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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, [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:49+00:00 September 18th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on JBEI Updates Techno-Economic Modeling Tools for Biofuels

JBEI Research Receives Strong Industry Interest in DOE Technology Transfer Call

The right combination of enzyme cocktail and ionic liquid pretreatment can be used to extract fermentable sugars from switchgrass in a single, wash-free step. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt) 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 [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:50+00:00 September 18th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on JBEI Research Receives Strong Industry Interest in DOE Technology Transfer Call

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. [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:50+00:00 September 11th, 2013|Biofuels, CRF, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Sandia Participated in the 3rd Annual Technology Forum of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicles Consortium (CERC-CVC)

One-Pot-to-Prep Biomass for Biofuels

From left, John Gladden, Seema Singh, Blake Simmons, and Jian Shi led the development at JBEI of a one-pot system for the ionic liquid pretreatment and saccharification of switchgrass for biofuel production. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt) Sandia researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have reported the first demonstration of a one-pot, wash-free, [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:51+00:00 September 10th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on One-Pot-to-Prep Biomass for Biofuels

Assessing the Economic Potential of Advanced Biofuels

Dean Dibble prepares samples of switchgrass for analysis. (Photo by Randy Wong) Biofuels hold great promise for the future of transportation energy, but how near we are to that future is, at best, an educated guess with many variables at play. A study led by Scott Paap (Systems Research and Analysis Dept.), “Biochemical production [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:51+00:00 September 10th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Systems Analysis, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Assessing the Economic Potential of Advanced Biofuels

The National Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership Kick-Off Meeting at Arizona State University

Group photo of the participants in the April 2013 national Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) kick-off meeting at Arizona State University. Sandians Ron Pate (Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), Todd Lane (Systems Biology Dept.), Tricia Gharagozloo (Thermal/Fluid Science and Engineering Dept.), and Tom Reichardt (Remote Sensing and Energetic Materials Dept.) participated in the April [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:55+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Biofuels, Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on The National Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership Kick-Off Meeting at Arizona State University

Better Monitoring and Diagnostics Tackle Algae Biofuel Pond Crash Problem

Sandia National Laboratories’ Tom Reichardt, left, and Aaron Collins, center, chat with John McGowen of the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI). Sandia has developed several complementary technologies to help the algae industry in detecting and recovering from pond crashes, and is making use of the AzCATI test-bed facility to collect data [...]

By | 2017-01-25T20:02:25+00:00 April 17th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, Capabilities, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Sensors & Optical Diagnostics, Systems Analysis, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Better Monitoring and Diagnostics Tackle Algae Biofuel Pond Crash Problem

Cellular Membrane Bending by Protein-Protein Crowding

Cellular membranes are made up of lipid bilayers that can be highly curved, an essential feature critical for processes such as endocytosis, organelle synthesis, cell division, and intracellular transport. Current understanding suggests that specialized proteins are responsible for membrane curvature through two mechanisms. Mechanisms causing membrane curvature. Membrane scaffolding by proteins or complexes [...]

By | 2015-05-11T21:04:47+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, CRF, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Cellular Membrane Bending by Protein-Protein Crowding

Engineering Alternative Fuel with Cyanobacteria

Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing looks at a flask of cyanobacteria with precipitated fatty acid floating on top. She has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids, a precursor to fuels, as she studies the direct conversion of carbon dioxide into biofuels by photosynthetic organisms. Sandia Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing (8622) [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:03+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Engineering Alternative Fuel with Cyanobacteria

ECIS Biosciences Featured in Top Trade Publication

The latest edition of International Innovation features a Q&A with Malin Young (Director, Biological and Materials Science Center) and focuses on Sandia’s biosciences work. Malin describes how the Biological Science and Technology Department is working to protect the U.S. from biological threats, and how its innovative approach to biofuels could provide solutions to future energy [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:04+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on ECIS Biosciences Featured in Top Trade Publication