Tag: DOE

DOE researchers using new methods to identify genes in biofuel and biomaterial feedstocks

DOE researchers using new methods to identify genes in biofuel and biomaterial feedstocks

August 14, 2018 |

In Washington, to improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, Department of Energy scientists are using different layers of information (about the relationships between genes, and between genes and phenotypes) combined with new computational approaches to integrate […]

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Yeast can be protected from damage in biofuel production

Yeast can be protected from damage in biofuel production

August 11, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories identified two changes to a single gene that can make yeast tolerate pretreatment chemicals during biofuel production. The toxicity involved in pretreatment chemicals is enough to make the yeast as much as 70 percent less efficient at turning sugar into biofuel, […]

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DOE launches RFI regarding the scale-up of catalysts

DOE launches RFI regarding the scale-up of catalysts

August 8, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) to understand research, capabilities and yet-to-be addressed challenges pertinent to production scale-up of catalysts for the conversion of biomass and waste streams. Additionally, through this RFI, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks to understand enhancement capabilities of process development […]

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DOE launches Lab Partnering Service

DOE launches Lab Partnering Service

August 1, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officially launched the Lab Partnering Service (LPS), an on-line, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. This tool will provide industry with a more efficient way to harness technical expertise and intellectual property housed […]

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Colorado School of Mines researcher gets five-year DOE grant to develop predictive metabolic models for algae

Colorado School of Mines researcher gets five-year DOE grant to develop predictive metabolic models for algae

July 16, 2018 |

In Colorado, Nanette Boyle, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program. Boyle will receive $750,000 over five years to develop predictive metabolic models for algae – work that could help speed up the commercialization of strains […]

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EPA went rogue on several hardship waiver decisions against DOE recommendations

EPA went rogue on several hardship waiver decisions against DOE recommendations

June 26, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency went rogue on several occasions, providing full hardship waivers to small refineries when the Department of Energy recommended only partial waivers or none at all. The EPA has denied Freedom of Information Act requests regarding the process used to approve the waivers as until the Reuters […]

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Two ORNL researchers receive DOE early career funding awards

Two ORNL researchers receive DOE early career funding awards

June 24, 2018 |

In Tennessee, two Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers specializing in neutron and chemical science are among 84 recipients of Department of Energy’s Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards. The program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by […]

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DOE announces $40 million for 31 microbe-based research projects benefiting biofuels and bioproducts

DOE announces $40 million for 31 microbe-based research projects benefiting biofuels and bioproducts

June 20, 2018 |

In Washington, on June 18 the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources. The projects will further the ongoing revolution in biology and biotechnology, and will increase our […]

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U.S. DOE award gives $1.4M for biofuels research in Tennessee

U.S. DOE award gives $1.4M for biofuels research in Tennessee

May 27, 2018 |

In Tennessee, researchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are getting $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy over the next two years through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. The projects are focused on the development of commercial applications for biofuels as well as biobased energy and biobased products. David Harper, […]

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DOE meeting with USDA and EPA again over RFS proposals

DOE meeting with USDA and EPA again over RFS proposals

May 23, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that yet another meeting will be held by top officials from the departments of energy and agriculture—but not necessarily the Secretaries—together with the Environmental Protection Agency—but maybe not the Administrator—on Thursday to try to move forward proposed reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard. With the White House yet to finalize its […]

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