ALBANY - Four technologies developed by researchers at the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have captured prestigious 2009 R&D 100 Awards.
NETL includes three facilities located in Albany, Morgantown, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pa. All three were involved in developing the technologies along with funded research at other labs, universities, and industry.
Selected by an independent panel of judges and the editors of R&D Magazine, the annual awards are presented to the 100 most technologically significant products to enter the marketplace in the past year.
NETL's winning technologies include: Clay-Liquid CO2 Removal Sorbent, Thief Process for the removal of Mercury from flue gas, Virtual Engineering Process Simulator Interface (VE-PSI), and SEQURETM Tracer Technology.
The Clay-Liquid CO2 Removal Sorbent is a low-cost, solid-state sorbent that removes carbon dioxide from power plant flue gas and other gases. It contributes to a significant reduction in total energy costs compared to currently used commercial processes associated with carbon sequestration.
The Thief Process extracts partially burned coal from a pulverized coal-fired combustor using a suction pipe, or "thief," and injects the resulting sorbent into the flue gas to capture the mercury. The process reduces the cost of removing mercury and can prevent 90 percent of the mercury from reaching the atmosphere.
The VE-PSI software enables engineers to create virtual prototypes of new plant designs more quickly, more efficiently, and at less cost as well as improve existing designs before expending time and materials on physical prototypes and pilot plants.
NETL researchers developed the SEQURETM Tracer Technology to use perfluorocarbon tracers, or PFTs, to ultra-sensitively detect CO2 leakage from geological storage reservoirs.