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March 24, 2015
Sandia National Laboratories Releases Literature Survey of Crude Oil Properties Relevant to Handling and Fire Safety in Transport

The Department of Energy is helping to develop an understanding of scientific questions associated with the production, treatment, and transportation of crude oils, including Bakken crude oil. To support this effort, the Department’s Sandia National Laboratory recently completed a report in cooperation with the Department of Transportation -- Literature Survey of Crude Oil Properties Relevant to Handling and Fire Safety in Transport.

February 26, 2015
In 2014, NETL research led to 17 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
NETL Researchers Garner 17 New Patents in 2014

Each year, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) push the limits of innovation and are rewarded for their unique technological advancements by being issued U.S. patents. NETL researchers received 17 patents in 2014 for technologies including techniques that remove CO2 from flue streams, increase power efficiencies, and lower energy-production costs.

February 3, 2015
DOE-Sponsored Project Tests Novel Method to Increase Oil Recovery

Successful laboratory tests at the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have verified that the use of a brine-soluble ionic surfactant could improve the efficiency of carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR).

January 30, 2015
A solitary oil pump at the Teapot Dome Oilfield in Wyoming. | Department of Energy photo.
Let’s Try That Again: Selling the Teapot Dome Oil Field

The first time the Teapot Dome Oilfield was sold, it threw the Harding administration into scandal. Now -- 93 years later -- we're selling the field legally.

January 13, 2015
Head of UN Economic Commission for Europe: "Capture the Carbon"

The increased urgency of global climate change has focused the attention of many leaders around the world. While the Department of Energy remains a global leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS) research and development, CCS has grown in prominence as one international solution to an "all-of-the-above" problem.

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.