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May 2, 2012
U.S. and Japan Complete Successful Field Trial of Methane Hydrate Production Technologies

Washington, DC - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the completion of a successful, unprecedented test of technology in the North Slope of Alaska that was able to safely extract a steady flow of natural gas from methane hydrates - a vast, entirely untapped resource that holds enormous potential for U.S. economic and energy security.

May 2, 2012
U.S. and Japan Complete Successful Field Trial of Methane Hydrate Production Technologies

Methane Hydrates May Exceed the Energy Content of All Other Fossil Fuels Combined; Could Ensure Decades of Affordable Natural Gas and Cut America’s Foreign Oil Dependence

May 1, 2012
Energy Department Announces New Mapping Initiative to Advance North American Carbon Storage Efforts

New Atlas Shows Potential for 500 Years of Carbon Dioxide Storage

May 1, 2012
First-ever North American Carbon Storage Atlas
Energy Department Announces New Mapping Initiative to Advance North American Carbon Storage Efforts

Today, the Energy Department joined with partners from Canada and Mexico to release the first-ever atlas mapping the potential carbon dioxide storage capacity in North America.

April 25, 2012
Innovative DOE Technology Demonstrates Potential for Significant Increases in Safe and Responsible Production from Depleted U.S. Oil Fields

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that an innovative technology has successfully improved oil recovery at a 106-year old Illinois field by more than 300 percent.

April 19, 2012
DOE Continues Long-Running Minority Educational Research Program

Washington, DC - Four projects that will strengthen and promote U.S. energy security, scientific discovery and economic competitiveness while producing a diverse next generation of scientists and engineers have been selected as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) long running minority educational research program.

April 13, 2012
Obama Administration Announces New Partnership on Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Research

Three federal agencies announced a formal partnership to coordinate and align all research associated with development of our nation’s abundant unconventional natural gas and oil resources.

April 13, 2012
Obama Administration Announces New Partnership on Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Research

Today, three federal agencies announced a formal partnership to coordinate and align all research associated with development of our nation’s abundant unconventional natural gas and oil resources.

April 10, 2012
A rendering of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne high pressure, dry-solids feed pump.
Opening New Avenues for High-Efficiency, Low-Emission Coal Gasification

Gasification. It’s a versatile technology that uses coal to produce power, chemicals, and fuels. Inherently low in air emissions, solid byproducts, and wastewater, commercial gasification plants have proven capable of exceeding the most stringent regulations for air- and solids-emissions.

April 4, 2012
NETL-RUA Scans for Improved Enhanced Oil Recovery Technique

Researchers participating in the National Energy Technology Laboratory Regional University Alliance are using a familiar piece of medical equipment - a CT scanner - to evaluate cutting-edge improvements to enhanced oil recovery techniques.