Tag: NREL

Startup founded by ex-NREL researcher close to commercializing non-isocyanate polyurethane technology

Startup founded by ex-NREL researcher close to commercializing non-isocyanate polyurethane technology

April 6, 2021 |

In Colorado, a startup founded by an emeritus researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has moved closer to commercializing technology he helped develop at the U.S. Department of Energy facility.  The company, Polaris Renewables, is the first business to directly spin off from NREL since 1992.  Philip Pienkos, who retired in April 2020, […]

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City of Los Angeles has road map for 100% renewable energy

City of Los Angeles has road map for 100% renewable energy

April 4, 2021 |

In California, Los Angeles will be able to achieve 98% clean energy in the next 10 years and 100% by 2035, according to their Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study (LA100) conducted with NREL. NREL developed a range of scenarios to evaluate pathways to 100% renewable energy on different timescales and expected levels of building […]

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University of Dayton researchers help NREL get closer to production SAF from food waste

University of Dayton researchers help NREL get closer to production SAF from food waste

March 16, 2021 |

In Ohio, University of Dayton researchers have helped a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) team take another step toward turning wet food waste into a sustainable aviation fuel. The team’s fuel from food waste resulted in a 165% drop in net carbon emissions compared to fossil jet fuel, not only […]

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DOE BETO and NREL launch Waste-to-Energy technical assistance program

DOE BETO and NREL launch Waste-to-Energy technical assistance program

March 7, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are launching an organic Waste-to-Energy technical assistance program for local governments. Organic waste streams, such as food waste and wastewater sludge, represent significant environmental, economic, and social sustainability challenges for municipalities. BETO has funded analyses assessing these waste […]

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Groundbreaking research into white-rot fungi proves its value in carbon sequestration from lignin

Groundbreaking research into white-rot fungi proves its value in carbon sequestration from lignin

February 28, 2021 |

In Colorado, a study conducted by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows for the first time that white-rot fungi are able to use carbon captured from lignin as a carbon source, which could be further exploited to simultaneously convert the biopolymer into value-added compounds. The research confirms a hypothesis from Davinia Salvachúa […]

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NREL launches transportation decarbonization strategy

NREL launches transportation decarbonization strategy

February 24, 2021 |

In Colorado, to help light that path to net-zero emissions, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a comprehensive vision for deeply decarbonizing transportation. It is a strategy rooted in cross-cutting research and engineering to enable industry stakeholders, communities, government agencies, and early adopters to meet their climate goals.  In NREL’s vision, adapting to […]

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NREL develops new method to better understand ethanol production

NREL develops new method to better understand ethanol production

February 7, 2021 |

In Colorado, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to address a significant challenge facing the ethanol industry – how to precisely and accurately quantify the amount of starch-derived versus cellulose-derived glucose used in ethanol production. A new method […]

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NREL leading BOTTLE Consortium to develop renewable plastics and upcycling

NREL leading BOTTLE Consortium to develop renewable plastics and upcycling

January 21, 2021 |

In Colorado, researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Benchmark data calculated and compiled at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provide […]

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NREL cultivates algae indoors to learn how to boost growth and productivity outdoors

NREL cultivates algae indoors to learn how to boost growth and productivity outdoors

January 17, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., a programmable algae cultivator—designed and patented by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with funding support by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office—is speeding up research to improve algae growth and productivity in outdoor algae farms. The indoor cultivator lets researchers mimic the growth conditions in the warm, dry climate of […]

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NREL scores nearly $10M from DOE to boost biosecurity for bioengineered organisms

NREL scores nearly $10M from DOE to boost biosecurity for bioengineered organisms

December 21, 2020 |

In Colorado, two awards totaling nearly $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program will support two research projects at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and partner laboratories that aim to analyze and reduce biosecurity risks of promising bioengineered organisms.  Working under BER’s Secure Biosystems […]

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