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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Feed
National Wind Technology Center Begins First Validation of Wave Energy Conversion Device
The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has begun validation work on the first water power technology ever tested in an NREL dynamometer facility.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 MST
NREL Announces Third Round of Start-Ups to Participate in the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) Program
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will help an additional 10 companies advance their technologies under the third round of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, a five-year, $10 million program designed to facilitate early-stage technologies that provide scalable solutions to reduce the energy impact of commercial buildings.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 MST
NREL Pioneers Better Way to Make Renewable Hydrogen
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices.
Wayne.Hicks@nrel.gov (Wayne Hicks) Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 MST
Analysis of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies Highlights Uncertainty in Potential Effects on Fuel Use, Miles Traveled
A joint study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory revealed the potential effects of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies on fuel use and efficiency, vehicle miles traveled, and consumer costs. The analysis focused on a range of light-duty CAV technologies in conventional powertrain vehicles—from partial automation with some connectivity to full automation with maximum connectivity, with and without ridesharing—compared to today’s base-case scenario.
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 MST
NREL Scientist Maria Ghirardi Named AAAS Fellow
Maria Ghirardi, a scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS cited Ghirardi for "distinguished contributions to our understanding of photobiological hydrogen production in photosynthetic organisms."
heather.lammers@nrel.gov (Heather Lammers) Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 MST
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