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May 29, 2014
A tanker carries liquified natural gas (LNG) off the coast of Homer, Alaska. | Photo courtesy of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
A Proposed Change to the Energy Department's LNG Export Decision-Making Procedures

To reflect changing market dynamics, the Department of Energy is proposing a change in the way it reviews applications to export liquified natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries.

May 22, 2014
How the National Labs Help Us Understand the Inner Workings of Power Plants

Learn more about research at the National Energy Technology Lab that's helping us understand more about what happens inside power plants.

May 15, 2014
Friedmann Talks Climate, CCS at National Coal Council Meeting

The coal industry must move aggressively to adapt to the new realities brought about by climate change. That’s the message that Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal Dr. Julio Friedmann delivered in a keynote address at the 30th annual meeting of the National Coal Council May 14 in Washington, DC.

April 17, 2014
Unconventional Oil and Gas Projects Help Reduce Environmental Impact of Development

The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has an unconventional oil and gas program devoted to research in this important area of energy development. The laboratory partners with industry and academia through cost-sharing agreements to develop scientific knowledge and advance technologies that can improve the environmental performance of unconventional resource development. Once the resulting technologies are deployed for commercial use, our nation stands to reap huge benefits.

April 14, 2014
NETL-Regional University Alliance Researcher to Receive Nation’s Highest Award for Young Scientists

Dr. Brian Anderson, a research fellow of the NETL-Regional University Alliance and associate professor of chemical engineering at West Virginia University, was recognized during a special event at U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters April 14 for receiving the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on an outstanding scientist in the early stages of his research career.

April 2, 2014
NETL-Led Laboratory-Industry-Academia Collaboration Is Accelerating Carbon-Capture Technologies

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory established the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative to take carbon-capture concepts from the laboratory to the power plant more quickly, at a lower cost, and with reduced risk than would be accomplished following more traditional research and development pathways. Today, the NETL-led CCSI has proven itself to be a model of successful, effective collaboration among government, industry, and academia.

March 27, 2014
FE’s Advanced Combustion R&D Seeks Innovative Ways to Lower Cost of Capturing Carbon Emissions from Coal Fired Power Plants

You’ve probably heard about carbon capture and storage (CCS), a suite of technologies designed to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants and industrial sources.  Because CCS can be applied to existing and new coal-fired power plants to help them burn cleaner, it’s a big part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and his all-of-the-above energy strategy. 

March 19, 2014
During 2013, NETL research led to 15 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Fossil Energy's NETL Researchers Reap 15 New Patents in 2013

Just as the nation’s farmers sow, nurture, and ultimately harvest the results of their labor, scientists and engineers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory can take pride when their own processes or products are ripe for patents recognizing their efforts. During 2013, 15 tools, techniques, and technologies developed by NETL researchers were recognized for their exclusivity and uniqueness by receiving patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

March 14, 2014
Moving Forward on CCS

DAS for Clean Coal Julio Friedmann Discusses Importance of Technologies at International Forum.

March 6, 2014
FE’s Ultra-Deepwater Program focuses on spill prevention, safety and environmental stewardship

Nearly everyone recognizes that prudent development of domestic oil and natural gas resources will continue to be an important part of U.S. energy strategy for decades to come. How important depends a lot on conducting operations responsibly, ensuring communities are safe and the environment protected as the nation maximizes use of this vital domestic energy resource.