Over the next two years, the project will evaluate the compatibility of certain catalysts and solvents, design and build and test a reactor a project that would advance the development of Integrated CO2 Capture and Conversion to Methanol (ICCCM). SoCalGas has spent more than $10 million on the research and development of low or zero carbon technologies in the last three years.
(Source: SoCalGas, Energy Global, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: SoCalGas, Yuri Freedman, Senior Director of Business Development, www.socalgas.com; PNNL, Dr. David Heldebrant, www.pnnl.gov
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The initiative is a DOE-wide effort comprising EERE, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), the Office of Science, and the National Laboratories. The initiative helps to leverage the National Laboratories' high performance computing capabilities to address challenges in manufacturing and materials through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leads the HPC4EI program along with partner laboratories Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory. Funded projects include:
Within the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program, EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office has selected two projects:
PNNL leads the Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Verification (DISCOVR) project that employs the unique complementary capabilities of the four participating national laboratories -- Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratorie -- sand the outdoor testbed at the Arizona Center for Algal Technology and Innovation to identify and test high productivity microalgae strains for year-round outdoor cultivation. The goal is to provide a framework to accelerate meeting DOE's advanced biofuel goals with microalgae.
"A key cost driver for algae biofuels is productivity, which is directly tied to which algae strain is chosen and how it's cultivated," said Taraka Dale, a scientist at LANL. "By collaborating with industry and academia, we aim to bring together the best of the best strains and cultivation strategies to rapidly boost productivity and reduce costs."
"So far, we have tested more than 40 new microalgae strains and identified strains with up to 34 percent greater biomass productivity than benchmark strains," said Huesemann. "The success of the DISCOVR strain down selection and testing pipeline was demonstrated in 2018 by achieving more than 13 pct improvement in outdoor pond productivity relative to 2017, reducing the biomass selling price by about 10 pct."
The goal of the call for collaboration is to solicit algae strains, tools and techniques from the algae community to further boost algae productivity. This call gives industry and academia an opportunity to partner with the four national laboratories in DISCOVR, as well as AzCATI.
(Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PR, Feb., 2019)
Contact: PNNL, Michael Huesemann, DISCOVR Consortium leader, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://discovr.labworks.org
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The as yet unnamed research facility will be between 110,000 and 145,000 square feet in size and will house labs and workstations for approximately 175 PNNL and visiting scientists, engineers and research support staff.
"Breakthrough research conducted here may lead to reduced vehicle emissions, more efficient fertilizer production and the ability to turn waste into fuels and products more efficiently and economically," PNNL Director Steven Ashby noted.
(Source: PNNL, PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: PNNL, Steven Ashby, Dir., www.pnnl.gov
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Determining the value of PSH under these changing grid conditions is a significant challenge that requires new modeling tools and analysis. These studies will provide PSH developers with improved capabilities to estimate the value of a proposed PSH project and compare financial revenue streams under current market structures relative to the economic value of PSH projects to the grid.
The techno-economic studies for the two selected projects will be carried out by a Technical Assistance team comprising subject matter experts from the following DOE national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The studies will support a larger multi-year research strategy to define the capabilities and estimate the value that hydropower and PSH resources contribute to electric grid resilience and reliability and how those contributions could be optimized for a rapidly evolving grid.
The Technical Assistance team has developed draft guidance -- a step-by-step methodology that can be used by PSH developers, plant owners and operators, and other stakeholders to assess the economic value of existing or planned PSH projects. The methodology will be applied at the two sites below to evaluate and demonstrate the potential economic and financial value of the proposed projects. Through these studies, the team will test and refine the valuation guidance, after which the guidance and valuation tools will be made publicly available for use by the hydropower industry.
GridAmerica Holdings' proposed Goldendale project would be located on the border of Oregon and Washington at the northern terminus of the Pacific AC and DC intertie transmission lines. This project, if constructed, could facilitate the storage and export of the growing amount of wind energy available in the Northwest to nearby states.
