November 14, 2018

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Elementary School in Morgantown, West Virginia. The team shared interesting educational investigations — like building structures designed to withstand gale-force wind during The Big, Bad, Hair Dryer Challenge activity shown here shown here — designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

NETL Participates in ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition

November 13, 2018


NETL representatives are attending the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) this week in Pittsburgh. IMECE is the largest interdisciplinary mechanical engineering conference in the world and plays a significant role in stimulating U.S. innovation. Scores of professionals in the global engineering arena from industry, national laboratories, and academia use the event to network with stakeholders and potential partners.

Joe Walker Elementary School Visit Features Fun Science Activities

November 09, 2018

NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team had a great day visiting with elementary students at Joe Walker Elementary School of the McGuffey School District, in Washington, Pa. The team shared exciting and educational hands-on/minds-on activities and investigations designed to encourage students to get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
 NETL’s education program seeks to educate the next generation of researchers, engineers, and scientists who will one day carry the charge of leading the United States to an energy independent future. K-12 outreach is just one of the ways NETL encourages excellence in STEM, fosters positive attitudes toward STEM, and builds students’ confidence as STEM learners.

NETL Makes Science Fun at Burgettstown Area Elementary Center

November 07, 2018

NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team had a great day visiting with elementary students at Burgettstown Area Elementary Center of the Burgettstown Area School District, in Burgettstown, Pa. The team shared exciting and educational hands-on/minds-on activities and investigations designed to encourage students to get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

NETL Fosters Scientific Discovery at Elroy Elementary

November 02, 2018

500px-Elroy.jpg NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team enjoyed spending Thursday, Nov. 1, with young students at Elroy Elementary School, in Brentwood, Pennsylvania. The team shared engaging lessons that stimulate thinking skills — like the balloon rocket car shown here — to excite students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Students Excited About Science at West Newton Elementary School

October 26, 2018


NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team had a great day visiting with K-4 students at West Newton Elementary School of the Yough School District in West Newton, Pa. The team shared exciting and educational hands-on/minds-on activities and investigations designed to encourage students to get excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

NETL Shares Career Opportunities at Oregon State University

October 22, 2018


NETL shared exciting opportunities to enhance the nation’s energy foundation through science and innovation with students at Oregon State University during the 2018 Natural Sciences and Environmental Career Fair. Lab representatives were on campus in Corvallis, Oregon, to highlight the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship program, Consortium for Integrating Energy Systems in Engineering and Science Education, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education program and other enriching professional possibilities. They also conducted quick mock interviews, offering valuable feedback to students in a low-pressure environment. NETL seeks to train and inspire the next generation of researchers, engineers, and scientists who will work to boost the nation’s energy independence through technological solutions.

NETL Celebrates Partnerships at Maryland Clean Energy Summit

October 17, 2018

1017-2018-Maryland-Clean-Energy-Summit-combo.jpgNETL highlighted the power of collaboration in facilitating energy innovation at the 2018 Maryland Clean Energy Summit, held Oct. 8-10 in College Park, Maryland. The conference focused on cutting-edge technologies, modern business models and solutions to ensure a secure, resilient and transactive modern power grid. NETL Strategic Partnerships Manager Michael Nowak offered valuable insight to a panel discussion titled “Innovation Exchange Connecting Start-ups, Experts, and Investors.” Nowak also accepted the Maryland Clean Energy Award for Capital Partner of the Year on behalf of NETL and Seth Lawson, who manages three projects with Maryland-based Redox Power Systems aimed at developing transformational solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technologies that generate electricity from coal or natural gas with near-zero emissions. Click here to learn more about NETL’s SOFC work

NETL Shares STEM Fun at Washington Elementary School

October 16, 2018


NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team had an exciting visit Oct. 11 with young students at Washington Elementary School in Washington, Pennsylvania. The team shared engaging hands-on/minds-on experiences – such as testing their design engineered roller coasters here – designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). NETL’s education program seeks to educate the next generation of researchers, engineers, and scientists who will one day carry the charge of leading the United States to an energy independent future. K-12 outreach is just one of the ways NETL encourages excellence in STEM, fosters positive attitudes toward STEM, and builds students’ confidence as STEM learners.

NETL Highlights Value of STEM at White Oak, Pa., School Visit

October 05, 2018


NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team enjoyed a lively visit Oct. 4 with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Francis McClure Elementary School, in White Oak, Pennsylvania. The team shared hands-on/minds-on learning experiences – such as the students discovering if their boat would sink or float during the Foil Boat activity. – designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). For more information, visit our education website .

NETL Shares STEM Wonders with Pa. Elementary Students

September 26, 2018


NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team shared the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with third- and fourth-grade students at Clairton Elementary School in Clairton, Pennsylvania, during a recent visit. The team shared hands-on educational explorations – discovering the “magic” of camouflage and preparing to steer clear of the predators – designed to excite students about STEM. 

NETL’s education program seeks to educate the next generation of researchers, engineers, and scientists who will one day carry the charge of leading the United States to an energy independent future. K-12 outreach is just one of the ways NETL encourages excellence in STEM, fosters positive attitudes toward STEM, and builds students’ confidence as STEM learners.


NETL Talks Impact Investing at 7th Annual VertueLab Impact Summit

September 26, 2018

Check out NETL’s latest video about capabilities and opportunities for partnering with the Lab. The video was shown to more than 400 investors, researchers, business professionals, and students at the VertueLab Impact Summit in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 26, 2018. NETL was a sponsor for the 7th annual event. Representatives from the Lab presented and heard technology pitches from concept to company launch stages.

NETL Receives Maryland Clean Energy Award for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Work

September 25, 2018


The Maryland Clean Energy Center recently honored NETL’s work to advance emerging solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology with the 2018 Capital Partner of the Year Award. The Lab invested more than $5.7 million in three active projects with Redox Power Systems LLC – based in College Park, Maryland – that are focused on developing transformational SOFC technologies to provide clean, efficient, reliable and low-cost electricity. The award will be presented during a luncheon held Oct. 9 at The Hotel at the University of Maryland as part of the 2018 Maryland Clean Energy Summit.

NETL Marks Latino & Hispanic Awareness Month with Panel Discussion

September 20, 2018


NETL hosted a special panel discussion to mark Latino & Hispanic Awareness Month. The event and its theme, “One Endless Voice to Enhance Our Traditions,” celebrated the valuable contributions and unique perspectives of Latino and Hispanic Americans – both at NETL and across the country.

NETL Celebrates Science at Pa. Elementary School

September 19, 2018


NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team celebrated science during a recent visit with young students at Clara Barton Elementary School in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. The team shared stimulating, active learning experiences – such as the 3rd grade students from Clara Barton ES testing their design structures against the gale-force wind supplied during the Big, Bad Hair Dryer Challenge activity – designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

NETL at DOE’s Innovation XLab Summit

September 19, 2018


NETL leaders were at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo, Calif., recently to provide energy research insights at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Innovation XLab Summit. The Summit showcases the strong technical resources and capabilities of the 17 DOE national laboratories and explains how they can be used by private companies, investors, universities and other organizations as a source of innovation. Highlights of the summit include a discussion of industry energy storage technology and resource requirements; the latest technology innovations from national laboratories; innovative programs or initiatives that provide opportunities to collaborate with the national laboratories; types of business agreements and authorities for engaging with the national laboratories; and presentations about companies that have successful partnerships with the national laboratories. Participants include representatives from the national laboratories, private companies, government officials, investors, universities and other organizations focused on energy Innovation.

NETL Shares Microscopes, Engineering with W.Va. Students

September 10, 2018


NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team recently spent the day visiting with about 175 first- and second-grade students at Brooke County Primary School South, in Wellsburg, West Virginia. The team shared engaging, active learning experiences – focused on microscopic discoveries and engineering challenges, as shown here – designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

NETL: Meeting America’s Energy Challenges

August 15, 2018


NETL is developing innovative technology solutions to the nation’s energy challenges through effective resource development, efficient energy conversion and responsible stewardship of the environment. Click here to learn more about how NETL is exercising its world-class capabilities in fossil energy science and engineering to enhance America’s energy future. Connect with us to find ways to collaborate.

2018 MFIX-Exa Annual Project Meeting

July 31, 2018


NETL welcomed representatives from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and the University of Colorado Boulder this week to discuss the MFIX-Exa Project during their annual meeting. 

University Student and Faculty Research Contributions Highlighted at Technical Forum

July 27, 2018


NETL hosted a technical forum July 23-24 at the Morgantown site to highlight valuable work by 16 participants in the Consortium for Integrating Energy Systems in Engineering and Science Education (CIESESE). The U.S. Department of Energy summer program engages university students and faculty in collaborative research to help build a sustainable pipeline of professionals prepared to tackle the challenges of the nation’s energy systems. The forum featured eight CIESESE participants at NETL and eight from other DOE sites, along with a tour of the unique Hybrid Performance Facility used to study and enable operation of advanced hybrid power systems.

NETL Co-Hosts with Carnegie Mellon on Subsurface Workshop

July 18, 2018


NETL co-hosted, with Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, a collaborative workshop, “Real-Time Decision-Making for the Subsurface,” that brought national laboratories, academic institutions, and industry stakeholders together July 17-18 in Pittsburgh. The workshop focused on recent advancements and continued challenges associated with the subsurface. Plenary sessions and interactive breakout groups tackled a variety of timely topics, such as improving resource recovery, developing autonomous monitoring systems, and managing induced seismicity. Participants considered advancements in high-performance computing, predictive modeling, and sensing technologies to develop recommendations for achieving real-time analysis of subsurface data for fossil energy needs. A report will be published later this year.

NETL Hosts Local Contracting Opportunities Seminar

July 13, 2018


NETL teamed with Government Agency Coordination Offices (GACO) of California University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University to host a Local Contracting Opportunity Seminar Thursday that educated small business representatives on how to do business with a range of government entities. GACO provides training in government contracting procedures and issues through seminars, workshops and counseling. Participants learned about contracting opportunities, vendor registration, procurement policies, certification requirements, and best practices for marketing businesses. Representatives of Allegheny County Purchasing, ALCOSAN, Pittsburgh Public Schools Minority/Women Business, Community College of Allegheny County Purchasing, Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments, and Duquesne University Small Business Development Centers made presentations. Jennifer Scharrer, contracting officer at NETL delivered welcoming remarks. The event was held at NETL’s Pittsburgh site.

NETL Celebrates Bring Your Kids to Work Day

July 02, 2018

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NETL celebrated Bring Your Kids to Work Day June 26-28 at all sites. Employees were invited to share their exciting work to develop technological solutions to America’s energy challenges their families. Many hosted interactive exhibits and demonstrations designed to get kids excited about the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math, while also helping the children understand the importance of the Lab’s fossil energy research and development.

Perry Praises NETL’s Natural Gas Research at World Gas Conference

June 29, 2018


NETL highlighted its innovative natural gas research at the 27th World Gas Conference, held June 27-29, in Washington, D.C. The conference, held every three years, welcomed 600 speakers and more than 12,000 attendees from 100 countries to address the theme, “Fueling the Future.” Energy Secretary Rick Perry delivered a keynote speech, while NETL’s Chuck Taylor and Jared Ciferno presented technical papers on the Lab’s methane hydrates and unconventional oil and natural gas advancement, respectively. Secretary Perry joined Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg for a visit to the NETL exhibit, where Perry congratulated Ciferno, Taylor, and Anthony Armaly on NETL’s work to advance the mission of Fossil Energy.

NETL Shares Sensors and Controls Research at Symposium

June 29, 2018


NETL highlighted its innovative work to develop improved sensors and controls for power generation systems at the International Society of Automation (ISA) Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium, held June 26-28 in Knoxville, Tennessee. ISA’s POWID develops and communicates the highest standards of information exchange, industry practices, environmental awareness and information security among professionals involved with instrumentation and control in the production of electricity. NETL’s research on sensors and controls aims to improve coal-fired power plants by providing real-time monitoring data on conditions to help boost efficiency, increase reliability, cut electricity costs, reduce emissions, and more. Events like the ISA POWID Symposium offer the opportunity to attract partners and identify technology gaps as NETL works to develop technological solutions to the nation’s energy challenges.

NETL Highlights Innovative Clean Energy Technology

June 25, 2018


NETL shared its innovative work to tackle America’s energy challenges through responsible stewardship of the environment at the 5th Annual CleanTech Innovation Showcase, held June 25 in Seattle. The event features innovations from more than 75 companies and attracts 400-plus participants – including other national labs, prestigious universities, and major organizations from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Staff from NETL’s Albany site highlighted work to extract valuable rare earth elements from coal by-products with a presentation and shared other efforts to advance clean energy technologies – including carbon capture and storage, geothermal research and development, and advanced materials – with an exhibit. The showcase also offered an opportunity to build relationships with industry partners and key stakeholders.

