Approval date : 21/1/2005

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the DOE. NETL supports the DOE mission to advance the energy security of the United States.

NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development (R&D) programs that will return benefits for generations to come. These include:

  • Enabling domestic coal, natural gas, and oil to economically power our Nation’s homes, industries, businesses, and transportation.
  • Protecting our environment and enhancing our energy independence.

NETL has expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies; contract and project management; analysis of energy systems; and international energy issues.

CAPE-OPEN related activities:

The Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS) is the major project at NETL relying on CAPE-OPEN. It involves aspects such as integrating CFD software tools in a flowsheeting software tool, wrapping reduced-order unit operation models as CAPE-OPEN software components or applying optimization techniques through CAPE-OPEN. Results of APECS have been presented in several papers by the various contributors to the project at NETL and in other organizations involved.

Zitney, S.E., “Advanced Co-Simulation for Computer-Aided Process Design and Optimization of Fossil Energy Systems with Carbon Capture,” FOCAPD 2009, Eds. M. M. El-Halwagi and A. A. Linninger, June 7-12, Breckenridge, CO, pp. 185-202 (2009), CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 978-1-4398-0912-9

Zitney S.E. (2010), “Process/Equipment co-simulation for design and analysis of advanced energy systems“, Computers and Chemical Engineering, Volume 34, pp. 1532-1542.

Karthik Subramanyan, Urmila Diwekar, Stephen E. Zitney, Stochastic modeling and multi-objective optimization for the APECS system, In Computers & Chemical Engineering, Volume 35, Issue 12, 2011, Pages 2667-2679.

NETL organized and hosted the 2nd CAPE-OPEN US Conference.