co.



Laboratory Director of the Year 2007
Under Carl Bauer’s leadership, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) executes a research, development, and demonstration program with a yearly budget of approximately $800 million aimed at resolving the environmental, supply, and reliability constraints of producing and using fossil fuel resources. To accomplish this, he leads an organization that implements and coordinates over 1,400 extramural activities in 47 states and more than 40 foreign countries, with a total value of nearly $8 billion.  A large portion of NETL’s funding is devoted to partnerships with corporations, small businesses, universities, nonprofit organizations, and other national laboratories and government entities.



Advanced Process Engineering Co-simulator
The Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS), developed at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is an innovative software tool that the process and energy industries are using to meet aggressive performance, economic, and environmental targets for some of the most sophisticated and expensive production plants in the world. APECS allows the industries to better understand and optimize overall plant performance with respect to complex thermal and fluid flow phenomena by combining best-inclass process simulation and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software with high-performance computing and interactive, immersive, 3-D plant walk-through virtual engineering software. Using APECS, these industries can also address the challenge of designing next-generation plants to operate with unprecedented efficiency and nearzero emissions, while operating profitably amid cost fluctuations for raw materials, finished products, and energy.



SEQURE Well Finding Technology
SEQURE(™) Well Finding Technology - This technology developed by NETL researchers in partnership with Apogee Scientific, Inc. (Englewood, Colo.), Fugro Airborne Surveys (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), and LaSen, Inc. (Las Cruces, N.M.) offers a promising solution to mitigating global warming by quickly locating potential sites for permanently storing CO2 emissions. Oil and gas reservoirs have trapped hydrocarbons for millions of years, a feature which makes them primary targets for trapping and storing CO2 as well. However, thanks to oil and gas production ongoing since 1859, millions of wells now perforate the caprock that once trapped the hydrocarbons in these reservoirs. Because improperly plugged wells can provide an escape route for CO2, they are considered the greatest threat to geologic CO2 sequestration. To ensure successful CO2 storage, every well must be located, evaluated, and, if necessary, reworked. Using magnetic and methane sensors deployed on helicopters, SEQURE provides a time- and cost-effective means to accurately locate abandoned and leaking wells. As the only commercially available well-finding technology for large areas, SEQURE is uniquely qualified for this task, which will require searches stretching over hundreds of square kilometers to uncover "lost" wells.



Armstrong Process CP Ti and Ti Alloy Powder and Products
Armstrong Process CP Ti and Ti Alloy Powder and Products - Working in cooperation with NETL, International Titanium Powder LLC of Rockport, Ill., developed a proprietary process to produce titanium and titanium alloy powders at a substantially reduced cost using their Armstrong Process. The name titanium derives from Titan and the mighty metal has the advantages of being strong and lightweight, and it resists corrosion. However, the high-temperature batch process currently used for manufacturing this super metal is expensive, meaning that titanium can only be practically used in specific, high-priced markets. The groundbreaking Armstrong Process is a continuous process (as opposed to a step-wise batch process) that is low temperature, low pressure, and also low cost. The new cost-efficient titanium process lends itself to a variety of applications, particularly NETL's work with the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command and Army Research Laboratory in developing armorplate. Titanium armorplate is valued for its light weight, high corrosion resistance, and superior ballistic properties. The reduced-cost Armstrong Process makes titanium a practical choice as well. NETL is already fabricating titanium hatches for tanks, and work is currently ongoing to develop titanium body armor. The Armstrong Process was developed jointly by ITP, NETL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), BAE Systems (Rockville, Md.), AMETEK (Paoli, Pa.), and Red Devil Brakes (Mount Pleasant, Pa.).



High-Temperature Total NOx Sensor—NOxTrac
NOxTrac™ can detect nitrous oxides (NOx) in the parts-per-billion range, which will make possible quick adjustments to fossil-fuel-burning power stations and other applications in order to lessen or eliminate NOx from the exhaust gases. NOxTrac displays no cross-sensitivity to carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, or hydrocarbons. The technology was developed by researchers at Ohio State University’s Department of Chemical Engineering with funding from NETL through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.



