Agribusiness

  • Agricultural Health Study

    From the inception of the study, Battelle served as the North Carolina Field Station for 18 years. As one of two field stations, Battelle has been a key player in this study through multiple research phases and activities.

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    Agrochemical Formulation: Developing a Fast-dispersing Extruded Water-dispersible Granule

    A research-based agrochemical producer came to us with an apparently simple challenge: developing an extruded granule that dispersed as fast as spray-dried water-dispersible granules (WGs).

  • Agrochemical Formulation: Co-Formulation of Two Chemically Distinct Fungicides

    An international customer came to Battelle with a challenge: they needed to develop a co-formulation of two distinct fungicides with stability and efficacy equal to or better than each of the active ingredients alone.

  • Agrochemical Formulation: Improving Granule Activity Through Smaller Particle Size

    Changing regulations required our client to reformulate an agrochemical fungicide to achieve lower dose rates. In order to reduce the dose rate to fit in with proposed new regulatory limits, our client needed to increase the performance of the active ingredient in their fungicide granule (WG).

  • Agrochemical Formulation: Replacing a Co-Solvent with Water

    An international herbicide company needed to replace an undesirable co-solvent in one of its major combination products. Unfortunately, without it, one of the active ingredients would lose solubility. Might there be an unexplored alternative to the lost ingredient? And if so, could the reformulation maintain chemical and physical stability?

  • Improving Environmental Fate Models for Agrochemicals

    Before making a pesticide or other agrochemical available on the marketplace, agrochemical companies need to fully understand the potential fate of the chemical in the environment. In the case of pesticides, the potential for the chemical to leech into groundwater is of particular concern.

  • Measuring Agrichemical Residue Levels in Fish Populations

    The European Union recently passed new registration requirements for all agrichemical products. Under the new rules, agrichemical companies are now required to evaluate exposure and accumulation in fish in addition to livestock. They now must be able to demonstrate that the bioaccumulation in fish under expected usage scenarios do not threaten fish population levels or present human health risks if the fish are ingested.

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    Open Market: Creating a Clearing for Commercialization

    At the outset, it was a matter of risk versus reward when the company asked Battelle for help in obtaining registrations in order to commercialize their product.

  • Rapid Screening for Agrichemical Residues

    Battelle developed a new testing methodology to rapidly screen water samples for a number of emerging contaminants and current-use pesticides.

  • Testing GMOs for Allergen Potential

    In order to prove that a GMO is safe, Agroscience developers need to be able to prove that the new plant does not produce unexpected proteins that could induce an allergic response in susceptible individuals.

  • Unexpected Impurities in a 5-Batch Study

    An agrochemical company urgently needed to generate missing data in order to meet their product submission deadline. After another lab failed to complete the studies adequately, they contacted Battelle for help.

  • Validating New Sources With 5-Batch Studies

    An agrochemical manufacturer was considering a new Chinese source for their compound. They contacted Battelle for a 5-batch study, which included a request to complete the development and validation of four draft methods for the analysis of the 15 known impurities in the original compound.

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Alternative Energy

  • Demonstrating Long-Term Hydrotreatment Catalyst Performance

    Pyrolysis bio oil feedstock is one of the most difficult precursors in the world to convert to bio-based fuel. Because pyrolysis uses heat to break down biomass, the resulting oil contains high levels of oxygen and acids and is unstable at the high temperatures used in refinery processing.

  • Development of Surrogates of Alternative Liquid Fuels Generated from Biomass

    The U.S. Air Force needed to better understand the characteristics of bio-based alternative fuels they intended to use as jet fuel in a 50/50 blend with conventional fuels. Bio-based aviation fuel properties—including fuels made by pyrolysis, fermentation, and algae-based oils—were less defined compared to petroleum-based fuels.

