DOE researchers win 32 of the R&D 100 awards

February 3, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 32 of the R&D 100 awards given out this past year by R&D Magazine, including a Bioenergy Technologies-funded project focused on a green nitrilation process to produce acrylonitrile. The annual awards are given in recognition of exceptional new products or processes that were developed and introduced into the marketplace during the previous year.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s acrylonitrile through nitrilation project provides a cleaner process to produce acrylonitrile, a building block for carbon fiber. Biomass replaces petrochemicals as the starting point, making the process renewable. More than 7 billion kilograms of acrylonitrile are produced globally each year for use in such products as clothes and carpets. Learn more.

DOE’s national laboratories have received more than 800 R&D 100 awards since the annual competition began in 1962. The awards are selected by an independent panel of judges based on the technical significance, uniqueness, and usefulness of projects and technologies from across industry, government, and academia.

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