Argonne supercomputer tackles knotty task in biofuel production

09/4/2013 | DomesticFuel.com

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility's supercomputer may provide the key to affordable fuel from plant products by modeling cellulase enzymes. The enzymes are useful in breaking down tough plant cell walls into sugars, the key to producing fuel from plant waste rather than food crops. "Through our studies at the ALCF, we hope to uncover how these enzymes can be manipulated to develop superior biological catalysts for improved biofuel production," said Michael Crowley, principal investigator on the project with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.

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