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DOE and NETL representatives, from left, Andrew Hlasko, Zachary Roberts, Dan Hancu, Krista Hill, Andrew Jones, José Figueroa and Nicole Shamitko-Klingensmith visited Electricore in Fountain Valley, California, to discuss a project to capture CO2 from the air using a novel solid sorbent laminate filter technology. The group received a tour of the test plant and a project status update.
NETL and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) representatives toured six sites during four days in California where projects are being developed with the Lab’s oversight and support to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) and lower atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas.
Timothy Killeen, president, University of Illinois; Ron Munson, technology manager,  NETL/DOE Point Source Carbon Capture; Lynn Brickett, past director, DOE HQ Point Source Carbon Capture; State Rep. Sue Scherer; Jim Langfelder, mayor of Springfield; Krista Hill, project manager, DOE/NETL, Point Source Carbon Capture Team; Kevin O’Brien, Ph.D., director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center & Illinois State Water Survey and principal investigator, University of Illinois; Dominic Cianchetti, senior v.p.
NETL representatives recently attended a groundbreaking ceremony at the City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) plant in Springfield, Illinois, to celebrate the advancement of a large pilot carbon dioxide (CO2) capture project made possible with funding and project management support from the Lab.
Barbara Kutchko working in lab
Barbara Kutchko, Ph.D., a celebrated and award-winning NETL researcher who works to increase the safety and efficiency of oil and gas well operations around the world, will share her technical and personal perspectives with a new generation of young people as part of Penn State University’s Celebrating Women in Energy and Water Research seminar series in February.
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.
Animated diagram outlining the process of recycling fracturing water.
NETL-funded research on an approach to recycle hydraulic fracturing water using natural filtration and biogenic activity in specific layers of rock is attracting international attention with a “highly commended” recognition in a global competition sponsored by an acclaimed engineering organization.
An outdoor headshot of Chris Bond.
An NETL specialist whose work significantly reduced the complexity of transferring the Lab’s technologies to the private sector and increased the number of agreements executed by 27% is being recognized as the “Rookie of the Year” by a prestigious national organization of more than 300 federal laboratories, agencies and research centers dedicated to increasing the impact of technology transfer for the benefit of the U.S. economy, society and national security.
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).
Alexandra “Ale” Hakala, Ph.D., and Joseph Stoffa, PhD.
A pair of NETL employees — Alexandra “Ale” Hakala, Ph.D., and Joseph Stoffa, PhD. — have been named Fellows in the 2023 cohort of the Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP), the premier, yearlong leadership development initiative of the National Laboratory Directors’ Council (NLDC).
The process of flaring at a gas and oil production site.
Often, bright orange flames can be seen dancing atop vertical pipes that rise above landscapes where oil and gas is retrieved from below the ground. It’s called flaring and it is a way to dispose of associated gases that come with oil production. It’s a practice that has been used for nearly 160 years when other options for the use or transport of the gas are not readily available to the producers, but it’s also a source of greenhouse gas emissions and significant waste of a valuable natural resource that could be used to make useable products.
A group photo of all of the project experts standing in front of Capitol Hill
NETL’s commitment to driving innovation and delivering solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future requires more than state-of-the-art research facilities and a talented roster of talented researchers. It also requires the kind of departmental leadership that can empower innovative thinking through keen project management skills.