Bioenergy News

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Nov. 28, 2023

Newly Identified Algal Strains Rich in Phosphorous Could Improve Wastewater Treatment

Several algal strains with high capacities for phosphorus accumulation have the potential to boost phosphorus recovery in wastewater treatment systems along with recovering harmful or valuable metals.

Nov. 15, 2023

Seven From NREL Make Return Appearance on Highly Cited Researchers List

Seven researchers from NREL and one college professor affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy facility are included on this year's Highly Cited Researchers list.

Nov. 2, 2023

Pick Your Polymer Properties and This NREL Tool Predicts How To Achieve Them With Biomass

Great chemists have discovered ways to combine carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen into all manners of plastics: leak-proof food packaging, heat-resistant car parts, durable personal protective equipment—the list is long.

Oct. 24, 2023

DOE's AlgaePrize Student Competition Returns To Inspire Next-Generation Bioeconomy Professionals

Student teams gain valuable experience with innovative algal commercialization technologies while competing to earn prize money.

Oct. 18, 2023

Happy National Bioenergy Day 2023 From NREL

To commemorate the occasion, learn more about 11 exciting bioenergy-related projects at NREL over the past year.

Sept. 14, 2023

NREL and Joby Aviation Partnership Spotlights Green Ride-Hailing Flight Services

When Joby Aviation wanted to figure out the environmental impact of its future all-electric aerial ride-hailing service, NREL helped provide a technological bird's eye view.

Aug. 17, 2023

5 NREL Partnerships Transforming Energy in Aviation

Join NREL in celebrating the partnerships working to bring sustainability to the skies—past, present, and future.

June 21, 2023

Climate Justice Champions Celebrated at Finale of Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

Six teams competing in the the inaugural Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize have been named grand prize winners after their year-long efforts to advance an equitable and just clean energy ecosystem within their communities.

May 23, 2023

NREL Adds Lab Space With New Building, Preps Other Projects

NREL's newest building, the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL), which will house multipurpose lab space, is the first laboratory building to open at NREL's Golden, Colorado, campus since the fall of 2013.

May 22, 2023

News Release: Inflation Reduction Act Invests $150 Million in NREL Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that NREL will begin work on a series of additions and improvements to two of its campuses made possible by $150 million in funding provided by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA).

May 18, 2023

Piloting Future Fuels: Calvin Mukarakate Sees a Problem, Solves a Problem

As a group manager in NREL's Bioenergy Science and Technology Directorate, Calvin Mukarakate, with a world-class team of biofuel engineers and scientists, is applying his mind to realize an important dream: commercializing processes for making billions of gallons of low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel.

May 10, 2023

A Pectin-Synthesizing Enzyme May Help Trees Weather Storms. Could It Be Key to More Sustainable Bioproducts?

Researchers from NREL, the University of Georgia, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered the biological mechanism involved in making one specific component of pectin: galactan.

April 18, 2023

NREL Innovations Help Consumers Invest in Our Planet

Much aligned to Earth Day's theme of "Investing in Our Planet," the research and innovations developed at NREL are helping consumers contribute to our beautiful blue marble's future. Here are just a few of the ways.

March 30, 2023

New Consortium Advances Technologies That Use Renewable Electricity To Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel

NREL scientist and principal investigator for the CO₂ Reduction and Upgrading for e-Fuels Consortium (CO₂RUe) Michael Resch leads a team of researchers working to unlock the potential of carbon dioxide electrolyzers and other technologies that enable e-fuels.

March 28, 2023

Advanced Computing Powers 300-Plus Clean Energy Projects

In Fiscal Year 2022, NREL played a critical role in computing advancements for 300-plus clean energy research projects through high-performance computing (HPC), efficient data center operation, and state-of-the-art data visualization.

March 24, 2023

Turning Mining Waste Into a Sustainable Concrete Replacement

NREL is leading a three-year $4.38 million collaborative project from the U.S. Department of Energy's Fiscal Year 2022 Office of Fossil Energy Carbon Management Technology Commercialization Fund to turn mining waste materials into a more sustainable concrete replacement.

March 16, 2023

NREL Regional Analysis Can Help Accelerate Production and Delivery of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

When Chemical Engineer Arpit Bhatt and his NREL colleagues observed a gap in knowledge of how regional variables work together to affect sustainable aviation fuel production and delivery for individual airports across the country, they got to work—using Chicago O'Hare International Airport as a case study.

Feb. 2, 2023

NREL Patent Activity Climbed in FY 2022 as Researchers Recognize More Eureka Moments

NREL files an average of about 170 patent applications annually and releases roughly 48 open-source software titles.

Jan. 31, 2023

NREL Launches Synthetic Biology Project To Advance Biofuel Discovery Technologies With LanzaTech, Northwestern, and Yale

Carbon-negative production of biofuels and biochemicals will be the focus of a recent biosystems design project launched by NREL, LanzaTech NZ Inc., Northwestern University, and Yale University.

Jan. 26, 2023

Department of Energy Honors 12 From NREL

Staffers from NREL were honored for their work in helping move the country further away from the use of fossil fuels. The Secretary of Energy Achievement Award ranks as the highest form of recognition for federal and contractor employees within the department (DOE).

Jan. 17, 2023

News Release: NREL Develops Systematic Framework To Compare Performance of Plastics Recycling Approaches

Researchers at NREL examined the benefits and trade-offs of current and emerging technologies for recycling certain types of plastics to determine the most appropriate options.


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