Tag: PNNL

PNNL team develops new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics

PNNL team develops new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics

July 20, 2019 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists have developed a model that predicts outcomes from the algae hydrothermal liquefaction process in a way that mirrors commercial reality much more closely than previous analyses. They found that algae with higher lipid content is key to reducing costs, and that two factors—algae composition and capital investment—are the […]

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Designer proteins lay foundation for engineered nano-scale circuits, sensors and filters

Designer proteins lay foundation for engineered nano-scale circuits, sensors and filters

July 14, 2019 |

In Washington, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington School of Medicine demonstrated that artificial proteins engineered from scratch were assembled into nanorod arrays, designer filaments and honeycomb lattices on the surface of mica, demonstrating control over the way proteins interact with surfaces to form complex structures […]

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PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partner on DISCOVR project

PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partner on DISCOVR project

February 20, 2019 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is calling on algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. PNNL and its partners in this effort are offering private and academic collaboration opportunities. PNNL […]

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Fish model shows forest management can produce biofuels and restore salmonids

Fish model shows forest management can produce biofuels and restore salmonids

February 10, 2019 |

In Washington, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have been modeling to understand the costs and benefits of thinning forests and the potential for improving habitat, yielding benefits not only for the environment, but also for the economy. Decision models linking process-based and […]

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NREL, PNNL and ANL find ways to reduce costs of biofuel production

NREL, PNNL and ANL find ways to reduce costs of biofuel production

January 9, 2019 |

In Colorado, Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have identified an approach to improve the efficiency and reduce costs of biofuel production that moves beyond conventional strategies. A culmination of years of catalyst development research, “Driving towards cost-competitive biofuels through catalytic fast pyrolysis […]

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More designer peptides, more possibilities

More designer peptides, more possibilities

January 6, 2019 |

In Washington, scientists are more rapidly designing peptides for industrial and medical applications, such as catalysts for biofuels, through a complex computational model and real-time testing with the award-winning SLIM ion analysis technology. What used to be a slow process has been sped up thanks to a team of scientists who blended complex calculations with […]

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Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

December 9, 2018 |

In Washington, a new collaborative study led by a research team at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes, and tissues, and open up better production methods for new materials. At the same time, the research helps uphold […]

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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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PNNL working with LanzaTech on alcohol-to-jet aviation biofuel

PNNL working with LanzaTech on alcohol-to-jet aviation biofuel

June 11, 2018 |

In Washington state, ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 — the Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons — to add ethanol as an approved feedstock for producing alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK). The revision of ASTM D7566 Annex A5 clears the way for increased adoption of sustainable aviation fuels because […]

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PNNL makes strides with ADM producing propylene glycol

PNNL makes strides with ADM producing propylene glycol

January 16, 2018 |

In Washington state, PNNL, working with the National Corn Growers Association, was exploring ways that sorbitol, a corn-derived sugar alcohol typically used as a sugar substitute, could be used to create propylene glycol (PG). Funded by DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, the-funded project succeeded. The team discovered a catalyst that efficiently made PG not only from […]

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