NETL Joins SBIR Road Tour in Huntington

June 21, 2018


NETL joined the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour at its June 21 stop in Huntington, West Virginia. Program managers from at least 11 federal agencies – including the Department of Energy – were on hand to talk to small businesses about partnership opportunities through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, which provide more than $2.5 billion annually to small businesses developing innovative technologies. NETL SBIR Coordinator Maria Reidpath met with potential partners one-on-one to discuss collaborative projects aimed at developing groundbreaking energy technologies.

NETL Joins EERE for Comprehensive Meetings on Fuel Cell Research

June 14, 2018


NETL partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to host the Lab’s 19th Annual Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Project Review Meeting. Held in conjunction with EERE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program 2018 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting, the meeting attracted more than 800 attendees June 13-15 in Washington, D.C. Speakers emphasized the value of collaboration and communication among DOE’s fuel cell programs within the Office of Fossil Energy, the Office of Nuclear Energy and EERE. NETL’s Shailesh Vora presented an overview of the Lab’s SOFC program. The comprehensive meetings provided a forum for the SOFC research and development community, industry, and government stakeholders to address recent improvements, shortcomings, and future needs to advance SOFC technology. 

NETL Celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month

June 01, 2018


NETL June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and to mark the occasion, NETL will welcome special guest Ted Hoover of the Pittsburgh Delta Foundation and the PERSAD Center as he gives a presentation on “A History of Pride.”

NETL Shares Work at Penn State Energy Days

May 31, 2018


Representatives from NETL joined energy leaders in industry, academia and government May 30-31 at Penn State Energy Days. The annual conference engages a variety of energy stakeholders to discuss regional, national and global challenges. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg served as the keynote speaker. Attendees also participated in a poster session, networking breaks and breakout sessions on important topics, such as managing methane emissions, critical materials for power industries, and sensing in harsh energy environments.

STEM Careers Video Series

May 31, 2018

Meet Ale Hakala, NETL’s next subject of our video series highlighting STEM Careers! The series explores what education background the talented energy researchers and engineers at NETL completed to begin their journey in STEM careers! Take a look at Ale’s video and follow our page to see more background stories in the future!


NETL Shares STEM Fun at Rostraver Elementary School

May 23, 2018

0523 500px Rostraver 1 NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team had a great visit with students at Rostraver Elementary School in Belle Vernon, Pa. The team shared fun, hands-on activities – like analyzing personal data using fingerprints as shown here – designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). NETL’s education program seeks to educate the next generation of researchers, engineers, and scientists who will work to boost our nation’s energy dominance through technological solutions. K-12 outreach is just one of the ways NETL encourages excellence in STEM, fosters positive attitudes toward STEM, and builds students’ confidence as STEM learners.

NETL Joins Regional Meeting on Clean Coal

May 22, 2018


NETL shared its work to develop clean coal technologies May 21-22 at a joint conference and committee meeting in Kingsport, Tenn. The 39th Annual Conference and Expo of the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance was held in conjunction with the Southern States Energy Board Committee Meeting on Clean Coal Energy Policies and Technologies. DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg participated in a keynote session, along with lawmakers and industry representatives. NETL’s Tom Sarkus joined a panel session focused on “New Framework for Coal Markets and Efficient Power Technologies,” and highlighted the Lab’s research and development programs and technologies during a brief presentation. NETL aims to help rejuvenate the coal industry through the development of innovative technologies that make efficient use of the nation’s abundant fossil energy resources, stimulate the economy and promote responsible stewardship of the environment.

NETL Shares STEM Wonders at Beech Bottom Primary School

May 18, 2018

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NETL’s education program seeks to educate the next generation of researchers, engineers, and scientists who will work to boost our nation’s energy dominance through technological solutions. K-12 outreach is just one of the ways NETL encourages excellence in STEM, fosters positive attitudes toward STEM, and builds students’ confidence as STEM learners.

Brazilian Coal Association Visit to Sign MOU Extension

May 17, 2018

0517-500px-BCA-MOU.jpg The president of the Brazilian Coal Association (BCA), Fernando Zancan, while attending an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, signed an extension of a Memorandum of Understanding with NETL leadership. The signing continues a valued relationship between NETL and BCA, which began in 2007 and has resulted in many successful scientific exchanges to advance clean coal technologies.

NETL Researchers Honored by Oregon FEB

May 10, 2018


NETL researchers Kelly Rose, Ph.D., and Circe Verba, Ph.D., were honored with two of the top awards at the inaugural Federal Employee Excellence Awards, presented by the Oregon Federal Executive Board (FEB). The awards – selected by an independent committee of federal executives – were handed out May 8, at a ceremony in Portland, Oregon.

Rose, a Geo-Data Science Researcher, won the Exceptional Service Award, while Verba, a Research Geologist, took home the Leadership Award. Rose and Verba are both part of NETL’s Geology and Geospatial Analysis Team, working to characterize and understand the behavior of engineered natural systems as it relates to innovative energy technologies.

Alan Hartman, the Lab’s Albany Site Operations Manager, was recognized in the Customer Service Award category. The awards ceremony is among a variety of festivities hosted by the Oregon FEB to celebrate Public Service Recognition Week, which highlights the important contributions of all public employees who serve our nation.

Carnegie Elementary School Explores Science with NETL

May 09, 2018


NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team had a fun day visiting with fifth-grade students at Carnegie Elementary School, in Carnegie, Pa. The team shared fun, hands-on activities designed to stimulate excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

NETL’s education program seeks to educate the next generation of researchers, engineers, and scientists who will work to boost our nation’s energy dominance through technological solutions. K-12 outreach is just one of the ways NETL encourages excellence in STEM, fosters positive attitudes toward STEM, and builds students’ confidence as STEM learners.

NETL Celebrates Science at Brownsville Area Middle School

May 03, 2018


NETL’s K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team had a fun visit with sixth- through eighth-grade students at Brownsville Area Middle School, in Brownsville, Pa. The team shared stimulating, hands-on activities designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

NETL’s education program seeks to educate the next generation of researchers, engineers, and scientists who will work to boost our nation’s energy dominance through technological solutions. K-12 outreach is just one of the ways NETL encourages excellence in STEM, fosters positive attitudes toward STEM, and builds students’ confidence as STEM learners.

2018 Offshore Technology Conference

May 03, 2018


NETL recently showcased its work at the 2018 Offshore Technology Conference, the largest global event for the oil and gas sector. The 50th annual event brought more than 2,000 exhibitors and 70,000 industry professionals to Houston’s NRG Park to explore offshore developments, exchange innovative ideas, share important discoveries, and make valuable contacts. NETL hosted an exhibit booth at NRG Center to highlight research on unconventional oil and gas resources, ultra-deepwater technology and small producers, among other areas of expertise. Alan Cohen, Ph.D., Director of Research for the Department of Energy’s Office of Oil and Natural Gas, also delivered a luncheon presentation on “DOE’s Approach to Offshore Oil and Gas Technology Challenges.” 

NETL Diversity Day 2018

May 02, 2018


NETL marked Celebrate Diversity Month with Diversity Day events May 1-2 at the Pittsburgh, Morgantown, and Albany sites. Employees shared what makes them unique as part of this year’s program, “Differences – Something We All Have in Common.” Diversity Day is one of many programs held throughout the year as part of NETL’s commitment to provide an inclusive atmosphere that enhances the Lab’s work to produce technological solutions for America’s energy challenges.

NETL Hosts Representatives of Electric Cooperatives

April 20, 2018

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. 

NETL Shares Work at 7th Annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference

April 17, 2018


NETL exhibited its work to develop innovative energy technology solutions at the 7th Annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference, held April 16-17 in Morgantown, W.Va. Hosted by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, the conference aimed to educate companies about the potential for ethane and ethylene-related business in West Virginia and featured a natural gas expo in partnership with the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. This year’s event focused on needs, challenges and opportunities to expand energy and manufacturing investment in the Appalachian region. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg served as a keynote speaker, providing a fossil fuels forecast with an emphasis on natural gas liquids. Acting Director Sean Plasynski, Ph.D., and other representatives from NETL shared the Lab’s expert energy analysis and oil and gas research with important industry contacts to promote collaboration.

NETL Hosts Meeting to Support Small Businesses

April 13, 2018


NETL’s Pittsburgh site hosted the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) annual meeting for 8(a) Small Business Development Program participants. The 8(a) program provides valuable assistance to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. NETL is proud to participate by hosting the annual meeting, co-sponsored by the SBA’s Pittsburgh and West Virginia district offices. In addition, NETL supports the many small businesses that contribute to the Lab’s work to develop innovative technology solutions for America’s energy challenges.

Computer Workshop Gives Area Teachers the Technological Edge

April 13, 2018


The Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh presented the annual Computer Software for Chemistry and Physics Teachers workshop at the NETL Pittsburgh site. Several pieces of computer software relevant to chemistry and physics education were demonstrated and distributed to area STEM educators, helping to bolster their classrooms and laboratories. 

NETL Attends National Coal Council Annual Spring Meeting

April 12, 2018


NETL Acting Director Dr. Sean Plasynski was among the attendees at the National Coal Council’s (NCC) Annual Spring Meeting April 11-12 in Washington, D.C. The NCC is a member-supported federal advisory committee that provides input to the U.S. Secretary of Energy on policy matters related to coal. The spring meeting offered an opportunity for scientists and researchers to meet with industry partners to discuss efficient, cost-effective use of the nation’s vast coal resources to grow the economy and ensure national security in support of the America First Energy Plan. The agenda included presentations on new markets for coal, opportunities for technology innovation and improving the success rate for technology deployment. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg delivered the keynote address on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Praxair Corporate Fellows Council Visit

April 10, 2018


A small group from Praxair, a fortune 300 company and a leading supplier of industrial gases, visited NETL this week. The group learned about available cooperative research opportunities and technologies available for license. The visit showcased NETL research and competencies and addressed how NETL is working on technology in areas of interest to the company.

Carnegie Mellon University Energy Week

April 06, 2018


NETL employees touted the Lab’s work to develop innovative energy technology solutions during Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Energy Week, held April 3-6 in Pittsburgh. In conjunction with this year’s theme, “Investing in our Energy Future,” CMU invited leaders from the industry, government, academia, and nonprofit sectors to address energy research, trends, and opportunities. Randall Gentry, Ph.D., NETL’s Deputy Director of Science and Technology Strategic Plans and Programs, delivered a keynote address on Thursday afternoon. NETL also exhibited during the career fair, and employees shared the Lab’s involvement with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship programs with interested participants. Other events included an investor forum, Department of Energy-sponsored Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition and lectures on important topics related to NETL’s efforts to stimulate a growing economy and improve the health, safety, and security of all Americans. 

Teacher’s Workshop on the Science of Light

April 06, 2018


One of the ways that NETL amplifies its STEM educational outreach is by leveraging strategic partnerships with various organizations. For example, the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh present the Light, Color, and Spectroscopy for Kids teacher workshop each year at the Pittsburgh site. The 2018 workshop took place this week and featured fun activities like learning how to project a color spectrum that can be used to teach things like color addition and subtraction. 


NETL Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 28, 2018


NETL marked Women’s History Month with a special event featuring West Virginia University Visiting Professor of Leadership Studies Amena Oliver Anderson, Ph.D. as guest speaker. She addressed the program’s theme, “Leading and Following in Gender Equity Work.”

Women play vital roles in NETL’s work to develop innovative technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. The Lab is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating women in STEM.

Appalachian Regional Commission Visits NETL

March 27, 2018


NETL welcomed the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the Lab’s Morgantown site March 27 for a productive partnerships meeting and campus tour.

ARC is a cooperative government economic development agency that aims to innovate, partner and invest to facilitate growth for more than 25 million residents in 420 counties across 13 Appalachian states. ARC has supported 662 projects in Appalachia, valued at $175.7 million, and plans to create or retain more than 23,670 jobs.

Leaders at NETL and ARC addressed mutual goals and interests, future collaborative opportunities and ARC’s ongoing Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. The visit reflects NETL’s commitment to developing energy technology solutions that stimulate national and regional economies – often by adding jobs, cutting costs, and increasing efficiency. 

STEM Mentoring Café Registration Reminder

March 26, 2018


Register now for the first U.S. Department of Energy STEM Mentoring Café of 2018, co-hosted by NETL and the Oregon State University College of Science! Middle and high school students, educators, and STEM professionals near our Albany, Ore., site are invited to participate in this fun, free event April 18 to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and more. The deadline to register is April 4 for students and educators, and April 6 for STEM professionals.

2018 Development District Association of Appalachia Conference

March 21, 2018

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NETL partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a presentation at the 2018 Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) Annual Conference, addressing “The National Labs and the Future of Energy and Manufacturing.” The conference was held March 18-21 in Arlington, Va., in conjunction with the National Association of Development Organizations Washington Conference. DDAA is a membership organization with 73 Local Development Districts that provide administrative, professional and technical assistance to communities in 420 counties throughout Appalachia. The conference provided an opportunity for NETL to share its work to develop innovative energy technology solutions that stimulate the nation’s growing economy with key constituencies in Appalachia.

