Clemens Winkler, the 19th century German chemist, once quipped that “The world of chemical reactions is like a stage, on which scene after scene is ceaselessly played.” It’s an action-packed simile that’s particularly accurate when applied to much of the work underway at NETL where talented researchers are using sophisticated technologies and approaches to discover new ways to cleanly and efficiently use fossil fuels to keep the nation strong.
With the Lab’s world-class facilities, NETL researchers are studying transformative reaction chemistry and other energy conversion technologies that will help the nation use less fuel and create fewer emissions by increasing efficiency. These evolving technologies are often based on chemical reactions that, like Winkler observed, play out ceaselessly like scene after scene on a theatrical stage.
For the next several weeks, stories on our web site will provide our readers with examples of how NETL experts are studying transformative reaction chemistry and creating conversion engineering technologies that will bolster the U.S. economy and improve the environment. We will present information about a range of ongoing work and how researchers are:
A robust fossil-based economy supports a high quality of life for millions of Americans, sustains its manufacturing and high-tech industries, and fosters economic growth. Using abundant fossil energy resources with sustainable environmental stewardship is critical. The advanced energy conversion technologies being explored by NETL can enable efficiencies that increase power production and reduce overall power generation costs. We hope you will enjoy reading about some of those efforts.