Tag: PNNL

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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PNNL researchers create continuous thermochemical process for useful biocrude from algae

PNNL researchers create continuous thermochemical process for useful biocrude from algae

October 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, researchers at the U.S. DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a continuous thermochemical process that produces useful biocrude from algae. The process takes just minutes and PNNL is working with a company that has licensed the technology to build a pilot plant using the technology. The first part of the conversion process, hydrothermal […]

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Algae wastewater gets new life as valuable commodity thanks to microbes

Algae wastewater gets new life as valuable commodity thanks to microbes

October 8, 2017 |

In Washington, researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discovered a method of converting algae biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity. Waste is produced during the first step of converting algae to biofuels via hydrothermal liquefaction. The wastewater is usually hard to process because it has so many different […]

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WSU Tri-Cities and PNNL researchers make cellulose breakthrough that could cost biofuel production costs

WSU Tri-Cities and PNNL researchers make cellulose breakthrough that could cost biofuel production costs

March 30, 2017 |

In Washington state, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of crucial bioproducts. For the first time, researchers revealed the differences between the surface layers and […]

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A new hydrocarbon brew: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical Market Analysis for Biochemical Conversion

A new hydrocarbon brew: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical Market Analysis for Biochemical Conversion

February 15, 2017 |

As the project team behind this presentation explains, there’s trouble right here in River City when it comes to accessing good market and technical data on making hydrocarbons from a biochemical process. Process and economic data on hydrocarbon production via bioconversion that are freely available to industry are limited. Data at industrially-relevant scales are limited because […]

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