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August 2, 2011
Coronary stents made from a novel PtCr alloy are more flexible and conformable than traditional stents. The PtCr alloy was developed by a research team that included metallurgists from NETL. The improved
stents are manufactured by Boston  Scientific Corporation. Photo courtesy of Boston Scientific Corporation.
Coronary Stents Improved by Novel Alloy

Metallurgists at the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have helped develop a new alloy that is increasing the safety of an important medical procedure by being used to manufacture more flexible and conformable coronary stents.

August 1, 2011
DOE Selects Projects Totaling $12.4 Million Aimed at Increasing Domestic Energy Production While Enhancing Environmental Protection

A total of 11 research projects that will help find ways to extract more energy from unconventional oil and gas resources while reducing environmental risks have been selected totaling $12.4 million by DOE's Office of Fossil Energy.

July 28, 2011
Four Minority Universities Selected for Fossil Energy Research Grants

The Department of Energy has selected four universities to receive grants under the department’s annual competition for fossil energy research ideas from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions.

July 27, 2011
Fossil Energy R&D Returns Significant National Benefit in More Than Three Decades of Achievement

Research and development activities at DOE's Office of Fossil Energy have helped increase domestic energy supplies and security, lowered costs, improved efficiencies, and enhanced environmental protection over the past 30 years, according to newly released informational materials.

July 20, 2011
Nine Universities Begin Critical Turbine Systems Research

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of ten projects at nine universities under the Office of Fossil Energy’s University Turbine Systems Research Program.

July 19, 2011
Website Provides Data for Key Oil Play in North Dakota, Eastern Montana

A new web-based geographic information system designed to improve oil production in North Dakota and eastern Montana has been launched with support from the U.S. Department of Energy.

July 6, 2011
Confirming CCS Security and Environmental Safety Aim of Newly Selected Field Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s portfolio of field projects aimed at confirming that long-term geologic carbon dioxide storage is safe and environmentally secure has been expanded by three projects selected to collectively receive $34.5 million over four years.

July 6, 2011
DOE Receives First Repayment from Successful DryFining™ Clean Coal Power Initiative Project

The success of a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Coal Power Initiative project has led to a repayment of $580,000 to U.S. taxpayers, with much more - potentially exceeding $13 million - possible in the future.

July 5, 2011
Eight Advanced Coal Projects Chosen for Further Development by DOE's University Coal Research Program

DOE has selected eight new projects to further advanced coal research under the University Coal Research Program. The selected projects will improve coal conversion and use and will help propel technologies for future advanced coal power systems.

June 30, 2011
Department of Energy Update on Strategic Petroleum Reserve Sale

On June 23, 2011, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that its 28 member countries would release 60 million barrels of crude oil and refined products into the global market.