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July 11, 2024

NREL Research Dives Deeper Into the Mysteries of Energy Control in Electron-Bifurcating Enzymes

Since 2019, NREL senior scientist Cara Lubner and her team have made considerable progress toward mapping the energy landscape of an enzymatic reaction.

July 2, 2024

GCxN Company's Feedstock Poised To Be More Economical and Versatile

Biotech entrepreneur and Hexas Biomass Founder and CEO Wendy Owens has brought her groundbreaking (pun intended) crop to the Shell GameChanger Accelerator Powered by NREL (GCxN).

June 10, 2024

Advanced Spin Resonance Facility Accelerates Fundamental Understanding of Catalytic Mechanisms and Structural Characterization at Level of Electrons

Realizing the need and opportunity to probe deeper into the mysteries of the chemical reactions that sustain photosynthesis and enable light-driven ammonia production and hydrogen catalysis, NREL formed the Advanced Spin Resonance Facility.

May 22, 2024

Understanding Bifurcating Enzymes Could Lead to More Efficient Renewable Fuel and Chemical Production

One method organisms control and manipulate energy for cellular metabolism and survival is the focus of an award-winning NREL research team: flavin-based electron bifurcation.

May 14, 2024

New Device Architecture Enables Streamlined Production of Formic Acid From CO₂ Using Renewable Electricity

A research team led by NREL developed a conversion pathway to produce formic acid from CO₂ with high energy efficiency and durability while using renewable electricity.

May 9, 2024

NREL Biomass Technology a Cornerstone of SAFFiRE Renewables Biofuel Pilot Plant Going Up in Kansas

On its path to opening a facility designed to turn agriculture residue into a scalable biofuel business, SAFFiRE Renewables, LLC plans to break ground on its pilot plant near Liberal, Kansas, in late 2024.

April 30, 2024

NREL Selected As Part of $1.6M in Federal Funding To Explore Potential of Geologic Hydrogen

NREL was recently selected as one of 16 teams to research enhanced production of geologic hydrogen by the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program.

April 25, 2024

NREL Keeps Getting Greener

Three NREL labs were awarded green certifications by My Green Lab late last year.

April 18, 2024

The (In)Visible Plastic Pollution Problem

Together, BOTTLE's upstream approach and WaterPACT's downstream approach to addressing the plastic pollution problem will enable a better future for humanity and our environment.

March 7, 2024

From Instant Grits to Polymers: Scientist Kat Knauer Is Laser Focused on Plastics Pollution

As a polymer scientist and the chief technology officer of the NREL-led BOTTLE consortium, Knauer is responsible for helping solve one of the world's greatest challenges--plastic pollution.

Feb. 29, 2024

On Its Journey To Make Clothing That Leaves No Trace, The North Face Taps the BOTTLE Consortium To Scale Biodegradable Polyester Alternative

Over the next 12 months, BOTTLE will scale the process to produce several pounds of PHA fiber, which The North Face will test and evaluate for use in its product lines.

Feb. 29, 2024

Biorefinery Model Points to Better Method at Producing Co-Products

A next-generation biorefinery model holds the potential to produce biofuels and chemicals through a process that researchers say has proven to be more efficient in converting plant biomass.

Feb. 28, 2024

From Organics to Fuels: Computational Models Can Accelerate and Scale Up Biomass Conversion

Pathways to sustainable biofuels are within view as computational models solve key challenges.

Feb. 27, 2024

NREL's Recyclable Carbon Fiber Composites Made Greener With Thermoforming

Senior polymer science researcher and group manager Nicholas Rorrer currently leads a team of NREL researchers working to replace the heavy, resource-intensive steel parts in vehicles with recyclable carbon fiber composites.

Feb. 13, 2024

NREL Collaborates on $15 Million Multilaboratory Efforts To Advance Commercialization of Carbon Dioxide Removal

DOE tapped NREL to support a new $15 million research effort to improve the measurement, reporting, and verification of carbon dioxide removal technologies, an industry with the potential to help mitigate climate change by addressing existing carbon emissions and removing them from the atmosphere.

Feb. 8, 2024

NREL and Partners Receive Funding To Decipher Microbial Behavior in Bioreactors at Scale

A research team led by NREL recently received funding for their project that will study and model the behavior of microbes in bioreactors and reasons for potential failures at industrial scale.

Feb. 1, 2024

15 Finalist Teams Announced for AlgaePrize 2023–2025 Competition

This year's AlgaePrize finalist teams include students from high schools, community colleges, and universities from 11 states across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Jan. 29, 2024

On the Ground in Colorado, NREL Is Simulating Sustainable Aviation Fuel Combustion During Flight

A cross-disciplinary research team is gathering meticulous fuel chemistry data to equip the aviation industry with an ultra-detailed sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) combustion simulation. Powered by supercomputers, the "virtual jet engine" can predict how SAF performs during flight and provide insights on how to tune it to maximize its safety and performance.

Jan. 5, 2024

NREL Researchers Produce First Macromolecular Model of Plant Secondary Cell Wall

A multidisciplinary approach has enabled researchers with NREL to quantitatively define the relative positioning and arrangement of the polymers in Populus wood and to create a computer model that details the findings.


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