High-Temperature Sorbent to Control Mercury in Gasification Processes
In this project, researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) developed a novel technology to remove mercury in gasification-based electric power generation systems, and transferred the technology to Johnson Matthey Corporation (JM) for commercialization. The technology was developed by in-house research at NETL. The technology transfer activities included licensing a patent on a technique to remove the pollutant mercury in gasificationbased power generators and a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between NETL and JM. JM not only wished to pursue this mercury removal technology, but also realized the future importance of coal gasification as a means to produce power, hydrogen, and conventional steam generating systems as well as advanced power systems such as integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) systems.



Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) Water and Energy
Recognition for 'Water & Energy: Addressing the Critical Link Between the Nation’s Water Resources and Reliable and Secure Energy' Marketing & Public Relations Brochures, Manuals & Reports category 



Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) 2007

Recognition for 'Coal & Power Display at the Forrestal Building' Marketing & Public Relations Brochures, Manuals & Reports category

 

 



Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) Carbon Sequestration
Recognition for 'Carbon Sequestration Technology Roadmap and Program Plan' Marketing & Public Relations Brochures, Manuals & Reports category



Engineering Excellence Award
Recognized outstanding achievement by Great River Energy (GRE) and Barr Engineering in designing, constructing, and demonstrating a unique coal drying technology that uses waste heat to reduce the moisture in lignite so that more power can be produced from a lower quantity of fuel.



Best Research Paper Award
A research paper from the collaborative research conducted under the NETL-in-house -University of Pittsburgh consortium research program won at the American chemical society (ACS) conference at San Francisco.



EXPLORER
The EXPLORER pipeline inspection robot is a long-range, tetherless, self-powered robotic system for the live, visual inspection of natural gas and other pipelines of 6- to 8-inch diameter. The system was created through research by NETL, the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, NYSEARCH/ Northeast Gas Association, Polytechnic University of Brooklyn, N.Y., California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and ULC Robotics in Deer Park, N.Y. Because the system is wireless, it can negotiate around bends, trees, and other obstacles. It is the first robotic system capable of providing semiautonomous visual inspection, as well as nondestructive evaluation of the natural gas pipeline infrastructure. It also requires only a minimum number of access points into the pipeline. Additional enhancements, currently underway, will permit the platform to carry advanced sensors capable of long-range inspection of many currently inaccessible natural gas distribution pipelines. 



HTSS10V Fluoride Battery
Sandia National Laboratories, High Power Battery Systems Company in Nizhny Novogorad, Russia, and General Atomics in San Diego, Calif., developed a solid-state battery containing fluoride instead of lithium for high-temperature (250 °C) operation. Unlike lithium batteries, which are considered a hazardous waste and have a high risk of explosion when used in high-temperature oil and natural gas drilling operations, the fluoride-based battery is operationally and environmentally safe, even at temperatures exceeding conventional design limits. Sandia National Laboratories and General Atomics teamed up to develop a manufacturing process and packaging for this proven battery technology. The device can greatly improve the reliability of power supplied to electronic components used in measurement-while-drilling tools. The project was part of a federal laboratory partnership funded through NETL.



Data Transmission System
This system, developed by Stolar Research Corporation of Raton, N.M, upgrades conventional and coiled drilling equipment with a two-way data-communications capability using modulated radio waves inductively coupled to the skin of the drill pipe through loop antennas. By relaying to surface operators a more complete picture of drill-hole conditions in less time than competing technologies, drilling efficiency and accuracy are increased and operational costs are reduced. The technology was developed in cooperation with NETL with support from the Office of Fossil Energy and the Industrial Technologies program of EERE.



EPA Coal Combustion Products Partnership's (C2P2's) Special Recognition Award in Innovation
Recognizes CAER's efforts in advanced coal ash byproduct processing at the E.ON's 2200-MW Ghent Generating Station in Kentucky. CAER has conducted pilot scale field tests and ash byproduct evaluations at the Ghent station using pond ash under the Clean Coal Power Initiative project entitled "Advanced Multi-Product Coal Utilization By-Product Processing Plant." Sample analyses show that product streams from ash beneficiation technology developed at the CAER exhibit excellent fineness, high strength index, low chloride permeability, and only modest reagent usage. 



Excellence in Technology Transfer Award
The R&D100 award-winning Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS), developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is an important software tool that the process and energy industries will use to meet aggressive performance and environmental targets for their production plants while continuing to operate them profitably. APECS allows the industries to better understand and optimize overall plant performance with respect to complex thermal and fluid flow phenomena. 



