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NETL’s Brian Anderson to Speak at 7th IEF-KAPSARC Thought Leaders’ Roundtable
NETL Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., will serve as a panelist at the 7th IEF-KAPSARC Thought Leaders’ Roundtable – Energy Security and Advancing Technology, Innovation and Investment on Thursday, Feb. 17, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The International Energy Forum (IEF), which includes energy ministers from 71 countries, and the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), will host the roundtable. Anderson will speak at the opening discussion session — Energy security and moving innovation and clean energy technologies fast forward — from 1:15 to 2:30 a.m. ET. Proceedings will be livestreamed on multiple platforms. Click here to register and review the roundtable agenda. An archive of IEF-KAPSARC Thought Leaders’ Roundtables is posted online.
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Check out the latest edition of the Carbon Capture Newsletter to learn about recent developments in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)/NETL Carbon Capture Program.  The Carbon Capture Program is developing the next generation of advanced carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies that can provide step-change reductions in both cost and energy requirements as compared to currently available technologies. The Carbon Capture Program focuses on a broad portfolio of projects, including post- and pre-combustion capture to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuel-based power generation and industrial sources. The program is also developing a wide array of approaches to remove CO2 that has accumulated in the atmosphere, such as direct air capture with durable storage, biomass carbon removal and storage, and enhanced mineralization. Information in this month’s edition includes:
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released a Request for Information (RFI) on the design, construction and operation of a new facility to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of a full-scale rare earth element (REE) and critical minerals (CM) extraction and separation refinery using unconventional resources.
Most lunchboxes contain fuel for the body, but those developed by #NETL and its partners are packed with supplies to build lava lamps, solar ovens and other energy projects to interest students in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
NETL collaborated with education leaders in West Virginia and at the Columbus, Ohio-based Center of Science and Industry (COSI) to create and distribute “Learning Lunchboxes,” which include materials and a guide to complete five engaging hands-on STEM-related activities. “When students begin to learn about STEM subjects, it’s important for them to participate in active learning experiences. The energy kits in these lunchboxes build strong interest in STEM subjects by providing materials to complete exciting projects. This sets the stage for ongoing success in these areas and generates early interest in STEM-related careers,” said NETL’s Ken Mechling, coordinator, STEM Education & Outreach Program. An initial set of energy-themed Learning Lunchboxes was distributed in December at the Mountaineer Middle School in Morgantown, West Virginia. The distribution was part of a celebration to open the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Technical Assistance Center (TAC). 
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The NETL Science-based Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Institute (SAMI) recently ramped up efforts to connect artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) researchers working on clean energy technologies by hosting a Jan. 19 Ai4AE Day Workshop and expanding the reach of its biweekly Artificial Intelligence for Applied Energy (Ai4AE) digital communication.  “The goal of this inaugural Ai4AE Day Workshop was to catalyze connections and socialize AI/ML research within NETL for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM),” said Kelly Rose, SAMI technical director. “Feedback from our participants and stakeholders indicate that this first event was a resounding success and helped build awareness of crosscutting efforts and promote knowledge sharing across the community.”
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Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced up to $96 million in federal funding for projects that will develop point-source carbon capture technologies for natural gas power plant and industrial applications capable of capturing at least 95 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated. FECM’s two decades of support for advancing carbon capture technology for coal-fired power plants has led to more than 20 successful pilot-scale projects, in addition to a demonstration-scale project capable of capturing and storing roughly one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MtCO2) per year. Similar support for carbon capture in the natural gas power and industrial sectors, such as cement and steel, have yet to reach pilot or demonstration-scale progress, motivating the present emphasis on enabling development in these sectors.
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Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced $28 million in federal funding for research and development (R&D) and front-end engineering design (FEED) projects that will advance clean hydrogen as a carbon-free fuel for transportation, industrial use and electricity production. Most hydrogen in the United States is traditionally produced using natural gas without carbon capture, which is not clean. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will leverage innovative approaches to produce clean hydrogen at lower costs from materials that include municipal solid waste, legacy coal waste, waste plastics and biomass with carbon capture and storage. These next-generation hydrogen technologies will play a significant role in decarbonizing the U.S. economy and advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Winners of the 2022 WVSB
Morgantown High School’s Team One and Suncrest Middle School’s Team One, both from Monongalia County claimed victory at the 31st annual West Virginia Regional Science Bowl, held virtually Feb. 4-5, 2022. Twenty teams representing 15 high schools and 17 teams from nine middle schools throughout the Mountain State took part in the competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The winners of the 2022 WVSB competition earned an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will represent West Virginia in DOE’s National Science Bowl scheduled for April 28-May 2.  The West Virginia Science Bowl tested students’ knowledge of math and science topics. Middle school teams competed Friday, followed by high school students on Saturday. The virtual competition space and altered format adopted in 2021 continued this year. Teams competed individually instead of going head-to-head, with the highest scoring teams moving up. 
SSAE Newsletter
The February 2022 edition of the SSAE Newsletter provides updates about recent research initiatives undertaken within NETL’s Strategic Systems Analysis and Engineering (SSAE) directorate. Click here to access this latest edition and learn about activities that SSAE is leading to gain insights into new energy concepts, support the analysis of energy system interactions and advance its capabilities. Highlights in this edition include: •    The feasibility of producing jet fuel from an on-site facility at the Pittsburgh International Airport was outlined in a report by SSAE researchers. The study examines constructing and operating a gas-to-liquids facility on airport property that could produce nearly 70 million gallons of synthetic jet fuel per year.
Water Energy Nexus News
The latest edition of Water-Energy Nexus News is packed with research efforts undertaken by NETL and its partners to deliver world-class technology solutions that enhance the nation’s energy foundation while helping to protect water resources for future generations. This quarter’s newsletter explores the development of ProteusLib, an open-source library of water treatment models built on NETL’s Institute for the Design of Advanced Energy Systems (IDAES) platform. This work is creating a tool to complete technoeconomic assessments of early-stage water treatment technologies. Other updates in this edition of the newsletter include: