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December 21, 2011
DOE RFP Seeks Projects for Improving Environmental Performance of Unconventional Natural Gas Technologies

’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy.

December 1, 2011
Pyrochlore Catalyst: Helping the Trucking Industry Meet Anti-idling Regulations
It may sound like a technology that would be tough to comprehend, but NETL’s new pyrochlore catalyst can help solve a problem that isn’t at all hard to understand: engine idling in the long-haul trucking industry.

November 28, 2011
NETL-Sponsored Researcher Earns International Award
A former Fulbright Scholar at West Virginia University has been honored by a top international engineering and scientific society for his NETL-supported research into ways to prevent defects in superalloy castings used in advanced electric power systems.

November 25, 2011
DOE Selects Projects Aimed at Reducing Drilling Risks in Ultra-Deepwater
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected six new natural gas and oil research projects aimed at reducing risks and enhancing the environmental performance of drilling in ultra-deepwater settings.

November 21, 2011
CO2 Injection Begins in Illinois
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), one of seven regional partnerships created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance carbon storage technologies nationwide, has begun injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) for their large-scale CO2 injection test in Decatur, Illinois.

November 16, 2011
Midwest Has Potential to Store Hundreds of Years of CO2 Emissions
Geologic capacity exists to permanently store hundreds of years of regional carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in nine states stretching from Indiana to New Jersey, according to injection field tests conducted by the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP).

October 31, 2011
Members of West Virginia's U.S. Congressional Delegation to Address Small Businesses at a Business Opportunity Session in Charleston
U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller (video appearance) and Joe Manchin, along with U.S. Representatives Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, will deliver key remarks at a small business event in Charleston, W.Va. 

October 31, 2011
New Recycling Solution Introduced to Treat Marcellus Shale Flowback Frack Water
A new joint partnership between Casella Waste Systems, Inc. and Altela, Inc. has been formed to solve the environmental issue of brackish, salty water produced from drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. Altela, Inc. first tested its technology in the Appalachian basin through a project supported by NETL and is currently treating frac flowback water in the Marcellus Shale with its patented technology at a facility in Williamsport, PA.

October 28, 2011
NETL Teams Earn High Achievement Awards from Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today honored the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and several partner agencies with Secretary of Energy Achievement Awards for contributions to two significant environmental efforts in 2010.

October 24, 2011
Methane Hydrate Production Technologies to be Tested on Alaska's North Slope
The U.S. Department of Energy, the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, and ConocoPhillips will work together to test innovative technologies for producing methane gas from hydrate deposits on the Alaska North Slope.

October 21, 2011
U.S. Department of Energy to Hold Business Opportunity Session in Charleston
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Teaming to Win will sponsor  a Business Opportunity Session Monday, November 14, 2011, at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. 

September 28, 2011
NETL Projects Selected to Conduct Geothermal Energy Research
Two geothermal energy projects led by NETL researchers have been selected to help accelerate development of geothermal energy technologies and diversify America's sources of clean, renewable energy.

September 28, 2011
Innovative Texas Clean Coal Project Takes Major Step Forward as DOE Issues Record of Decision
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) that – along with a signed cooperative agreement – will allow federal funding to be used to help build one of the world’s most advanced and environmentally clean coal-based power plants.

September 20, 2011
How is DOE advancing the carbon capture, utilization and storage?
FE's Chuck McConnell answers that question in the latest video produced by the Energy Department's Office of Fossil Energy.

September 15, 2011
Many of you are familiar with the term "carbon capture and storage," or CCS. So what is CCUS?
FE's Chuck McConnell answers that question in the latest video produced by the Energy Department's Office of Fossil Energy.

September 13, 2011
New Technologies that Enhance Environmental Protection, Increase Domestic Production, Result from DOE-Supported Consortium
New technologies that help small, independent oil and natural gas operators contribute to domestic energy production while improving environmental protection have resulted from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) support of the Stripper Well Consortium (SWC).

September 9, 2011
Secretary Chu Announces $14 Million for Six New Projects to Advance IGCC Technology
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the selection of six projects aimed at developing technologies to lower the cost of producing electricity in integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants using carbon capture, while maintaining the highest environmental standards.

August 31, 2011
CO2 Injection in Kansas Oilfield Could Greatly Increase Production, Permanently Store Carbon Dioxide, DOE Study Says
The feasibility of using carbon dioxide (CO2) injection for recovering between 250 million and 500 million additional barrels of oil from Kansas oilfields has been established in a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

August 25, 2011
Department of Energy Announces $41 Million Investment for Carbon Capture Development

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today the selection of 16 projects aimed at developing advanced post-combustion technologies for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal–fired power plants. The projects, valued at $41 million over three years, are focused on reducing the energy and cost penalties associated with applying currently available carbon capture technologies to existing and new power plants.

August 24, 2011
Large-Scale Industrial Carbon Capture, Storage Plant Begins Construction

Construction activities have begun at an Illinois ethanol plant that will demonstrate carbon capture and storage. The project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, is the first large-scale integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to move into the construction phase.

August 22, 2011
DOE Launches World-Class Virtual Energy Simulation Training and Research Center

August 19, 2011
NETL Recognized for Technology Transfer Success
NETL's commitment to transferring advanced energy technologies from the laboratory into the marketplace has again won recognition from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). This year, four research groups will receive regional FLC awards for their efforts in commercializing technologies developed at NETL.

August 16, 2011
DOE Research Grant Leads to Gas Turbine Manufacturing Improvements
Research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has led to a new licensing agreement that will improve the performance of state-of-the-art gas turbines, resulting in cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy.

August 15, 2011
Projects Aimed at Advancing State-of-the-Art Carbon Capture from Coal Power Plants Selected for Further Development
Four projects aimed at reducing the energy and cost penalties of advanced carbon capture systems applied to power plants have been selected for further development by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE).

August 10, 2011
International Clean Coal, Carbon Capture Experts to Gather at 28th Annual Pittsburgh Coal Conference Plants
The role of fossil fuels in a sustainable energy future will be one of the topics under discussion when experts from around the world meet at the 28th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, Sept. 12-15, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

August 9, 2011
Innovative Sensors and Controls to Support Efficient Operation of State-of-the-Art Power Plants
The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected three projects to develop novel sensing and control technologies aimed at the efficient operation of advanced, zero-emission power systems and the improvement of operations at existing fossil energy power plants.

August 3, 2011
Novel NETL Alloy Improves Coronary Stents
A new alloy developed by a team of researchers, including NETL metallurgists, is helping cardiologists and their patients at home and abroad. The novel alloy is being used to manufacture coronary stents that are more flexible and conformable than existing stents, and more visible on x‑ray.

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 the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE).

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 (HBCU/OMI).

July 26, 2011
Fossil Energy R&D Returns Significant National Benefit in More Than Three Decades of Achievement
Research and development (R&D) activities at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) 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 (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program.

July 19, 2011
Website Provides Data for Key Oil Play in North Dakota, Eastern Montana
The online tool, called the Bakken Decision Support System (BDSS), assembles data for the Bakken and Three Forks Formations into an application that enables a user to visualize geologic and oil production information.

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 6, 2011
Confirming CCS Security and Environmental Safety Aim of Newly Selected Field Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy 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 5, 2011
Eight Advanced Coal Projects Chosen for Further Development by DOE's University Coal Research Program
The Department of Energy 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.

July 1, 2011
NETL Hosts Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Series for the 2011 International Pittsburgh Coal Conference
Top U.S. and international scientists, technology developers, and business leaders will gather in Pittsburgh this fall to discuss the role of science and business in bringing advanced clean coal technologies to market.

June 28, 2011
Redesigned CCS Website Offers Wealth of Information on Worldwide Technology, Projects
A wealth of information about worldwide carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and projects is available on the newly launched, updated and redesigned National Carbon Sequestration Database and Geographic Information System (NATCARB) website.

June 22, 2011
NETL Wins Three R&D 100 Awards
Three technologies developed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have been recognized by R&D Magazine as among the 100 most technologically significant products to enter the marketplace in the past year.

June 21, 2011
DOE-Sponsored IGCC Project in Texas Takes Important Step Forward
A newly signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase of electricity produced by the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) 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 (DOE).

June 17, 2011
DOE Collaborates with National Geographic's JASON Project on Award-Winning Curriculum
A new JASON Project middle school geology unit, developed with assistance from the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), 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
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 capture technologies for coal-based power plants, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

June 1, 2011
NETL Licensing Agreement Results in New Start-Up Company
NETL has executed an exclusive licensing agreement with the newly formed Pyrochem Catalyst Corporation for two NETL-developed technologies related to a novel fuel-reforming catalyst. This is the first time an NETL-licensed technology has been used as a basis for the creation of a start-up company.

