NETL Director Brian Anderson
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Ahead of Penn State Energy Days 2019, NETL Director Brian Anderson visited the University to spend time with EMS Energy Institute faculty and staff members discussing NETL’s vision and the Energy Institute’s research.

In his talk, Anderson outlined the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s mission to discover, integrate and mature technology solutions to solve energy and environmental problems the United States is currently facing or will face in the future. Anderson stressed the importance of NETL collaboration with universities, including Penn State, to provide low-TRL research in the field and in labs before it moves to industry involvement and use. Anderson also highlighted the University’s position as a leader in coal energy and resources, carbon capture and storage, and fuel and gasification research. Current NETL interests include coal-based carbon nanomaterials and coal beneficiation which Energy Institute researchers are already addressing.

NETL hopes to continue working with Penn State as a research partner and through the ongoing University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research. Specifically, Anderson hopes to bring Penn State faculty to one of NETL’s labs for opportunities to meet NETL staff, tour NETL facilities, and strengthen the connection between NETL and Penn State.

As an introduction to Penn State’s research work, Tom Richard, director of the Institute of Energy and Engineering, outlined the University’s research philosophy. Richard said that in contrast to NETL’s goal of moving technology from beginning research stages to commercialization, Penn State researchers identify current problems and return to research to discover a solution. Penn State achieves those solutions through interdisciplinary research and engaging students, along with collaborating with other universities, industry organizations, global partners, and such government organizations as NETL. That trajectory makes Penn State and NETL’s relationship vital to continuing to solve everyday energy problems.