In this rendition of the macromolecular model of the secondary cell wall in poplar wood, cellulose is shown in white, hemicellulose in green, and lignin in yellow. Image by Peter Ciesielski, NREL.

NREL Researchers Produce 1st Macromolecular Model of Plant Secondary Cell Wall

Answers to Macromolecular Puzzle Hold Key to More Efficient Utilization of Biomass for Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials A multidisciplinary approach has enabled researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to quantitatively define the relative positioning and arrangement of the polymers in Populus wood and to create … [continued]

Coal Plants Are Shutting Down in Europe

France will shut down about half its coal-fired power stations by 2015, replacing them with natural-gas-fired plants, as part of the European Copenhagen agreement to cut carbon emissions 20% by 2020. Germany’s RWE AG, the single largest carbon emitter in Europe, said it won’t build new coal-fired power plants, finding … [continued]