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wind-measuring buoys
Full Story | September 2014

Off-shore Power Potential Floating in the Wind
Buoys loaded with advanced weather instruments will predict offshore power potential

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.

Full Story | September 2014

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.

Molecular Road Rage
Full Story | September 2014

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.

Full Story | September 2014

Krishnamoorthy Co-Author of IEEE Cluster 2014 Best Student Paper

Sriram Krishnamoorthy, a research scientist and System Software and Applications Team Leader in ACMD Division’s High Performance Computing group, was part of the research team honored with the 2014 Best Student Paper Award during this year’s IEEE Cluster 2014. The conference awards were announced on Sept. 24, 2014. The paper, “Scalable Replay with Partial-Order Dependencies for Message-Logging Fault Tolerance,” examined and presented a novel algebraic framework that improved on an existing scalable message-logging fault tolerance scheme and was co-authored with computer scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Pittsburgh.

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