NETL Experts talk Carbon Capture at CCUS Conference in Nashville

March 19, 2018


A delegation of NETL experts is attending the Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Conference this week in Nashville, Tenn. The Conference is designed for U.S. and international leaders, technical experts, researchers, and industry executives to discuss innovative ways to decarbonize the energy and industrial sectors. CCUS technologies have the potential to secure up to 90 percent of CO2 emissions, but are just now reaching maturity. The conference will present and discuss case studies on emerging technologies. #NETL is the only national laboratory specializing in fossil fuel research and has been a leader in the field of CCUS. DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg is a keynote speaker at the conference.

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

March 13, 2018


NETL’s Dushyant Shekhawat explained the benefits of an exciting innovative technology resulting from a collaborative effort with West Virginia University (WVU) at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. this week.  Shekhawat featured an ARPA-E funded project to design, build, and demonstrate a 1-kg ammonia/day microwave plasma catalytic reaction system. The technology is representative of NETL’s efforts to develop leading edge technology that can be transferred from the laboratory to the marketplace through entrepreneurial collaborations. The ninth ARPA-E Innovation Summit is geared to commercializing new innovative energy technologies. The summit brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America's energy challenges in new and innovative ways. 

U.S. Association for Energy Economics Tour

March 09, 2018


The United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) is an organization of energy professionals that meets to consider energy economics and related energy issues. Thursday, a delegation representing the National Capital Area Chapter of USAEE took a close look at research underway at NETL during a day-long tour of the Morgantown, W.Va. facilities. The USAEE visitors also toured Longview Power Plant, a coal-fired plant in nearby Maidsville, W.Va.

NETL-Managed Project Subject of WV DEP Video Segment

March 06, 2018

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection recently produced a video featuring an NETL-managed project in which West Virginia University (WVU) is focusing on the recovery of rare earth elements from acid mine drainage. These valuable elements are used in the manufacture of everything from mobile phones to national defense systems. In the segment, WVU’s Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, principal investigator, explains the potential economic benefits of the project.


2018 Southwestern PA Science Bowl Winners

March 05, 2018


NETL congratulates Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) Science Bowl champions Pittsburgh Allderdice High School from Squirrel Hill and Marshall Middle School from Wexford, PA. They will represent the SWPA region at the National Science Bowl in April. NETL sponsored this year’s competition, held Feb. 24 and March 3 at the Community College of Allegheny County.

NETL’s McIntyre Presents at Pittcon in Orlando

March 01, 2018


NETL’s Dustin McIntyre represented the Laboratory and made a presentation at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) held in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 27 through March 1.

Described as a dynamic global event, Pittcon offered participants the opportunity to achieve a “hands-on look” at the latest laboratory instrumentation, participate in live demonstrations and product seminars, talk with technical experts, and find solutions to laboratory challenges.

Pittcon is the world’s leading annual conference and exposition on laboratory science and is organized by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. NETL’s Chet Raj Bhott also attended the event.

Experts from more than 90 countries representing academia, industry, and government attended Pittcon this year.

McIntyre’s presentation highlighted NETL’s work in the field of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy. He was joined at the conference by NETL’s Laboratory’s Chet Raj Bhott.

NETL’s work highlighted at 2018 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day

March 01, 2018


Representatives from NETL were among 40 exhibitors at the 2018 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day on March 1, at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston. TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program and TechConnect-West Virginia co-sponsored the expo to advance innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization of new ideas in the Mountain State.

Spring Edition of NETL Impact Is Now Available

March 01, 2018


NETL presents the latest edition of a quarterly publication showcasing the Lab’s research on revolutionizing energy systems with new emerging sensor technologies and provides information about our new Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Mr. Steve Winberg, in this issue.Click here

Farewell to NETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek

February 28, 2018


NETL employees said farewell to their director, Grace Bochenek, Ph.D., who officially retired today after 31 years of service to the Federal Government. DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg presented her with the DOE Distinguished Career Service Award earlier this month.

Spotlight on NETL Educational Outreach

February 20, 2018

From school visits and Science Bowls to internships and teacher workshops, NETL’s educational outreach is inspiring our nation’s students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math, and supporting the skilled workforce needed for high-tech jobs. Read more in our Latest News

NETL Honors Black History Month

February 15, 2018


NETL continued its tradition of honoring Black History Month with a special video presentation of “Tuskegee Airman Tribute.” The film shares the story of the first African American squadron of military pilots, in recognition of this year’s theme, “African Americans in Times of War.” NETL also recognized two outstanding employees – U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Monte Chapman and Dr. Isaac Gamwo, recipient of the Joseph N. Cannon Award for Chemical Engineering from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

NETL Director to Retire

February 09, 2018


NETL Director Grace Bochenek, Ph.D., who has announced her retirement effective February 28 after 31 years of dedicated federal government service, was presented with DOE’s Distinguished Career Service Award by Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg during a special farewell event at NETL.

NETL’s Joule Supercomputer Gets Refresh, Providing Considerable Increase in Computational Power

February 06, 2018


Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference and Exhibition

January 31, 2018


Representatives from NETL exhibited and attended the Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference and Exhibition January 30-February 1, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PA. The event was themed, “Propelling Production: Appalachian Gas Takes on the World,” is billed and offered the latest production forecasts from the region’s top Exploration and Production companies; up-to-date status’ on pipeline projects to expand regional takeaway capacity from leading midstream operators; and insight into emerging markets that will impact Appalachia’s manufacturing economy. Leaders in the industry spoke at the conference and exhibited, allowing face-to-face networking with decision-makers and professionals who can connect you with your next business opportunity.

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January 29, 2018


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ASFE Steven Winberg Poster Presentation Visit Video

January 25, 2018

In a brief presentation to NETL researchers, DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg told Laboratory researchers that more taxpayers and decision makers need to know about their work. See his remarks in this video.

2017 NETL Year In Review - Part III

January 11, 2018

2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: Part 2

January 09, 2018

2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: Part 1

January 04, 2018

West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Visit to NETL Morgantown

December 20, 2017


The NETL Morgantown staff hosted West Virginia Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher on Wednesday, December 20. The visit included discussions on carbon fiber, energy, solid-oxide research, fuel cells, carbon capture and storage, and the training center for gas-powered plants. 

DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Visits NETL Sites

December 19, 2017


NETL hosted U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg at the Lab’s Pittsburgh and Morgantown sites. In Pittsburgh, NETL experts briefed Winberg on computational molecular science and fluid dynamic simulations used to design and analyze advanced energy systems; NETL’s Institute for Design of Advanced Energy Systems: efforts to recover rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts; improvements to wellbore integrity in shale oil and gas recovery; experiments for energy conversion engineering and direct power extraction; and NETL support for DOE international energy agreements. In Morgantown, Winberg visited NETL’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Laboratory; Chemical Looping and Reactor Facility; Geological and Environmental Systems Laboratory and high-performance JOULE Supercomputer. The Office of Fossil Energy is responsible for technological solutions leading to prudent and sustainable development of unconventional oil and gas domestic resources. Prior to coming to DOE, Winberg served as a senior program manager at Battelle Memorial Institute and as a vice president for CONSOL Energy Research & Development.

Dr. Barbara Kutchko SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2018-2019 Lecture Season

December 13, 2017


Dr. Barbara Kutchko is being recognized on an international level as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers 2018-19 lecture season! Dr. Kutchko receives this recognition for her pioneering research on foamed cement, helping revolutionize wellbore safety.

Oregon State University Students visit NETL Albany

December 12, 2017

1212 OSU VisitStudents from Oregon State University visited NETL’s Albany, Ore. Site recently to learn about current research and take a tour of Laboratory facilities. NETL’s Circe Verba, Ph.D., and a team of NETL researchers introduced the delegation to research under way at the GAIA Computational and Severe Environment facility and the Corrosion Erosion Facility. Verba said the visit helped provide the students with insights for potential career opportunities. The event further strengthens NETL’s partnership with Oregon State University’s College of Science and reinforces the Laboratory’s goal of motivating a new generation of energy researchers. 

NETL Representatives Attend Largest Space and Earth Science Meeting in the World

December 11, 2017


NETL and U.S. Department of Energy representatives are presenting at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall meeting in New Orleans.  The DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility will be exhibiting during the weeklong event. The AGU meeting features a mix of more than 20,000 oral and poster presentations, a range of keynote lectures, an array of formal and informal networking opportunities, and scientific field trips around New Orleans

NETL at the National Ground Water Association Workshop

December 06, 2017

500pxNGWAcollageNETL’s Jennifer Bauer presented on the Laboratory’s significant work devoted to energy issues and the protection of the nation’s groundwater at the 2017 National Ground Water Association (NGWA) Groundwater Summit this week in Nashville, Tenn. The technical conference attracted industry professionals from across the globe to share research, expertise, and knowledge. Bauer joined a range of industry experts for discussions on groundwater modeling, monitoring, remediation, integrated water management, surface and groundwater interaction, and sustainability.

Fall Edition of NETL Impact Is Now Available

November 22, 2017

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NETL presents the latest edition of a quarterly publication, showcasing the Lab’s many accomplishments and robust areas of research. This issue explores how NETL is advancing technologies for effective resource development and environmental sustainability. Check out the full edition by clicking on the title above:

Energy, Environment, and Economics: Teachers Gather for the 26th Annual Triple E Workshop

November 17, 2017


NETL welcomed teachers from throughout the southwestern Pennsylvania region to an exciting two-day training event. The teachers participated in hands-on, minds-on experiences of fun, low-cost activities that they could bring back to their own classrooms.

November 16, 2017

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Researchers from the R&IC Systems Engineering and Analysis (SEA) team attended the America Makes Members Meeting & Exchange in Youngstown, Ohio this week. NETL researchers learned more about the development and growth of a comprehensive, and globally competitive, American 3D printing and AM infrastructure.

Energy Investor Center’s Bridges for Innovation Summit

November 13, 2017

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NETL Offshore Technology Manager Roy Long and researcher Jennifer Bauer attended the Bridges for Innovation Summit, presented by the DOE’s Energy Investor Center in partnership with the Road to Global Entrepreneurship Initiative in Houston, Texas.  The Bridges for Innovation Summit brought together diverse and global viewpoints to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, with a spotlight on smarter energy infrastructure that will boost prosperity and energy system reliability.

NETL Thanks its veterans

November 07, 2017


NETL is proud of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and Coast Guard veterans who continue their service to America by working in its Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Oregon laboratories. Click on the image above pictures and bios of its veteran heroes.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Meeting

November 03, 2017

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NETL showcased its open-source MFIX code at the 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers conference in Minnesota, October 29–November 3, 2017. NETL researchers joined more than 7,000 chemical engineers to discuss research and new technologies at this premier forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation.

NETL researchers lead a session at the Community Colleges of Appalachia Fall Conference

November 01, 2017


This year’s CCA Fall Conference is themed “A New Chapter of Appalachia: Stories of Success, Innovation, and Hope.” It will feature a variety of sessions with administrators from regional community and technical colleges. The Community Colleges of Appalachia (CCA) is a voluntary association of public community colleges serving the common interests of member colleges and their communities through programs and services responsive to the unique cultural, geographic, and economic development challenges facing the region.

2017 Propulsion Instrumentation Working Group (PIWG) Fall Meeting

November 01, 2017


NETL is hosting the 2017 Propulsion Instrumentation Working Group (PIWG) Fall Meeting today and tomorrow, bringing together representatives of all domestic turbine original equipment manufacturers with key research leaders within the Energy Department. Attendees will see informative presentations on high-temperature instrumentation and measurements for gas turbine applications, learn more about relevant NETL research programs, and tour the laboratories at the Morgantown site.


National Association of Royalty Owners’ (NARO) Appalachia Conference

October 31, 2017


NETL’s REE Technology Manager Mary Anne Alvin gave a presentation on rare earth elements in coordination with the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey at the National Association of Royalty Owners’ (NARO) Appalachia Conference. The Laboratory’s research into securing a domestic supply of rare earth from coal and coal by-products is well aligned with NARO’s conference goals, including helping to support Appalachian economic vitality.

NETL participated in the 2017 National Laboratory Director's Council Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

October 26, 2017


NETL participated in the 2017 National Laboratory Director's Council Diversity and Inclusion Workshop at Ames National Laboratory on October 24-25. NETL Director  Dr. Grace Bochenek, Kristin Meier, and Walter Perry along with other National Lab representatives traveled to Ames, Iowa to contribute to thought provoking discussions of ideas to foster an inclusive working environment at DOE's seventeen National Laboratories.

TMS LMD/EPD Energy Best Paper Award

October 25, 2017


Congratulations to NETL researchers Jin Nakano, James Bennett, and Anna Nakano who were honored with a 2017 LMD/EPD Energy Best Paper Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) in the Professional category. The award-winning paper, on the topic of fuel production from industrial slag, was nominated by the TMS Light Metals and Extraction & Processing divisions. 

