23 May '18, 7am

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Breakdown Breakthrough: NREL Finds Easier Ways to Deconstruct Biomass May 22, 2018 Roman Brunecky (left), Yannick Bomble, and Melvin Tucker discuss the deacetylation and mechanical refining process developed at NREL to soften biomass. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL If there's an easier, more efficient method, science will find a way. That's certainly the case in producing cellulosic biofuels, which, at least for now, requires a two-step process to free the sugars trapped in plant matter and convert them into something else. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) think that's one step too many. Lignocellulosic biomass—a category that includes plant matter such as corn stover and switchgrass—serves as the feedstock to create biofuels, as well as bioproducts currently made from petrochemicals. But barriers exist that prevent...

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