Energy and Climate


Lignin-Feasting Microbe Holds Promise for Biofuels

Nature designed lignin, the tough woody polymer in the walls of plant cells, to bind and protect the cellulose sugars that plants use for energy. For this reason, lignin is a major challenge for those who would extract those same plant sugars and use them to make advanced biofuels. As part of their search for […]

CINT Computer Simulation Guide for Designing Polymeric Nanoparticles Published

Gary Grest (in Sandia’s Nanostructure Physics Dept.) and his collaborators published “Internal Correlations and Stability of Polydots, Soft Conjugated Polymeric Nanoparticles” in ACS Macro Letters in July 2013. In their work, the internal structure of soft, highly luminescent nanoparticles was resolved by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. This is the first-ever insight obtained that overcomes the […]

JBEI Updates Techno-Economic Modeling Tools for Biofuels

Now available on-line from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) are two new, improved versions of a techno-economic model created in 2010 to accelerate development of next generation biofuels that are economically competitive with petroleum-based fuels. Incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technologies relevant to bioethanol production, these new wiki-based models simulate critical factors in the biorefinery process, […]

JBEI Research Receives Strong Industry Interest in DOE Technology Transfer Call

To enable technology transfer from DOE-supported research centers (such as the three BioEnergy Research Centers [BRCs]) to the commercial sector, DOE issued a SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer [Research]) program call. This involved having the DOE-funded projects self-identify intellectual property (IP) available for licensing to industry, and then offering the […]

Sandia Participated in the 3rd Annual Technology Forum of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicles Consortium (CERC-CVC)

U.S. and China leaders and researchers involved in the DOE CERC-CVC gathered in Beijing, China, to discuss recent research progress and refine project plans for the remaining 2½ years of the 5-year consortium. The CERC-CVC is one of three U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Centers; the other two consortia focus on clean coal and building energy efficiency. […]

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