TransTech Energy Business Development Conference

October 24, 2017


NETL is excited to be attending the 2017 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference. Our researchers are pitching six different NETL technologies, and NETL Deputy Director and technology managers are sharing their expertise about partnering and building a next-generation regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Visit of Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to Albany Site

October 23, 2017



Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (1st District, Ore.) visited NETL Albany site Friday, Oct. 20, to learn more about ongoing energy research and meet with Laboratory researchers. Congresswoman Bonamici is a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. In addition to her discussions with NETL researchers David Alman, Paul Jablonski, Jeff Hawk, and Kelly Rose, Congresswoman Bonamici toured key Albany research labs.

NETL Regional Workforce Initiative Workshop

October 20, 2017


Representatives from regional community and technical colleges participated in NETL’s Regional Workforce Initiative Workshop October 20, 2017. The workshop included a tour of NETL’s Morgantown laboratory and introduced participants to emerging technologies for which the region’s future technical and skilled workforce must be trained.

Visit of Eaton Corp. R&D Representatives

October 16, 2017


R&D Officials from Eaton Corp. visited NETL Pittsburgh last week to tour facilities and learn more about the Laboratory’s expertise in fuel cells, general materials, offshore power conversion, and sensors and controls. NETL and Eaton have collaborated on research before. Last week’s meetings were intended to explore future collaborative possibilities. The Eaton visitors attended Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s High-Performance Computing for Materials Program launch event Thursday in downtown Pittsburgh prior to their NETL tour.

Paul Jablonski, Ph.D., Elected Fellow of ASM International

October 12, 2017


NETL Metallurgist Paul Jablonski, Ph.D., was officially inducted as a Fellow of ASM International at the Materials Science & Technology Technical Meeting and Exhibition, October 10, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pa. ASM recognized Jablonski for his distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering. Specifically, ASM cited Dr. Jablonski for “sustained excellence in materials processing and heat treatment, leading to CALPHAD [Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry]-based methodology for efficient homogenization of alloys through utilization of computational thermodynamics and kinetics.” Election as an ASM Fellow is one of the highest honors in the field of materials science.

Director Bochenek Addresses PA Lawmakers at White House

October 12, 2017


NETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek addressed members of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives at a White House Conversation on Infrastructure: Empowering State and Local Leaders. The conference was held to help promote relationships between federal agencies and state lawmakers. The Director discussed innovations, impacts, and partnerships of the Laboratory.


October 10, 2017


The Federal LCA Commons, which includes several members from NETL, received an award for contributions to the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at the LCA XVII conference. The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) is recognizing the Federal LCA Commons for their collective efforts to build and share databases, tools, and resources for everyone. The ACLCA is a non-profit membership organization and professional society for Life Cycle Assessment. The work of the ACLCA is primarily carried out through the members working in the organization’s various committees.

NETL Researchers and Engineers Present at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Eastern Section Annual Meeting

October 02, 2017



Several NETL experts participated in the recent American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Eastern Section meeting in Morgantown, West Virginia. NETL researchers and engineers discussed their shale gas work, including projects with the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory and NETL’s research related to environmental monitoring at sites such as abandoned oil and gas wells. The meeting was hosted by the Appalachian Geological Society and the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey.

Supporting Shale Gas Research & Development

September 29, 2017


NETL participated in the Shale Insight Conference on September 27-28 to demonstrate its support of safe and efficient technologies to utilize natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale geological formations.  The conference also featured prominent industry and government leaders, including Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, discussing the importance of shale gas to the nation’s energy supply.

Connecting with West Virginia’s Leaders

September 26, 2017

0926-Leadership-3-of-3forsite.jpg spotlight2.pngNETL’s Kirk Gerdes presented to 57 professionals from across the state at the Leadership West Virginia Program—Energy Session on September 22. Gerdes explained the full technology innovation cycle for the session focused on how to better understand how innovation begins, matures, and eventually creates deployable technology.

Self-driving cars-a thing of the present

September 20, 2017

IMG_0211.jpgSelf-driving cars are no longer a thing of the past according to Congressman David B. McKinley. NETL Director Dr. Grace M. Bochenek and Trevelyn Hall, who works with NETL’s vehicle program as part of the Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Team, saw a self-driving vehicle first-hand at the Autonomous/Self-Driving Cars … America First! Forum at West Virginia University hosted by Representative McKinley on September 20. Dr. Bochenek and Hall attended the event to highlight NETL’s support for regional research and development of safe self-driving vehicles.

NETL Talks Clean Tech at 2017 Oregon BEST FEST

September 14, 2017


NETL was delighted to participate in the 2017 Oregon BEST FEST CleanTech Innovation Conference, held in Portland, Ore., on September 14. Researchers from our lab joined entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, representatives from universities, and other researchers to explore how innovations in advanced manufacturing, energy, water, and natural resources can make a positive impact on the planet while enhancing the local economy.

NETL’s Well-Bore Integrity teamed has been named a finalist for a 2017 World Oil Award for their foamed cement work!

September 11, 2017

oilaward.jpgNETL’s Well-Bore Integrity teamed has been named a finalist for a 2017 World Oil Award. Led by Dr. Barbara Kutchko, seen here, the team was nominated for their work advancing foamed cementing technology—an accomplishment that is leading to safer, more sustainable offshore drilling.

Subsurface Science at NETL

September 06, 2017

NETL Director Bochenek Addressed Pittsburgh International Coal Conference

September 06, 2017

graceBochenekSpotlight.pngDr. Grace Bochenek, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the United States’ only national laboratory dedicated to fossil energy research, spoke on the topic of “21st Century Energy Ecosystems” at a featured appearance before the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference Wednesday morning. The Conference is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and is an outgrowth of a series of conferences spanning more than three decades dealing with coal utilization in the United States and internationally. It is described as the “premier” international annual event devoted to all aspects of coal, energy, and the environment.

Summer Edition of NETL Impact Is Now Available

September 05, 2017

impact-cover-sept2017.jpgNETL presents the latest edition of a quarterly publication, showcasing the Lab’s many accomplishments and robust areas of research. This issue explores how NETL’s materials research is enabling efficiency improvements for advanced energy systems. Check out the full edition here.

Chinese Delegation Tours NETL

September 05, 2017

chinese-delegation.jpgNETL was pleased to host technology executives and administrative managers from the Shenhua Group, China’s largest coal-producing company, at the laboratory’s Morgantown site on September 5. The group came to the United States to take part in a training opportunity at West Virginia University called “Training for the Application and Management of Clean Energy Technology.”

Once in a Lifetime Sky

August 23, 2017

Totality-Flag-Bld33.jpgNETL’s campus in Albany, Oregon was in the direct path of the solar eclipse that stretched across America on August 21, 2017. In the sky above this research support building, the totality of the eclipse is visible in the upper right hand corner. The Albany site is rich in history, from its role in metallurgical research going back to 1943 to its focus today on materials research and performance testing of advanced high-temperature, corrosion-resistant structural ceramic composites and metal alloys. With the eclipse, history was made again -- this time above the Albany site in a spectacular Oregon sky.

South Korean Representatives Visit NETL to Learn About Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies

August 22, 2017

9L3A4295.jpgA delegation from the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) visited NETL August 22 to learn about new technologies for carbon capture and storage. The delegation was led by Kwon Hanim, Deputy Director of MOTIE’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Division. Ayaka Jones, of DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, accompanied the visitors.

NETL Hosts Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance

August 17, 2017

Propulsion-and-Power-Systems-Photo.jpgNETL Morgantown hosted the annual meeting of the Propulsion and Power Systems Alliance (PPSA), a government alliance that promotes collaboration among government agencies — including DOE, the Department of Defense (Army, Navy, and Air Force), NASA, and the Federal Aviation Administration — to effectively use government resources in the areas of power and propulsion. The annual meeting presented opportunities to identify potential spin-off innovations, advance the technology readiness of government research, encourage more effective use of government resources in propulsion and power systems technology development, enable and encourage new agreements, and highlight and reinforce existing collaborative activities. PPSA members discussed innovations for combustors, compressors, controls and health management, hybrid electric, materials, mechanical components, modeling and simulation/thermal management, turbines, and integrated test and evaluation.

Making a Difference

August 17, 2017

During a recent tour of NETL’s facilities in Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh, PA, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry highlighted the critical role of DOE’s 17 “Laboratories of Innovation” in making a difference in people’s lives. Secretary Perry emphasized that work coming out of the DOE National Labs, including NETL, is a “true testament to what the genius of America is all about.” Hear the Secretary’s remarks and see footage from the tour.

Petra Nova Selected 2017 Power Plant of the Year

August 11, 2017

Petra-Nova.pngThe NETL-supported Petra Nova project, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system, has been selected by POWER magazine as its 2017 Power Plant of the Year! POWER recognized the project, a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration, because “it was brought online on time, and on budget, and despite its unprecedented scale, it was completed in roughly 1.78 million man-hours without a single lost-time incident during construction.” More information about NETL’s involvement can be found here. The POWER magazine article is here.

6 Things you may NOT know about Coal

August 11, 2017

6-Things-About-Coal-Infographic.jpgLearn more about the importance of coal to our nation’s energy security in the new Infographic from DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy…

Multiphase Flow & Computational Science Research at NETL

August 08, 2017

Why investigate multiphase flows? Because this phenomenon—the simultaneous flow of materials in different phases (gas, liquid, or solid)—is encountered in almost every commercial energy and environmental process. Understanding these complex flows and chemical reactions & interactions, is a key element of NETL’s mission to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. 

West Virginia Congressman Evan Jenkins Visits NETL

August 02, 2017

Congressman-Evan-Jenkins-Visit---Spray-Coater-2.jpgU.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District visited the National Energy Technology Laboratory Morgantown site on August 1 to meet with Laboratory leadership and tour energy technologies research facilities. Jenkins was briefed on NETL research areas, including Energy Conversion Engineering and Geological & Environmental Systems.  Here Rep. Jenkins (center) observes an advanced manufacturing process invented by NETL researchers that deposits electrocatalysts onto solid oxide fuel cell electrodes while touring with Dr. Grace Bochenek, Laboratory Director, and Gregory Hackett of the NETL Solid Oxide Fuel Manufacturing and Test Lab.

Learn about DOE’s National Labs…17 Labs in 17 Minutes

July 28, 2017

7labs.pngNETL is one of 17 National Laboratories within the Department of Energy.  Learn about NETL and it’s Rare Element Elements project, along the other National Labs in the YouTube video here or at DOE’s website here

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Facts About the Impact of DOE Research and the Shale Revolution

July 27, 2017


Project Partners Boost NETL’s Rare Earth Elements Research

July 26, 2017

spotlight267.jpgIn addition to NETL’s robust in-house rare earth elements research, the Laboratory also partners with leaders in industry and academia to facilitate REE technology research and development, and its potential deployment. These strategic partnerships amplify NETL’s contribution toward securing a supply of REEs from domestic coal and coal-based products.

NETL Researchers Use Advanced Techniques to Identify Rare Earth Elements in Coal and Coal By-Products

July 19, 2017

elements-in-coal.jpgCoal has helped power the nation for well over a century, but NETL researchers are using advanced analytical and characterization techniques to address whether this abundant energy source can be used to provide REEs for use in high-tech products, including cell phones, computers, batteries, and lasers.

NETL and City of Pittsburgh Celebrate Anniversary, Progress

July 18, 2017

pittsburgh-anniversary.jpgNETL celebrates the 2-year anniversary of a fruitful collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh. Since July 2015, NETL has been assisting Pittsburgh on plans for efficient distributed energy systems in specific neighborhoods and ways to use new investments to increase resilience, reduce consumers’ energy costs, and encourage workforce development. A recent survey by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows that energy efficiency has improved in the City since the collaboration began. According to ACEE, Pittsburgh ranked 17the out of 51 cities on its City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Scoring was based on metrics reflecting the adoption and implementation of specific government policies, actions, or public services that can improve energy efficiency.

Women & Technology Conference

July 12, 2017

A-_BOB1673.jpgNETL recently participated in the Women & Technology Conference in Charleston, West Virginia, which enabled dialogue regarding the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Encouraging women to be involved in technology education and research, private enterprises, the public sector, investing, and entrepreneurship were primary focuses of this event. NETL was represented by Dr. Linda Kimberling, NETL Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer along with (pictured left to right) Laboratory Operations Center Chief of Staff Lee Ann Haley and Research & Innovation Center Associate Director Jamie Brown.

Techno-Economic Analysis of Rare Earth Element Recovery from Coal-Based Feedstocks

July 12, 2017

infograph.pngA continuing challenge in most technology development is striking a careful balance between ways the technology stands to benefit society and whether the costs of that technology outweigh those perks. Therefore, researchers must assess, through cost-benefit analysis, whether rare earth elements (REEs) can be separated and recovered from coal-based feedstocks in an economically feasible fashion. NETL is addressing these questions through the development and implementation of techno-economic analysis models to assess the economics of commercially producing REEs from existing conventional, novel, and advanced separation and recovery processes.

