Tag: PNNL

On-Site Hydrogen Production Technology Accelerates to Market

On-Site Hydrogen Production Technology Accelerates to Market

June 6, 2021 |

In Washington, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a new technology that generates hydrogen from conventional natural gas, or renewable natural gas made from biomass, that could be the next big thing to advance California’s Hydrogen Highway, fuel cell vehicles and trucks and to create other valuable products. Tiny […]

Read More

PNNL researchers find clingy copper ions contribute to catalyst slowdown

PNNL researchers find clingy copper ions contribute to catalyst slowdown

May 16, 2021 |

In Washington, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State University and Tsinghua University, discovered a mechanism behind the decline in performance of an advanced copper-based catalyst. Spectroscopy revealed a deactivating force in catalysts used to reduce diesel emissions. Heavy-duty diesel trucks on the road today are equipped with aftertreatment systems that include selective catalytic […]

Read More

PNNL researchers produce renewable diesel from biocrude for more than 2,000 hours straight

PNNL researchers produce renewable diesel from biocrude for more than 2,000 hours straight

March 25, 2021 |

In Washington state, a large-scale demonstration converting biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness. Scientists and engineers led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducted the research to show that the process is robust enough to handle many […]

Read More

PNNL researchers produce dense biofuel from food waste

PNNL researchers produce dense biofuel from food waste

March 23, 2021 |

In Washington state, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory successfully converted food waste from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Coyote Ridge Corrections Center into an energy-dense biofuel that could help replace today’s fossil fuels. Early results suggest food waste might deliver a trifecta of efficiency, economic and environmental benefits. First, from an efficiency standpoint, food waste’s […]

Read More

New clean energy process converts methane to hydrogen with zero CO2 emissions

New clean energy process converts methane to hydrogen with zero CO2 emissions

March 21, 2021 |

In France, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and West Virginia University, in collaboration with industry partners Southern California Gas Company and C4-MCP, developed a process that converts methane—the primary component of natural gas—into hydrogen while emitting zero CO2. The process also creates carbon solids for manufacturing applications. The hydrogen can be used in fuel […]

Read More

PNNL-developed solvent breaks barriers, captures carbon for less than industrial counterparts

PNNL-developed solvent breaks barriers, captures carbon for less than industrial counterparts

March 14, 2021 |

In France, as part of a marathon research effort to lower the cost of carbon capture, chemists have now demonstrated a method to seize carbon dioxide that reduces costs by 19 percent compared to current commercial technology. The new technology requires 17 percent less energy to accomplish the same task as its commercial counterparts, surpassing […]

Read More

DOE launches design, construction of $75M grid energy storage research facility

DOE launches design, construction of $75M grid energy storage research facility

March 14, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy is beginning design and construction of the Grid Storage Launchpad, a $75 million facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington that will boost clean energy adaptation and accelerate the development and deployment of long-duration, low-cost grid energy storage. “The Grid Storage Launchpad facility will […]

Read More

PNNL researchers find soil better captures carbon with switchgrass than corn

PNNL researchers find soil better captures carbon with switchgrass than corn

March 11, 2021 |

In Washington state, most of the carbon contained in soil is in the form of organic matter. The composition of this matter is determined by plants, microbes, and soil. However, scientists do not fully understand how variation in plant inputs, the structure of microbial communities, and the physical and chemical attributes of soil interact to […]

Read More

New PNNL Energy Sciences Center to foster research collaborations on biofuels, chemicals

New PNNL Energy Sciences Center to foster research collaborations on biofuels, chemicals

March 7, 2021 |

In Washington, a new research facility on the Richland campus of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is set to open fall 2021. The Energy Sciences Center (ESC) will feature many of PNNL’s strengths in chemistry, materials sciences, and computing in one building. “The ESC will accelerate innovation in energy research using chemistry, materials science, and […]

Read More

PNNL develops novel catalyst to convert ethanol into C5+ keytones

PNNL develops novel catalyst to convert ethanol into C5+ keytones

November 11, 2020 |

In Washington state, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a novel catalyst that converts ethanol into C5+ ketones that can serve as building blocks for everything from solvents to jet fuel. In a new paper, they describe this breakthrough chemistry and the mechanism behind it. The catalyst developed at PNNL condenses multiple […]

Read More