The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is the only U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory focused on the development of advanced fossil energy technologies. As a government-owned and government-operated (GOGO) national laboratory, the only one within the DOE complex, NETL can quickly identify and bring together the resources necessary to address complex technical problems, as well as market analysis and environmental impact issues. This enables the development of regulatory and technology-based solutions for problems that limit current use of domestic energy resources.
NETL’s program management capabilities can be used to plan and manage transformational technology developments with beneficial near- and long-term economic and environmental impacts. NETL’s onsite analysis and experimental capabilities can be used to pursue high-risk technology developments that enable further industrial development and deployment of commercialized technology solutions.
Strong partnerships enable the lab to deliver on its core mission, to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. Partners in NETL’s research efforts number in the thousands and include small and large businesses, national research organizations, leading colleges and universities, and other government laboratories. NETL plans, conducts, and sponsors research to develop oil and gas and coal technologies to produce reliable, affordable, and clean energy in support of the Nation’s economy. The Lab utilizes a complete suite of contractual vehicles, as well as its inherent authority as a GOGO, to pursue technology development through intramural and extramural associations, and to accelerate transition of those technologies into commercial markets. As a GOGO DOE National Laboratory, NETL is the only DOE National Laboratory authorized to issue Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA’s) on behalf of the Department; a means by which NETL awards hundreds of new financial assistance awards each year. NETL’s partnership service offers opportunities for cost-shared direct funding, licensing, and technology transfer in addition to long-standing commitments to support revitalization of the American Workforce and education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
He is responsible for the development of science-based simulations for use in accelerating energy technology development. He was architect of the widely used, open-source multiphase CFD code, known as Multiphase Flow with Interphase eXchanges (MFIX), and led the development of software for linking process- and device-scale simulations and the C3M chemical kinetics software. As a fellow of the American Academy of Chemical Engineers, he specializes in multiphase flow, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), fluidization, and various energy processes. He is a founding technical director of National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI). He has received numerous awards, such as the Energy Secretary’s Achievement Honor Award and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fluidization Process Recognition Award. His many publications address topics, such as gasifier advanced simulation models; multiphase hydrodynamics of gas-solids flow; modeling coal gasification processes; hydrodynamics of particle segregation in fluidized beds; and simulation of granular layer inversion in liquid fluidized beds. He has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, and a master’s and doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
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