Secretary Perry Gets First-Hand View of NETL Innovations

July 10, 2017

spotlight710.jpgNETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek hosted a two-day visit by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry July 6 at the NETL Morgantown site and July 7 at the Pittsburgh Laboratory location where some of Laboratory’s key energy innovations were demonstrated. The visitors, which included U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and U.S. Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia in Morgantown and U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania at the Pittsburgh site, took a tour of key NETL labs for insight into the Laboratory’s role in meeting the energy needs of the Nation. Secretary Perry presented brief remarks and took questions during appearances at both locations. He reflected upon the accomplishments of NETL labs across the country and their employees including more than 100 patents, 2,800 publications and lab awards. He also highlighted NETL’s research into extracting rare earth elements from coal.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Tours NETL facilities and meets with research staff

July 07, 2017

perry-visit-group-shot.jpg U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry was greeted at the National Energy Technology Laboratory Morgantown site on Thursday afternoon by NETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek. Secretary Perry visited the site to meet with NETL executive leadership, tour research facilities, and address laboratory staff. NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. The Laboratory focuses on conducting a broad range of energy and environmental research and development activities that support DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, and U.S. Rep. David McKinley accompanied Secretary Perry on the NETL Morgantown visit.

NETL Hosts Tomorrow’s Energy Leaders

July 06, 2017

BYKTWD-collage.png We were delighted to welcome scientists and engineers of the future at Bring Your Kids to Work Day, an annual event held at all three NETL sites. Children 5–18 years old took part in planned activities and lab tours during the morning, and then shadowed their parents in the afternoon. This fun and inspiring event supports DOE efforts to improve science literacy and educate the next generation of energy leaders.

Coal and Rare Earth Elements Extraction—A New Mission for an Old Resource

July 05, 2017

REEspotlight.jpgCoal powered the industries that created and transported products used by millions all over the world before other fuel options became more prevalent. By working on ways to extract rare earth elements from coal and its by-products, researchers at the National Energy Research Laboratory are unlocking innovations that could once

NETL Metallurgist Dr. Paul Jablonski Elected as Fellow of ASM International

July 03, 2017

Jablonski.png Dr. Paul Jablonski, an NETL metallurgist, has been elected as a Fellow of ASM International, the world's largest and most distinguished association for materials science professionals. ASM Fellows are technical and professional leaders who have been recognized by their colleagues and now serve as advisors to the society. Dr. Jablonski is being recognized for his distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering. Specifically, ASM cited Dr. Jablonski for “sustained excellence in materials processing and heat treatment, leading to CALPHAD [Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry]-based methodology for efficient homogenization of alloys through utilization of computational thermodynamics and kinetics.” Election as an ASM Fellow is one of the highest honors in the field of materials science.

Visualizing Oxy-Fuel Combustion

June 28, 2017

oxyfuel-combustion.jpgNETL researchers use computational fluid dynamics simulations to visualize how fuel, oxygen, and CO2 mix and react in a combustor to produce heat. The work is providing breakthrough analyses for supercritical CO2 power systems using oxycombustion. Read More.

Coal & Gas Research highlighted to International Visitors

June 27, 2017

chuck_tChuck Taylor of NETL’s Global Partnerships Program highlights the Office of Fossil Energy’s program in coal and gas research to a recent group of international visitors at West Virginia University’s National Center for Coal and Energy as coordinated by the U. S. Department of State as part of their International Visitor Leadership Program Meeting held at WVU.

Fossil Energy Research Highlighted at “Energizing North Dakota’s Future” Event

June 26, 2017


Dr. Randy Gentry highlighted DOE’s fossil energy research at the recent “Energizing North Dakota's Future: Realizing the Vision” workshop held at the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center.  NETL, along with industry & government representatives, discussed the importance of the energy industry to North Dakota and the role technology plays in driving new innovations in the energy sector.    

Pressure Gain Combustion Working Group Focuses on Efficient Electricity Generation

June 23, 2017


Gas Turbine Engines are a critical to ensure continuous electricity generation by electric utilities along with their role in aerospace propulsion.  Constant pressure within turbines can result in pressure loss.  NETL, as a leader in gas engine turbine technology, hosted the Pressure Gain Combustion Working Group met at NETL on June 22-23 to discuss how technology innovations in these engines can lead to greater efficiency in electricity generation.  Participants included a variety of government and industry partners, including DOE, NASA, Air Force, Navy and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  

NETL reaches out to Small Businesses

June 21, 2017

netl.jpgDuring a recent outreach event in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Jen Scharrer, Contracting Officer, and Larry Sullivan, Small Business Program Manager, provided information to small business owners about contracting opportunities with the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.  Small businesses provide goods and services to support the Laboratory’s mission with $67 million being obligated through small business contracts and simplified acquisitions in Fiscal Year 2016.

Research Partnership Advances Turbine Cooling Design Concepts

June 21, 2017

gasturbine.jpgSolving the challenges associated with developing advanced turbine systems is no easy task. In an effort to stimulate rapid technology advancements, NETL made a strategic investment in a research collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University’s Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Laboratory and industry partner Pratt & Whitney (a division of United Technologies). Established in 2011, this ongoing research partnership has the goal of transitioning new cooling technologies into working-scale gas turbines.

Improving Gas Turbines

June 14, 2017

blueturbine.jpgWorking with experts in the private sector, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is on a quest to increase the efficiency and durability of energy-producing advanced gas turbines using ceramic matrix composites (CMCs)—an objective that could help meet the nation’s increasing demand for additional energy while addressing environmental concerns.

Pressure Gain Combustion Research Poised to Increase Turbine Efficiency

June 07, 2017

turbinespotlightjune.jpgLarge gas turbines supply the nation with a reliable energy supply, and current combined cycle plants can operate at efficiencies of just over 60 percent. Now, Pressure Gain Combustion research at NETL is poised to further increase that efficiency, which could translate to a vast reduction in carbon emissions—potentially without increasing the cost of electricity.

NETL along with Joe Giove at DOE HQ recently presented at the Southern States Energy Board Annual Conference on clean coal technologies.

June 06, 2017

giove.jpgJoe Giove, DOE’s Director of Coal Business Operations in the Office of Fossil Energy, discusses Clean Coal Energy Policies and Technologies for the utility industry at the annual conference of the Southern States Energy Board. NETL Senior Fellow Dr. Geo Richards also participated to highlight the critical role of the Laboratory in providing technologies that may be used by industry to reduce the costs of power generation.

Advanced Turbine Program Researching More Efficient Combustion

June 05, 2017


The Energy Department’s Advanced Turbine Program has helped create next-generation turbine technologies to ensure that the nation’s growing demand for energy will always be met by producing reliable, affordable, diverse, and environmentally friendly energy supplies through a multifaceted approach. Now, researchers are eyeing additional advances by innovating technologies that are based on different forms of combustion, like Pressure Gain Combustion.

NETL’s FY16 Annual Report is now available highlighting great energy-related scientific research

May 30, 2017

ar2016.jpgNETL is pleased to announce availability of its fiscal year 2016 Annual Accomplishments Report. The document provides an overview of the Laboratory and its great work advancing energy-related scientific research. The report is available for download or online viewing here.

Geothermal energy is the transformation of the earth’s heat into electricity

May 29, 2017


The potential of geothermal energy is immense—with some estimates that less that 7 percent of the world’s potential for this energy source has been tapped. Studying and improving the transforming the natural heat of the earth into electrical energy is one component of NETL’s focus on energy conversion technology. The Dixie Valley Bottoming Binary Plant: Terra-Gen is a good example of demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of nonconventional geothermal resources. NETL’s work in geothermal energy is an important step in weaving the energy source into a comprehensive approach to the nation’s energy future.

NETL has launched a new publication

May 26, 2017

Impact.jpgNETL Impact. The inaugural issue of this magazine looks at NETL’s efforts in the development and application of simulation-based computational tools for improving the efficiency of power generation systems. The overall mission of the quarterly publication is to inform stakeholders about the latest developments that NETL’s talented scientists and engineers are advancing to use our nation’s energy resources efficiently and safely to improve America’s energy security. You can review the first issue here!

NETL has developed a multi-cell array to accelerate fuel cell research.

May 24, 2017

sofc.pngFuel cell technology isn’t new, but the promise of this technology is vast. As part of NETL’s focus on energy conversion, the laboratory has been investing resources in unlocking the full promise of this technology. The multi-cell array (MCA) is one example of a unique platform that NETL has developed to aid in this research. The equipment is designed to rapidly test multiple fuel cells to determine how they degrade when exposed to contaminants, providing essential data to researchers hoping to extend the lifespan of energy technology.

NETL Celebrates Diversity Day

May 19, 2017

Diversity-Day.jpgNETL’s commitment to inclusion was front and center May 18th at a special event held at the Lab’s Pittsburgh site. NETL Director and Laboratory staff illustrated the program’s message of acceptance and respect by sharing stories and information about their own various cultures and traditions.

NETL’s High-Pressure Combustion Facility is a vital resource for energy conversion research

May 18, 2017

gas-turbine.pngNETL's High-Pressure Combustion Facility is a unique resource within the National Laboratories system. It provides the fuel test capabilities needed to evaluate new high-pressure, high-temperature hydrogen turbine combustion concepts. The Facility serves two key areas: fluid flow and combustion variability, and reaction behavior during high-pressure combustion. NETL researchers use computational fluid dynamics to model and study fluid flow and combustion in the Dynamic Gas Turbine Combustion test rig. Use of visualization models and study of test rig results can provide researchers with detailed insights into the complex combustion process, clearly showing the development and effects of pressure oscillations in the combustor. Using information from this facility, researchers are developing alternative thermal management methods, sensors, and control capabilities necessary for advanced combustion systems.

NETL Hosts Gas Technology Institute Delegation

May 11, 2017

AT4A0287.jpgNETL was pleased to host a delegation from the Gas Technology Institute at our Pittsburgh site on May 10. The group toured NETL research facilities; exchanged information about key GTI projects and NETL’s core capabilities; and met with NETL staff members to discuss high-level energy issues, technology drivers, and future partnerships and collaborations.

Chemical Looping at NETL

May 10, 2017

clr.pngChemical looping is an important energy conversion technology. Combusting fossil fuels in nearly pure oxygen instead of in air, the process of carbon dioxide capture is radically simplified. Chemical looping has been referred to as a “transformational” technology because of its potential to increase efficiency and cut the costs of energy generation. Therefore, NETL has been working to develop and advance chemical looping combustion technologies in facilities like this one, located in Morgantown, West Virginia.

NETL Hosts National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management

May 10, 2017

NARUC-NETL-Visit.jpgNETL was honored to host the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management, May 8–9. NARUC is the national association representing the state public service commissioners who regulate essential utility services, including energy, gas, and water. NARUC and the Office of Fossil Energy have entered into a 5-year carbon capture, storage, and utilization partnership in support of a new generation of environmentally sound clean-coal technologies.

Tim Murphy Visits NETL

May 08, 2017

murphy.jpgNETL hosted U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy, who visited the lab today for an update on NETL’s research activities. 


May 02, 2017

powerlinesNETL is dedicated to securing a robust, sustainable energy future. The laboratory is pursuing many approaches to meet this goal and energy conversion engineering is one of them. As one of NETL’s core competencies, energy conversion is simply the process of transforming one form of energy into another. There are currently a wide range of research and development programs at NETL—from solid oxide fuel cells to geothermal energy—that are designed to improve the ways we generate power. Energy conversion at NETL means greater efficiency in technology, lower costs for power generation, and the pursuit of economically and environmentally sustainable strategies for the future. This month, we’ll examine some of the ways that NETL is working on energy conversion technologies.

NETL supports National Small Business Week

May 02, 2017

spotlight-51.jpgNETL supports small businesses that contribute to the Laboratory’s success during National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6.  NETL hosted a training for small businesses in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program on April 28 in collaboration with the SBA’s Pittsburgh & West Virginia District Offices.

Follow NETL’s Small Business Program at and Small Business Week at and at #SmallBusinessWeek

Best of luck to our regional Science Bowl teams

April 28, 2017

sbspotlight.pngAs they head to the Energy Department’s National Science Bowl competition in Washington D.C., we wish the best of luck to our regional Science Bowl teams: North Allegheny Intermediate High School and Winchester Thurston School from southwestern Pennsylvania, and Suncrest Middle School and Morgantown High School in West Virginia. These teams earned the right to compete at the national level by coming out on top at regional competitions held in February and March. Good luck, teams!

Dr. Kutchko presented gas well cement research at the SINTEF Petroleum Conference in Trondheim, Norway

April 25, 2017

kutchko.jpgDr. Barbara Kutchko recently returned from Trondheim Norway where she was invited to speak at the 2017 SINTEF Petroleum Conference as an international expert on well integrity. The presentation, titled “Cementing Wells in Coal Country” featured the latest research in determining how corrosive waters in flooded coal mines impact gas well cements.

Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Receives Battelle Technical Achievement Award

April 25, 2017

mrcsp.jpgThe Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) project has been recognized with a “Scientific and Technical Team” Battelle Achievement Award for their novel research aimed at accelerating CO2 storage technologies. Funded in part by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, MRCSP is making significant advances in the deployment of novel methods for CO2 storage, monitoring, verification, and accounting. To learn more about MRCSP, visit their website.

NETL will be hosting the 18th Annual Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project Review Meeting

April 24, 2017

harry-abernathy.jpgNETL researchers Dr. Harry Abernathy and Dr. Shiwoo Lee in the Fuel Cell Test Stack Facility at NETL in Morgantown, WV. Through its solid oxide fuel cell R&D and systems analysis work, NETL is bringing a clean, combustion-free power generation technology to the market, enhancing America’s energy independence, security, and prosperity. In June, NETL will be hosting the 18th Annual Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project Review Meeting. Stay tuned for more information.

Research Initiatives in Rare Earth Elements

April 24, 2017

spotlight424.jpgNETL presented on Federal Rare Earth Element Research Initiatives in West Virginia at Congressman Evan Jenkins’ conference on Coal and Rare Earth Elements in Charleston on April 21. NETL’s Charles Miller and Mary Anne Alvin provided an overview of how research is identifying opportunities to recover 17 periodic table elements from coal and coal by-products so they may be used in consumer and industrial applications. Our nation’s vast coal resources contain quantities of REEs that offer the potential to reduce our dependence on others for these critical materials and create new industries in regions where coal plays an important economic role. To learn more, link to NETL’s REE website here.

Earth Day Poster Contest Shows “There Is No Planet B”

April 19, 2017

plugged-in-earth-day-poster-graphic.jpgWe received a great response for our annual Earth Day Poster Contest for students in kindergarten through fifth grade! This year’s theme was “There is no Planet B.” The entries truly embodied the ideas of conserving of planet’s precious resources and protecting the environment. Thanks to all who participated. Great job, kids!

Dr. Randy Gentry, NETL Deputy Director Presented on “The Future of Power Plant Operations” Panel

April 14, 2017

Dr.GentryDr. Randy Gentry (fourth from right), Deputy Director for Science & Technology Strategic Plans & Programs at NETL, discusses DOE’s accomplishments and current projects supporting technology development to address the needs of the power generation industry through fossil-based applications at a recent conference hosted by ABB in Houston, Texas.   Highlighted to the power industry were the Laboratory’s focus on applications that include Chemical Looping, Gas Turbines, Subsurface Production, Water Management, Advanced Sensors and Controls, High-Performance Computing & Systems Integration, and Advanced Manufacturing & Materials.

Dr. Angela Goodman Receives Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists

April 06, 2017

aapg.jpgThe American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) honored NETL’s Dr. Angela Goodman with a Division of Environmental Geosciences Award at their 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition in Houston, TX. Dr. Goodman has been with NETL for more than 15 years, and her work on carbon storage has been an invaluable resource for determining how much CO2 can be stored at sites around the nation and the world, ensuring a safer environment for generations.

NETL Experts Participate in Energy Seminar at Marshall University

April 03, 2017

marshall.jpgOn Friday, March 31, NETL was honored to participate in the Energy Seminar at Marshall. NETL experts gave presentations on four energy-related topics: West Virginia Energy Resources, Global Energy Outlook, Business of Energy, and Research to Reality. Participants learned about the importance of energy to West Virginia and the world, promising opportunities in energy, what NETL does, and how vital the lab’s mission is to the nation.

NETL-Sponsored Program Celebrates Woman’s History Month

March 30, 2017

womans-history.jpgIn honor of National Women’s History Month, NETL’s EEO/Diversity Office hosted three local women speakers to address this year’s theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” These local “trailblazing” women shared their experiences as females in the workforce, and how they have used their position as union organizers and leaders to address some of the challenges women face in the workplace. You can watch the event here or view photos here.

Materials Research Snapshot

March 22, 2017

baltrus.jpgNETL researcher John Baltrus uses X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to analyze a materials surface chemistry. Surface characterization is important for determining how materials interact with their environment. Researchers rely on their understanding of how surfaces behave to improve the performance of materials being incorporated into devices such as optical gas sensors. Read more!

NETL Researcher Wins Best Poster Award

March 22, 2017

AnnaTMS17Award.JPGNETL researcher Anna Nakano received the Best Poster Award by a Young Professional in the Functional Materials Division at the TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) Annual Meeting and Exhibition, held earlier this month. Co-authored by Jinichiro Nakano and James Bennett the poster reported thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of the high-temperature thermocouple sensor alloy failure controlled by distinct diffusion processes. Congratulations!

NETL supports West Virginia’s 2017 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day

March 16, 2017

Geo.jpgWest Virginia’s 2017 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol is an exciting event bringing together entrepreneurs and lawmakers at the West Virginia State Capitol Building. Sponsored by TechConnect West Virginia and the TransTech Energy Business Development Program, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue about how to promote best practices and programs to support new businesses, create good jobs, and ensure prosperous communities in West Virginia. NETL has been involved with the TransTech Energy Business Development Program since 2012 and firmly believes that supporting regional innovation is a key component in securing the economic and energy future of the nation. Pictured are (l to r) Kevin DiGregorio, Chemical Alliance Zone; Madhava Syamlal, NETL; and Geo Richards, NETL.

North Allegheny Intermediate H.S. and Winchester Thurston School Win Southwestern Pennsylvania Science Bowl

March 09, 2017

spotlightmar9.jpgThe 2017 regional champions of the SWPA Science Bowl have been selected! After strenuous competition and admirable performance from all the finalists, the winners pulled through. Winchester Thurston School is our middle school champion, and North Allegheny Intermediate High School is our high school victor. We’re excited to have such talented students represent the entire SWPA region at the National Science Bowl, to be held April 27–May 1 in Washington, D.C. Thank you to all the schools who have participated this year.  We hope to see you again next year!

Future Energy Leaders Visit NETL

March 08, 2017

32923110230_96433e0dfb_b.jpgNETL was honored to host participants in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program, March 5–8. Named after J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was tapped to lead the Manhattan Project at the age of 38, the program is designed to develop the next generation of leaders in science and energy. At NETL, program participants learned about the energy landscape in the Appalachian region, with a focus on how technology, economics, and policy affect regional and national energy needs. For more information about the program, visit

NETL Employees Tour Carbon Capture Facility in Norway

March 08, 2017

FullSizeRender.jpgNETL employees Lynn Brickett (left), Traci Rodosta (center) and Michael Matuszewski (back) tour Technology Centre Mongstad, the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture. As part of a DOE-funded project, a second-generation CO2 solvent technology is being testing at the center in western Norway.

NETL’s Cynthia Powell Receives Secretary’s Appreciation Award

March 06, 2017

Dr.-Cynthia-Powell-s-Secretary-s-Award.jpgDr. Cynthia Powell has been selected by the Energy Department to receive the Secretary’s Appreciation Award for her substantial accomplishments as the acting Deputy Director of Science and Technology at NETL and her achievements transforming NETL’s Science and Technology Strategic Planning and Partnerships Center. The Secretary’s Awards Program recognizes the career service and contributions of DOE employees to the mission of the Department and to the benefit of the nation. Dr. Powell is being honored for her dedication and exemplary service in support of NETL’s mission of energy security and sustainability.

2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

February 23, 2017


Come and see the NETL exhibit at this year’s ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, February 27-March 1, 2017. Now in its eighth year, the Summit’s program is aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. 
Our researchers will be on hand at Booth 707 to talk about their innovations. Here’s a chance to meet the minds behind the innovations: Dr. Ben Chorpening—researcher on NETL’s Raman gas analyzer and Dr. Dustin McIntyre—inventor of NETL’s laser induced breakdown spectroscopy technology. We look forward to seeing you there.

NETL Celebrates Black History Month

February 16, 2017

Speakers.jpgNETL celebrated Black History Month 2017 with a presentation organized by the laboratory’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Office. Event attendees were privileged to hear two guest speakers—Dr. Quintin Bullock, President of the Community College of Allegheny (CCAC), and Ms. Charlene Newkirk, J.D, President of CCAC South Campus—deliver remarks on the theme The Crisis in Black Education. The presentation highlighted the educational opportunities that CCAC affords regional students of color and the vital role mentorship can play in ensuring their success.

Morgantown High and Suncrest Middle teams win West Virginia Science Bowl

February 07, 2017


6c56c81505ec47b78c2ebd5b99f19482.jpgMorgantown High School and Suncrest Middle School, both of Morgantown, claimed victory at the 26th annual West Virginia Regional Science Bowl held at the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountainlair February 3–4, 2017. Twenty-four teams from high schools and 20 teams from middle schools throughout the state participated in the competition that tested contestants’ knowledge in math and science. The event is co-sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory and WVU, with the winners earning an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will represent West Virginia in DOE’s National Science Bowl® scheduled for April 27–May 1.

NETL Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority to Advance Fossil Energy Technologies

January 18, 2017

DubaiRepresentatives from NETL and the Office of Fossil Energy recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates to complete signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). His Excellency Saeed Al-Tayer (center), Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of DEWA, signed the MOU on Sunday, January 15.  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Doug Hollett (left) represented DOE at the ceremony. NETL and DEWA will collaborate to advance fossil energy technologies and foster assessments of technology options and economics.

What Happened to Acid Rain?

January 10, 2017

spotlight117.pngA new podcast from DOE features NETL research and technology development that helped solve the problem of acid rain. Now the laboratory is using its research prowess to help solve a problem that’s even more complex: climate change. Read, listen, learn!

NETL Researcher Earns AECOM Excellence Award for Fuel Cell Research

December 13, 2016

Shiwoo_21.jpgNETL 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.

Veterans of NETL: Nathaniel Wood, Jr.

November 30, 2016

wood.jpgNathaniel Wood is currently the Security Program Manager for DFW Security Protective Force, NETL Albany, Morgantown, and Pittsburgh. He served as a sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps, “C” Company, 1st Tank Battalion, First Marine Division, and served in the Vietnam War as a tank commander. Nathaniel served from March 25, 1965 until he received an honorable discharge on March 3, 1969. He has an MS in education and once worked as a captain of the Security Protective Force at Forestall, DOE Headquarters.

Veterans of NETL: Richard B. Valdisera, Sr.

November 30, 2016

tennant.pngRichard B. Valdisera, Sr. has been employed at NETL for 41 years. He served in the U.S. Navy as a 2nd Class Petty Officer (Flight Controls) from 1972-1975. Richard served in various naval operations during the Vietnam era aboard the USS Saratoga. His primary duties in the U.S. Navy involved flight controls on the A-6 Intruder.

Veterans of NETL: Jay Taylor

November 29, 2016

taylor.jpgJay Taylor is in his first year as a Program Manager at NETL. Heserved in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1990 to 1996 with the 445th Medical Clearing Company in Fairmont, WV. Jay did his basic training at Fort Hood in Texas, and he completed his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Sam Houston.

Veterans of NETL: Amber Tennant

November 29, 2016

tennant.pngAmber Tennant joined NETL on October 17, 2016, as a staff assistant in TD&IC. She served in the U.S. Navy as a First Class Petty Officer (Yeoman). She served in the Air Department on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Other active duty stations she was assigned include NOSC Pittsburgh; NAVELSG Forward, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; DLA Anniston Army Depot, Anniston, AL.

Veterans of NETL: Dale St. John

November 29, 2016

stjohn.pngDale St. John is a financial management specialist and has been at the NETL Albany site since September, 2004. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a fuels specialist from September 1983 to July 1999 (8 years Fuels Lab and QC&I). Dale served as a budget analyst-resource advisor from July 1999 to June 2004. He retired as a Master Sergeant on June 30, 2004, with 20 years and 8 months of service.

Veterans of NETL: Andrew J. Sivak

November 23, 2016

sivak.pngAndrew Sivak is currently a safety & occupational health specialist at NETL with ES&H Team. He began work with NETL 27 years ago after working at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as an industrial hygienist and as a federal safety & health specialist. He served in the U.S. Army Europe C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 84th Field Artillery as a specialist 5 Pershing Missile crewman from 1972-1975. Andrew was stationed in Neckarsulm, a city in northern Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany near Stuttgart and part of the district of Heilbronn. He received the Pershing Missile Bronze Broach for outstanding leadership and dedication to duty. He obtained the Expert Marksman medals for rifle and grenade and the Good Conduct and National Defense Ribbons. Andrew attended the 7th Army NATO Training war-games at Grafenwoehr, Germany, and cross-trained with the German Army in small arms weapons. Sivak 

Veterans of NETL: Joshua Sevin

November 23, 2016

sevin.pngJoshua Sevin has been at NETL for two and a half years, working as as a contract price/cost analyst. He was a U.S. Army paratrooper in the Signal Corps from 2000-2006. Joshua was primarily stationed at Fort Bragg, NC in the 51st Signal Battalion, 35 Signal Brigade.  He served two tours in Iraq from April 2003 to April 2004 and again from March 2005 to November 2005. 

