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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Distributed Optical Sensor for CO2 Leak Detection
Dynamically balanced fuel nozzle and method of operation
Electrically Distributed Optically Pumped Laser Spark Plug and Ignition System
Electroless Deposition Method for Producing Metallic Films and Their Alloys
Embedded Gas and Temperature Sensors for Extreme Environments
ESCA/Raman spectroscopy system for the analysis of metal corrosion products
Fiber Optic-Based pH Sensing In Aqueous Subsurface Environments
Field Deployable Method for Sensing Wet Gases
Fuel Cell-Fuel Cell Hybrid System


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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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