Spotlights

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. 




NETL IS DEDICATED TO SECURING A ROBUST, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUTURE

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 www.netl.doe.gov/business and Small Business Week at www.sba.gov/nsbw 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!




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.




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.




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.




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.




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 bit.ly/2lAvPPo.




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. http://bit.ly/2ksP105




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

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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

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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!