Veterans of NETL: William J. McCutcheon, Jr.

November 22, 2016

mccutcheon.jpgWilliam McCutcheon has worked at NETL since 2004 as a site support contractor, and is married to JaneAnn (Bowers) McCutcheon who also works at NETL. He served as a Data Systems Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1983-2003. William joined as a private and served at Parris Island. McCutcheon was selected for a commissioning program and attended the Officer Candidate School in Quantico. He completed a B.S. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh while a Staff Sergeant and received commission to Second Lieutenant upon graduation. William served in various assignments as a Radar Technician in North Carolina and Okinawa, Japan; Basic Officer School and Data Officer Training in Quantico, VA; Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at Carnegie Mellon ROTC, PA; Data Communications Platoon Commander in North Carolina; and IT Operations Officer for HQ U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command in Great Lakes, IL and 67 cities. He attained an M.A. in information management from Webster University.

Veterans of NETL: Cynthia (Cyndie) L. Miller

November 22, 2016

miller.jpgCyndie Miller began work at NETL in August, 2014. She currently works in R&IC supporting the MEM and SEA groups. She served in the U.S. Navy as a Personnelman from 1980 to 1991. She was stationed in NAS Moffett Field, CA. Cyndie handled reserve units and trained as the command Legal administrative liaison in conjunction with the base JAG Office. She was transferred to Naval Air Facilities Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Cyndie continued as the station legal administrative support and was assigned as detachment supply clerk; she worked closely with the U.S. and Portuguese Air Force and the U.S. Consulate office. Her next assignment was at the Naval Ordnance Base, Indian Head, MD, where she worked with EOD staff/instructors and students from all 4 military branches. Cyndie was privileged to work with NSCT (Red Cell) in its early days. Her last assignment was onboard the USS Hunley (AS 31) homeport-Norfolk, VA as supervisor running the education and training office while also serving on the ship firefighting team. During Miller’s tour onboard the USS Hunley, the first Gulf War started on the night she was standing watch.

Veterans of NETL: Lucas Payne

November 22, 2016

payne.jpgLucas Payne joined NETL in 2014 as a contract specialist in the Finance & Acquisition Center. He is still active, serving in the U.S. Army and the WV Army National Guard and since he enlisted in 2002. Lucas is currently serving as a Contracting Noncommissioned Officer with the 1935th Contingency Contracting Team. He deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle.

Veterans of NETL: Robert Mohn

November 22, 2016

mohn.jpgRobert Mohn works in the Acquisition & Assistance Division at NETL. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1949 and was assigned to Fort Jackson, SC, for basic training. He was assigned to Fort Gordon, GA and attended the Radio Operations and Cryptographic Schools. Upon graduation, Robert was assigned to the Canal Zone, Panama as a Cryptographic Technician at the Quarry Heights Communication Center. He served in the Signal Corps, as a cryptographic officer, 1949–1969. He then served in various Continental United States (CONUS) assignments as a communications center officer, crypto officer, and motor pool officer. Robert was assigned as the Officer in Charge (OIC) for WAR Communications Center at Orleans, France, and at other locations. He served in Korea, France, Germany, Panama, Japan, and Vietnam. He was an enlisted man until 1959 and, at the same time, served as a second lieutenant in the reserves. He retired in 1969 as a chief warrant officer, grade 3.

Veterans of NETL: Benjamin May

November 18, 2016

may.jpgBenjamin May served in the U.S. Navy from 1993 to 1997 on board the USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37), USS America (CV-66), and the USS Shreveport (LPD-12). He was trained as a Boiler Technician and achieved the rating of BT-3 (3rd Class Petty Officer) before being discharged in 1997. Benjamin obtained special training for Boiler Water/Feed Water, and was assigned to the “Oil Lab.”  May completed two 6-month cruises, traveling to the Persian Gulf (West Pac and Med Cruise).  May obtained a position on the 50 caliber gun mount (a rarity for a Boiler Technician) during General Quarters (manning battle stations).

Veterans of NETL: Arturo B. Manantan

November 18, 2016

manantan.jpgArturo Manantan is currently working at NETL as a Human Resource Assistant with PACE Enterprises, Inc. He.served in the U.S. Marine Corps as Motor Transport Operator from 2005-2009. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC with II Marine Expeditionary Force – Headquarters Group. Arturo was deployed in Iraq as part of the Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 and supported 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.  He was honorably discharged in 2009. 

Veterans of NETL: John Lawson

November 17, 2016

lawson.jpgJohn Lawson is a newly hired NETL civil service employee as the deputy chief operating officer. John served in the U.S. Army and was commissioned into the Armor branch serving in a variety of command and staff roles throughout his career from 2000-2011. Although he has retired from both active & reserve service as Captain, he has maintained enrollment in the Individual Ready Reserve. John is pictured here during a particularly rough week of combat operations within Southern Baghdad, Iraq during a continuous sandstorm.

Veterans of NETL: Sara Kidder

November 17, 2016

kidder.pngSara Kidder is an accountant in the NETL Finance & Acquisition Center and has been with NETL for 8 years. She was a specialist E-4 in the U.S. Army. She served as an ammunition specialist at Fort Benning, GA from 2000-2004 and she served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Veterans of NETL: William Grimes

November 16, 2016

grimes.jpgWilliam Grimes is an engineering technician (project operator) employed by URS Corporation with over 30 years at NETL. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines at the age of 17 and served from 1967 to 1971. William was stationed in Vietnam from 1968-1969 and at Camp Lejeune, NC in Motor Transport.

Veterans of NETL: Pierina Fayish

November 16, 2016

fayish.pngPierina (Noceti) Fayish is a NEPA compliance officer with nearly 13 years at NETL. She graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1997 with a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science and a commission as a U.S. Coast Guard officer. Pierina served on active duty through 2003, when she resigned her commission as a Lieutenant. During her assignment to Marine Safety Office Pittsburgh, she was honored to visit NETL as a guest speaker for Women’s History Month, 2001.

Veterans of NETL: Selinde Brock

November 15, 2016

brock.pngSelinde Brock has been a staff assistant at NETL’s for 8 years. She served in the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1976-2007. Selinde served in Juneau, AK; Seattle, WA; and CG Sector Coos Bay, OR. She was an instructor at the Coast Guard Training Center at Petaluma, CA. She was chief petty officer of the Coast Guard, Sector Marianas Guam and Coast Guard Sector San Diego, CA. While serving aboard the USCGC HEALY-WAGB 20 as an icebreaker, she traveled to McMurdo Antarctica, North Pole. Selinde is pictured here on the bridge of the Healy. She retired in 2007 as a chief yeoman.  

Veterans of NETL: Aaron S. Boylen

November 15, 2016

boylen.pngAaron Boylen served in the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2003. He served in the Aco 1-32 infantry, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY.  Aaron was honorably discharged as a Sergeant E-5. He spent six months in Kosovo and received an Army Achievement Medal. 

Veterans of NETL: Christopher J. Nichols

November 10, 2016

nichols.pngChristopher Nichols has been a part of NETL for 15 years, working as a Physical Scientist in Systems Engineering and Analysis. Christopher served in the U.S. Navy from 1995-2001. He was with the Reactor Department on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). 

NETL Honors Our Veterans

November 10, 2016

veterans_day_brochure.jpgThis Friday, November 11, we observe Veterans Day to honor the military veterans who have served this great nation.  At NETL, we are privileged to work alongside some of those brave men and women. Please take a moment to look at our brochure recognizing our co-workers' service and sacrifice.

Veterans of NETL: Jimmy D. Thornton

November 10, 2016

thornton.jpgJimmy Thornton is currently the Chief of Staff for NETL’s Research and Innovation Center, but he began his career at NETL as a student employee when it was known as METC.  Jimmy enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 3, 1983, as an Infantryman, stationed at Fort Carson, CO with the 4th infantry Division and in Goppingen, West Germany with the 1st Infantry Division Forward. In 1992, he was commissioned through OCS as a Field Artillery Officer. Jimmy deployed to Iraq in as part of the Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served various positions throughout his enlisted and commissioned officer ranks from Infantryman to Squad Leader and Fire Direction Officer, Battery Commander to Battalion S3. Jimmy retired in 2010 as a Major with over 27 years of combined active and reserve service with the U.S. Army.

Veterans of NETL: Dane Andrew Anderson

November 08, 2016

anderson.pngDane Anderson is currently the program manager for NETL’s Site Operations Support Services. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a space systems director from 1982-1987. Dane served in various Continental United States assignments and served abroad in a Joint Defense assignment in Australia. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1987 to begin civilian career supporting DOE at the Savannah River Site

Veterans of NETL: Charles E. White, Jr.

November 07, 2016

white.jpgCharles White works as a Business System Analyst at NETL. His military record includes time in both the U.S. Air Force and the PA Air National Guard. Charles served from 1974 to 1982 as a Medical Laboratory Specialist. He attended 15 months of training at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas and at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Charles was assigned to the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine Research Laboratory at Brooks AFB in Texas.  Later he served in the 171st Air Refueling Wing Clinic at the Pittsburgh International Airport in Pennsylvania. In 1982, he was honorably discharged as a Technical Sergeant.

Veterans of NETL: James Tingler

November 07, 2016

tingler.jpgJames Tingler joined the NETL community in 2005—he currently works as the Cyber Security Operations Lead. James served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps (Airborne) from 1994-1996 and 2000-2004. He served in various Continental United States and Outside Continental United States assignments. James was a Multi-Channel Satellite Platoon Leader, Node Center Platoon Leader, and Field Artillery Battalion Communications Officer (Captain). He served a tour in Iraq shortly after 9/11 as well as serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Veterans of NETL: Michael Schelhaas

November 07, 2016

schelhaas.jpgMichael Schelhaas has worked at NETL as an electro-mechanical technician for thirty eight years. Before NETL, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a boilerman E-4 in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Lowry DD770 from 1967 to 1971. Schellhaas served a tour in Vietnam, West Pacific Cruise from March, 1967 to October 1968

Veterans of NETL: Karla Jose

November 03, 2016

jose.pngKarla Jose came to NETL in March, 2016 and is employed by PACE Enterprises, Inc. as a closeout specialist. Karla served in the U.S. Air Force from 1977 to 1982 as a Still Photographic Specialist. Her first station was Carswell AFB in Fort Worth, TX where she performed various types of photography from crash, training, investigation, and studio. During this time, she also served as a member and team captain of the Honor Guard. Karla was later assigned to Clark Air Base in the Philippines where she served two and a half years. 

Veterans of NETL: James Covell

November 03, 2016

covell.jpgJames (Jim) Covell has been part of NETL since 1983, contracting through multiple companies (WRI, EG&G, URS, and AECOM). Between 1966 and 1969, Jim was a member of the U.S. Army, serving at Fort Gordon, GA; with the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany; and as a small unit forward observer with several different units in Vietnam.

Veterans of NETL: Kelly Gurney

November 02, 2016

gurney.jpgKelly Gurney has been with NETL for eight years. Gurney served as a technical sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Aircraft Command, Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND, as a B-52G and B-1B aircraft mechanic. She served with the 171st ARW Pennsylvania Air National Guard Air Mobility Command at Pittsburgh, PA as an aircraft mechanic (crew chief) and production controller. She is a Desert Shield veteran and was activated and deployed to numerous assignments. She retired in 2005, but still maintains her traditional guardsman status.

Veterans of NETL: Jonathan White

November 02, 2016

white.pngJohnathan White, or Jon, has worked security at NETL for eight years. Jon was an active duty member of the U.S. Army for twelve years. He deployed to Tikrit Iraq in 2003 under the 4th Infantry Division, and to Mosul Iraq in 2004 under 1st Infantry Division. White joined the 2nd Ranger Battalion in 2005, and deployed to Bagram Afghanistan in 2006.

Veterans of NETL: Anessia R. Chambers

November 01, 2016

AnessiaVeterans of NETL: Anessia R. Chambers

Anessia Chambers has been an administrative assistant at NETL’s office in Sugar Land, Texas for two years. Before joining the NETL community, Anessia served as an active duty member in the U.S. Air Force between 1993 and 2013deploying in support of coalition operations in Kuwait, Qatar, and Korea.

NETL Acknowledges our Veterans

November 01, 2016

FlagNETL is proud to employ U.S. veterans. Check back each day in November to read about members of the NETL family who served in the armed forces!


Successful Conference Comes to a Close

October 28, 2016

techgroup.jpgThe 5th Annual TransTech Energy Business Development Conference was a success! NETL representatives were able to interact with entrepreneurs and investors, as well as showcase some of our most impressive technologies. Our thanks to West Virginia University for organizing such a dynamic event!

