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NREL catalyst brings drop-in fuels closer
We live in a petroleum-based society, and the oil we use comes from plants that were buried eons ago and changed under pressure and high temperatures. As countries across the globe face dwindling oil supplies and the environmental impacts of tapping hard-to-process shale oil, the question arises: is there a greener way to replicate Mother Nature?

Contact: Heather Lammers
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

New nanoparticle technology cuts water use, energy costs
Nuclear and coal power plants are some of the thirstiest machines on earth. The turbines that spin inside of them to generate electricity require tons and tons of steam, and all of that water has to come from somewhere.

Contact: Jared Sagoff
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Using equations to mine nuclear energy resources
INL research scientist Peter Zalupski is taking a modern approach to nuclear fuel recycling.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

Biofuels from bacteria is biochemist's goal
Environmental proteomics does not just aid development of new biofuels but helps further understanding of the impact of climate change and the use of organisms for bioremediation.

Contact: Mary Beckman
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Home sweet, energy efficient, home
Two new research facilities at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will serve as a test bed for studying energy efficient and smart homes.

Contact: Anne Haas
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Scientist wins energy award at technology event
Xin Zhao has won a World Technology Network award in the individual Energy category for innovative work of "the greatest likely long-term significance" in his field. Zhao designed and patented a supercapacitor that would use graphene. The invention could someday see batteries in electric vehicles and similar devices boosted or replaced by high-power, high-capacity, fast-charge/discharge energy storage systems using graphene.

Contact: Kandice Carter
DOE/Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Farm fields could yield jet fuel of the future
NREL is helping develop a process to cost effectively convert cellulosic biomass into a replacement for petroleum-based aviation fuel.

Contact: Heather Lammers
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Simulating turbulent combustion speeds design of power and propulsion devices
A team led by mechanical engineers Joseph Oefelein and Jacqueline Chen of Sandia National Laboratories simulates turbulent combustion at different scales. Chen and Oefelein were allocated 113 million hours on Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's Jaguar supercomputer in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to simulate autoignition and injection processes with alternative fuels. For 2011 they received 60 million processor hours for high-fidelity simulations of combustion in advanced engines.

Contact: Dawn Levy
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A catalyst for high-impact science
A multi-institutional team of scientists is using EMSL's new Recovery Act-funded capabilities to achieve new insights into catalytic reactions on the surfaces of advanced metal oxide-based materials. The work is part of an inaugural EMSL Research Campaign that brings together world-leading capabilities and expertise in support of more efficient, less costly catalysts -- a need with cross-cutting energy and industrial applications.

Contact: Mary Beckman
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tribal schools create their own biodiesel to win energy challenge
Last year, American Indian tribal colleges and high schools competed to build the best wind turbine; this year, their challenge was different, but still related to renewable energy -- creating biodiesel fuel out of raw biomass.

Contact: Eleanor Taylor
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Breakthrough fusion simulations shed light on plasma confinement
A research team led by William Tang of the Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is developing a clearer picture of plasma confinement properties in an experimental device that will pave the way to future commercial fusion power plants. Over the past three years using resources of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, Tang's team has made continual improvements to tools essential for computationally solving fusion problems.

Contact: Dawn Levy
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Packing the ions
Drexel University's Yury Gogotsi and colleagues recently needed an atom's-eye view of a promising supercapacitor material to sort out experimental results that were exciting but appeared illogical. That view was provided by a research team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory computational chemists Bobby Sumpter and Jingsong Huang and computational physicist Vincent Meunier.

Contact: Leo Williams
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Solar and hydrogen car races spark imaginations
Fun and enthusiasm fuel competitions that are among the educational tools NREL and DOE provide to encourage students to pursue science.

Contact: Heather Lammers
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ames Lab regional teams win an unprecedented 3 awards at National Science Bowl
Home Schools of Eastern Iowa took home top honors in two categories and Ames High School won one award at the US Department of Energy's National Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C., April 28-May 2.

Contact: Steve Karsjen
DOE/Ames Laboratory

From fork to farm
Sandia National Laboratories' food-waste composting program keeps leftovers out of the landfill.

Contact: Stephanie Holinka
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

INL wind researchers test cool way to stretch capacity of existing power lines
Some Idaho National Laboratory wind power researchers think we can move more electricity through the transmission lines we already have without breaking the bank.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

Students learn about wind power first-hand through Wind for Schools program
For years, Jenny Christman tried to find a way to get a wind turbine to educate the students at Northumberland Middle and High School about wind power. Now, with help from the Wind for Schools project and the Virginia Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University, the students at Northumberland are learning about wind power first-hand from the newly constructed turbine at their school.

Contact: Press Officer
DOE/US Department of Energy

Searching for a diamond in the muck
Prospecting for elusive fast-growing, oily microalgae is a soggy, muddy, rewarding job for one NREL researcher.

Contact: Bill Scanlon
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

First beam time allocated to local classrooms through InSynC program
Students and teachers from three Long Island classrooms will use Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source to perform experiments this winter.

Contact: Kendra Snyder
DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab scientist walks the walk -- produces more electricity than he consumes
Energy management engineer Steve Greenberg bikes three miles uphill to work every day, rain or shine. He refuses to use a desktop computer, insisting on a less energy-intensive laptop. And to avoid using paper towels each time he visits the bathroom, he keeps a hand towel in his office. Those are only a few of the things he does to reduce his carbon footprint—and that's just at work.

Contact: Julie Chao
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

As Auto X reaches the finish line, a new race begins
After two years of intense competition, the winners of the Automotive X Prize were announced during a ceremony at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16, 2010. Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman spoke at the ceremony, praising the competition as an example of "the power of innovation and ingenuity to achieve transformative breakthroughs."

Contact: John Schueler
DOE/US Department of Energy

Ethanol-fueled racecar engines outpower lead-fueled engines
A group of automotive researchers from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and industry have shown that a fuel-injected racing car engine fueled by E-85, an ethanol-based fuel, outperforms the same engine with a carburetor and leaded racing fuel.

Contact: Angela Hardin
DOE/Ames Laboratory

NETL's green projects promise energy efficiency all year round
Forty years after the first Earth Day, it is almost second nature to toss a can or plastic bottle into the recycling bin, but being green is about much more than reusing materials. Just as individuals make a personal decision to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," businesses, industry, and other organizations are making the same commitment to being green.

Contact: Shelley Martin
DOE/National Energy Technology Laboratory

NREL finds a way to give LEDs the green light
Light bulbs that last 100 years and fill rooms with brilliant ambiance may become a reality sooner rather than later, thanks to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory discovery.

Contact: Joe Verrengia
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

INL helps students, researchers study wind energy
The wind turbines spinning outside Idaho schools are generating more than electricity.

Contact: Ryan Weeks
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

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