MFIX: Open-Source Software for Simulating Multiphase Flow Processes
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) developed the MFIX (Multiphase Flow with Interphase eXchanges) software as a physics-based model of multiphase reactors to solve scale-up problems for advanced power plants. Advanced power plant technologies requiremultiphase reactors for processing fossil fuels; for example, coal (solids-phase) is reacted with steam and air (gas-phase) in a gasifier. The scale up of such multiphase reactors is notoriously difficult; engineers cannot reliably predict commercial-scale (large) reactor performance merely based on pilot-scale (small) reactor performance. NETL has been conducting research for many years to solve this scale up problem. NETL’s effort has resulted in the development of MFIX, which is being transferred through the open-source method (www.mfix.org) and collaborative projects with end users. This has positively impacted not only the primary target, fossil fuel industry, but also the multiphase R&D at universities and national labs.



Best Paper Awards
The ASME honored NETL researchers in the Office of Science and Engineering Research by selecting two of their technical papers for best paper awards. One award was for a paper entitled “Effect of Fuel System Impedance Mismatch on Combustion Dynamics.”



Bronze Award - Outstanding Professional Employee (All Other Professional Fields)
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Professional Employee
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Outstanding Professional Employee (Medical/Scientific Field)
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Technical Employee
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Team Award 2006
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Professional Employee (All Other Professional Fields)
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Professional Employee
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Equal Employment Opportunity
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in an Administrative Series
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Fuels and Petrochemicals Division Award

This award is given to a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers who exemplifies management and a distinguished career in the fuels and petrochemicals industries. Dr. Hugh Guthrie, was the recipient of this award in 2006.



Silerv Award - Outstanding Team
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Silver Award - Outstanding Professional Employee 2006
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Silver Award - Outstanding Contribution to Science (Non-Medical)
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Gold Award - Rookie of the Year
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



Bronze Award - Outstanding Team Award
The Pittsburgh FEB encompasses more than 100 Federal agencies and 20,000 Federal employees in the region. The Excellence in Government Awards Program encourages innovation and excellence in government, reinforces pride in federal service, and helps call public attention to the broad range of services provided by federal employees.



High-Temperature Potentiometric Oxygen Sensor with Internal Reference
Ohio State University and Argonne National Laboratory were recognized for their reference-free solid-state oxygen sensor used in high-temperature combustion applications. Developed in partnership with NETL, the ceramic device is inexpensive and small enough—1 centimeter in diameter and 0.3 centimeters thick—to permit multiple sensor placements for more precise control of the combustion process. 



Drill String Radar
Developed by Stolar Research Corporation (Raton, N.M), in cooperation with NETL, this technology uses high-frequency radio waves to detect the planar boundaries of rock formations above drilled strata. Designed for use with drilling systems, the highly specialized radar can estimate the orientation of fractures and bedding plans in layered materials, such as coal, sandstone, and limestone, helping to map, navigate, and detect hazards in unknown strata. 



Intermediate-Temperature Hydrogen Transport Membranes
Eltron Research Inc. of Boulder, Colo., in partnership with NETL, has developed a novel high-flux hydrogen separation membrane material that shows stable performance under water-gas shift conditions. The membrane enables the efficient integration of hydrogen separation modules with water-gas shift reactors of certain coal gasification schemes. Successful scale-up of the Eltron membrane design will help increase thermal efficiencies and reduce the capital and operating costs of coal gasification-based FutureGen concepts. 



Transfer of Photochemical Technique to Control Mercury From Flue Gas

Electric power generation within the United States is accomplished primarily by the combustion of fossil fuels. This produces air pollutants, including such acid rain precursors as sulfur dioxide or nitric oxides.  These pollutants are regulated by existing laws. Mercury is a major pollutant that has caused much concern because of its toxicity and appearance in the ecology, for example in the food chain via fish.  Mercury is not currently regulated. Although only about 48 tons of mercury are emitted from all U.S. power plants over the course of a year and the mercury concentration is exceedingly small in flue gas, EPA has deemed that regulations will be enacted in 2005.



Short-Radius Composite Drill Pipe
Developed by Advanced Composite Products and Technology Inc. of Huntington Beach, Calif., in cooperation with NETL, the short-radios composite drill pipe a flexible, lightweight drill pipe made from space-age carbon fiber composites. The composite pipe is particularly amenable to horizontal drilling, allowing production from formations where much U.S. oil and gas remains. Able to remain bent for extended periods without suffering fatigue damage, the pipe allows access to these formations from old wells, thereby avoiding the environmental impact of drilling new ones. 



