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New enzyme paradigm for critical reaction in converting lignin to useful products

05-Jul-2018

An international research team, including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin--one of the main ...

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NREL opens large database of inorganic thin-film materials

11-Apr-2018

An extensive experimental database of inorganic thin-film materials that organizes a decade's worth of research at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now publicly available. The High Throughput Experimental Materials (HTEM) Database contains more than ...

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Bio-based compound offers a greener carbon fiber alternative

10-Jan-2018

From cars and bicycles to airplanes and space shuttles, manufacturers around the world are trying to make these vehicles lighter, which helps lower fuel use and lessen the environmental footprint. One way that cars, bicycles, airplanes and other modes of transportation have become lighter over ...

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Advanced atomic layer deposition enables lithium-ion battery technology

11-May-2017

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Forge Nano to commercialize NREL's patented battery materials and systems capable of operating safely in high-stress environments. A particular feature of the ...

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Pinpointing promise of polycrystalline perovskites

08-Feb-2017

A team of scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells. Considerable research into perovskites at NREL and elsewhere has proved the material's ...

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Discovery creates future opportunity in quantum computing

07-Sep-2016

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a use for perovskites that runs counter to the intended usage of the hybrid organic-inorganic material. Considerable research at NREL and elsewhere has been conducted into the use of organic-inorganic ...

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New efficiency record with dual-junction solar cell set

08-Jan-2016

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have jointly set a new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell. The ...

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NREL research advances hydrogen production efforts

24-Dec-2015

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have made advances toward affordable photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen. NREL's scientists took a different approach to the PEC process, which uses solar energy to split water into hydrogen and ...

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NREL research advances understanding of photoelectrodes

10-Dec-2015

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new probe that could lead to a better photoelectrochemical cell. Ye Yang and Jing Gu are lead authors of the paper. NREL colleagues, James Young, Elisa Miller, John Turner, Nathan Neale and Matthew ...

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Ethylene production via sunlight opens door to future

13-Aug-2015

Here's the future of ethylene production as Dr. Jianping Yu sees it: "We envision some farms in the field that cover many acres. We will have cyanobacteria harvesting sunlight and C02 and then produce ethylene or ethylene derivatives," said Yu, a research scientist in the Photobiology Group at ...

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