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—Doug Ray, Associate Lab Director
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Off-shore Power Potential Floating in the Wind
Two bright yellow buoys are being deployed by PNNL in Washington State's Sequim Bay. The massive, 20,000-pound buoys are decked out with the latest in meteorological and oceanographic equipment to enable more accurate predictions of the power-producing potential of winds that blow off U.S. shores. Starting in November, they will be commissioned for up to a year at two offshore wind demonstration projects: one near Coos Bay, Oregon, and another near Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Buoys loaded with advanced weather instruments will predict offshore power potential
As Light Dims and Food Sources Are Limited, Key Changes in Proteins Occur in Cyanobacteria
Identification of redox-sensitive enzymes can enrich biofuel production research
Using a targeted chemical biology approach, scientists at PNNL identified an important subset consisting of more than 300 proteins in Synechococcus, a bacterium adept at converting carbon dioxide into other molecules of interest to energy researchers. These proteins are involved in generating macromolecule synthesis and carbon flux through central metabolic pathways and may also be involved in cell signaling and response mechanisms. The team's results suggest potential metabolic engineering targets for redirecting carbon toward biofuel precursors.
Future Challenges for Catalytic Vehicle Emission Control, Industrial Catalyst Developer at National Lab, Why Bio-oil Turns to Gunk
In the September issue of Transformations:
Abatement of harmful compounds in vehicles and other sources is a key driver of catalysis research. Alongside the many successes are new challenges for scientists developing catalytic emission control applications, as summarized by catalysis scientist Chuck Peden. Also, meet Hai-Ying Chen, a catalysis developer at Johnson Matthey, who recently completed a 9-week fellowship at PNNL--a great example of bringing industry and a national lab together to work on clean energy. And see "Why Bio-oil Turns to Gunk," a videohighlighting recent research by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory uncovering some of the forces that thwart biofuel production.