Radio Imaging Method System 4 (RIM-IV)
Stolar Research Corporation was honored for its RIM-IV radio frequency device, which generates high-resolution tomographic images of features below the surface of the ground. Locating geologic anomalies and hazards ahead of mining operations improves mine planning, lowers operating costs, and reduces the risk of intersecting abandoned, potentially flooded mines. Mining companies, construction firms, and the military already have used the technology worldwide as a safe and effective means of subsurface exploration and extraction. The technology was developed with support from NETL under DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program. 



SmartScreensSystem
QRDC Inc. (Chaska, Minn.) and Smart Screen Systems Inc. (Chisholm, Minn.) were recognized for their SmartScreensSystems mining technology, which uses a patented energy flow control system to transfer energy from “smart motors” directly to the screening medium, rather than to an entire vibrating screen machine. Developed with support from NETL under DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program, the system dramatically reduces energy requirements and equipment maintenance, as well as noise and vibration. 



Hydrogen Transplant Membrane for Separation of Pure Hydrogen at High Temperatures
A hydrogen-selective membrane, developed at Argonne National Laboratory in partnership with NETL, separates pure hydrogen from gas mixtures generated by such processes as the gasification of carbon-based feed stocks and methane reforming. Because it can operate at elevated temperatures and pressures without becoming embrittled by hydrogen or poisoned by sulfur, the dense-ceramic membrane could enable direct production of hydrogen fuel from coal. [Gary Stiegel] 



T-2749 Fluidized-Bed Desulfurization Sorbent
Developed by RTI International with assistance and funding from NETL, this effective, attrition-resistant, regenerable zinc-based sorbent is used in fast fluidized-bed reactors to remove gaseous sulfur contaminants from the high-temperature synthesis gas generated during coal gasification. Its invention may also allow other feed stocks—including petroleum coke, a waste product of the petrochemical industry; black liquor, a waste product of the paper-pulping industry; and municipal waste—to become viable sources of clean energy. The technology may reduce the capital costs of coal-based integrated gasification combined-cycle plants by $60–$80 per kilowatt, and should improve the thermal efficiency of the system by up to 2 percentage points. The sorbent will also achieve reductions in sulfur levels by over an order of magnitude compared to conventional amine systems. 



Miniature Laser Bonded Self-Calibrating Interferometric Fiber Optic Sensor
The Center for Photonics Technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was honored for a fiber optic sensor developed under an NETL grant. Designed to operate under hostile downhole conditions, the sensor allows efficient and economic recovery of petroleum by providing reliable, cost-effective, real-time measurement and monitoring of key physical wellbore parameters such as pressure, temperature, flow, and acoustic wave patterns. The technology was successfully field-tested by ChevronTexaco, and licensed to Tubel Technologies for commercial development. 



SageGlass Smart Window Glazing
Developed by SAGE Electrochromics Inc., SageGlass technology provides important economic and functional benefits, including thermal comfort, elimination of glare on computer and television screens, protection of interior furnishings and fabrics from fading, enhanced security, and energy savings. Moreover, extensive testing indicates service lifetimes in excess of 20 years for SageGlass all-ceramic thin films. The technology was co-developed by NETL, Building Technologies Program, Morgantown, W. Va.; the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; the National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program, Gaithersburg, Md.; the U.S. Army, Warren, Mich.; and the National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va. 



Aspen Plus FLUENT Integration Toolkit
The Aspen Plus-FLUENT Integration Toolkit couples Aspen Plus process simulation software with FLUENT computational fluid dynamics models using CAPEOPEN interfaces, the process industry standard. The toolkit provides, for the first time, the level of detail and accuracy needed for virtual power plant simulation. NETL researchers developed the toolkit in cooperation with computational scientists and engineers at Fluent Inc., ALSTOM Power, Aspen Technology Inc., and West Virginia University. Enductive Solutions sold the first license and training agreement for its use to a major chemical company in 2004. [Anthony Cugini, Bill Rogers] 



CARISS: Integrated Elemental and Compositional Analysis
Developed with funding from NETL, a technology called Compositional Analysis by Raman-Integrated Spark Spectroscopy, or CARISS for short, won an R&D 100 Award. The technology, developed by researchers at the University of Hawaii and the Chemistry Division at DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory, rapidly measures both organic and inorganic forms of carbon in soil at costs far below those of conventional methods. The measurements can be used to monitor, measure, and verify storage of carbon in terrestrial carbon sequestration projects. 



