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NETL Director Delivers Keynote at Simulation-Based Engineering Workshop

NETL Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., will share some of the Lab’s most innovative modeling and computational tools during a keynote address set for Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Simulation-Based Engineering for Accelerating the Deployment of Decarbonization Technologies virtual workshop.

The workshop will be hosted by the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) and the United States Energy Association (USEA) and will convene academia, industry and government leaders for panel discussions and interactive sessions designed to assess the current state and future potential of simulation-based engineering technologies in driving the deployment of decarbonization technologies.

Anderson will join Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Emily Grubert, Ph.D., who will provide an additional keynote from the federal leadership perspective.

“We have some of the most powerful simulation-based engineering tools in the world at NETL,” Anderson said. “For example, our IDAES modeling and optimization platform and our multiphase flow modeling suite MFiX, among others, are directly addressing challenges related to economy-wide decarbonization. We want to share information about these tools with our stakeholders, and this workshop is making that possible.”

NETL’s Simulation-Based Engineering program combines technical knowledge, software development, computational power, data repositories, experimental facilities and unique partnerships to support research into timely and accurate solutions for complex energy systems. The Lab’s teams of experts leverage simulation, analysis, and visualization tools to gain scientific insights into complex, uncertain, high-dimensional and high-volume datasets. The information generated is then used to overcome engineering challenges and to accelerate technology development.

“I plan to highlight NETL’s past accomplishments and new capabilities during the workshop,” Anderson said. “But we will also be looking forward and discussing ways to overcome barriers to greater collaboration and use of advanced modeling. When we combine the expertise of academia, industry and national labs like NETL, our synergy will push forward the technology development needed to meet the Biden Administration’s goals of net-zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2035 and the broader economy by 2050.”

NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. By leveraging its world-class talent and research facilities, NETL is ensuring affordable, abundant and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.