TransTech Conference: Connections for the Future

October 27, 2016

drbtech.jpgNETL director, Dr. Grace Bochenek, spoke at the 5th Annual TransTech Energy Business Development Conference! NETL was proud to be part of a gathering that helped foster energy technology, and believes that the connections made at the conference will continue to bear fruit for years to come.

TransTech Conference Highlight: NETL Oxygen-Carrier Technology

October 26, 2016

Rareearthoxides.jpgDue to their unique chemical properties, rare earth elements (REEs) have become essential components of many technologies that we use in our everyday lives. NETL has designed sensors to detect REEs in coal and coal byproducts and will highlight the technology at the 5th annual TransTech Energy Conference, October 26–27, in Morgantown, WV.

TransTech Conference Highlight: BIAS Carbon-Capture Sorbents

October 25, 2016

BIAS-Pic.jpgBasic immobilized amine sorbents (BIAS) are an efficient option for capturing carbon dioxide in the fight against climate change. NETL has packaged the sorbents in pellet form, optimizing their potential for commercial-scale, fossil-fueled power generation. BIAS will be highlighted at the 5th annual TransTech Energy Conference, October 26–27, in Morgantown, WV

TransTech Conference Highlight: NETL Real-Time Kick-Detection Monitoring System

October 24, 2016

Kick-Detection.jpgEarly kick detection helps to ensure the safe operation of modern oil and gas wells. NETL’s real-time monitoring system, recently featured in the Journal of Petroleum Technology, provides vital information to ensure the safe operation of drilling facilities. The system will be highlighted at the 5th annual TransTech Energy Conference, October 26–27, in Morgantown, WV.

TransTech Conference Highlight: NETL Laser System for Environmental Monitoring

October 21, 2016

Lasers-Pic.jpgMonitoring technology is an environmental necessity in modern energy production. NETL’s unique laser system for environmental monitoring will be highlighted at 5th annual TransTech Energy Conference, October 26–27, in Morgantown, WV.

TransTech Conference Highlight: NETL Oxygen-Carrier Technology

October 20, 2016

BIAS-Pic.jpgChemical looping combustion relies on robust oxygen-carrier technology, like the highly efficient metal-based carriers being developed at NETL. This technology will be highlighted at the 5th annual TransTech Energy Conference, October 26–27, in Morgantown, WV.

Mark Your Calendars for the TransTech Energy Conference!

September 27, 2016

transtech_02.jpgNETL knows that technology transfer is just as important as research—science can’t benefit if it remains confined to the laboratory! That’s why we’re excited to support the 5th annual TransTech Energy Conference, October 26–27, in Morgantown, WV. The goal of the conference is to facilitate the development of new companies that have exciting new solutions to energy, environmental, and economic development challenges. From entrepreneurs to investors, TransTech brings together the innovators of today to develop the technology of tomorrow.

NETL Researchers Develop Way to Harness Gold to Help Fight Climate Change

September 22, 2016

image001.jpgUsing sunlight and gold to convert carbon dioxide into fuel may sound like a task for a Hogwarts graduate, but it’s the kind of magic that researchers at NETL are performing to make a positive impact on the world’s environment. Read more!

In Memory of Former Director Dr. Irving Wender

September 16, 2016

wender_irving.jpgWe’ve lost one of the great ones.  Dr. Irving Wender, former director of the Pittsburgh Energy Research Center, one of NETL’s predecessor laboratories, passed away September 16, 2016, at the age of 101. His life’s journey took him from humble beginnings in the Bronx to atomic bomb research in secret labs of Chicago, energy research laboratories and university classrooms in Pittsburgh, and the halls of government in Washington—all in pursuit of scientific advancements that continue to set high standards of excellence for those who follow in his footsteps. Read more about his incredible life and contributions here.

Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz, NETL Director Grace Bochenek Discuss Energy Solutions at Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum

September 15, 2016

IMG_2824.JPGSecretary of Energy Ernie Moniz (center) and NETL Director Grace Bochenek (right) tour Longview Power Plant, an advanced coal-fired power plant outside Morgantown, WV, on Monday, September 12, 2016. Dr. Moniz was in town to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum, hosted by West Virginia University. The forum brings together leaders from government, academia, and industry to discuss solutions and create a path for accelerating innovation in America’s Mid-Atlantic Region.

Popular Science Highlights NETL’s Rare Earth Elements Research

September 01, 2016


NETL’s efforts to recover rare earth elements from coal are highlighted in the September/October 2016 issue of Popular Science magazine. These 17 elements—used in cell phones, DVDs, LEDs, car batteries, and other gadgets—make our high-tech world possible. Read about NETL’s rare earth elements research here.

NETL Researcher Tapped as New Managing Editor for Geosciences Newsletter

August 23, 2016

Barb-Kutchko-in-lab.jpgWe’re excited to announce that NETL researcher Dr. Barbara Kutchko has been appointed at the new managing editor for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Division of Environmental Geosciences “Spheres of Influence” newsletter. AAPG is a prominent geoscience community, established in 1917, that has a long history of promoting and enabling cutting-edge research. The “Spheres of Influence” newsletter keeps members of AAPG’s Division of Environmental Geosciences informed on the latest events in the field and encourages the communication that fosters scientific breakthroughs.

NETL Congratulates Our Women of the Year

August 19, 2016

spotlight819.jpgThe Pittsburgh’s Federal Women’s Program Committee has named four NETL researchers as Women of the Year. The awards celebrate women who have substantially contributed to the federal government. Winning Gold was Circe Verba, who leads analytic collaborations to better detect trace elements. Silver went to Barbara Kutchko, a world expert in foamed-cement research. Ale Hakala and Natalie Pekney received Bronze for their leadership, mentorship, and scientific achievement. Congratulations!

NETL Connects with Students at DOE’s STEM-E Initiative

July 29, 2016

28350838220_3a1f97cbe1_o.jpgNETL was proud to participate in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Enrichment Initiative (STEM-E) event held at the University of Baltimore. NETL’s outreach team presented morning and afternoon sessions filled with some of our favorite hands-on science activities and talked with students about the exciting career opportunities that energy science has to offer. STEM-E is a program of the DOE Energy Jobs Strategy Council designed to give underprivileged youth the opportunity to gain critical thinking and technical skills and expose them to potential careers in STEM. The Initiative was designed to support the Summer Opportunity Project, a White House initiative created to increase summer job opportunities for underserved youth.

Remake Learning Lab Day

July 26, 2016

28462969262_22bb56dab6_z.jpgNETL welcomed students from the Sto-Rox School District to participate in a Remake Learning Lab Day on Tuesday, July 26. The event was held in collaboration with Allegheny County’s Executive Office and the Allegheny County Housing Authority. NETL’s program was designed to pique student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and make students aware of career opportunities in those fields. The event featured hands-on science activities, laboratory tours, and presentations from NETL’s diverse group of laboratory professionals.

Remake Learning is a network of educators and other youth-minded professionals working together to advance education and learning in the region.  Through its collaborative and networked approach, Remake Learning supports learning innovators and organizations to enable them to create more relevant and imaginative learning opportunities and inspire and empower lifelong learning in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and beyond.

NETL Journal Article Selected as Editor’s Choice

July 21, 2016


Molecular model of CoCrFeMnNi by Shaoqing Wang via Wikipedia

Editors at the Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance have selected the NETL paper Microstructure and Mechanical Behavior of High-Entropy Alloys as an Editor’s Choice article for 2015. The paper describes a study conducted by NETL researchers who investigated high-entropy alloys, which hold the promise of interesting and useful properties, such as enhanced strength and alloy stability. Only five papers are selected each year as Editor’s Choice articles from among all of the articles published in the journal. Being selected allows the paper to be accessed free of charge, avoiding the annual subscription fee.

NETL Is Giving Back to the Community by Participating in DOE’s STEM-E Initiative

July 18, 2016

spotlight71716.jpgNETL was proud to participate in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Enrichment Initiative (STEM-E), a program of the DOE Energy Jobs Strategy Council that was designed to give underprivileged youth the opportunity to gain critical thinking and technical skills and expose them to potential careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). STEM-E was designed to support the Summer Opportunity Project, a White House initiative created to increase summer job opportunities for underserved youth.  NETL’s outreach team gave program participants the opportunity to take part in hands-on science experiments and discuss some of the exciting career opportunities that energy science has to offer.

NETL Hosts Bring Your Kids to Work Days in Morgantown, Albany and Pittsburgh

June 30, 2016

spotlightkidday.jpgTo a child, no one is more influential—or inspirational—than his or her parents. The National Energy Technology Laboratory recognizes our employees’ unique opportunity to share the wonders of science with their children. NETL’s Take Your Kids to Work Days encouraged curiosity, enhanced learning, and showed first-hand the range of career paths available in STEM fields.

Ohodnicki to Chair National Interagency Working Group Panel

June 21, 2016

Ohodnicki.jpgNETL Materials Scientist Dr. Paul Ohodnicki has been appointed to chair a key panel of the prestigious Interagency Advanced Power Group (IAPG)—a federal organization dedicated to facilitating information exchanges among agencies in the area of advanced power technology. IAPG’s goal is to be the premier leadership organization for information on advanced power development initiatives within the U.S. Government and serve as a proponent of federal investment in advancing new power technologies. IAPG pursues its work through a collection of working groups that focus on specific technical areas. Ohodnicki will chair the IAPG’s Electrical Systems Working Group Electrical Materials Panel. Ohodnicki, who earlier this year was named by President Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, has a distinguished record as a prolific author, inventor, and collaborator through his work on NETL’s Functional Materials Team. He leads research efforts to discover and develop novel high-performance materials for advanced energy systems.

NETL Intern’s Photograph Featured in U.S. Postal Service Stamp Collection

June 15, 2016

MORA_Star-Trails_24x16-300-dpi-color-fixed_resized.jpg After compositing over 200 photos to create the amazing image you see here, NETL ORISE intern Matt Dieterich realized that he had captured something special. Favorable weather conditions and an unusually active period of the solar cycle created the perfect conditions to view the Northern Lights as they danced above Mt. Rainier. Add to that, the dynamic features of countless stars, their movement captured on the horizon in long exposures, and Dieterich had all the elements of a truly remarkable image. His photograph has garnered national attention and universal popularity, and recently the U.S. Postal Service has selected the image to represent Mt. Rainier National Park as part of its National Parks stamp collection. As part of his work at the laboratory, Matt also recently published his first peer-reviewed paper on the effects of hydraulic fracturing fluid on Marcellus Shale.

NETL Employees Assist the City of Albany, Oregon with its Cascadia Rising ‘16 Earthquake Event

June 14, 2016

Cascadia-Rising-16.jpgMembers of the emergency response team from NETL’s Albany site (Steve Curfman, Circe Verba and Paula Turner) pictured above in the foreground, participated in “Cascadia Rising”—a training exercise that simulated a 9.0 magnitude earthquake affecting the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia south to Northern California. More than 20,000 emergency response personnel participated in the exercise representing U.S. Federal agencies and the military; the states of Oregon, Washington State, Idaho; Native American tribes; and British Columbia. The exercise presented an opportunity to test a new NETL-developed employee emergency alert system.

NETL Director Discusses Solutions to Energy Challenges at Penn State Symposium

May 20, 2016

spotlight516_2.jpg NETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek participated on the plenary panel, “Transforming the Energy Systems,” at the 2016 Penn State Energy Days, which was held May 19-20. The symposium brought together energy leaders from industry, government, and the private sector to discuss how the nation can meet current and future energy challenges including supply, infrastructure, and sustainability.

Our Employees Volunteer for 2016 Morgantown Day of Caring

May 18, 2016


NETL employees recently enriched their local community by participating in improvement projects as part of the United Way’s 25th annual Day of Caring. The volunteers went to the Conscious Harvest Cooperative Community Garden in Morgantown, WV, where they tilled the ground, laid mulch, and planted various vegetables that will eventually be harvested for local food pantries. Other NETL employees volunteered their time indoors at other sites including Morgantown Health Right, Mountain Line Transit Authority, and PACE Enterprises. Congratulations to the Morgantown NETL volunteer team, which was named by the United Way of Monongalia and Preston counties as the “Best of the Best” for the 2016 Monongalia and Preston Counties Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). See more photos

NETL Researcher Recognized for Innovation in Energy

March 16, 2016

NETL researcher Dr. Shiwoo Lee has been honored with an Innovation in Energy award

NETL researcher Dr. Shiwoo Lee has been honored with an Innovation in Energy award by the Carnegie Science Center for his work on critical efficiency improvements that will make solid oxide fuel cells economically attractive. Dr. Lee accepted the award on May 6, 2016, at the 20th Annual Carnegie Science Award celebration at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, Pa.

NETL Helps “Remake Learning”

March 02, 2016

NETL welcomed students and special guests from Woodland Hills school district, who participated in lab tours and learning activities as part of Remake Learning Days. Photo Gallery