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Water Leads to Chemical That Gunks Up Biofuels Production


Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key...
20-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

“Wetting” a Battery’s Appetite for Renewable Energy Storage

A new liquid metal alloy enables sodium-beta batteries to operate at lower temperatures, which could help the batteries store more renewable energy and strengthen the power grid.
31-Jul-2014 5:00 PM EDT

A Noble Gas Cage


A new material called CC3 effectively traps xenon, krypton, and radon, gases used for lighting or medical industries and, in the case of radon, can be hazardous to people. Research in Nature Materials shows how CC3 does this, which might lead to...
21-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

PNNL Scientists Win 3 R&D 100 Awards for Visual Display, Analytics and Energy Technologies


Technologies that rival electronic screens, enable new molecular analysis and reduce dependence on fossil fuels received recognition for their innovation today. R&D Magazine honored three advancements developed by researchers at the Department of...
14-Jul-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Federal Research Spurs Washington State to Store Energy

Battery technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be installed in two new energy storage projects funded by Washington state that will improve the power grid and help the region use more renewable energy.
8-Jul-2014 6:00 PM EDT

Silicon Sponge Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance


A sponge-like silicon material could help lithium-ion batteries run longer on a single charge by giving the batteries' electrodes the space they need to expand without breaking.
8-Jul-2014 12:50 PM EDT

DOE to Renew Energy Frontier Research Center at PNNL

The Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis is poised to take on new scientific challenges exploring chemical reactions at the core of technologies such as solar energy and fuel cells.
19-Jun-2014 5:55 PM EDT

Electricity Use Slashed with Efficiency Controls for Heating, Cooling

Commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls, according to a year-long trial of the controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the...
23-May-2014 1:20 PM EDT

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