This column is not about julienne frie
timothy b. demoss, associate editor
Although to listen to the news you`d think the Department of Energy (DOE) does nothing but go on junkets to exotic locales, there are a couple of places on the Web where your tax dollar is hard at work. In a previous column I mentioned the Energy Information Administration`s Web site (www.gifia.doe.gov) and the useful information available there. That Web site is still going strong and continues to offer more types of info and ways to access it. This month I`d like to direct your attention to two more DOE sites with excellent organization and content.
This past July, I attended the Advanced Coal-Fired Power Systems Review Meeting at the Morgantown Energy Technology Center (METC). It was surprising to hear that the papers presented at that meeting would be available on CD-ROM instead of bound paper. “Quite high-tech,” I thought. But wait, that`s not all. No, the CD-ROM won`t slice, dice or make julienne fries. However, the papers from the meeting are available for anyone to download off
the Web (www.metc.doe.gov/
meetconf.html). This is what this technology is all about–up-to-date information that you can use, at your fingertips. Once downloaded, you can read the papers on your monitor using Adobe`s Acrobat Reader (METC provides a link from their Web site to download the free reader), or print them out, graphics and all. The site also offers the same service for several other METC conferences.
Not to be outdone by their neighbors down the road, the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center (PETC) has recently implemented an electronic reports database. PETC`s homepage is at www.petc.doe.gov. The database is the result of an initiative undertaken by the DOE`s Office of Fossil Energy. The Office is making a transition to an all-electronic means for distributing scientific and technical documents. Access to the documents is through PETC`s Technical Reports Information System (speedy.usbm.gov:8000/TITLEDOE/welcome.html), dubbed TRIS because the government needed more acronyms. :.) Once there, you can search for documents under several major headings: Clean Fuels Research, Clean/Efficient Power Systems, Advanced Research and Technology Development, Clean Coal Technology, Natural Gas Research, and Petroleum Research. Under these major heading are dozens of subheadings. Because TRIS only became available in September, there are not a great many documents yet available. However, as PETC works on the site, it should become an excellent place to catch up on the latest in your area of technology interest.