Tag: NREL

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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Open-source waste-to-energy system simulation model launched by NREL

Open-source waste-to-energy system simulation model launched by NREL

December 20, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the National Renewable Energy Laboratory launched the Waste-to-Energy System Simulation (WESyS) Model, a first-of-its-kind tool designed to gain insight into the waste-to-energy industry and help identify where bottlenecks are occurring in technology advancements and where to invest in research. The tool can also help examine how the waste-to-energy industry fits into the […]

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NREL recycles biorefinery waste streams to create high-value chemical products

NREL recycles biorefinery waste streams to create high-value chemical products

November 15, 2020 |

In Colorado, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), developed a method to isolate organic compounds, specifically the monomers which are precursors to everyday materials like plastics, out of biorefinery aqueous waste. The NREL team addressed the thermochemical conversion strategy of catalytic fast […]

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NREL and ORNL researchers find sugar yields of lignocellulosic feedstocks key

NREL and ORNL researchers find sugar yields of lignocellulosic feedstocks key

November 4, 2020 |

In Colorado, popular wisdom holds that tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass, but new research by two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories reveals the size of trees is only part of the equation. Of equal economic importance, according to scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak […]

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Scientists offer companies novel biobased chemistry for greener polyurethane

Scientists offer companies novel biobased chemistry for greener polyurethane

September 27, 2020 |

In Colorado, through a novel chemistry using nontoxic resources like linseed oil, waste grease, or even algae, scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed a groundbreaking method for producing renewable polyurethane without toxic precursors. It is a breakthrough with the potential to green the market for products ranging from footwear, to automobiles, to mattresses, […]

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NREL’s partnership with ExxonMobil making progress on algae fuels

NREL’s partnership with ExxonMobil making progress on algae fuels

August 19, 2020 |

In Colorado, through a research partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), ExxonMobil that once urged motorists to “Put a tiger in your tank,” may one day suggest they fuel up with some algae. A year into their unique collaboration, NREL and ExxonMobil are navigating a multi-pronged effort toward a future where clean-burning biofuels […]

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NREL develops new single-phase catalyst turns renewable and waste carbon into fuels

NREL develops new single-phase catalyst turns renewable and waste carbon into fuels

July 20, 2020 |

In Colorado, a new single-phase catalyst that enables the conversion of renewable and waste carbon into sustainable diesel fuels has been developed through a unique collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) consortia, Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy (ChemCatBio) and the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. […]

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NREL researchers say answer to energy storage problem could by hydrogen

NREL researchers say answer to energy storage problem could by hydrogen

June 28, 2020 |

In Colorado, an analysis from NREL researchers suggests hydrogen has the greatest potential among technologies for seasonal energy storage in the future. They developed a multi-model approach that considers both the estimated cost and value of storage technologies in determining cost-competitiveness. They analyzed 80 scenarios involving hydrogen, pumped hydro, and compressed air in making their […]

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NREL achieves sugar yields greater than 90% with low enzyme loadings on biomass

NREL achieves sugar yields greater than 90% with low enzyme loadings on biomass

May 31, 2020 |

In Colorado, National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers experimented with a common method in the pulp and paper industry used for bleaching to see how well this method could deconstruct biomass. The method known as “ozonolysis” was applied to corn stover in the lab. Results showed that using ozonolysis helped to breakdown the biomass with a […]

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