The Times West Virginian


July 1, 2012

R&D 100 Award

NETL’s research to control, reduce carbon dioxide emissions recognized

FAIRMONT — The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s research to control and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants has been recognized with a 2012 R&D 100 Award.

“Congratulations to this year’s R&D 100 Award winners,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a press release. “The research and development at the Department of Energy’s laboratories continues to help the nation meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and improve our economic competitiveness.”

NETL, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, has offices and research facilities in Morgantown; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Sugar Land, Texas; Albany, Ore.; and Fairbanks, Alaska. According to the official website,, NETL focuses on the challenges that the National Energy Policy has identified.

NETL was recently notified that its carbon-capture technology, called the Basic Immobilized Amine Sorbent (BIAS) process, had been selected by R&D Magazine as one of the top 100 developed technologies to reach some level of commercialization during the past year. An awards banquet for all the winners will be held Nov. 1 in Orlando, Fla.

R&D Magazine, a publication that showcases successes in research and development as well as commercialization, has been presenting the annual, global R&D 100 Awards for 50 years. These awards, known as the “Oscars of Invention,” are very competitive and prestigious.

“It’s an honor for NETL to compete in these awards and win them, given the size of our research staff and organization,” said Dave Berry, director of NETL’s Separations and Fuel Processing Division.

Bill Rogers, deputy director of NETL’s Office of Research and Development, said this is a big accomplishment for NETL, the internal research group, and the people on the team who have actually done the work. He commented that NETL is “in good company” with the other entities that have received these awards.

“It’s an honor and it’s something that helps to recognize their achievement,” Rogers said.

Berry said it’s impressive to look at the technologies that have been acknowledged by R&D Magazine over the years and what they have done for the world.

Within the past five years, NETL has received 15 R&D 100 Awards. NETL submitted five applications for 2012, and one of those technologies was selected for an R&D 100 Award, Rogers said.

He explained that it takes months to develop an application and go through the process. NETL works to identify the most promising technologies that it is working on and the partners who have been involved in the development of the research.

“Essentially we’ve been tasked with dealing with the CO2 (carbon dioxide) issue in this country and, more globally, the world,” Berry said of the technology that the R&D 100 Award recognizes.

He said the researchers at NETL have been looking at power plant emissions and how to keep the carbon dioxide being released from power plants from going into the air. There are significant costs associated with implementing these kinds of technologies.

The NETL team wanted to capture the carbon dioxide from the large flue gas streams coming out of the plants in an efficient, cost-effective way, and also make sure they could do something with the carbon dioxide once it was captured, Berry said.

According to NETL, “Although some conventional technology exists that may be used to capture CO2, it’s expensive to employ. In comparison, NETL’s BIAS process offers many advantages over existing technologies, including increased CO2 capture capacity, reduced corrosion, lower energy requirements and costs, and minimized water usage.”

This greenhouse gas is one of the major contributors to global climate change. The combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity makes up one-third of the man-made carbon dioxide emissions, NETL reports.

“NETL has pursued the technology in general by multiple pathways,” Berry said. “We have external developers that are pursuing this as well as the internal on-site research group.”

He said the R&D 100 Award is for the research conducted on-site by the research staff. A team of about seven or eight individuals has been working on the project for the past four or five years.

“The impact could be very significant in terms of trying to reduce carbon emissions,” especially from energy production applications like power plants, Berry said.

NETL has been very focused on developing this carbon capture technology with significant cost savings and energy savings, and takes this work very seriously, he said.

Berry said NETL continues to evolve and develop this technology, and as time goes by, will work more with developers who can commercialize the technology and take it to the marketplace for the public’s benefit.

Email Jessica Borders at

Text Only
  • MM Consulting Services-JB.jpg MM Consulting caters to unique needs

    MM Consulting Services LLC is ready to help clients be successful by catering to their unique needs.
    The “MM” in the name stands for Marianne Moran, who started this Fairmont-based business in January 2013. She offers a wide range of marketing and advertising consulting services.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Organization shows Americans how tax dollars are spent

    Last week, the deadline arrived for citizens across the state and country to pay their 2013 income taxes.
    But how exactly are those federal income tax dollars spent by the government?
    Anyone who has ever pondered this question can turn to the National Priorities Project for a detailed answer.

    April 20, 2014

  • Statewide online directory lets you track local goods

    A new online tool is providing a detailed look into West Virginia’s local food system.
    The West Virginia Food Mapper, a statewide interactive mapping application, was officially finalized and launched in February through a partnership among several entities. Those partners include Downstream Strategies, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition and its Meat Processing Working Group, and the West Virginia GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Technical Center.

    April 13, 2014

  • Chancelors reopens at new site after devastating fire

    Nothing, not event a devastating fire, can keep Chancelors down.
    At the beginning of March, this family-owned auction business and store opened at its new location beside Premier Body Works, a mile and a half past the Barrackville Covered Bridge.

    April 13, 2014

  • Despite coal decline, West Virginia remains strong in exporting

    Companies throughout West Virginia are bringing new dollars into the economy by exporting.
    The governor’s office recently reported that the state’s exports in 2013 totaled $8.4 billion. This is the third-highest amount of exports that West Virginia has seen in its history.

    April 6, 2014

  • Mannington B&B Wireless offers affordable service

    B&B Wireless is now offering affordable cellphone services to the Mannington area.
    Owner Brad Weaver recently opened this store, which is an nTelos Wireless exclusive retail provider, at 122 Market St. in Mannington. The new business is located beside Hero’s Corner Cafe and shares a building with Fancy Nancy’s Gift Shop.

    April 6, 2014

  • NASA IV&V, TMC play key role in launch of satellite

    A modeling and simulation product developed by the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility and TMC Technologies, both in Fairmont, recently played a key role in launching a satellite off the ground.
    Brandon Bailey is the lab manager of the Jon McBride Software Testing and Research (JSTAR) Laboratory at NASA IV&V.

    March 30, 2014

  • Quality of life focus at White Hall Hearing Care

    White Hall Hearing Care encourages people to do their ears a favor and visit an audiologist.
    Owner Barb Litton Cox, a nationally certified state licensed audiologist, opened her office on March 4 at the White Hall Professional Complex, located at 177 Middletown Road.

    March 30, 2014

  • Small Business Resource Summit and Entrepreneurs Café set Tuesday

    Main Street Fairmont is helping small businesses find opportunities to grow.
    The Small Business Resource Summit and Entrepreneurs Café are scheduled for this Tuesday at Veterans Square, located at 320 Adams St. in downtown Fairmont.

    March 23, 2014

  • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham opens doors

    The team of the new Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is glad to be in Fairmont.
    The hotel, located at 20 Southland Drive next to the Middletown Mall, officially opened its doors on Friday, March 21. That afternoon, the management team and staff welcomed members of the public to tour the new facility and enjoy lunch during an open house.

    March 23, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Business
House Ads