by Brian Anderson, Ph.D.
At NETL, teams of talented experts are performing sophisticated research in pursuit of innovations to gasification technologies that convert coal into synthetic fuels – improvements that will increase efficiency and lower costs while protecting the environment. We call the field of study “energy conversion engineering.”
Gasification is a set of chemical reactions that use limited oxygen to convert a carbon-containing feedstock like coal into a synthetic gas, or syngas that is used for energy and in essential chemical products. NETL’s reaction science/energy conversion engineering work seeks improvements to conventional gasification processes. For example:
This month, we will be reporting on these innovations. We hope our readers find them interesting to learn about in equal measure to the fascination our researchers experienced while pursuing them. It’s all a part of our mission to discover, integrate and develop new technologies that advance the nation’s energy security.