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May 8, 2019

ExxonMobil Partnership Will Support National Lab Research for Future Energy Solutions at Scale

A new $100 million agreement between ExxonMobil, NREL, and other DOE national laboratories will focus on developing transformative advanced energy technologies with a focus on reducing emissions.

May 2, 2019

NREL Research Fellow Testifies on Plastic Recycling Before House Subcommittee

Plastics are essential to modern life--but it's hard to turn on the TV or browse the web without seeing poignant examples of the plastic life cycle extending far beyond usefulness. NREL Senior Research Fellow Gregg Beckham testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee about one possible solution to the plastic pollution problem: chemical recycling.

April 22, 2019

Your Renewable Energy Technology is Growing Old--What's Next?

While hundreds of millions of tons of trash continue to be dumped into American landfills annually, a growing percentage has been diverted to recycling centers since the first Earth Day in 1970. But these centers aren't set up for renewable energy technologies.

April 9, 2019

Catalyst Cost Estimating Tool Significantly Improves Research Efficiency

More than 85% of chemical processes rely on catalysts, but limited information on their cost can lead to roadblocks during early-stage research and development and along the path to commercialization. To address this challenge, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a catalyst cost estimation tool that incorporates industry-standard estimation methods into an intuitive, user-friendly suite of tools.

Feb. 27, 2019

News Release: NREL Pioneers Cleaner Route to Upcycle Plastics into Superior Products

The NREL team chemically combined reclaimed polyethylene terephthalate plastic, in the form of single-use beverage bottles, with bio-based compounds to produce higher-value fiber-reinforced plastics that can be used in products from snowboards to vehicle parts to wind turbines.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Emerging Markets Day Announces 2019 Presenting Start-up Companies

On May 8, investors, start-up companies, and industry leaders from around the world will convene in Denver, Colo., for the third Emerging Markets Day, a forum to discuss the most promising cleantech solutions to the pressing energy challenges faced by emerging economies.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Industry Growth Forum Announces 2019 Presenting Start-Ups

The 30 companies were selected after a competitive application and review process from more than 150 applicants.

Feb. 19, 2019

DISCOVR Algae Consortium Launches Call for Collaboration to Lower Cost of Algae Biofuels and Bioproducts

Driving down costs for algae-based biofuels and bioproducts involves enhancing algae productivity through selection of the most promising algae strains and implementation of effective cultivation strategies. To support this effort, NREL and its national laboratory partners formed a consortium project called Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization, and Verification (DISCOVR).

Feb. 14, 2019

Scientific Collaboration Investigates Creative and Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions for Mining Industry

When industry, government laboratories, and universities work together, creative solutions can arise to environmental challenges. The latest example of this originated when NREL partnered with BHP--a global mining, metals, and petroleum company--to research sustainable ways to clean up legacy mining impacts and develop feedstocks for biofuels.

Jan. 8, 2019

Advancements in Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Give Biofuels a Boost

Researchers from NREL and two other national labs have discovered an alternative catalytic fast pyrolysis approach--using fixed-bed reactors and bifunctional catalysts--that significantly improves bio-oil yields and the overall economics of the process to turn biomass into biofuels and bioproducts.

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