Bioenergy News

May 9, 2022

Q&A With Nicholas Rorrer: Plant-Based Plastics and Plastic Plants

As part of the Manufacturing Masterminds Q&A profile series, Nic Rorrer shares why he loves polymers as well as Legos, yoga, RuPaul's drag races, and saving the world.

April 28, 2022

News Release: NREL Calculates Lost Value of Landfilled Plastic in U.S.

Scientists at NREL calculated the energy value of landfilled plastic waste in 2019 was enough to supply 5% of the power used by the country's transportation sector, or 5.5% by the industrial sector.

April 22, 2022

AlgaePrize Student Finalists Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office announced 15 student teams advancing as finalists in the 2022-2023 AlgaePrize competition. Finalist teams receive $5,000 to conduct their proposed research projects over the next 16 months and will present the results next year at NREL.

March 31, 2022

CatCost Online Tool Offers Insight Into Catalyst Manufacturing Cost and Environmental Impact

Scientists from NREL's Catalytic Carbon Transformation and Scale-Up Center have sought to reduce barriers to early-stage catalyst cost estimation by developing CatCost, a free and publicly available cost estimation tool that aims to equip researchers with the information they need to make informed R&D decisions.

March 30, 2022

Amazon Joins NREL-Led BOTTLE Consortium To Help Change the Way We Recycle

A new collaboration between Amazon and NREL-led BOTTLE Consortium could be a major step toward developing solutions to global plastic pollution.

March 3, 2022

Research Team Advances Biological Alternative to Producing Common Petrochemical

Engineers have dreamed of programming organisms to sustainably produce ethylene, a chemical nicknamed "king of petrochemicals" for its importance in plastics. Now, one pathway to this petrochemical is nearing reality, via a photosynthetic bacterium that is genetically specialized to turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into ethylene.

March 1, 2022

Q&A With Meredith Doyle: Impatient To Save the World

As part of the Q&A profile series "Manufacturing Masterminds," Meredith Doyle discusses her perspectives on the future potential for plant-based plastics, equity issues surrounding plastics pollution, and more.

Feb. 24, 2022

NREL Bioengineering Process Prepares To Make a Splash

When Americans turn on a faucet, they rely on public treatment systems to ensure the water is safe to drink. Recently, Mars Materials was granted an option for an exclusive license to use NREL's renewable acrylonitrile technology in producing polyacrylamide flocculants for commercial use in water treatment systems.

Feb. 23, 2022

Beyond Fossil Carbon? Green Electricity Is Opening Doors to Low-Emission Alternatives for Making Fuels and Chemicals

Petroleum, coal, and natural gas are not the only starting points for making fuels and chemicals. In fact, growing supplies of renewable electricity open exciting new doors for making identical products at potentially a fraction of the climate cost.

Feb. 18, 2022

Can We Fix Recycling?

Three NREL teams win prestigious REMADE awards to remake recycling, improve manufacturing, and build a circular economy.

Feb. 16, 2022

A Metabolic "Traffic Map": Machine Learning Lets Scientists Plot Complex Flow of Compounds Through Microbes

Like traffic signals controlling cars through the center of town, microorganisms use metabolic signals to control the flow of energy and nutrients.

Jan. 27, 2022

Plant-Based Epoxy Enables Recyclable Carbon Fiber, Improves Economics for Mass Market Electric Vehicles

Ten times stronger than steel, nearly half the weight of aluminum, far stiffer than fiberglass—carbon fiber carries a package of advantages, making it a preferred material for use in luxury sedans and Formula One racecars alike.

Jan. 13, 2022

DOE Launches AlgaePrize for Student Innovators—Competition Will Culminate at NREL in Spring 2023

A new competition from the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office encourages students to imagine and develop innovative technology solutions using algae as a potent and flexible energy resource.

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