How can a prehistoric volcanic eruption help us reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere today? The answer is found in the basalt formations created by the lava – formations that can be used as sites for injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from industrial sources in a process called carbon capture and storage. The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership recently injected 1,000 metric tons of CO2 into the Grande Ronde Basalt Formation in eastern Washington. This first-of-its kind injection is part of research meant to determine if basalt formations could provide a long-term solution for storing CO2, a potent greenhouse gas.
Balanced on the tip of a finger, it doesn’t look like much — a bit of screen door, perhaps, or a badly mangled paper clip — but this little piece of metal is making big news in the medical community, and big changes in the lives of patients with coronary- and peripheral-artery disease.
A compilation of studies examining cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells is available on the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory website. The report, entitled Recent Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Studies, provides a concise, portfolio-wide synopsis of cathode research conducted under the Office of Fossil Energy’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Program.
Jasmine, a rising Senior at Howard University studying chemical engineering, was one of the 40 selected applicants out of 700 to participate in the Department's Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship. This summer she is working with mentors in the office of Fossil Energy to create a financial model for a natural gas power plant. Read more about her story here.
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Brazilian Coal Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding on carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Florianópolis, Brazil. By signing the MOU, both parties agreed to work together over the next 5 years to assess the potential of CCS in fossil fuel–based systems, as well as the development of clean coal technologies applicable to Brazilian coals. The memorandum also covers the development of other technologies to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuel production and use.
The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has made it easier for you to know what it is like to work in a first class technology lab with a one-stop web “open house” that provides an overview from the lab’s director, briefings from other lab leaders, and a virtual tour of its sites in Oregon, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have teamed up with their Regional University Alliance (NETL-RUA) colleagues to develop a new hybrid nanostructure that could make it easier to monitor blood sugar. When used as a sensing tool in a breath analyzer, the new material could offer a way for millions of diabetics to avoid the pain and hassle of finger sticks.
Known by a variety of names, green roofs – which are built on top of a conventional roof and are partially or completely covered by vegetation – have been around for thousands of years and are popular in many European countries. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory are using green roofs as laboratories to investigate alternative growth media for plants that make use of waste materials generated by the fossil fuel industry.
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has developed a series of primers that explain the basic functions within electricity markets in the United States. Designed for a wide audience – from government agencies to academia to consumers – these 17 short booklets describe the history, workings, and types of electricity markets that make up our country’s seven regional transmission organizations and independent system operators. They can be downloaded from NETL's website.