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August 11, 2016
A CO2 laser melts a rod of solid sapphire and draws a sapphire optical fiber. Sapphire has a high melting point, which can withstand the brutal conditions inside gas turbine engines and solid oxide fuel cells. | Photo courtesy of National Energy Technology Laboratory.
The Rugged World of Harsh Environment Sensors

National Lab scientists are building special sensors to see and hear inside turbine engines, boilers, gasifiers and fuel cells.

August 3, 2016
NETL researcher Kelly Rose, co-developer of one of the four NETL technologies chosen as finalists for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards
Game-Changing NETL Technologies Named Finalists for Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

Four technologies developed by researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have been named finalists for this year’s R&D 100 Awards. The selected technologies reflect the laboratory’s focus on science and technology innovations that bolster the nation’s energy security while protecting the environment

July 18, 2016
3-D renderings (A and B) and scanning electron image of foamed cement.
DOE Foamed-Cement Research Is Changing Industry

The Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is playing a key role in updating a 25-year-old testing standard that helps ensure quality, reduce cost, decrease waste, and support safer oil and gas operations around the world.

July 1, 2016
U.S.-China EcoPartnership to Make Coal Power Plants Cleaner

The U.S. and China announced six new EcoPartnerships during the recent U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, China. Among the new partnerships is a collaboration between Alabama-based Chemical and Metal Technologies (CMT) and China’s CPI Yuanda Environmental Protection Engineering Company. CPI Yuanda is a subsidiary of State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), one of China’s largest generating power companies.

June 30, 2016
Project uses captured CO2 for enhanced oil recovery process shown above
Texas CO2 Capture Demonstration Project Hits Three Million Metric Ton Milestone

On June 30, Allentown, PA-based Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. successfully captured and transported, via pipeline, its 3 millionth metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) to be used for enhanced oil recovery. This achievement highlights the ongoing success of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

June 17, 2016
A series of seven public stakeholder meetings was recently held throughout the United States to gather public comments. Submit your comment by July 1.
Submit Your Comment for the Quadrennial Energy Review by July 1

Help strengthen the U.S. electricity system by submitting your comments to the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) – An Integrated Study of the Electricity System at Comments are due July 1, 2016.

June 16, 2016
FE-Supported Research Looks to Coal as a Source for Rare Earth Elements

FE, through the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is looking at ways to use coal and its byproducts (like coal ash from power plants, for instance) to develop new sources of critical rare earth elements, or REEs.

June 14, 2016
2016 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship interns participating in a discussion during the June 13 kick-off event in Washington, D.C.
FE Welcomes 2016 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Interns

The Office of Fossil Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship kicked off its 21st year yesterday with a class of 43 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students joining one of the Energy Department’s premier educational programs.

May 27, 2016
A new chemical process has the potential to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions by transforming CO2 into fuel and useful chemicals. | Image courtesy of NETL.
Scientists Can Recycle CO2 Using Gold

A new process from the National Labs has the potential to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions.

April 26, 2016
Schematic Diagram of the Breakthrough Thermal Barrier Coating by “Solution Precursor Plasma Spray” Process
Breakthrough Could Improve Turbine Performance, Reduce Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

Research supported by the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has led to a discovery that could significantly increase the efficiency of turbines in fossil fuel electricity generation.