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.
On May 3, 2013 the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) received an award for its role in a joint project that helped develop what is now Schlumberger’s Slider product line. The Lab was recognized for the project's contributions to directional drilling.
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.
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.
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.
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.