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October 30, 2014

Industry Growth Forum Cultivates Clean Energy Entrepreneurship

NREL's Industry Growth Forum brings together clean energy entrepreneurs and investors to facilitate the movement of innovation into the marketplace.

September 19, 2014

NREL Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Entrepreneurs and Investors

Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts Oct. 28 and 29 in Denver, as the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.

September 3, 2014

NREL Updates Cetane Data Used for Development of Energy Efficient Fuels and Engines

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This information is vital to the development of new, energy-efficient, low-carbon fuels and compatible engines. Researchers, as well as members of the engine, vehicle, and fuel industries, rely on these numbers to target compounds for development of new fuels capable of greater energy efficiency, cleaner emissions, and maximum performance in diesel engines.

August 20, 2014

New Process Helps Overcome Obstacles to Produce Renewable Fuels and Chemicals

There’s an old saying in the biofuels industry: “You can make anything from lignin except money.” But now, a new study may pave the way to challenging that adage. The study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates a concept that provides opportunities for the successful conversion of lignin into a variety of renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials for a sustainable energy economy.

July 28, 2014

NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

NREL is accelerating the availability of next-generation technologies by making it easier for industry partners to work with the lab.

May 9, 2014

NREL Staff Recognized for Top Innovations

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently recognized the professionals behind the lab’s greatest innovations from the past year during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony. The event also celebrated NREL’s commercialization and partnering successes, recognizing the researchers and engineers—including three honorees in the new Rising Stars Award category—who made it happen.

February 18, 2014

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae's Sweet Spot

Bioreactor simulates precise climates, uncovers how to get maximum fuels from algae.

February 10, 2014

NREL Scientists Find Key Function for Ferredoxins in Algae Hydrogen Production

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated that just two of six iron-sulfur-containing ferredoxins in a representative species of algae promote electron transfers to and from hydrogenases. The finding suggests ways to increase the production of hydrogen by algae, which could help turn hydrogen into a viable alternative fuel for transportation.

January 23, 2014

Supercomputer Exposes Enzyme's Secrets

Computer simulations show that a part of an enzyme, once thought unimportant, is useful in breaking down cellulose.

January 2, 2014

NREL Finds a New Cellulose Digestion Mechanism by a Fast-eating Enzyme

Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that an enzyme from a microorganism first found in the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia in 1990 can digest cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading component cellulase enzyme on the market.

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