Tag: PNNL

PNNL researchers develop technology to boost use of ethanol as octane booster

PNNL researchers develop technology to boost use of ethanol as octane booster

May 27, 2020 |

In Washington state, technology developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery system. Designed to work with a car’s existing fuel, the onboard separation technology is the first to use chemistry—not […]

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PNNL invention partitions ethanol from gasoline to enable octane on demand; could lower emissions

PNNL invention partitions ethanol from gasoline to enable octane on demand; could lower emissions

May 24, 2020 |

In Washington, an onboard separation technology developed by U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers is the first to use chemistry—not a physical membrane—to separate ethanol-blended gasoline into high- and low-octane fuel components and could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery […]

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PNNL researcher develop theoretical framework predicting how microbial communities interact

PNNL researcher develop theoretical framework predicting how microbial communities interact

December 30, 2019 |

In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a new theoretical framework called minimal interspecies interaction adjustment (MIIA). It predicts how surrounding organisms and other factors drive changes in interactions in microbial communities. This new computational method improves our understanding of how microbes organize themselves into communities. It describes in detail how […]

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UC Santa Barbara and PNNL researchers to image microbial processes for waste-to-energy

UC Santa Barbara and PNNL researchers to image microbial processes for waste-to-energy

November 7, 2019 |

In California, local press reports that researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara together with those from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will image microbial processes used in waste-to-energy production as part of a $2.25 million Department of Energy grant aimed at improving biofuel production. They believe the guts of herbivores will provide […]

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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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