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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Feed
High Renewable Electricity Growth Continued in 2015
The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the data book illustrates U.S. and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL 2016 Standard Scenarios Outlook Shows Continued Growth in Renewables and Gas in the U.S. Power Sector
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2016 Standard Scenarios: A U.S. Electricity Sector Outlook. The outlook shows significant projected growth in natural gas and renewables through 2050 driven by abundant, low-cost natural gas and renewable energy cost declines and performance improvements. The Standard Scenarios are designed to capture a range of possible futures across a variety of factors that could impact power sector evolution.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL Technologies Honored at R&D 100 Awards Ceremony
Research teams honored for advances in residential buildings, energy storage testing and power inverters
Wayne.Hicks@nrel.gov (Wayne Hicks) Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL Selected to Spearhead Four Projects in DOE’s Newest Lab Impact Program
The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced a new pilot program called Lab-Bridge that will make it easier for DOE national laboratories to transfer their innovative technologies to the marketplace. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected to participate in four of the eight pilot projects and to serve as the central “connecting point” for the transfer of knowledge between projects.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL Researchers Discover How a Bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, Utilizes both CO2 and Cellulose to Make Biofuels
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable of breaking down and fermenting cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels including hydrogen and hydrocarbons.
Wayne.Hicks@nrel.gov (Wayne Hicks) Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL to Lead New Consortium to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials for Hydrogen Production
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has formed a new consortium with five other national labs intended to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. The consortium, named HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN), also includes Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Savannah River National Laboratory.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL Announces Innovation Challenge Winner for Crowdsourced Residential Buildings Energy-Efficiency Ideas
The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced the grand prize winner in the JUMP Smart Phone Call for Innovation. Industry partner CLEAResult provided a $3,000 prize and recognized the winner, selected by a panel of judges at the JUMP finals, during their Energy Forum in Austin, Texas, which was attended by more than 200 utility executives and industry representatives.
david.glickson@nrel.gov (David Glickson) Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 MST
Six Common City-Level Energy Policies Could Reduce Nationwide Carbon Emissions by up to 480 Million Metric Tons Annually
The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently examined the carbon abatement potential of city actions in six policy areas as part of the DOE’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project. The analysis uses new data on energy use in more than 23,400 U.S. cities and estimates the aggregate impact of city actions related to: building energy codes, public transit, building energy incentives, rooftop photovoltaics, smart growth, and municipal actions. The results indicate that by 2035, these six common city-level policy approaches could reduce nationwide carbon emissions by 210–480 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year. That is a 7–19 percent reduction in carbon emissions for the average city relative to current city-level emissions.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL, International Colleagues Propose Strategy for Stable, Commercial Perovskite Solar Cells
A strategy for producing stable and commercially available perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has been proposed by Kai Zhu and Keith Emery at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with Nam-Gyu Park (Korea), Michael Grätzel (Switzerland), and Tsutomu Miyasaka (Japan).
Wayne.Hicks@nrel.gov (Wayne Hicks) Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 MST
Nanoscale Confinement Leads to New All-inorganic Perovskite with Exceptional Solar Cell Properties
Scientists with the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency.
Wayne.Hicks@nrel.gov (Wayne Hicks) Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL Report Shows U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Costs Continuing to Fall in 2016
The modeled costs to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems continued to decline in the first quarter of 2016 in the U.S. residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors, according to updated benchmarks from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Driving the cost reductions were lower module and inverter prices, increased competition, lower installer and developer overheads, improved labor productivity, and optimized system configurations.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 MST
Three NREL Technologies Named as Finalists for R&D 100 Awards
Two technologies developed by researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a third developed through a collaboration between Wolfspeed, NREL, Toyota, and the University of Arkansas’ National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, have been named finalists by R&D Magazine for the coveted 2016 R&D 100 Awards.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL to Lead New Consortium to Improve Reliability and Performance of Solar Modules
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will form a new consortium intended to accelerate the development of module materials for photovoltaics (PV) and lower the cost of electricity generated by solar power.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL to Lead One Exascale Computing Project, Support Three Others
Scientists at the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will lead an effort to model the complex and turbulent flow of wind through large wind plants as part of DOE's Exascale Computing Project (ECP), which is gearing up U.S. computational capabilities to prepare for the next generation of supercomputers. NREL will also provide support to three projects related to combustion science, urban systems, and power grid dynamics.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 MST
Survey Reveals Projections for Lower Wind Energy Costs
The cost of producing electricity via wind power is expected to fall 24-30 percent by 2030 and 35-41 percent by 2050, according to a survey of the world’s foremost wind power experts. Cost reductions are anticipated as a function of continued advancements in wind energy technology.
Wayne.Hicks@nrel.gov (Wayne Hicks) Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL Releases Updated Baseline of Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2016 Annual Technology Baseline. In addition to updated data for utility-scale renewable and conventional energy technologies, this year’s version includes cost and performance data for residential and commercial rooftop photovoltaics (PV) systems.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar Generation in the Eastern Power Grid
A new study from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how the power grid of the eastern United States could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. The analysis considered scenarios of up to 30 percent annual penetration of wind and solar.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL Discovery Creates Future Opportunity in Quantum Computing
Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a use for perovskites that runs counter to the intended usage of the hybrid organic-inorganic material.
Wayne.Hicks@nrel.gov (Wayne Hicks) Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 MST