Tag: NREL

New machine learning tool speeds up identification of most promising fuels

New machine learning tool speeds up identification of most promising fuels

May 17, 2020 |

In Colorado, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed a new machine-learning tool that has significantly speeded up calculating the thermodynamics of chemical reactions and is able to provide predictions that are used in development of detailed reaction mechanisms for combustion of biofuels. Developed as part of the Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuels […]

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NREL research into fueling big rigs could help more hydrogen vehicles hit the road

NREL research into fueling big rigs could help more hydrogen vehicles hit the road

May 3, 2020 |

In California, National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers suggest a shift in long-haul trucking toward hydrogen would necessitate a coast-to-coast network of fueling stations and answers to certain questions like bottlenecks, challenges, fueling methods and protocols and other questions they are now looking at to expand hydrogen’s usage as a fuel. With few exceptions, most of […]

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NREL leads research yielding new insights into how bacteria breaks down lignin

NREL leads research yielding new insights into how bacteria breaks down lignin

April 7, 2020 |

In Colorado, collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and three other national laboratories has yielded new insight into the ability of bacteria to break down the hardy part of a plant known as lignin. The additional understanding of the process could open a path to industrial applications. The newly published research builds upon […]

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NREL releases first findings from Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative

NREL releases first findings from Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative

March 31, 2020 |

In Colorado, for the past four years, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have collaborated with other top U.S. scientists, engineers, and analysts on the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. A new report summarizes findings from this first phase of the initiative, which has focused primarily on turbocharged (or “boosted”) spark-ignition […]

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NREL taps 3 new high-level execs

NREL taps 3 new high-level execs

January 8, 2020 |

In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory added three senior-level execs to the team this week, completing its leadership team. Julie Baker is now deputy laboratory director and chief operating officer for the lab. She succeeds Bobi Garrett, who retired at the end of 2019. Already employed at NREL as associate laboratory director for Facilities […]

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NREL research discover fast-growing, resilient algal strain

NREL research discover fast-growing, resilient algal strain

December 21, 2019 |

In Colorado, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines discovered a promising new algal strain which can be cultivated outdoors at high temperature and in saltwater and can rapidly convert carbon dioxide into renewable biomass. The strain they identified— Picochlorum renovo—was one of hundreds that the researchers studied. Picochlorum […]

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NREL researchers develop promising oxygenate molecule from biomass

NREL researchers develop promising oxygenate molecule from biomass

December 17, 2019 |

In Colorado, a novel oxygenate molecule that can be produced from biomass shows promise for use as a blend for diesel fuel, according to researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The NREL scientists, along with colleagues at Yale University, Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, are part of the Department of […]

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NREL announces new $3M marine-energy prize and Waves to Water winners

NREL announces new $3M marine-energy prize and Waves to Water winners

November 16, 2019 |

In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced a new $3 million prize that will help generate innovation in marine-energy-powered ocean-observing platforms is now open for applications and also announced the 20 winners for the CONCEPT Stage of the Waves to Water Prize competition, which is the first prize administered as part of the U.S. […]

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Proteins shape and structure research will help maximize biofuel production

Proteins shape and structure research will help maximize biofuel production

September 7, 2019 |

In Missouri, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Engineering, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are looking at how the shape and structure of proteins determine their function which will help produce the types of algae and other plants that will have the properties best suited for […]

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SoCalGas commissions first scalable biomethanation reactor system at NREL

SoCalGas commissions first scalable biomethanation reactor system at NREL

August 14, 2019 |

In California, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Electrochaea announced the commissioning of the nation’s first scalable biomethanation reactor system at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Energy System Integration Facility in Golden, Colo.  The technology uses renewable electricity to convert hydrogen into pipeline quality methane for use in homes, businesses […]

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