  • Producing Fuel Blending Components from a Fischer-Tropsch Wax

    Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (SPK) is an approved jet fuel used to reduce dependence on petroleum sources. The U.S. Air Force has pioneered the use of SPK in 50/50 fuel blends with petroleum fuels in order to meet a target of acquiring 50% of domestic aviation fuel requirements via green, domestically sourced alternative fuel blends by 2016.

  • Production of Unblended, “Drop-in” Renewable Jet Fuel

    Petroleum-based fuels can be subject to price instability and supply chain disruptions. In order to increase national security, the U.S. Air Force wanted a 100% non-petroleum jet fuel alternative to reduce dependence on petroleum sources.

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Demilitarization

Environmental Services

  • Advancing Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies to the Commercial Stage: American Electric Power Mountaineer CCS Product Validation Facility

    While the individual components behind geologic storage of carbon dioxide are well developed, significant challenges exist in scaling CCS technologies to the level needed to address emissions from a coal-burning power plant.

  • Advancing Energy Innovations to Mitigate Climate Change - Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership

    The Midwest region of the United States, which is heavily dependent on coal-based energy and has a large industrial base, has very high carbon dioxide emissions.

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    Air Quality and Health Applications for Latin America

    Poor air quality is an increasingly important issue throughout Latin America, with implications for human health around the region. While many governments recognize the health impacts due to air pollution, they may lack the tools or capacity to understand or mitigate poor air quality.

  • Characterization of Emissions from Laser Ablation of Painted Surfaces

    Recycling can have unintended air quality and human exposure impacts. An industrial packaging company planned to use laser ablation to prepare painted steel drums for recycling and reuse.

  • Evaluating CIPP Options for Large-Diameter Sewer Pipe Renewal

    Severely deteriorated large-diameter sewage pipes present special challenges for maintenance and renewal. Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) and other emerging technologies offer more cost-effective alternatives to digging up and replacing failing pipelines. However, while CIPP has been used for more than 40 years for some applications, its use in large or technically challenging sites has not been extensively evaluated.

  • Green Book Testing for Dredged Materials Disposal

    The New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needed extensive chemical analysis of dredged materials to support required Green Book testing. The Green Book requires that dredged material undergo extensive material evaluation studies prior to ocean disposal.

  • Identifying the Source of an Environmental Oil Release

    When traces of oil are found in water, sediments, or biological tissues, how can you identify the sources? Agencies and oil companies need rapid, accurate and objective data in order to determine where hydrocarbons are coming from and distinguish between an accidental release and natural sources.

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    Making Green Site Restoration Even Greener

    Battelle’s SiteWise™ GSR modeling tool estimates the environmental impact of site remediation alternatives so you can pick the greenest option.

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    Mapping the Vulnerability of Urban Populations to Extreme Heat Events

    Extreme heat, which is exacerbated by the urban heat islands (UHI) effect and climate change, is the leading cause of weather-related mortality in the United States and many other countries. Leveraging NASA funding, Battelle developed a methodology to analyze and visualize urban heat vulnerability in a way that could link science and policy, appropriate for supporting informed city-level policy and management decisions.

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    Predicting Childhood Lead Exposure at the Census Tract Level

    Although lead exposure among U.S. children is declining, significant exposure and subsequent effects remain and harm children disproportionately in certain communities. Identifying those communities remains difficult. Battelle developed a blood-lead prediction model that is applicable at the census tract level across the U.S.

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    Providing Training to USAID Staff on Global Climate Change

    Climate change is already having impacts on human health, infrastructure, ecosystems and security worldwide. USAID has recognized the importance of addressing climate change as part of their work, and identified a strong need to integrate climate change considerations into existing programs and projects. Battelle staff helped pioneer the development and delivery of a climate change training course to USAID staff worldwide.

  • Testing Surface Mine Blasting Emissions

    A rural coalfield community was concerned about possible adverse impacts of mining blast sites on local air quality. Mining blast sites are a significant source of particulate matter (PM) and other potentially hazardous emissions.

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Oil & Gas

Utilities