May 26, 2011
Setting the Bar for Safety & Responsibility
On May 5, 2011, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu charged the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Natural Gas Subcommittee to make recommendations to improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations.

May 18, 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.

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 (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

April 20, 2011
NETL-Sponsored Project Improves Performance, Reduces Emissions for Natural Gas Industry
Researchers at Kansas State University are developing emissions control and monitoring technologies that can be applied to engines used in natural-gas-gathering systems. This alternative to engine replacement would provide the U.S. natural gas industry with a more efficient way to upgrade existing engines while mitigating greenhouse gases.

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.

March 18, 2011
NETL Scientists Garner Six New U.S. Patents
Researchers at the the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) received six patents in 2010 for technologies to reduce emissions, increase power efficiencies, and lower energy-production costs. NETL is now seeking licensing partners interested in implementing the patents.

March 16, 2011
Carbon Capture and Storage Initiative Aims to Bring Technologies to Market Faster
The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has begun research under the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative to develop state-of-the-art computational modeling and simulation tools to accelerate commercialization of carbon capture and storage technologies.

March 14, 2011
NETL Recognized for Management Excellence
Management practices at the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory have been recognized by one of the world's leading professional organizations for chemical engineers.

March 9, 2011
Growth in Shale Gas Development Supported by Energy Department Research
American ingenuity and steady research in the Office of Fossil Energy has helped natural gas production from shales increase fourteen-fold over the past decade. The energy supply promise of natural gas produced from shales, and the role of FE's National Energy Technology Laboratory in conducting R&D that helped make it happen is featured in a new Department of Energy brochure, Shale Gas: Applying Technology to Solve America's Energy Challenges.

February 8, 2011
DOE Program Offers Participants Unique Opportunity to Gain Carbon Capture and Storage Knowledge
Future leaders and innovators in the area of CCS can gain a unique and intensive tutorial on the subject by participating in DOE's Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration program.

February 3, 2011
NETL-Developed Process for Capturing CO2 Emissions Wins National Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
A process developed by researchers at FE's NETL that improves the capture of CO2 emissions from power plants while reducing the cost has been selected to receive a 2011 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.

February 2, 2011
DOE's Early Investment in Shale Gas Technology Producing Results Today
A $92 million research investment in the 1970s by DOE is today being credited with technological contributions that have stimulated development of domestic natural gas from shales.

February 1, 2011
State Regulatory Framework Will Most Likely Result in Robust CO2 Pipeline System, New Study Says
A private sector model with a state rather than Federal-based regulatory framework is the approach that will "most likely result in a robust CO2 pipeline system" in the U.S., according to a new report developed with funding from DOE’s NETL.

January 19, 2011
First Issue of Fossil Energy Today Now Available
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy has launched a new digital newsletter, Fossil Energy Today. The newsletter, to be published quarterly, will provide readers with updates on important activities, progress and other developments within Fossil Energy in an easily accessible and readable format.

January 18, 2011
DOE Manual Studies Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration
There is considerable opportunity and growing technical sophistication to make terrestrial carbon sequestration both practical and effective, according to the latest CCS "best practices" manual issued by DOE.

January 18, 20011
NETL Researchers Receive USGS Awards for Exemplary Service to Nation
For their efforts in providing accurate estimates of the leakage rates at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, three NETL researchers have earned national recognition from the U.S. Geological Survey.

January 12, 2011
Access to DOE Database of Oil and Natural Gas Research Results Expanded
The results of nearly four decades of research supported by DOE are now available through the Society of Petroleum Engineers OnePetro online document repository.

January 6, 2011
DOE/NETL Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage RD&D Roadmap Released
Prepared by the Existing Plants and Sequestration R&D Programs, this report provides an overview of DOE/NETL’s RD&D efforts to provide cost-effective advanced CO2 capture and storage technologies for coal-based power systems.

January 5, 2011
DOE "Best Practices" Manual Focuses on Site Selection for CO2 Storage
The most promising methods for assessing potential carbon dioxide geologic storage sites – a crucial component of Carbon Capture and Storage technology – is the focus of the latest in a series of U.S. Department of Energy CCS "best practices" manuals.

January 4, 2011
DOE-Supported Coal Cleaning Technology Succeeds in Commercial Demonstration
A novel technology that could help release some of the currently unusable energy in an estimated 2 billion tons of U.S. coal waste has been successfully demonstrated by a Department of Energy (DOE) supported project.