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May 29, 2013
A sample image from the AWSIS system.
Finding Alternative Water Sources for Power Plants with Google Earth

Sobering news from experts: Rising populations, regional droughts, and decreasing groundwater levels are draining the nation’s fresh water supply. What plant operators need is a system that catalogs in one place nontraditional water sources that can be used for electricity production instead of valuable, limited fresh water. Now, thanks to a Department of Energy (DOE)-supported project, there’s an app for that.

May 20, 2013
Novomer’s thermoplastic pellets incorporate waste CO2 into a variety of consumer products.
Recycling Carbon Dioxide to Make Plastics

The world’s first successful large-scale production of a polypropylene carbonate polymer using waste carbon dioxide as a key raw material has resulted from a projected funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy.

May 10, 2013
Carbon Pollution Being Captured, Stored and Used to Produce More Domestic Oil

A breakthrough project in Texas is using carbon capture, utilization and storage technology to safely secure carbon dioxide pollution underground while providing an economic benefit and increasing our energy security.

May 7, 2013
National Energy Technology Laboratory metallurgist Dr. Paul Jablonski, was named a finalist for a Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal
NETL Scientist Named Finalist for Service to America Medal

National Energy Technology Laboratory metallurgist Dr. Paul Jablonski, was named a finalist for a Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal – known as the Sammies.

May 7, 2013
NETL's Carbon Storage Atlas IV and FE's internal employee newsletter, inTouch, earned 2013 National Association of Government Communicators awards.
Carbon Storage Atlas, Employee Newsletter Earn International Communications Awards

The Office of Fossil Energy and its National Energy Technology Laboratory recently walked away with two prestigious 2013 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards presented by the National Association of Government Communicators.

March 25, 2013
Image of how methane hydrates can form in arctic and marine environments. | Illustration by the Energy Department.
Data from Alaska Test Could Help Advance Methane Hydrate R&D

Methane Hydrates present an enormous energy resource. The Energy Department is working to advance technologies and reap the possible benefits for a more secure energy future.

March 11, 2013
Assistant Secretary Chris Smith meets with UT undergraduate students studying geological research. | Photo by David M. Stephens, The University of Texas at Austin.
Building Connections with State Researchers

Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Chris Smith travels to Texas to spread the message of smart and sustainable fossil energy development.

February 5, 2013
The Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facilities in Port Arthur, Texas, is funded by the Energy Department through the 2009 Recovery Act. It is managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. | Photo credit Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facilities.
New Texas Oil Project Will Help Keep Carbon Dioxide Underground

A new carbon capture project in Port Arthur, Texas, gives us a glimpse into a future where CCUS technologies are widely used across industry and power production to capture and utilize CO2, without releasing it into the air.

January 25, 2013
AVESTAR provides high-quality, hands-on, simulator-based workforce training delivered by an experienced team of power industry training professionals for West Virginia students. | Photo courtesy of the Office of Fossil Energy.
National Lab Helping to Train Operators for Next Generation of Power Plants

Students in West Virginia are receiving hands-on experience for careers at cleaner-burning coal-fired power plants.

January 10, 2013
Today shale gas accounts for about 25 percent of our natural gas production. And experts believe this abundant supply will mean lower energy costs for millions of families; fewer greenhouse gas emissions; and more American jobs. | Photo courtesy of the EIA.
Energy Department Projects Focus on Sustainable Natural Gas Development

The Energy Department is investing in research and development to make natural gas production as safe and sustainable as possible.