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June 22, 2011
Department of Energy Projects Win 36 R&D 100 Awards for 2011

Technology Developments Aim to Address Energy, Environment and National Security Issues

June 20, 2011
DOE-Sponsored IGCC Project in Texas Takes Important Step Forward

A newly signed memorandum of understanding for the purchase of electricity produced by the Texas Clean Energy Project is an important step forward for what will be one of the world’s most advanced and cleanest coal-based power plants, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy.

June 17, 2011
DOE Collaborates with National Geographic's JASON Project on Award-Winning Curriculum

A new JASON Project geology unit, developed with assistance from the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, has earned a prestigious "CODiE Award" as the nation’s Best Science or Health curriculum.

June 7, 2011
National Carbon Capture Center Launches Post-Combustion Test Center

Washington, D.C. - The recent successful commissioning of an Alabama-based test facility is another step forward in research that will speed deployment of innovative post-combustion carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies for coal-based power plants, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

May 20, 2011
Energy Department Approves Gulf Coast Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy today issued a conditional authorization approving an application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Louisiana, paving the way for thousands of new construction and domestic natural gas production jobs in Louisiana, Texas, and several other states. Subject to final environmental and regulatory approval, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc., will retrofit an existing LNG import terminal in Louisiana so that it can also be used for exports.

May 17, 2011
Newly Installed Alaska North Slope Well Will Test Innovative Hydrate Production Technologies

A fully instrumented well that will test innovative technologies for producing methane gas from hydrate deposits has been safely installed on the North Slope of Alaska. As a result, the "Iġnik Sikumi" (Iñupiaq for "fire in the ice") gas hydrate field trial well will be available for field experiments as early as winter 2011-12.

May 5, 2011
Secretary Chu Tasks Environmental, Industry and State Leaders to Recommend Best Practices for Safe, Responsible Development of America's Onshore Natural Gas Resources

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a group of environmental, industry and state regulatory experts who will make recommendations to improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations - harnessing a vital domestic energy resource while ensuring the safety of our drinking water and the health of the environment.

April 28, 2011
Breakthrough Water Cleaning Technology Could Lessen Environmental Impacts from Shale Production

A novel water cleaning technology currently being tested in field demonstrations could help significantly reduce potential environmental impacts from producing natural gas from the Marcellus shale and other geologic formations, according to the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory

April 13, 2011
Water Treatment System Cleans Marcellus Shale Wastewater

A water treatment system that can turn wastewater into clean water has been shown to reduce potential environmental impacts associated with producing natural gas from shale formations in the Appalachian basin.

March 23, 2011
Licensing Agreement Moves Two NETL-Patented Carbon Capture Sorbents Closer to Commercialization

Two new patented sorbents used for carbon dioxide capture from coal-based power plants have moved closer to commercialization as a result of a licensing agreement between the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory and ADA Environmental Solutions.