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NETL to Present Major Projects, Key Initiatives at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

NETL researchers will showcase critical decarbonization projects and important research initiatives at the 12th Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit May 23-25 in Denver, Colorado.

The summit is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. Now in its twelfth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market.

“With so much outstanding work going to build a sustainable energy future empowered by legislation like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, NETL is excited to return to the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit as a technology development partner,” said Mike Knaggs, NETL associate director of research partnerships and technology transfer.

“Several NETL researchers will present their respective ARPA-E projects across a wide spectrum, from high-performance materials to withstand extreme heat inside power plants to new advanced control systems. The Energy Innovation Summit is a valuable opportunity for NETL to demonstrate our timely decarbonization research to the wider energy community and for us to learn from other attendees.”

Researchers will also discuss the following important research initiatives at the Lab:

·       Advanced Alloy Signature Center. No single research facility in the U.S. is capable of prototyping alloys at scales that easily translate to industrial practice. NETL is creating a technology accelerator for U.S. industry, other government agencies and academia to prototype alloy solutions, bridging the “valley of death” and accelerating commercialization. NETL will help maintain U.S. leadership in specialty alloys while developing materials spanning a range of applications.

·       Science-based Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Institute. The new institute is led by NETL to leverage science-based models, artificial intelligence and machine learning methods, data analytics and high-performance computing to accelerate applied technology development for clean, efficient and affordable energy production and utilization.

·       Microwave Technology. This technology represents the next frontier of science in chemical processes and manufacturing. NETL will conduct fundamental science studies of microwave reaction chemistry to better understand this breakthrough technology and predictably model it for commercial uses. These efforts are significantly improving the energy efficiency of industrial processes, increasing selectivity and enabling scalable and distributed low-carbon applications.

·       Center for Sustainable Chemicals and Fuels. NETL is leading the development of a technology incubation center and consortia that transforms the downstream chemical sector and scales risky or far-term technologies to maturation. Benefits includes getting products to market faster, at lower costs and with less environmental impact while creating a more agile chemicals supply chain.

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.