CF8C Plus New Cast Stainless Steel
For developing a stainless steel with a design temperature of 1,500 °F, researchers at Caterpillar Inc. and DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory won an R&D 100 Award. Work sponsored by the Fossil Energy Materials Program, managed by NETL, provided the basis for the alloy modifications that resulted in the dramatic increase over the 1,200 ºF design temperature of conventional alloys. High-temperature alloys are critical to advanced stationary power applications, and the research—now continuing under the auspices of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Office of Transportation Technologies in support of advanced diesel-engine technology development—demonstrates how synergistic research and development supported by various DOE offices provides benefits in diverse energy applications. 



CO2 Wash
Acrion Technologies Inc., a small business partner from Cleveland, Ohio, received an R&D 100 award for NETL-funded work on developing technology for recovery and use of greenhouse gas from landfills. The technology provides an approach for avoiding large quantities of methane and CO2 emissions as landfill materials decompose. The approach developed by Acrion captures and separates landfill gas into commercially valuable products: clean-burning methane gas and liquid CO2. The technology was featured in the September issue of R&D 100 Magazine and is being demonstrated at the New Jersey EcoComplex in Columbus, N.J. 



"RSV-1 Regenerable Desulfurization Sorbent "
NETL earned an R&D 100 award for a sorbent to remove sulfur from gasified coal used to power turbines that generate electricity. The process for preparation of this sorbent has been patented, licensed, and published. [Ranjani Siriwardane, Dan Cicero] 



Excellence in Technology Transfer Award 1997
For the transfer of a flue-gas cleanup technology, the moving bed Copper oxide process 



Excellence in Technology Transfer Award 1996
For the development of the GranuFlow process for improved fine coal dewatering and reconstitution 



Core Separator
Engineered by LSR Technologies Inc., this technology provides efficient, cost-effective particulate air toxics control. Developers: Leo Smolensky and S. Ronald Wysk. Product Category: “Process Sciences. Plaque (which Dave Anna has in his possession as of July 2012) says, “Sponsored by Morgantown Energy Technology Center”; however, METC is not listed in R&D 100 Awards archive. 



Ceramic Membrane Reactor for Oxidation (CEMROX)
Amoco Research Center, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center earned an R&D 100 Award for a technology designed to convert methane into synthesis gas. [Joint award: Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center, Argonne National Laboratory (Energy Technology Dvision), and Amoco Research Center] 



Excellence in Technology Transfer Award 1995
For outstanding efforts in promoting technology transfer for the PETC Combustion and Environmental Research Facility



Chlorinated Organic Vapor Monitor Model RCL3000
The solid-state sensor in this device measures chlorinated organic compounds at levels from 0.2 part per million (ppm) to 500 ppm in less than 2 minutes. Chlorinated organic compounds, many known or suspected carcinogens, were widely used as solvents in nuclear materials processing and metal cleaning. Because the monitor is not sensitive to hydrocarbons or nonchlorinated solvents, it eliminates the number of samples sent for laboratory analysis. The portable monitor is easy to use in the field, which permits relatively rapid S&H monitoring in hazardous waste activities. The award was jointly made to Transducer Research Inc. and the Morgantown Energy Technology Center. [Curt Nakaishi] 



Excellence in Technology Transfer Award 1994
Developed and licensed the MicroMag Process for cleaner coals



Low-NOx Cell Burner
The Babcock and Wilcox Company developed this retrofit technology to help meet emissions control standards. Full-scale demonstration of the technology was funded by NETL under Round 3 of the Clean Coal Technology Demonstration Program. 



Excellence in Technology Transfer Award 1993
For leadership, creativity, and initiative in effecting the first transfer of a process patented by DOE Energy Center to private industry



Fluorescent Image Tracking Velocimeter
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researchers solved clotting problems in heart-assist devices using a PETC-patented imaging technique. The award was given to Baxter healthcare, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center. [Frank Shaffer, U.S. patent 5333044, issued July 26, 1994] 



Excellence in Technology Transfer Award 1992
For outstanding efforts in transferring an advanced flow diagnostic technique developed for fossil fuels to assist the medical community in improving artificial heart pumps




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