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August 28, 2013
Incorporation of a new CO2 sorbent into commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems will save energy and reduce operating costs. HVAC is one of the largest consumers of electric power in the United States, responsible for more than half of the load on the electric grid in many major cities. NETL work has led to a patented CO2 sorbent that has now been licensed commercially.
National Lab Technology Transfer Making a Difference

At the National Energy Technology Laboratory, scientists and engineers work every day to develop solutions to the nation’s energy problems. Technology transfer makes it possible to move NETL innovations from the lab to the marketplace, benefitting the greatest number of people as quickly and efficiently as possible.

August 20, 2013
The National Energy Technology Laboratory's chemical looping reactor, above, is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, and is pioneering the development of a promising low-carbon technology. | Photo courtesy of the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
A Potential Path to Emissions-Free Fossil Energy

Emerging low-carbon technologies, like "chemical looping," are forging new pathways for using fossil fuels as part of a clean energy future.

August 15, 2013
Photo credit: © Denmarsh Photography, Inc.
The Greenhouse’s Effect: NETL and Phipps Join Forces to Study Water

Phipps and NETL recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaborative research involving water-management systems installed at Phipps. NETL researchers have now begun collecting and analyzing water, sediment, and plant samples to determine the effectiveness of Phipps’ water-treatment systems over time. These researchers will apply what they learn to NETL’s larger investigation into greenhouse gas storage, emissions controls, and reduction of water use in power plants.

August 13, 2013
Photo by J.D. Griggs, courtesy of U.S.Geological Survey
Ancient Lava Flows Trap CO2 for Long-Term Storage in Big Sky Injection

How can a prehistoric volcanic eruption help us reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere today? The answer is found in the basalt formations created by the lava – formations that can be used as sites for injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from industrial sources in a process called carbon capture and storage. The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership recently injected 1,000 metric tons of CO2 into the Grande Ronde Basalt Formation in eastern Washington. This first-of-its kind injection is part of research meant to determine if basalt formations could provide a long-term solution for storing CO2, a potent greenhouse gas.

August 8, 2013
One Thing Leads to Another: How NETL Research Saves Lives

Balanced on the tip of a finger, it doesn’t look like much — a bit of screen door, perhaps, or a badly mangled paper clip — but this little piece of metal is making big news in the medical community, and big changes in the lives of patients with coronary- and peripheral-artery disease.

July 30, 2013
Secretary Moniz Speaks on Future of Fossil Energy

Watch the video of Secretary Moniz speaking to NETL employees about how the clean energy technologies developed by our National Labs are helping combat climate change.

July 23, 2013
National Energy Technology Laboratory Publishes Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Studies

A compilation of studies examining cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells is available on the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory website. The report, entitled Recent Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Studies, provides a concise, portfolio-wide synopsis of cathode research conducted under the Office of Fossil Energy’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Program.

July 22, 2013
A few of the summer of 2013 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship class. Pictured from left to right: Wendy Hertulien, Noelle Hilliard, Vianey Escobar, and Jasmin Selby.
How a Chemical Engineering Major & Track Star Came to a DOE Summer Internship

Jasmine, a rising Senior at Howard University studying chemical engineering, was one of the 40 selected applicants out of 700 to participate in the Department's Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship. This summer she is working with mentors in the office of Fossil Energy to create a financial model for a natural gas power plant. Read more about her story here.

July 18, 2013
The Department of Energy and the Brazilian Coal Association sign a Memorandum of Understanding on carbon capture and storage. 

From left to right: Sergio Luiz Gargioni, President of the Foundation of the State of Santa Catarina, Research and Innovation; Paul King, National Energy Technology Laboratory; and Fernando Zancan, President of the Brazilian Coal Association.
Research Without Borders: NETL Pens MOU with Brazilian Coal Association

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Brazilian Coal Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding on carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Florianópolis, Brazil. By signing the MOU, both parties agreed to work together over the next 5 years to assess the potential of CCS in fossil fuel–based systems, as well as the development of clean coal technologies applicable to Brazilian coals. The memorandum also covers the development of other technologies to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuel production and use.

July 11, 2013
Virtual “Open House” Makes it Easier to Tour NETL Labs

The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has made it easier for you to know what it is like to work in a first class technology lab with a one-stop web “open house” that provides an overview from the lab’s director, briefings from other lab leaders, and a virtual tour of its sites in Oregon, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.