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June 27, 2013
Improving Our Environment One Roof at a Time

Known by a variety of names, green roofs – which are built on top of a conventional roof and are partially or completely covered by vegetation – have been around for thousands of years and are popular in many European countries. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory are using green roofs as laboratories to investigate alternative growth media for plants that make use of waste materials generated by the fossil fuel industry.

June 25, 2013
Developing a New Primer on the Nation’s Electricity Markets

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has developed a series of primers that explain the basic functions within electricity markets in the United States. Designed for a wide audience – from government agencies to academia to consumers – these 17 short booklets describe the history, workings, and types of electricity markets that make up our country’s seven regional transmission organizations and independent system operators. They can be downloaded from NETL's website.

June 13, 2013
DOE Lab Receives Award for Work on Drilling Technology

On May 3, 2013 the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) received an award for its role in a joint project that helped develop what is now Schlumberger’s Slider product line. The Lab was recognized for the project's contributions to directional drilling.

May 31, 2013
National EnergyTechnology Laboratory’s Malgorzata Ziomek-Moroz (right) receives a 2013 Technical Achievement Award from NACE International, the Corrosion Society, for her accomplishments in the field of corrosion science.
NETL Scientist Earns Prestigious Technical Achievement Award

NETL's Dr. Ziomek-Moroz received a 2013 Technical Achievement Award from NACE International, the Corrosion Society,in recognition of her work in corrosion science.

May 30, 2013
NETL high-performance computer clusters at Oregon State University.
Modeling Through Shared Resources, No High-Fashion Experience Required

Oregon State University graduate students use computer clusters to work with National Energy Technology Laboratory scientists to develop models for new energy technologies.

May 29, 2013
A sample image from the AWSIS system.
Finding Alternative Water Sources for Power Plants with Google Earth

Sobering news from experts: Rising populations, regional droughts, and decreasing groundwater levels are draining the nation’s fresh water supply. What plant operators need is a system that catalogs in one place nontraditional water sources that can be used for electricity production instead of valuable, limited fresh water. Now, thanks to a Department of Energy (DOE)-supported project, there’s an app for that.

May 20, 2013
Novomer’s thermoplastic pellets incorporate waste CO2 into a variety of consumer products.
Recycling Carbon Dioxide to Make Plastics

The world’s first successful large-scale production of a polypropylene carbonate polymer using waste carbon dioxide as a key raw material has resulted from a projected funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy.

May 10, 2013
Carbon Pollution Being Captured, Stored and Used to Produce More Domestic Oil

A breakthrough project in Texas is using carbon capture, utilization and storage technology to safely secure carbon dioxide pollution underground while providing an economic benefit and increasing our energy security.

May 7, 2013
National Energy Technology Laboratory metallurgist Dr. Paul Jablonski, was named a finalist for a Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal
NETL Scientist Named Finalist for Service to America Medal

National Energy Technology Laboratory metallurgist Dr. Paul Jablonski, was named a finalist for a Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal – known as the Sammies.

May 7, 2013
NETL's Carbon Storage Atlas IV and FE's internal employee newsletter, inTouch, earned 2013 National Association of Government Communicators awards.
Carbon Storage Atlas, Employee Newsletter Earn International Communications Awards

The Office of Fossil Energy and its National Energy Technology Laboratory recently walked away with two prestigious 2013 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards presented by the National Association of Government Communicators.