Tag: Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab researchers use machine learning to speed up microbe design for biofuel production

Berkeley Lab researchers use machine learning to speed up microbe design for biofuel production

May 31, 2018 |

In California, Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel. Their computer algorithm starts with abundant data about the proteins and metabolites in a biofuel-producing microbial pathway, but no information about how the […]

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Berkeley Lab researchers demonstrate importance of microbial communities for enzyme stability

Berkeley Lab researchers demonstrate importance of microbial communities for enzyme stability

November 14, 2017 |

In California, a new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. The study, recently published in the journal Nature Microbiology, […]

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Berkeley Lab researchers develop syngas method by adding copper atop gold

Berkeley Lab researchers develop syngas method by adding copper atop gold

September 7, 2017 |

In California, researchers from the Berkeley Lab have developed a new recipe for creating synthesis gas mixtures, or syngas, that involves adding a pinch of copper atoms sprinkled atop a gold surface. The new material supports a room-temperature electrochemical reaction that can convert carbon dioxide and water into syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and […]

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In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

July 17, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. The following centers were selected based on an open competition using outside peer […]

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Berkeley Lab researchers use protein from soil bacteria to improve biofuel production

Berkeley Lab researchers use protein from soil bacteria to improve biofuel production

April 6, 2017 |

In California, a protein used by common soil bacteria is providing new clues in the effort to convert aryl compounds, a common waste product from industrial and agricultural practices, into something of value. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute […]

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Berkeley Lab, JBEI and Sandia researchers demonstrate next step in cellulosic biofuel production

Berkeley Lab, JBEI and Sandia researchers demonstrate next step in cellulosic biofuel production

July 21, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have demonstrated that adding carbon dioxide (CO2) gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids, the room-temperature molten salt solvent used at […]

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Ramp up them thar bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Berkeley Lab and ABPDU

Ramp up them thar bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Berkeley Lab and ABPDU

December 15, 2015 |

Part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, established by the United States Department of Energy, is the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, designed to help ramp up the bioeconomy. ABPDU enables early stage advanced biofuels, biomaterials, and biochemicals product and process technologies to successfully scale from the lab to commercial relevance. With experienced know-how, rigorous process optimization, […]

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