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U.S. Secretary of Energy Visits NETL in Morgantown

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The United States Secretary of Energy visited the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown and addressed the staff.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory, or NETL, staff showed Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz around the facilities.

Nettle is on the forefront of developing tools and processes to develop clean and reliable energy for America.

"What we showed him was the status of both our simulations, as you know he dedicated a high speed computing facility that we use to study the details of that process, and in the laboratory we're taking measurements that affirm our understanding from those simulations. And back and forth," said George Richards, the Focus Area Leader for Energy System Dynamics at NETL.

Moniz addressed the employees and explained that he visited NETL in 1999. He said he's seen major progress on the things he discussed to be added on that visit 14 years ago.

"NETL has a specific responsibility as our lead for fossil energy innovation," Moniz said. "As I mentioned in my remarks, I saw a lot of that this morning and it was really encouraging."

Moniz also commented on providing options to the market place for energy uses.

"Fundamentally, I think our job in the end is to provide to consumers, to government, to industry, to investors, an understanding of the cost performance equation for multiple alternatives," Moniz said.

The main points of interest for the day were the lab tours. They focused on chemical looping combustion.

"We are talking to people in the private sector who are interested in exploring this process as a way to manage the Co2 that's emitted from generating either electric power or steam," Richards said. "If you can capture that carbon dioxide in inexpensive ways it actually has values."

These experiments are all still in the beginning stages but as Richards stated, they do have some looking to NETL for guidance on the matters.

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