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December 1, 2014
This coronary stent is made with a lab-developed, award-winning platinum-chromium alloy. | Photo courtesy of NETL.
A Heart of Gold? Try Platinum

A platinum-chromium alloy makes coronary stents stronger, more flexible and resistant to corrosion. Now, National Lab scientists who worked on it will receive an award.

November 6, 2014
Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 Launch

Today, the Department of Energy kicked off Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030. This initiative supports President Obama’s goal to double our energy productivity by 2030.

October 30, 2014
Midstream Infrastructure Improvements Key to Realizing Full Potential of Domestic Natural Gas

Natural gas provides numerous benefits to millions of Americans daily, whether it’s being used to heat or air condition homes and businesses, cook meals, or power vehicles. But most people who take advantage of this versatile and important energy resource probably don’t think about the intricate and vital system that exists to bring natural gas from where it is produced to the marketplace where it can be used.

October 22, 2014
DOE Gas Hydrate R&D: Shale Gas Déjà Vu?

More than 30 years ago, DOE looked into the future and saw the potentially large benefit of developing promising but difficult-to-extract unconventional natural gas resources, particularly those from shale formations. As a result, it began sponsoring research and development (R&D), partnering with industry and academia, and, among other things, invested about $137 million in the Eastern Gas Shale Program between 1978 and 1992.

October 16, 2014
The Secretary was accompanied, during his visit, by (from left to right): Big Hill Site Director John Guidry, Field Operations Manager Darryl Rickner, Supervisory General Engineer Lionel Gele, Supervisory General Engineer Lisa Nicholson, Sr. Site Cavern Engineer Jim Perry, Daniel Evans, Office of Petroleum Reserves Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert Corbin, General Engineer Ron Gallagher, SPR Project Manager William Gibson, Site Operations Manager Tony Deville, General Engineer Suresh Sevak, the Secretary’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jonathan Levy, and Special Assistant Mark Appleton.
First Secretarial Visit to the Big Hill SPR Site

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz visited the Office of Fossil Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve’s Big Hill site in Winnie, Texas. The visit is the first Secretarial appearance at an SPR field site in nine years, and it comes after a string of major SPR accomplishments in 2014.

September 25, 2014
DOE Seeks Your Novel Ideas for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts

Do you have innovative ideas about technologies and concepts for the recovery of rare earth elements? Are these ideas applicable to recovery from coal and coal byproducts? If so, the Department of Energy needs your input.

September 15, 2014
NETL Gas Migration Study to Advance Understanding of Responsible Oil and Natural Gas Development

President Obama’s “All-of-the-Above” energy strategy focuses on safely and efficiently developing America’s natural resources, and emphasizes that energy must be produced in a responsible and sustainable manner. Today, a study released by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory provides further clarity on responsible development that both furthers America’s energy security and environmental stewardship. It does not speak broadly to all cases of hydraulic fracturing, and is a limited study focused around specific wells in Pennsylvania.

September 12, 2014
FE-Funded Study Released on Key Factors Affecting China Shale Gas Development

As many people know, over the past decade the United States has experienced a shale gas revolution that has beneficially transformed its energy landscape. In witnessing this transformation, other nations with significant shale resources are understandably interested in pursuing the responsible development of their domestic reserves, and achieving for their people accompanying economic, energy security and environmental benefits.

September 8, 2014
DOE Launches Natural Gas Infrastructure R&D Program Enhancing Pipeline and Distribution System Operational Efficiency, Reducing Methane Emissions

Following the White House and the Department of Energy Capstone Methane Stakeholder Roundtable on July 29th, DOE announced a series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation’s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions. Through common-sense standards, smart investments, and innovative research, DOE seeks to advance the state of the art in natural gas system performance. DOE’s effort is part of the larger Administration’s Climate Action Plan Interagency Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

September 5, 2014
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman (sixth from left) joins in the groundbreaking of the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture facility | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Petra Nova Project Breaks Ground on World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Project

The Houston-area Petra Nova project is designed to capture 1.4 million tons of CO2 per year -- making it the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture facility.