NREL and high school team for algal space project

Almost two years ago, on June 28, 2015, the rocket carrying experiments from Chatfield High School to the International Space Station disintegrated 139 seconds into its flight. That could have put an end to the collaboration between the students and researchers from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy…

Algae Fuels boosted by NREL process

A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research. The process, dubbed Combined Algal Processing (CAP), is detailed in a new paper by NREL’s…

Producing ethylene from algae

Currently made most often from petroleum and natural gas, ethylene is used in the manufacture of plastics and polyester, and ranks as the largest petrochemical produced by volume around the world. But the process of making ethylene requires considerable amounts of energy and releases carbon dioxide…

Returning frozen algae to life at NREL

At the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and at dozens of other labs nationwide, cryogenically stored algae emerge from their frigid and foggy environment to live again…

NREL increases hydrogen production from algae

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated that just two of six iron-sulfur-containing ferredoxins in a representative species of algae…

Sorting Algal Strains for High Lipid Content Using NIR

A recent post in Forbes by Chris Rhodes currently buzzing talks about a new method for identifying high lipid content strains of algae based on Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy…

AIM Interview: NREL’s Al Darzins

Dr. Al Darzins joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, www.nrel.gov) in the fall of 2005. As a principal group manager he leads the research of the Applied Sciences Group in the National Bioenergy Center (NBC), a multidisciplinary research…