Assessing the Use of DOE's Fossil Energy Information System

by Jeffrey A. Drezner, Mary E. Chenoweth, William Micklish, Edward W. Merrow


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Over the past decade, the U.S. Department of Energy has supported a substantial research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) program to improve fossil energy production and conversion technology. The results of the RD&D efforts have been organized into four databases: Morgantown Energy Technology Center Database System at the Morgantown Energy Technology Center, covering coal gasification, oil shale, and tar sands; Coal Liquefaction Information Management System, at the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center, covering coal liquefaction; Tertiary Oil Recovery Information System at the Bartlesville Project Office, covering reservoir and crude oil; and Fossil Energy Technology Environmental Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, covering environmental health and safety data for fossil fuel conversion plants. This report, based on 144 interviews with scientists, engineers, and policymakers, examines the extent to which the databases were known, used, and considered useful by their intended audiences.

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