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Our Research Achievements

  • April 2, 2013

    Coal combustion products (CCPs) are solid materials produced when coal is burned to generate electricity. Since coal provides the largest segment of U.S. electricity generation (45 percent in 2010), finding a sustainable solution for CCPs is an important environmental challenge.

  • April 2, 2013

    Coalbed methane is natural gas found in coal deposits. It was once considered a nuisance and mine safety hazard, but today has become a valuable part of the U.S. energy portfolio. A major reason for this is resource characterization and the establishment of efficient recovery methods pioneered by Office of Fossil Energy R&D.

  • April 2, 2013

    The United States has significant natural gas and oil reserves. But many of these resources are increasingly harder to locate and bring into
    production. To help meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy over the years has amassed wide
    ranging expertise in areas related to deepwater resource location, production, safety and environmental protection.

  • April 2, 2013

    The Office of Fossil Energy’s Clean Coal Technology Demonstration Program (1986-1993) laid the foundation for effective technologies now in use that have helped significantly lower emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and airborne particulates (PM10).

  • April 2, 2013

    Through Office of Fossil Energy R&D the United States has become a world leader in carbon capture and storage science and technology.

  • April 2, 2013

    Over more than three decades, FE research and development has established a legacy of significant achievement and return of value and benefits for the public funds invested.

  • April 2, 2013

    Since its creation in 1977, the DOE's Office of Fossil Energy has established a legacy of achievement, return-of-value, and tangible benefits for the taxpayer dollars invested.

  • April 2, 2013

    Office of Fossil Energy research helped refine cost-effective horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies, protective environmental practices and data development, making hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of gas technically recoverable where they once were not.

  • April 2, 2013

    Coal is a vital energy resource, not only for the United States, but also for many developed and developing economies around the world. Finding ways to use coal cleanly and more efficiently at lower costs is a major R&D challenge, and an ongoing focus of activities by the DOE's Office of Fossil Energy.

  • April 2, 2013

    Natural gas is an important energy resource for the United States, providing nearly one-quarter of total energy use. The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has played a major role in developing technologies to help tap new, unconventional sources of natural gas.

  • April 2, 2013

    Thanks in part to innovations supported by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory over the past 30 years, the United States is a world leader in the number of EOR projects and volume of oil production from this method.