NETL's AVESTAR Center is dedicated to the safe, reliable, and efficient
operation of advanced energy plants with carbon capture, utilization, and
More Info: www.netl.doe.gov/avestar
Morgantown, W.Va. -- The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy
Technology Laboratory (NETL) has launched the Advanced Virtual Energy
Simulation Training and Research (AVESTAR) Center with a first-of-a-kind
dynamic simulator for an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC)
power plant with CO2 capture. The goal of the world-class AVESTAR Center
is to provide comprehensive workforce training, enhanced education, and
collaborative research and development (R&D) on the operation and control
of high-efficiency, near-zero-emission energy plants.
The next major AVESTAR development, nearing completion, extends the IGCC
dynamic simulator or operator training system (OTS) from the control room
to outside plant operators, or field operators, using 3D virtual reality
technology in an immersive training system (ITS). The environment is
fully interactive with the real-time dynamic simulator, enabling field and
control room operators to be trained to coordinate their activities and
perform collaboratively as a team.
The AVESTAR training program offers a variety of IGCC courses, ranging
from introductory level to advanced operations. Delivered by experienced
trainers, each course merges classroom learning, hands-on simulator-based
OTS learning in a control-room operations environment, and immersive
learning in the interactive 3D virtual plant environment or ITS. Designed
to ensure work force development, the importance of teamwork and
communication is reinforced, and training is offered for control room and
plant field operators, engineers, managers, and trainers.
With support from the NETL Regional University Alliance (RUA), the AVESTAR
Center is also being used to enhance graduate and undergraduate
engineering education in the areas of process simulation, dynamics,
control, and safety. To further leverage the AVESTAR facilities and
simulators, NETL and its RUA partners are pursuing innovative R&D programs
across various areas with leading experts in the operation and control of
clean energy systems. R&D collaboration is conducted through cooperative
research and development agreements (CRADAs) with the private sector,
academia, and other government entities.
To learn more about the Center’s training, education, and R&D programs,
please visit the AVESTAR website at www.netl.doe.gov/avestar.