Absaroka Energy's proposed Banner Mountain project in central Wyoming along the proposed route of the Energy Gateway West 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which would enable it to serve additional areas in the western and southwestern U.S.. Banner Mountain would be a closed-loop facility that would include three ternary units -- a PSH technology that enables rapid switching between generating and pumping modes -- for a total capacity of 400 MW.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy supports research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. economic growth, energy security, and environmental quality. (Source: US DOE, Dec., 2018) Contact: EERE Water Power Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/notice-opportunity-technical-assistance-techno-economic-studies-pumped-storage; OEERE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy
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A separate 2017 Distributed Wind Market Report, prepared by DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, highlights the following:
A third report, the 2017 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Update, prepared by the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, found the following:
Report details are HERE. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Aug., 2018) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office. www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office
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Supporting this advancement is technology from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which developed a thermocatalytic process for converting ethanol into ATJ-SPK , and its industrial partner, LanzaTech and its proprietary gas-to-ethanol process.
(Source: ASTM Green Car Congress, 12 June, 2018) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, email@example.com, www.lanzatech.com; PNNL www.pnnl.gov; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org
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The CCSI Toolset is the nation's only suite of computational tools and models designed to help maximize learning and reduce cost and risk during the scale-up process for carbon capture technologies. The toolset is critically important to perform much of the design and calculations, thus reducing the cost of both pilot projects and commercial facilities.
The release makes the toolset code available for researchers in industry, government, and academia to freely use, modify, and customize in support of the development of carbon capture technologies and other related technologies. The toolset is hosted on GitHub.
The CCSI Toolset capabilities include: rapid computational screening; accelerated design & evaluation and; risk management support
Led by NETL, CCSI leverages the the US DOE's National Laboratories' core strengths in modeling and simulation -- bringing together the best capabilities at NETL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. CCSI has more than 50 industrial partners representing the power generation industry, equipment manufacturers, technology providers, engineering and construction firms, and software vendors. Academic participants include Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, West Virginia University, Boston University, and the University of Texas.
This critical work is being extended by the Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact project, which is using the CCSI Toolset to support the scale up of second-generation capture technologies and the development of new transformational carbon capture systems through partnerships with technology developers.
(Source: NETL, April, 2018) Contact: NETL, www.netl.doe.gov; Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative, www.acceleratecarboncapture.org
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In addition to Boyle's work, the team will collect data on a large scale to gain insight into genetic elements that control metabolic shifts responsible for lipid accumulation. This information will then be used to develop synthetic biology tools to enable fast and efficient engineering of the algae's cells. Boyle notes there are two main challenges in developing high-yielding algae strains. "First, our understanding of genetic regulation and cellular physiology lags behind other model organisms like E. coli and yeast." "Second, we don't have sophisticated genetic tools to introduce the desired changes."
The project, Systems analysis and engineering of biofuel production in Chromochloris zofingiensis, an emerging model green alga, is led the University of California, Berkeley,in cooperation with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, UCLA, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The grant is administered by the Genomic Science Program in the Energy Department's Office of Biological and Environmental Research. (Source: Colorado School of Mines, PR, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Colorado School of Mines,
Mark Ramirez, Communications and Marketing, (303) 273-3088, firstname.lastname@example.org, Prof. Nanette Boyle, (303) 273-3720,
(303) 273-3730 - fax, email@example.com, www.mines.edu
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BETO has identified inconsistent feeding, handling, and initial conversion operations at IBRs as limiting factors in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels and chemicals. According to the agency, IBR development and operation have suffered from failure to account for the complexity and variability of feedstock properties and composition and from a lack of fundamental understanding of the physics and chemistry of biomass-derived feedstock pre-processing and subsequent deconstruction, combined with poor equipment design and flawed integration. Solving this significant current challenge is essential for advanced biofuels to fully reach their potential and for the economic benefits of new jobs and improved security of our fuel supply to be realized, the agency says.
The Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is an integrated and collaborative network of eight national laboratories dedicated to addressing technical risks in developing and scaling up biomass harvest, storage, preprocessing and conversion technologies with the goal of improving the overall operational reliability of integrated pioneer biorefineries. FCIC laboratories members include, Idaho National Laboratory , National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. (Source: US DOE, BETO, Nov., 2017) Contact: FCIC, https://fcic.inl.gov; BETO Multi-Year Program Plan HERE.
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The organizations selected include:
Under the Master Agreement, Aemetis has predominant exclusive rights to use the InEnTec gasification equipment and technology for cellulosic ethanol production until 2024. The gasification technology complements Aemetis' current license with LanzaTech for syngas-to-ethanol conversion, providing Aemetis with a complete technology solution to produce locally sourced, low carbon cellulosic ethanol, accoding to a release.
(Source: Aemetis, Inc., PR, 4 Aug., 2017)
Contact: InEnTec, (509) 946-5700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.inentec.com; Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO,(408) 213-0939, www.aemetis.com
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The award recognizes PNNL's work in developing and implementing better building energy codes which, according to PNNL analysis, has could save the United States enough energy between 2010 and 2040 to power 340 million U.S. homes.
PNNL supports DOE's Building Energy Codes Program by participating in industry-led processes to develop building energy codes, analyzing the impacts of potential building code updates, and providing technical assistance and software tools to states that adopt and comply with the codes.
(Source: PNNL, Tri-City Herald, July, 2017)Contact: PNNL, Bing Liu, Energy Codes Manager, (509) 371-6989, www.pnnl.gov, www.energycodes.gov; International Code Council, www.iccsafe.org; Institute for Market Transformation, (202) 525-2883, www.imt.org
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The report examines how 34 different energy measures, most of which rely on various building controls, could affect energy use in commercial buildings such as stores, offices and schools. According to the report, roughly 20 pct of America's total energy use goes toward powering commercial buildings, about 15 pct of which have building automation-control systems which, if properly maintained and used could cut annual commercial building energy use by an average of 29 percent.
The report recommendations include:
Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction HERE.
(Source: PNNL, MTNV News, 24 June, 2017) Contact: PNNL,
N. Fernandez, (509) 372-6083, www.pnnl.gov
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UniEnergy Technologies manufactures advanced vanadium redox flow batteries using a new electrolyte chemistry developed at PNNL with DOE funding. The electrolyte can store 70 pct more energy and operates over a wider temperature range than conventional vanadium electrolytes at a lower cost than lithium-ion batteries.
UniEnergy Technologies recently installed an 8-MWh system at the Snohomish PUD in Everett and has 155 MWh of flow batteries ordered from customers in three countries and six U.S. states. (Source: Tri-City Herald, UniEnergy Technologies, 18 June, 2017)
Contact: UniEnergy Technologies, (425) 290-8090, www.uetechnologies.com; : PNNL, (509) 371-6989, www.pnnl.gov
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BETO's Advanced Algal Systems Program aims to demonstrate an algal biofuel intermediate yield of 2,500 gpy per acre by 2018 and 5,000 gallons per acre per year by 2022. The program also aims to cut the total production costs of microalgae biofuels to $3/gasoline gallon equivalent by 2030, with or without co-products.
Researchers are currently cultivating 30 strains of algae, which they will narrow down to the four most promising strains. Of the four strains the researchers will determine which have the highest oil, protein, and carbohydrate content, as well as other factors, such as bacterial resistance and potential for creating valuable co-products. The team will then compare the strains to two well-studied algae strains, and the top-performing strains will be further tested to identify the optimal algae strain for biofuel production.
(Source: PNNL, EIN PressWire, June, 2017) Contact: PNNL, (509) 371-6989, www.pnnl.gov
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Scientists have been converting methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas pollutant that carbon dioxide, into microbial biomass for decades, most of the time turning it into electricity. This recent PNNL project is converting the methane into something that can be stored and
turned directly into the gasoline.
