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NETL to receive $150M from Inflation Reduction Act

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced $150 million in funding will be provided through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to support site-wide infrastructure and laboratory modernization upgrades at all three of NETL’s research sites.

The IRA of 2022 makes the single largest investment in climate and energy in American history, enabling America to tackle the climate crisis, advancing environmental justice, securing America’s position as a world leader in domestic clean energy manufacturing, and putting the United States on a pathway to achieving the administration’s climate goals, including a net-zero economy by 2050.

In Morgantown, the investment will be used to enhance computation, data and visualization at NETL. The investment will be used for improvements to the Lab’s Energy Sciences Network at all three NETL sites and will support the Computational Science and Engineering Center in Morgantown, which will house the Joule supercomputer.

Funding will also support NETL’s Advanced Alloy Development Center at its Albany, Ore., site to advance concepts for advanced alloy production and processing and to align unique strengths in alloy development with new missions in DOE-FECM, such as hydrogen transport and use, and will also support NETL’s CO2 Conversion/Utilization R&D and/or Critical Materials R&D laboratory facilities in Pittsburgh. The remaining investment will be used for site-wide infrastructure upgrades.

“This investment makes significant strides in enhancing NETL’s world-class scientific and technological capabilities, which are driving innovations essential to achieving the nation’s critical decarbonization goals,” said NETL Director Brian Anderson. “This funding authorized by the IRA will enable NETL scientists and engineers to accelerate their work toward delivering solutions for our nation’s sustainable energy future.”

NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. NETL’s research laboratories in Albany, Ore.; Morgantown, and Pittsburgh conduct a broad range of research activities that support DOE’s mission to address energy and environmental challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.