Tag: NREL

Billion dollar breakthrough: Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator reaches new milestone

Billion dollar breakthrough: Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator reaches new milestone

September 12, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), managed by NREL, has reached a milestone: Its portfolio of startup companies has raised more than $1.1 billion in external funding since joining IN2. Partnering with companies such as Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the world’s largest independent plant science research institute, allows NREL to continue […]

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New methods help integrate renewable hydrogen with waste CO2 to produce clean fuels

New methods help integrate renewable hydrogen with waste CO2 to produce clean fuels

September 5, 2021 |

In Colorado, a National Renewable Energy Laboratory duo known for pushing the limits of power-to-gas is innovating another direction for renewable hydrogen, focused on upcycling carbon waste streams into key energy products. The NREL team is focused on tightly integrating two processes—renewable hydrogen production and downstream chemical reactions—to cut the capital costs and improve the […]

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Researchers examine anaerobic digestion, hydrothermal liquefaction as landfills fill up

Researchers examine anaerobic digestion, hydrothermal liquefaction as landfills fill up

August 29, 2021 |

In Colorado, the expected decline in the number of landfills across the United States coupled with bans on disposing large amounts of organic waste in landfills that have been enacted in multiple states has prompted researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to examine other ways to grapple with […]

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Power to Predict: NREL model benefits biomass-to-fuel reactor design

Power to Predict: NREL model benefits biomass-to-fuel reactor design

August 15, 2021 |

In California, National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers can accurately predict reaction rates and optimal conditions for making biofuels. Their secret? Complex math to sketch the intricate chemistry and physics that drive catalytic fast pyrolysis. Small changes to the design of catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFP) reactors can lead to big fluctuations in the quality and quantity […]

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NREL researchers score $3M ARPA-E grant to integrate electrochemistry into biofuel production

NREL researchers score $3M ARPA-E grant to integrate electrochemistry into biofuel production

July 29, 2021 |

In Colorado, as much as one-third of the carbon in sugar is lost as carbon dioxide (CO2) during fermentation processes that use biomass to make renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  That waste CO2 translates into notable consequences for biorefiners scrambling to meet demand for low-carbon biofuels. Less carbon makes it into the fuel, […]

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DOE announces technical assistance for local governments on waste-to-energy

DOE announces technical assistance for local governments on waste-to-energy

July 11, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office and National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced the Phase 1 selections for the Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments Program, which was created to mobilize national laboratory analyses and technical expertise around energy and resource recovery from organic waste streams (e.g. food waste, sewage sludge, […]

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DOE awards over $65M to Praj, Novozymes, Invizyne, others to commercialize promising tech

DOE awards over $65M to Praj, Novozymes, Invizyne, others to commercialize promising tech

June 27, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy awarded over $30 million in federal funding, matched by over $35 million in private sector funds, for 68 projects that will accelerate the commercialization of promising energy technologies, and includes Praj Industries’ for SAF, Marrone Bio and NREL for biogas bioreactors, Invizyne, Novozymes and others. The projects […]

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NREL and Sempra Energy mark 10 years of promoting low carbon fuels and microgrids

NREL and Sempra Energy mark 10 years of promoting low carbon fuels and microgrids

June 24, 2021 |

In Colorado, NREL and Sempra Energy are now leveraging a decade of successful collaborative work to target global carbon neutrality.  NREL and Sempra Energy’s cooperative, multiyear projects exploring low-carbon fuels and microgrid technology have reaped success—including some groundbreaking achievements.  In 2013, Sempra Energy subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) and NREL established the […]

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NREL equips biorefineries with procedure to boost cellulosic ethanol production

NREL equips biorefineries with procedure to boost cellulosic ethanol production

June 20, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, National Renewable Energy Laboratory scientists unveiled a new analytical method to give companies an unprecedented level of ease and precision for measuring the amount of cellulose in their grain, an achievement that could help biorefineries expand production of low-carbon cellulosic ethanol. […]

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NREL and DOE researchers explore potential use of marine biofuels

NREL and DOE researchers explore potential use of marine biofuels

May 18, 2021 |

In Colorado, a global effort to reduce sulfur and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships has researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other Department of Energy facilities investigating the potential use of marine biofuels.  The NREL-directed research provides a starting point for establishing the feasibility of ships using biofuels. Fueling costs already […]

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