Tag: NREL

NREL researchers making carbon fiber from biomass a reality

NREL researchers making carbon fiber from biomass a reality

November 15, 2018 |

In Colorado, taking a page from history, National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers successfully produced 50 grams of bio-derived acrylonitrile (CAN). That capped the first phase of a DOE-funded program. The second phase, now underway, calls for the production of 50 kilograms of ACN that will be converted into carbon fiber and tested. The nitrilation process, […]

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Researchers Discover New Enzyme Paradigm for Critical Reaction in Converting Lignin to Useful Products

Researchers Discover New Enzyme Paradigm for Critical Reaction in Converting Lignin to Useful Products

July 22, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., an international research team, including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin into valuable products such as nylon, plastics, and chemicals. The study outlines how the international team […]

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PNNL and NREL team on waste feedstock analysis for biofuel production

PNNL and NREL team on waste feedstock analysis for biofuel production

July 10, 2018 |

In Washington state, a team of researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory performed a detailed analysis of cattle waste, wastewater, sludgy grease ensconced in restaurant and cafeteria grease traps and food wastes’ potential for biofuel production on a site-specific basis across the conterminous United States. The results of the team’s […]

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NREL look at AcCel5A enzyme to produce cellulosic ethanol in a single step

NREL look at AcCel5A enzyme to produce cellulosic ethanol in a single step

June 7, 2018 |

In Colorado, if there’s an easier, more efficient method, science will find a way. That’s certainly the case in producing cellulosic biofuels, which, at least for now, requires a two-step process to free the sugars trapped in plant matter and convert them into something else. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy […]

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NREL biofuel researchers elevated to senior research fellow

NREL biofuel researchers elevated to senior research fellow

May 10, 2018 |

In Colorado, Robert McCormick, who earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wyoming and joined NREL nearly 17 years ago, has been elevated to senior research fellow.  Along with other current research fellows, these individuals will advise NREL executive management on the strategic direction of science and technology research and ensure NREL’s […]

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NREL researchers pinpoint opportunities to engineer enzymes for better biomass conversion

NREL researchers pinpoint opportunities to engineer enzymes for better biomass conversion

March 27, 2018 |

In Colorado, it was more than 10 years in the making, but when it came to uncovering the secrets of the molecular structure of enzymes, perseverance paid off. By studying and comparing the workhorse cellulose-degrading enzymes of two fungi, researchers from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have pinpointed regions on these enzymes […]

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Enerkem and NREL make high octane biofuel breakthrough

Enerkem and NREL make high octane biofuel breakthrough

March 21, 2018 |

In Canada, Enerkem Inc. announced it had succeeded in producing a new high-performance biofuel that could improve the octane rating of fuels sold on the market and reduce their carbon footprint. The chemical engineering expertise at Enerkem’s Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec, allowed the company to successfully develop a process that uses its proprietary waste-to-biofuel technology […]

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NREL seeking help with biorefinery survey

NREL seeking help with biorefinery survey

March 7, 2018 |

In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking respondents to a survey to better understand the next generation biofuel industry as a whole and its contributions to the local and national economy. The survey is being conducted by Yimin Zhang (NREL) and Marshall Goldberg (MRG & Associates), a subcontractor for NREL, and individual responses […]

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NREL helps Natural Resources develop an Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator

NREL helps Natural Resources develop an Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator

March 6, 2018 |

In Canada, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory teamed up with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to create the Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator, a Canadian version of the lab-developed Alternative Fueling Station Locator. The tool, which is part of a significant investment by the Canadian government to expand the country’s electric and alternative fueling […]

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NREL looking for help with biorefineries survey

NREL looking for help with biorefineries survey

February 17, 2018 |

In Washington, DC, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is asking for help in gathering information to better understand the existing and next generation biofuel industry and its contributions to the local, state and national economy. If you are in the planning stage, under construction or are currently operating a biorefinery, please consider helping in […]

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