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News Archives - 2012

December 14, 2012

NREL and Johnson Matthey Announce Five-Year Collaboration on Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, in a five-year, $7 million effort to economically produce drop-in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from non-food biomass feedstocks, the federal laboratory announced today.

November 26, 2012

NREL Researchers Use Imaging Technologies to Solve Puzzle of Plant Architecture

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility, a breakthrough that could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering the costs of making biofuels.

November 9, 2012

NREL/DOE Launch New Alternative Transportation Web Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new tool and redesigned DOE's Alternative Fuels Data Center Web site to help fleet managers, municipalities and consumers choose from a wide variety of alternative fuels and energy efficiency strategies for reducing petroleum use, vehicle emissions, and operating costs.

September 25, 2012

NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, and transportation fuels are made, and help clean the air.

June 19, 2012

NREL Helps "Supersize" Butanol Production

Growing renewable butanol refiner demonstrates its process for a future scale-up of the drop-in petroleum replacement.

May 17, 2012

NREL Helps Hawaii Public Utility Commission Increase Biofuels Knowledge

NREL provided training to the Hawaii Public Utility Commission to help them learn more about biomass and biofuels technologies and the possible applications in Hawaii.

April 11, 2012

NREL Catalyst Brings Drop-In Fuels Closer

Lab's patented material cleans up biomass gas, making it ready to convert into fuels compatible with today's infrastructure.

April 4, 2012

International Collaboration Results in New, More Efficient Bioconversion Pathway

NREL, the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), and Honda Research and Development (Honda R&D) have teamed together to uncover a novel pathway for the conversion of agricultural residues and other feedstocks to fuel ethanol.


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