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Funding Opportunity Announcement
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) and DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) today announced nearly $47 million in funding for 22 research projects to advance the development of new and innovative measurement, monitoring, and mitigation technologies to help detect, quantify, and reduce methane emissions across oil and natural gas producing regions of the United States.
Women's History Month Collage
March is Women’s History Month, providing NETL with an excellent opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women from across the Lab. As part of the celebration, women throughout our organization were invited to explain why it’s important for NETL to foster gender diversity within its workforce and discuss the steps they take to encourage more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or other careers at NETL. Lucy Romeo Here are the responses and insights they offered:
First-place winner Marshall Middle School Team 1
North Allegheny’s Marshall Middle School Team 1 captured first place at the 32nd Western Pennsylvania Science Bowl (WPASB) middle school competition, which was held Saturday, March 4. Twenty-five teams from the region competed in the event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NETL. For the third consecutive year, teams did not play head-to-head matches but instead competed against all other teams in a virtual competition. Regional competitions had at least three preliminary rounds in which each individual team was read the same sets of questions. The teams with the highest combined point totals from all preliminary rounds advanced to the Elimination Tournament. Coming in second, third and fourth place were North Allegheny’s Ingomar Middle School Team 1, Franklin Regional Middle School Team 1 and Bethel Park’s Independence Middle School Team 1, respectively.
North Allegheny Senior High School-Team 1
North Allegheny Senior High School – Team 1 claimed victory at the 2023 Western Pennsylvania Science Bowl (WPASB) Regional High School Competition, held Saturday, Feb. 25, in a virtual format. Forty-one teams from 26 high schools participated in the contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NETL. The WPASB tested students’ knowledge of math and science in a fast-paced, quiz-style tournament. The same format will be used during the middle school portion of the competition this Saturday, March 4. “Congratulations to our high school winner of this outstanding academic challenge. Your hard work prepared you to excel against a tremendous field filled with talented students,” said NETL Director Brian Anderson. “I hope this exciting competition inspires you and all teams to pursue your dreams and make groundbreaking discoveries as our next generation of scientists and engineers.”
Kylee Underwood, Jessica Mullen, Fan Shi, Ranjani Siriwardane, and Dustin Brown
Some use their expertise to ask complex science- or math-based questions. Others carefully monitor the clock to ensure answers are provided within the prescribed time limit, accurately tally scores during each fast-paced round or complete other important tasks. Regardless of their specific duties, the volunteers who serve in these and other capacities at the annual NETL Science Bowl competitions, which began this month, all share an unwavering commitment to help the Lab present exciting, high-quality tournaments that generate enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encourage middle and high school students to explore STEM-related careers. “I remember competing in Science Bowl as a high school student. This event helped me and continues to help today’s students understand how important STEM is and how much opportunity there is for those with
Funding Opportunity Announcement
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) and the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) today announced more than $18 million in available funding for research and development projects that focus on the characterization, treatment, and management of produced water—or wastewater associated with oil and natural gas development and production—as well as management of legacy wastewater associated with coal-based thermal electric power generation facilities, primarily coal combustion residuals waste streams.
First place, Morgantown High School-Team 1
Morgantown High School-Team 1 and Suncrest Middle School-Team 1, also from Morgantown, claimed first-place victories in the 2023 West Virginia Regional Science Bowl sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NETL. The annual competition was held in a virtual setting Feb. 3-4. Seventeen teams representing 12 high schools and 12 teams from nine middle schools took part. The winners move on to represent West Virginia in DOE’s National Science Bowl scheduled for April 27-May 1 in Washington, D.C. “Congratulations to this year’s winners and good luck as you prepare for the National Science Bowl,” said NETL Director Brian Anderson. “At NETL, we are proud to host this regional competition because it encourages talented students to focus on science and mathematics by participating in an exciting, fun contest while developing their interests to serve as tomorrow’s researchers and engineers who will make amazing discoveries.”
An above ground oil pipeline.
NETL and the University of Pittsburgh have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore areas of cooperation in the field of novel sensors for infrastructure monitoring. Such sensors are essential to ensuring the optimum operation of existing and new energy technologies while driving economic development. “This MOU presents an exciting opportunity for both the Lab and our academic partners at Pitt to combine our strengths in pursuit of common goals,” said NETL’s David Alman, associate director, Materials Engineering & Manufacturing. “Both of our organizations will leverage our capabilities to support the acceleration of technology innovation, solutions, workforce development and industry engagement for emerging sensor technologies to ensure reliability, resilience and sustainability of energy and other infrastructure,” Alman said.
NETL’s Nicholas Siefert (far right) discusses the recently developed NEWTS database as well as the NEWTS dashboard being developed by the Lab that displays sites across the nation where energy-related wastewater stream samples and composition data have been collected. Others contributing to the development of this online tool included NETL’s Madison Wenzlick (far left) and Alexis Hammond, a Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship research associate. (PI: Burt Thomas; Dashboard Developer: Devin Justman, not shown).
Community leaders and water researchers can now access publicly available online datasets curated and processed by NETL to better understand the composition of energy-related wastewater streams. The data will help mitigate environmental risks and identify possible sources of valuable critical minerals (CMs).
an award winning open-source software tool called PARETO that can identify the best ways to manage, treat and — when possible — reuse produced water from oil and gas operations.
Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories that teamed to provide an award winning open-source software tool that can identify the best ways to manage, treat and — when possible — reuse produced water from oil and gas operations, have published a framework manuscript providing insights about how the project can offer environmentally sustainable, and lower-cost approaches for handling oil and gas wastewater. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) reached a development milestone with the publication of a framework manuscript describing PARETO, a cutting-edge program designed to help organizations recognize opportunities for minimizing fresh and brackish water consumption in active oil and gas development areas.