Tag: Tennessee

High-end headphones feature tree bioplastic

High-end headphones feature tree bioplastic

September 13, 2021 |

In Tennessee, Eastman Chemical says its tree-based engineering bioplastics are being used in premium headphones manufactured by Ontario’s thinksound. The over-ear headphones, dubbed ov21, use Eastman’s Trēva™ engineering bioplastic that contains more than 40% biobased content derived from sustainably harvested trees. ov21 is available on preorder for shipping in October.  “We’re a company that has […]

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ORNL researchers make breakthrough discovery of how genes function in plants

ORNL researchers make breakthrough discovery of how genes function in plants

September 9, 2021 |

In Tennessee, for decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets. But for researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, this enzyme does more than advertised. They had run a series of experiments on poplar plants that […]

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ORNL researchers develop new catalyst to covert ethanol into C3+ olefins

ORNL researchers develop new catalyst to covert ethanol into C3+ olefins

August 2, 2021 |

In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a new catalyst for converting ethanol into C3+ olefins—the chemical building blocks for renewable jet fuel and diesel—that pushes the amount produced to a record-high 88%, a more than 10% gain over their previously developed catalyst.  In the search for new catalysts, researchers achieved the record […]

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Vanderbilt University scores $1.5M DOE grant to study cyanobacteria

Vanderbilt University scores $1.5M DOE grant to study cyanobacteria

July 21, 2021 |

In Tennessee, a new, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production. The team, led by Vanderbilt University, will take a systems biology approach to identify how cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can be engineered […]

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ORNL researchers discover single gene that can boost growth and stress tolerances

ORNL researchers discover single gene that can boost growth and stress tolerances

June 10, 2021 |

In Tennessee, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a single gene that simultaneously boosts plant growth and tolerance for stresses such as drought and salt, all while tackling the root cause of climate change by enabling plants to pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  As climate change triggers more frequent and longer-lasting […]

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ORNL researchers make progress on ethanol-to jet-fuel

ORNL researchers make progress on ethanol-to jet-fuel

June 7, 2021 |

In Tennessee, in the first step of a multi-step ethanol-to-jet-fuel process developed by DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a catalyst is used to convert ethanol into butene-rich C3+ olefins, important intermediates that can then be processed into aviation fuels. Two more steps—oligomerization and hydrotreating—convert these intermediates into the liquid hydrocarbons used as fuels. A team […]

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Eco-Energy launches construction of Stockton ethanol distribution facility

Eco-Energy launches construction of Stockton ethanol distribution facility

April 20, 2021 |

In Tennessee, Eco-Energy has started construction on its ethanol distribution facility located in Stockton, California. The facility is scheduled to commence operations in March 2022 and will be the eleventh ethanol distribution terminal constructed by Eco-Energy over the past decade. The Stockton site will be equipped with 108 tank car offload spots, 6.7 million gallons […]

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University of Tennessee receives $250K FAA grant to study potential regional SAF supply chains

University of Tennessee receives $250K FAA grant to study potential regional SAF supply chains

December 9, 2020 |

In Tennessee, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to evaluate regional biomass supply chains with regard to their potential for supplying feedstock for domestic fuel production as well as rural economic development, a potential game changer for farming communities. The agricultural […]

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Co-Optima researchers publish first findings from research initiative

Co-Optima researchers publish first findings from research initiative

December 7, 2020 |

In Tennessee, researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory working alongside the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines initiative (Co-Optima) collaborators from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, determined it’s not so much the chemistry of a fuel that predicts performance, but rather its properties that hold […]

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ORNL researchers join BOTTLE consortium to develop sustainable packaging

ORNL researchers join BOTTLE consortium to develop sustainable packaging

November 26, 2020 |

In Tennessee, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are joining the Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment, or BOTTLE, Consortium.  In collaboration with other national laboratories, ORNL scientists will support the development of new plastics that are recyclable-by-design and customize microbes and processes to break down […]

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