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November 7, 2013

NREL Developed Mobile App for Alternative Fueling Station Locations Released

iPhone users now have access to a free application that locates fueling stations offering alternative fuels, including electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, e85 Ethanol, propane and hydrogen. The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed the new mobile application for DOE’s Clean Cities program. Clean Cities supports local stakeholders across the country in an effort to cut petroleum use in transportation.

August 21, 2013

Can "Drop-In" Biofuels Solve Integration Issues?

Lab works to create biofuels indistinguishable from conventional petroleum-based fuels.

August 21, 2013

At $2.15 a Gallon, Cellulosic Ethanol Could Be Cost Competitive

DOE challenge met—research advances cut costs to produce fuel from non-food plant sources.

August 7, 2013

NREL and Colombian Oil Firm Unlocking Agricultural Waste Feedstocks for Biofuel

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is working with Ecopetrol, the largest oil company in Colombia, to process the residue from sugar cane and palm oil harvesting into fuel ethanol for blending with gasoline.

August 5, 2013

Two New Fellows to Help Guide NREL Research

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently named Dr. Maria Ghirardi and Dr. Angelo Mascarenhas to its Research Fellows Council, the laboratory's top advisory council comprised of internationally recognized NREL scientists and engineers.

July 24, 2013

Wood-Boring Gribbles Intrigue Researchers

NREL scientists join others to explore tiny crustacean's unique ability to turn wood into sugars in harsh environments.

June 11, 2013

Novel Enzyme from Tiny Gribble Could Prove a Boon for Biofuels Research

Researchers from the United Kingdom, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the University of Kentucky have recently published a paper describing a novel cellulose-degrading enzyme from a marine wood borer Limnoria quadripunctata, commonly known as the gribble.

June 6, 2013

NREL Teams with Navy, Private Industry to Make Jet Fuel from Switchgrass

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Cobalt Technologies, U.S. Navy, and Show Me Energy Cooperative to demonstrate that jet fuel can be made economically and in large quantities from a renewable biomass feedstock such as switch grass.

April 26, 2013

Combining Strategies Speeds the Work of Enzymes

Enzymes could break down cell walls faster – leading to less expensive biofuels for transportation – if two enzyme systems are brought together in an industrial setting, new research by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests.

April 15, 2013

NREL Survey Shows Dramatic Improvement in B100 Biodiesel Quality

The latest national survey of 100% biodiesel (B100) "blend stock" samples by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that 95% of the samples from 2011-12 met ASTM International fuel quality specifications. The ASTM standards serve as guidelines for industry and are designed to ensure quality at the pump for consumers – along with reliable operation of the nation’s vehicles powered by biodiesel blends.

April 12, 2013

NREL Names New Executives to Lead Bioenergy, Bioscience and Energy Systems Integration Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently made three key hires to lead research centers. NREL has named Tom Foust, a nine-year NREL veteran, as its National Bioenergy Center Director; David Post as the Center Director for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF); and Rich Greene as Biosciences Center Director.

March 15, 2013

Transportation Energy Futures Study Reveals Potential for Deep Cuts to Petroleum Use and Carbon Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) today announced the release of the Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) study, an assessment of avenues to reach deep cuts in petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector.

February 26, 2013

Biomass Analysis Tool Is Faster, More Precise

NREL invention quickly and accurately determines cell wall chemistry traits that can lower feedstock costs for biofuels industry.

January 30, 2013

Marine Corps Taps NREL to Help Replace Aging Steam Plant with Efficient Biomass Cogeneration

The Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD) on Parris Island, seven miles south of Beaufort, South Carolina, has far exceeded its projected life and is no longer cost-effective to operate. MCRD staff tasked NREL to help replace this artifact with an efficient biomass cogeneration facility.

January 3, 2013

NREL to Help Convert Methane to Liquid Diesel

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will help develop microbes that convert methane found in natural gas into liquid diesel fuel, a novel approach that if successful could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower dependence on foreign oil.

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