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February 5, 2013
The Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facilities in Port Arthur, Texas, is funded by the Energy Department through the 2009 Recovery Act. It is managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. | Photo credit Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facilities.
New Texas Oil Project Will Help Keep Carbon Dioxide Underground

A new carbon capture project in Port Arthur, Texas, gives us a glimpse into a future where CCUS technologies are widely used across industry and power production to capture and utilize CO2, without releasing it into the air.

January 25, 2013
AVESTAR provides high-quality, hands-on, simulator-based workforce training delivered by an experienced team of power industry training professionals for West Virginia students. | Photo courtesy of the Office of Fossil Energy.
National Lab Helping to Train Operators for Next Generation of Power Plants

Students in West Virginia are receiving hands-on experience for careers at cleaner-burning coal-fired power plants.

January 10, 2013
Today shale gas accounts for about 25 percent of our natural gas production. And experts believe this abundant supply will mean lower energy costs for millions of families; fewer greenhouse gas emissions; and more American jobs. | Photo courtesy of the EIA.
Energy Department Projects Focus on Sustainable Natural Gas Development

The Energy Department is investing in research and development to make natural gas production as safe and sustainable as possible.

December 21, 2012
Atlas IV was created by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and includes input from the more than 400 organizations in 43 states and four Canadian provinces that make up the Department’s seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (as shown above). <a href="http://www.natcarbviewer.com/">See this map here.</a>
New Carbon Storage Atlas Shows Hundreds of Years of CO2 Storage Potential

Atlas IV details how and where the CO2 could be stored, as well as some of the most important ways it could be re-used.

December 20, 2012
Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed a groundbreaking new hybrid membrane that could efficiently separate carbon dioxide (CO2) from the gas that comes from burning coal at power plants. | Photo courtesy of Office of Fossil Energy.
Ohio State Develops Breakthrough Membranes for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

The result of Ohio State’s research is a game-changing technology that could make it less expensive to apply carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology at coal-fired power plants.

November 20, 2012
Schlumberger technicians and rig crew lowering monitoring instrumentation into a well. | Photo credit to the Illinois State Geological Survey.
An Important Step Forward for CCUS

A milestone has been hit in the Decatur, Illinois, carbon sequestration project.

November 3, 2012
The Energy Department continues to work with its federal and state partners to restore critical energy infrastructure throughout the region affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Helping Local Officials Address Fuel Shortages

The Energy Department is working in conjunction with other federal agencies to help local agencies facilitate the delivery of additional gasoline, diesel and home heating oil to the region.

September 20, 2012
The new National Sequestration Education Center (NSEC) is a 15,000 square-foot sustainably designed center that will contain classrooms and training and laboratory facilities. | Photo courtesy of Richland Community College.
CO2 Capture and Storage Project, Education and Training Center Launched in Decatur, Illinois

One of the nation’s largest carbon capture and storage endeavors includes an education center for students and local residents.

August 31, 2012
Methane hydrates are 3D ice-lattice structures with natural gas locked inside. If methane hydrate is either warmed or depressurized, it will release the trapped natural gas.
New Methane Hydrate Research: Investing in Our Energy Future

New research projects will help study methane hydrates and their implications for future resources, geohazards, and the environment.

May 1, 2012
Greater application of CO2-EOR could yield a significant boost to the U.S. economy, including increased economic activity, improved balance of trade, job creation, and reduced oil imports.
Adding “Utilization” to Carbon Capture and Storage

The Office of Fossil Energy is doing their part to advance the all-of-the-above energy strategy by continuing to work with industry to safely, responsibly and sustainably develop our nation’s fossil energy resources.