The end product can also be converted into plastics or even cattle feed, adding to the portfolio of renewable resources. (Source: PNNL, NBC-KNDO, 25 April, 2017)Contact: PNNL, Hans Bernstein, Lead Scientist, (509) 371-6989, www.pnnl.gov
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ThermoChem's steam reforming gasification systems are also suitable for woody biomass and other waste feedstocks.
(Source: U.S. DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 24 April, 2017)Contact: ThermoChem, (707) 575-1310, email@example.com, www.thermochem.com; PNNL, Karl Albrecht, Chemical Engineer, (509) 371-6775, www.pnnl.gov
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LanzaTech will recycle ArcelorMittal steel production waste gases to produce "Lanzanol", an ethanol intermediate. A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and LanzaTech developed process will be used to convert Lanzanol and ethanol to jet diesel or fuel and other cost-effective products.
The project participants include LanzaTech, PNNL, Petron Scientech, Nexceris, CRI Catalyst Company and Gardner Denver Nash, Ambitech and others. The fuels' environmental impact will be evaluated by Michigan Technological University and Audi will check the properties and effects of the fuel and diesel produced. The other project partners are Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative and Airlines for America.
(Source: LanzaTech, Talk Daily News, 27 Mar., 2017)
Contact: ArcelorMittal, www.arcelormittal.com; PNNL, www.pnnl.gov; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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The battery storage systems are designed to improve reliability and the integration of renewable energy resources, which are rapidly growing in the Pacific Northwest.
The system batteries were manufactured by UniEnergy Technologies, Doosan, GridTech and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The energy storage system was made possible in part (Source: Snohmish County PUD, EL&P, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Washington State Clean Energy Fund, http://www.commerce.wa.gov/program-index/state-energy-office-clean-energy-fund-overview/; Snohomish County PUD, (425) 783-1000, www.snopud.com; UniEnergy Technologies, (425) 290-8898, www.uetechnologies.com
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The pilot project will use hydrothermal processing technology to convert wastewater solids into methane -- renewable natural gas as well as liquid fuels. SoCalGas will help oversee the project's design and assist in obtaining state and federal regulatory approvals and incentives. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, near Oakland, California, will host the pilot system.
The consortium includes the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, which represents many of the 16,000 wastewater systems in the U.S. The consortium also includes Genifuel Corp. with technology from DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Merrick & Co., Tesoro Corp., Metro Vancouver, MicroBio Engineering, Brown and Caldwell, and several utility partners.
(Source: Southern California Gas Company, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com
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The project is being pursued at various laboratories in five stages as follows: In Tier I, scientists in Sequim and New Mexico test up to 30 different algae strains to see how weather tolerant they are and the top third will go to Tier II.
In Tier II, Sequim houses a unique climate-simulating system called Laboratory Environmental Algae Pond Simulator (LEAPS) that simulates climates and seasons around the world inside glass cylinder photobioreactors. Two other labs will evaluate the algae to determine it value and other potential uses that could make algae biofuel production more cost-effective. Scientists also will research how resilient certain algae strains are to predators, like protozoans, and other competing algae.
In Tier III, researchers in New Mexico will further test top-performing algae strains, which includes forcing cells to grow faster or generate more oils, using state-of-the-art laboratory techniques.
In Tier IV, algae strains will travel to outdoor ponds in Arizona to compare biomass output with earlier steps.
In Tier V, scientists will study the algae strains that performed the best in different lighting and temperature conditions. Study data will be added to PNNL's Biomass Assessment Tool to help researchers generate maps that illustrate the expected biomass productivity of each algae species grown in outdoor ponds nationwide. Laboratory officials said work that could stem from this project includes converting harvested algae into biofuels, examining operational changes such as crop rotation to further increase biomass growth and assessing the technical feasibility and economic costs of making biofuel from algae selected through this process.
Algae project details are HERE. (Source: PNNL, Sequim Gazette, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: PNNL: Marine Sciences Laboratory, (360) 683-4151, marine.pnnl.gov
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