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Bringing the Lab to the Subsurface:Affordable, Accurate Monitoring Tool Developed by NETL
Image of NETL logoFew things are as universally important to all Americans as clean drinking water. Regulatory agencies, municipalities, oil and gas exploration companies, and landowners all have a need for water quality assurance. Unfortunately, the most common monitoring solutions are expensive and labor intensive, requiring samples to be collected from the source, prepared, and sent offsite to be analyzed – actions that can dramatically alter the sample.

NETL-supported Coalition Makes Strides in Addressing Fossil Energy Research Challenges
Image of NETL logoNETL is aggressively addressing fundamental fossil energy research challenges in partnership with 16 universities across the country, devoting about $4 million to 12 projects within two years. Another $4 million is slated to be awarded to seven additional projects by the end of June.

NETL Co-Hosts Student Mentoring Program to Encourage STEM Careers
Image of NETL logoNETL co-hosted a special event April 18 to help mitigate participation disparities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by connecting enthusiastic professionals with interested students and their educators.

NETL’S STEM Education & Outreach Team Spreads Earth Day Awareness at Elementary School
Image of NETL logoThe NETL K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team recently participated in Clara Barton Elementary School’s 2018 Earth Day Recycling Contest. At the contest, held at the West Mifflin Area School District elementary school on Monday, April 9, members of the NETL team served as judges to grade kindergarten through third grader’s projects.

NETL in the News

News IconEnergy Dept. brings microscopes to Rowan Elementary students (NETL STEM outreach) – Cranberry Eagle

News IconMultiple facets of natural gas industry highlighted at conference (DOE AS for FE Winberg speaks) – State Journal

News IconRare earths extracted from coal mining by-products (NETL/WVU joint project explained) –

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Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D.

 Photo of Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D. NETL Prepares Next-Generation Sensors to Meet Next-Generation Challenges

More than 135 years ago, Warren Seymour Johnson, a college professor who was frustrated with his inability to regulate the temperature in his classroom, invented what he called the “electric tele-thermoscope.” It was little more than a contraption that rang a bell to alert heating system operators to open or close dampers. It turned out to be the first sensor.


NETL Hosts Representatives of Electric Cooperatives

NRECA-MGN-Tour.jpg National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) representatives visited NETL Morgantown Friday, April 20 to learn more about research underway at the Laboratory related to the nation’s more than 900 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. According to NRECA, farmers and ranchers formed America’s electric cooperatives more than 75 years ago to secure electricity to better lives. Today, co-ops are working to meet the needs of a new generation of cooperatives. NETL has partnered with NRECA on numerous R&D projects.  For example, Great River Energy, one of NRECA’s cooperative members, worked with DOE to develop and demonstrate an innovative coal-drying technology named DryFining which used waste heat at coal power plants to dry lignite coal prior to combustion thereby improving plant efficiencies and environmental performance.  NRECA members have also provided cost-share for various R&D projects and served as host sites for testing innovative technologies.  Additionally, NETL has managed projects with NRECA aimed at developing and enhancing the smart grid system including projects on cyber security; customer access to consumption data; smart chargers for electric vehicles; advanced modeling; advanced controls; and microgrids. NRECA represents electric cooperatives, public power districts, and public utility districts in the U.S. 

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