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Sept. 29, 2022

Science Needs the Right Attitude

"Science" was a class you probably took in school, but the subject matter you studied was not the only thing you learned.

Sept. 29, 2022

First Cohort of Innovators Enter West Gate

West Gate is a program that embeds innovators at NREL and pairs them with national laboratory scientists and capabilities over a period of two years, during which they have prime access to world-class national laboratory capabilities and expertise to significantly advance the development of their clean-energy technologies.

Sept. 22, 2022

NREL and Cemvita Factory Team Up To Put Carbon Dioxide to Good Use

For some entrepreneurs, carbon dioxide is more than a greenhouse gas. It is an opportunity and a business case for decarbonizing fuel and chemical production.

Sept. 22, 2022

News Release: Catalytic Process With Lignin Could Enable 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Researchers at three institutions—NREL, MIT, and Washington State University—report success in using lignin as a path toward a drop-in 100% sustainable aviation fuel. Other parts of plants are used for biofuels, but lignin has been largely overlooked because of the difficulties in breaking it down chemically and converting it into useful products.

Sept. 14, 2022

Q&A With Avantika Singh: The Cautious Optimist Who Hates Waste (Like, Really Hates Waste)

As part of the Manufacturing Masterminds Q&A profile series, Avantika Singh shares why she hates waste and what she's doing to help combat it.

Aug. 25, 2022

NREL's 6th Partner Forum Digs Deep on Sustainable Aviation Opportunities

On Aug. 9-10, 2022, NREL convened its sixth Partner Forum at its Golden, Colorado, campus, pulling together public and private sector leaders to collaboratively explore solutions for sustainable aviation.

Aug. 8, 2022

En Route to Market: Alder Fuels and NREL Partner To Scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel Technology for Commercial Use

A critical pathway for producing large quantities of low- to negative-carbon sustainable aviation fuel is enroute to market following a collaborative research and development agreement between NREL and Alder Fuels.

July 28, 2022

NREL Selected for Space-Bound Research To Solve the Plastic Waste Dilemma

Researchers at NREL will send an engineered bacteria into space as early as next year as part of ongoing research into solving the problem of plastic waste mitigation on Earth.

July 27, 2022

Not Just Bread and Beer—Microbes Can Ferment Carbon Dioxide To Make Fuel, Too

Bakers ferment dough for a well-risen loaf of bread. Brewers ferment wheat and barley for a smooth, malty glass of beer. And as nature's foremost bakers and brewers, some microbes can do even more.

July 15, 2022

NREL Set To Receive $5.4 Million in Funding To Research Turning Buildings Into Carbon Storage Structures

NREL has been selected to receive over $5.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for the development of technologies that can transform buildings into carbon storage structures.

July 15, 2022

NREL Addresses Energy Challenges for Sustainable Aviation

From sustainable fuels to airport infrastructure analysis to next-gen aircraft, NREL offers solutions for lowering emissions in a sector that is among the most difficult to decarbonize.

July 6, 2022

NREL Innovations Open Door to Industry Collaboration, Commercialization

NREL researchers made for an inventive bunch in fiscal year 2021, even exceeding record-breaking activity in FY '20. A patent issued in November 2021 for compressed gas energy storage, for example, which covers the idea of injecting compressed natural gas into defunct oil and gas fracking sites, accounted for just one of 36 issued patents in FY '21.

June 15, 2022

Co-Optima Crosses the Finish Line

Just as the wheels keep turning on cars, trucks, and trains, the planet keeps spinning in its orbit. All the while, climate change is accelerating, along with the dire need to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions responsible for global warming.

June 1, 2022

SAFFiRE Sustainable Aviation Fuel Project Earns Government-Industry Boost

With fuel prices soaring, a new government-industry partnership based at NREL plans to shift the aviation market further away from oil fields and closer to the farmlands.

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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