What is a Portfolio on EDX?

The DOE-FE/NETL conducts research on a broad set of subsurface energy challenges related to CO2 storage and hydrocarbon systems. Portfolios offer an overview of key DOE-FE/NETL R&D programs and research. As these R&D portfolios mature, key data-driven products (reports, datasets, EDXtools, etc.) produced by these efforts will be released via EDX and highlighted in each program's Portfolio page. Check back often to discover new content!

The carbon storage research through NETL’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) provides DOE-NETL’s Carbon Storage Program with an onsite laboratory to conduct fundamental and applied Research and Development (R&D). The portfolio consists of a diverse set of research activities, spanning laboratory experimentation, field work, and numerical modeling to meet the research needs within the Carbon Storage Core Research Program.

MEC Systems research at NETL focuses on developing techniques to optimize biological conversion of coal to methane, boosting the amount of naturally occurring methane in coal seams. As methane becomes a significant global energy resource, inexpensive ways to stimulate indigenous microbial activity in unminable coal seams—where coal removal is uneconomical—could transform untapped coal reserves into accessible natural gas. Methods for increasing methane productivity will help keep energy affordable while accommodating the increasing demand.

The National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP)—an initiative within DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and led by the National Energy Technology Laboratory—applies DOE’s core competency in science-based prediction for engineered–natural systems to the long-term storage of carbon dioxide (CO2). NRAP relies on integration of expertise and resources across five national labs (LANL, LBNL, LLNL, NETL, and PNNL).

Offshore energy resources research through NETL’s Office of Research & Development (ORD) is focused on developing a scientific base for predicting and quantifying potential risks associated with exploration and production in extreme offshore environments. The overarching goal of all projects in the Offshore portfolio is to prevent and improve response efforts related to offshore hydrocarbon spills.

Radically Engineered Modular Systems (REMS) is a new R&D coal conversion concept. It centers on using small-scale, modular systems with heavy reliance on advanced manufacturing, sophisticated modeling and simulation, and reaction and process intensification. The REMS Portfolio and Collaborative Workspace is designed as a platform for the exchange of information on REMS-type R&D, as well as related new ideas or commercial technologies.

The Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts portfolio contains a comprehensive set of all publicly available data that were produced during a Congressionally funded assessment and analysis of the feasibility of economically recovering rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal byproduct streams such as fly ash, coal refuse, and aqueous effluents. All publicly available datasets are accompanied by supplemental information that provides context on why, where, and how the data were collected.

The Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources objective is to develop a sufficient scientific base for predicting and quantifying potential risks associated with the oil/gas resources in shale reservoirs that require hydraulic fracturing and/or other engineering measures to produce.