National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) - Pittsburgh, PA


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626 Cochrans Mill Road
P.O. Box 10940
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940
United States

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The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) only Government-Owned, Government-Operated (GOGO) Laboratory. NETL possesses the competencies and capabilities to lead critical strategic initiatives that will advance America’s energy, economic, and manufacturing priorities. The research conducted at the Laboratory enables domestic coal, natural gas and oil to economically power our Nation’s homes, industries, businesses and transportation while protecting our environment and enhancing our energy independence. NETL has five locations across the country that support DOE’s mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy and environmental challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The laboratory’s three research sites in Albany, OR, Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh, PA conduct a broad range of energy and environmental research and development (R&D). NETL also has strategic offices in Houston, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska, that address challenges unique to those energy-rich regions.

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania R&D NETL campus is a 62.6-acre campus located in Allegheny County in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh campus was established by the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1945 as part of the Bureau’s Synthetic Fuels Research Branch. That research has evolved to include core capabilities in Chemical Engineering and Applied Materials Science and Engineering focused on intelligent materials design; synthesis and testing of functional materials to facilitate gas separations; mitigation of pollutant emissions, such as mercury and sulfur from fossil energy effluent streams; enabling sensor technologies; and production and recovery of high-value products from fossil fuel resources. The Pittsburgh campus also has extensive core capabilities in Decision Science and Analysis and Systems Engineering and Integration to support the DOE mission.


The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) mission focuses on the discovery, development, and deployment of technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. These advanced technologies enable fossil fuels to produce the clean, reliable, and affordable energy needed to support increased domestic manufacturing, improve infrastructure, enhance global competitiveness, revitalize the workforce, and free the U.S. from dependence on foreign oil.

Technology Disciplines

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Computational and Simulation-Based Tools for Drilling Optimization
Conducting Metal Oxides Integrated With Surface Acoustic Waves (SAW) Sensors For Use In Harsh Environments
Constant Pressure High Throughput Membrane Permeation Testing System
Control of Slag Chemistry for the Reduction of Viscosity and Refractory Corrosion
Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Carbon Monoxide or Synthesis Gas by Reforming or Gasification Using Oxygen Carriers/Catalysts
Conversion of Methane to Hydrogen and Synthesis Gas Using Bimetallic Oxygen Carriers
Cu-Pd Hydrogen Separation Membranes with Reduced Palladium Content and Improved Performance
Device and Method for Separating Minerals, Carbon and Cement Additives from Fly Ash
Direct fired reciprocating engine and bottoming high temperature fuel cell hybrid


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Analytical Laboratories
Engineered Natural Systems Laboratory
Fuels Processing Laboratory
High Bay Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Laboratory
Polymer Synthesis Laboratory
Surface Science Laboratory
Water Tunnel Facility

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This Funding Opportunity Announcement is seeking financial assistance applications for projects to design, construct, and operate large-scale pilots of transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step change improvements in coal powered system performance, efficiency, and cost of electricity.  The FOA will support the design, construction, and operation of two large-scale pilots for transformational coal technologies.


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A coronary stent is a small, self-expanding metal mesh tube that saves thousands of lives every year by opening blocked arteries and allowing blood to flow freely again. Jointly developed by NETL and Boston Scientific Corporation, Inc., (BSCI) this novel alloy is the first austenitic stainless steel formulation to be produced for the coronary stent industry, with a significant concentration of an element, platinum, with high radiopacity—high visibility with x-ray scanning. Better visibility means greater ease and precision in placement of the stent inside the patient’s blood vessel. In addition, the greater yield strength of the alloy allowed the stent’s designers at BSCI to make a thinner, more flexible stent that is more easily threaded through the winding path of the artery without doing damage along the way which has allowed to be deployed much smaller vessels in and around the heart.

Since introduction in 2010, the platinum/chromium coronary stent series, which includes the PROMUS® Element™, ION™, and OMEGA™ Stent Systems, has become the leading stent platform in the world. Total sales since introduction have exceeded $4 billion. BSCI now has a 45 percent share of the market in the U.S. and a 33 percent global share of the coronary stent market using the platinum/chromium (PtCr) alloy.

A newly-developed stent that incorporates this alloy has received approval in Europe for use in treating critical limb ischemia, a severe obstruction of arteries within the extremities, which reduces blood flow and can damage tissues. Restoring and maintaining peripheral blood flow in these patients is critical for proper tissue repair and reduces the risk of amputation. This alloy will be used in making all of BSCI’s future coronary stents, both bare and drug-eluting according to BSCI personnel, making this product hugely successful.

In 2011, the new alloy captured two prestigious awards: an R&D 100 Award, given by R&D Magazine to recognize the 100 most technologically significant products entering the marketplace each year, and a technology transfer award for “Outstanding Commercialization Success” from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. On October 4, 2012, the NETL team who developed this alloy received the highest honor of all, the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.



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