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NETL Co-Sponsors Conference to Discuss the Evolving Energy Sector in Appalachia

NETL will co-sponsor the 2022 Evolving Energy Conference, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, in Morgantown, West Virginia, to discuss Appalachia’s expanding energy sector and energy needs.

Organized by West Virginia University and the TransTech Program, the conference convenes the region’s stakeholders, key partners and academic institutions, as well as federal and corporate leaders, to explore such topics as Appalachia’s energy history and future opportunities, emerging technologies for decarbonization, and pathways and strategies to bring innovative energy ideas to life.

“The conference is important because it brings potential research-based innovations to the attention of a panel of investors and industry experts for possible funding, with a goal of creating businesses and jobs in the region,” said Jessica Lamp, manager of NETL’s Technology Transfer Innovations Program. “Activities will include panel discussions, multiple networking sessions and an energy technology pitch competition. Participants can expect to walk away with connections, knowledge and ideas for engagement, action and innovation.”

The conference’s opening panel discussion will provide federal perspectives on energy resilience and demands. Featured panelists include Anna Siefken, commercialization executive, U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions, and a DOE Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Ambassador.

Later in the day, NETL’s Amanda Harker Steele, a research economist on the Energy Markets Analysis Team, will participate in the decarbonization panel. She will discuss technologies as well as aspects of workforce and the energy transition.

NETL’s Ruishu Wright will take part in a technology showcase on the second day of the conference. Wright serves as a technical portfolio lead and coordinates the research efforts of an interdisciplinary team that is developing real-time sensors and functional sensitive materials to monitor and mitigate corrosion and gas leaks in natural gas pipelines, enable geochemical monitoring in support of subsurface hydrogen-natural gas storage and ensure wellbore integrity for carbon storage wells.

Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

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.