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NETL Highlights 200-Plus Research Projects Aimed at Addressing US Energy Needs

NETL hosted a comprehensive meeting Aug. 26-30 to showcase cutting-edge research in four key areas aimed at developing novel technological solutions to America’s energy challenges.

The inaugural Carbon Capture, Utilization, Storage, and Oil & Gas Technologies Integrated Project Review Meeting, “Addressing the Nation’s Energy Needs Through Technology Innovation,” is the Lab’s first annual meeting to combine four interrelated Office of Fossil Energy research programs into one event. Held at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the meeting offered attendees a valuable opportunity to share in the knowledge and insights gained from more than 200 research projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage, and Oil and Natural Gas programs.

The meeting festivities kicked off with opening remarks provided by Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg and NETL Director Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D., who each addressed the vital importance of emerging carbon capture, utilization and storage, and oil and gas technologies to America’s energy future.

“Our abundant coal, oil and natural gas resources will continue to play a critical role in powering the nation’s homes and businesses for the foreseeable future,” Anderson said. “Strategic research in these areas will ensure clean, affordable and reliable energy that boosts America’s economy and enhances national security.”

More than 300 attendees — including researchers, academics and industry representatives — participated in a mix of plenary, multi-topic breakout and interactive poster sessions to foster discussion and collaboration on key research efforts, both domestic and international.

NETL’s mission is to discover, integrate and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. The Lab hosts regular project review meetings to share its groundbreaking work with the public, industry and the research community.