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Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant milestone in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. Show More Summary

Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is theShow More Summary

New study on graphene-wrapped nanocrystals makes inroads toward next-gen fuel cells

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A new Berkeley Lab-led study provides insight into how an ultrathin coating can enhance the performance of graphene-wrapped nanocrystals for hydrogen storage applications.

New study on graphene-wrapped nanocrystals makes inroads toward next-gen fuel cells

A powdery mix of metal nanocrystals wrapped in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), shows promise for safely storing hydrogen for use with fuel cells for passenger vehicles and other uses. Show More Summary

Scientists map key DNA protein complex at near-atomic resolution

Chalking up another success for a new imaging technology that has energized the field of structural biology, researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) obtained the highest resolution map yet of a large assembly of human proteins that is critical to DNA function.

Bringing atomic mapping to the mainstream

Mapping the internal atomic structure of small particles just got easier thanks to a new computer algorithm and graphical user interface (GUI) developed by scientists at and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and University of California, Los Angeles.

New Energy Dept. Research Opens The Door To A World Without Gasoline — Fossil Gas, That Is

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has paired up with the University of Toronto to develop a method for converting carbon dioxide and water into a basic building block for high value chemicals and fuels, including synthetic gasoline New Energy Dept. Show More Summary

X-ray footprinting solves mystery of metal-breathing protein

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab scientists have discovered the details of an unconventional coupling between a bacterial protein and a mineral that allows the bacterium to breathe when oxygen is not availabl...

New results reveal high tunability of 2-D material

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A science team at Berkeley Lab has precisely measured some previously obscured properties of a 2-D semiconducting material known as moly sulfide, which opens up a new avenue to application...

TODAY’S STUDY: The Wind Market Now

2016 Wind Technologies Market Report Ryan Wiser, Mark Bolinger, et.al., August 2016 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary Wind power capacity in the United States experienced strong growth in 2016. Show More Summary

New 3-D simulations show how galactic centers cool their jets

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Purdue University developed new theories and 3-D simulations to explain what's at work in the mysterious jets of energy and matter beaming from the center of galaxies at nearly the speed of light.

Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, low wind prices

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Wind energy pricing for land-based, utility-scale projects remains attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to an annual report released by the US Department of Energy and prepared by Berkeley Lab. Show More Summary

New simulations could help in hunt for massive mergers of neutron stars, black holes

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Scientists at Berkeley Lab have developed new computer models to explore what happens when a black hole joins with a neutron star - the superdense remnant of an exploded star.

A semiconductor that can beat the heat

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity - a rare pairing that scientists say could reduce heat buildup in electronic devices and turbine engines, among other possible applications.

New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Scientists at Berkeley Lab have developed a 'spongy,' light-activated material that converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, which can be used to turn into liquid fuels and other useful products. Show More Summary

Seeing more with PET scans: New chemistry for medical imaging

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Researchers have found a surprisingly versatile workaround to create chemical compounds that could prove useful for medical imaging and drug development.

TODAY’S STUDY: A Plan To Help Utilities Perform Better

State Performance-Based Regulation Using Multiyear Rate Plans for U.S. Electric Utilities Mark Newton Lowry, Matt Makos, and Jeff Deason, July 2017 (Grid Modernization Consortium/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/U.S. DepartmentShow More Summary

Making polymer chemistry 'click'

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A team including Berkeley Lab scientists has developed a faster and easier way to make a class of sulfur-containing plastics that will lower the cost of large-scale production.

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