Research Mission
Research Mission

NETL’s Office of Research & Development is a national resource for fossil energy research and development, with a mission to create and expand the knowledge base that enables the safe, sustainable utilization of our abundant, domestic energy resources.

In support of that mission, the onsite research effort:

  • Develops solutions to key barriers to the implementation of emerging energy technologies.
  • Explores transformational new concepts for next generation energy systems.
  • Leverages core competencies to address issues of national concern.
  • Conducts R&D in a manner that ensures the health and safety of all our employees.

Currently, NETL’s onsite research supports DOE’s mission to advance energy options to fuel our economy, strengthen our security, and improve our environment.  As such, the onsite research portfolio includes significant efforts in advanced combustion, carbon capture, carbon storage, fuel cells, fuels, gasification, innovative process technologies, methane hydrates, turbine thermal management, and unconventional gas and oil resources. Key research initiatives include the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative, the National Risk Assessment Partnership, and the Industrial Carbon Management Initiative.

In addition to the research performed on behalf of the Office of Fossil Energy, in-house researchers leverage core competencies and facilities in support of DOE’s fossil energy mission to address broader issues of national concern.