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The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. For more than 100 years, the laboratory has developed tools and processes to provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the American people.

NETL’s current mission is to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. Through forward-looking research and technology development, our team of talented and diverse experts provides technology solutions for today and options for tomorrow.

As the only one of the Energy Department’s 17 national labs that is both government-owned and -operated, NETL is in a unique position to accelerate the development of technology solutions through strategic partnerships. NETL is also the only national lab dedicated to fossil energy research and development, making our team a sought-after national resource.

NETL’s vision is to be renowned as a fossil energy science and engineering resource that delivers world-class technology solutions today and tomorrow.

New Available Technologies:

Partnership Opportunity

Patent Information

Single Step Electrode Infiltration Process U.S. Patent Pending
Computational and Simulation-Based Tools for Drilling Optimization U.S. Patent Pending


The NETL technology portfolio contains energy innovations for a cleaner and more efficient energy generation with an emphasis on fossil based sources. NETL technologies range from materials, processes, and designs that enable the next generation of coal and natural gas power plants and CO2 capture technologies to new sensors for oil and gas extraction. To see the list of technologies available for licensing, browse by category below or use the search feature. License agreements and collaborative research agreements are available as partnership mechanisms.

Advanced Materials

  • Structural and functional materials
  • Advanced alloys
  • Refractories and ceramics
  • Natural and engineered material characterization

Environmental Control

  • Methods and materials that help to manage environmental control mechanisms, providing cleaner power generation systems.


  • Synthesis, purification, and basic characterization of organic substances, including polymers and ionic liquids.
  • Computational and experimental approaches
  • Sorbents and membranes

Sensors and Controls

  • Advanced sensor and diagnostic technology
  • Non-intrusive measurement and measurement in extreme environments.

Combustion Technology and Fuel Cells

  • Advanced multiphase reactor concepts and designs
  • Hybrid power systems
  • Fuel cells

Software and Modeling

  • Physics-based simulation models, and methods for process and equipment designs.
  • Multiphase flow
  • Multi-scale simulation, optimization, and visualization