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NETL Honored with Three R&D 100 Awards
R and D Award

R&D World magazine announced that three groundbreaking NETL technologies will receive prestigious R&D 100 awards for being among the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace in the last year.

The winning technologies are described below:

  • Cobalt-Based Nanocrystalline Alloys for Gapless Inductor and Sensor Applications (Mechanical/Materials category) — cobalt-based nanocrystalline alloys processed through in-line strain annealing produce inductors, sensors and other electrical devices with unprecedented electromagnetic capabilities for next-generation power technologies, improving performance, boosting efficiency and reducing temperature. This market-ready product links atomic-level changes to grid-scale impacts by customizing magnetic properties for a broad range of electrical applications.
  • Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) subsurface monitoring tool (Analytical/Test category) — a miniature all-optical sensor based on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) that provides detailed information on elemental composition. This analysis can be done in the field without removing samples from the well, which saves time and money. Applications include carbon storage, process monitoring, rare earth elements, environmental monitoring and more.
  • Offshore Risk Modeling (ORM) Suite (Software/Services category) — a set of eight innovative, science– and data-driven computational tools and models that span the full offshore system. The suite is designed to improve the prediction and evaluation of offshore systems. Tools and models within the suite address key knowledge and technology gaps to improve upon conventional oil spill prevention methods. Using petabytes of data, the suite applies novel and efficient methods to cross-examine data across space and time to support predictive analyses for safer, more prudent future efforts and rapid-response, real-time assessments.

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards program has identified and celebrated the top 100 revolutionary technologies of the past year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics spanning industry, academia and government-sponsored research.

A full list of the 2019 winners is available at the R&D World website.

NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory that produces technological solutions for America’s energy challenges. From developing creative innovations and efficient energy systems that make coal more competitive, to advancing technologies that enhance oil and natural gas extraction and transmission processes, NETL research is providing breakthroughs and discoveries that support home-grown energy initiatives, stimulate a growing economy, and improve the health, safety, and security of all Americans. Highly skilled men and women at three NETL research sites — Albany, Oregon; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — conduct a broad range of research activities that support DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.