JBEI scientists have shown that adding carbon dioxide gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids. The technique, which is reversible, allows the liquid to be recycled, representing a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process. More>
In the first comprehensive energy analysis of data centers in nearly 10 years, Lab researchers Aman Shehabi, Dale Sartor, Sarah Smith, Richard Brown, and Magnus Herrlin found that electricity consumption by data centers nationwide, after rising for more than a decade, started to plateau in 2010 and has remained steady since.
Evan Mills, who has been studying lighting in the developing world for more than two decades, has conducted the first global analysis of how the transition to solar-LED lighting will impact employment. He found that moving away from kerosene and other fuel-based lighting could create two million new jobs. More>
The focus area seeks to quantify and predict how perturbations to mountainous watersheds — such as floods, droughts, fire and early snowmelt — impact the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon, and metals. EESA’s Susan Hubbard will lead the effort, funded by the DOE with over $20 million for three years. More>
Lab researchers have developed a new mathematical framework that allows researchers to capture fluid dynamics at unprecedented detail. The work could be used in a range of applications, like optimizing the shape of a propeller blade and the ejection of ink droplets in printers. More >