National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) - Morgantown, WV

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) - Morgantown, WV

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3610 Collins Ferry Road
P.O. Box 880
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880
United States

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Description

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 Morgantown, West Virginia R&D NETL campus is a 136 -acre campus located in Monongalia County in northern West Virginia. The Morgantown campus was established as part of the U.S. Bureau of Mines in January 1946 and was originally known as the Synthesis Gas Production Laboratories. That research has grown to include core capabilities in chemical engineering focused on developing high-efficiency energy conversion and power generation systems as well as improving environmental performance of energy systems. As DOE’s mission evolved, core capabilities in Environmental Sciences have been developed to include extensive resource characterization; database development for resource assessment and carbon storage; and evaluation and mitigation of environmental impacts from energy recovery and utilization.

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.

Tech Areas

Available Technologies
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A Computational Approach to Homogenizing Nickel-Based Single Crystal Alloys
A Unique Split Laser System for Environmental Monitoring
Allyl-Containing Ionic Liquid Solvents for Co2 Capture
Application of Immobilized Amine Sorbents for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Aqueous Systems
Capacitance Probe for Detection of Anomalies in Nonmetallic Plastic Pipe
Carbon Capture with Ionic Liquid Sorbents
Catalysts for Oxidation of Mercury in Flue Gas
Catalytic Coal Gasification Process for the Production of Methane-Rich Syngas
Chemical Looping Air Separation Unit and Methods of Use
CO2 Separation from Low-Temperature Flue Gases

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Funding

Date September 19, 2017, Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA- 0001791 entitled "Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies", Contract Specialist: Maureen Davison. Applications due 10/31/2017. Applications and/or instructions can be found with this Funding Opportunity Announcement on FedConnect.

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. Contract Specialist: Raelynn Honkus.  

The National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking to undertake the development of an on-board flotation technology that will potentially remediate oil spills in the Arctic, as well as in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and Pacific Ocean. To complement its existing expertise and capabilities, the National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking one or more partners.

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Chemical Looping Reactor
Geological Services Laboratory
High Combustion Research Facility
High Pressure Combustion Research Facility
Hybrid Performance (HYPER) Lab
Hybrid-Performance Laboratory
NETL - Fuels Processing Laboratory
NETL CT Imaging Facility
NETL Super Computer
Simulation-Based Engineering User Center (SBEUC)

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Success Stories

Improving the Efficiency and Lowering the Cost of LED Lighting

One of the biggest initial barriers to the widespread adoption of energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has been the cost. While considerable progress has been made on that front, further cost reductions will result in even wider adoption and thus greater energy savings – which will be deepened by continued improvements in efficacy.

A project funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) has developed an approach to lowering the cost of high-power LEDs while improving their energy efficiency. Implemented by Lumileds, the project involves the use of patterned sapphire substrates (PSS). PSS technology is an effective approach to improve efficacy and reduce cost of LEDs; the volume emission from the transparent substrate leads to high package efficiency, while the simple and robust architecture of PSS-based LEDs enables low cost. PSS substrates have gained wide use in mid-power LEDs over the past years, but much less use in high-power LEDs because of a number of technological issues. With the help of DOE funding, Lumileds has developed and industrialized a technology for using PSS with high-power “flip-chip” LEDs – which are commonly used in directional lighting applications such as spotlights and streetlights – to bring the benefits of high efficacy and low cost to a broader range of applications and accelerate adoption.

The project’s objective was to establish and industrialize a low-cost PSS high-power LED fabrication process capable of producing best-in-class performance in terms of both lumens per Watt and lumens per dollar, when combined with low-cost packaging methods. Lumileds’ state-of-the-art indium gallium nitride (InGaN) high-power LED architecture involves fabricating a thin-film flip-chip device supported by a metalized ceramic submount, which entails a series of steps to enable efficient light extraction. The alternative approach that was developed by this project involves leaving the InGaN layers on their sapphire substrate to simplify the fabrication process and enable simpler packages that utilize the sapphire as mechanical support, thereby reducing the total cost.

Lumileds’ PSS approach to LED design and fabrication was optimized not only for highly efficient light extraction, but also for high-volume manufacturability. The patterning of the sapphire was developed in an integrated fashion together with the process of depositing the InGaN layers to enable the highest possible performance. Concurrently, methods were developed to take maximal advantage of the PSS LED in different types of products that meet the needs of various lighting applications. Lumileds demonstrated an efficacy of 131 lumens per Watt at a warm-white color, with good ability to show the true colors of objects. A reduction in cost of up to 30% was demonstrated, thanks in part to a reduced need for labor-intensive LED packaging operations.

The new PSS technology has been fully implemented in manufacturing at Lumileds’ manufacturing facility in San Jose, California, and incorporated into a wide range of LED lighting products that have been successfully introduced onto the market, including LUXEON Q and LUXEON FlipChip White. “DOE funding has helped to speed up our research and development in LED lighting by cushioning some of the risk,” says Jy Bhardwaj, Lumileds’ senior vice president of R&D. “It has enabled some of our most successful products on the market today.”

Project Partners
  • Lumileds
Applications
  • A wide range of high-performance LED lighting products for various applications
Benefits
  • High efficiency (131 lumens per Watt for warm-white color)
  • Cost reductions of up to 30%
Contact Information
  • Joel Chaddock, Solid-State Lighting Project Manager, NETL