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News Archives - 2011

December 30, 2011

Hawai'i Interactive Maps Website Showcases Renewable Energy Projects

NREL worked with the state's Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism to develop an interactive maps website that highlights more than 40 clean energy projects.

December 20, 2011

Thermal Energy Storage Included in California Power Purchase Agreements

The value of thermal energy storage in concentrating solar power plants has become obvious?so much so that BrightSource Energy, Inc. and Southern California Edison have rewritten some power purchase agreements to include thermal energy storage in plans for three solar power tower plants.

December 20, 2011

NREL Licenses Technology to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that Natcore Technology Inc. has been granted a patent license agreement to develop a line of black silicon products.

December 14, 2011

Tiny Solar Cell Could Make a Big Difference

Semprius is building a factory in North Carolina to make solar power modules after a fruitful partnership with NREL.

December 7, 2011

NREL Releases Report on Testing Electric Vehicles to Optimize their Performance with Power Grids

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have released a technical report that could help improve the performance of electric vehicles (EVs) and the efficiency of the electric utility grids that power them.

December 6, 2011

Thermal Energy Storage in CSP Plants Could Boost Penetration of Solar, Wind Power

The ability of concentrating solar power plants with thermal energy storage to provide power on a continual and flexible basis may be key to helping all types of solar and wind power to penetrate the grid. That's one conclusion of a new report published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

December 6, 2011

New Lab to Help Utilities 'See' Grid of the Future

NREL tackles the challenge of keeping the decades old power grid running reliably while adding new clean technologies.

December 2, 2011

Fuel Cell Lift Trucks: A Grocer's Best Friend

Working in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE has been analyzing the performance of fuel cell lift trucks at grocery distributors around the country.

November 21, 2011

Secretary Chu: We Can Win Clean Energy Battle

Secretary of Energy touts American innovation and invention in visit to NREL.

November 21, 2011

Fire Island Wind Project Approved: A Wind Powering America Success Story

With a current statewide wind energy capacity of approximately 10 megawatts, Alaska will soon more than double its wind energy production thanks to a power purchase agreement signed in October.

November 15, 2011

Growth Forum Boosts Cleantech Startups

Companies, venture capitalists, and NREL join forces to help market-ready innovations speed the adoption of clean technology.

November 8, 2011

Farm Fields Could Yield Jet Fuel of the Future

NREL is helping develop a process to cost effectively convert cellulosic biomass into a replacement for petroleum-based aviation fuel.

October 25, 2011

NREL Opens New Doors to Renewable Energy Data

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is home to a cornucopia of data on renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative transportation. This week, NREL launched a new website that will make the data more accessible than ever.

October 11, 2011

Nationwide Utility Rates Available on OpenEI

The database built on a wiki platform that is maintained at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has more than 470 rates. Users can view, edit, and add new electric utility rates.

September 1, 2011

Studies Prove the Economic Boost that Comes from Wind Energy Development

NREL energy analyst discusses the number of jobs created and economic development that comes with the development and operation of wind power.

April 6, 2011

LCA of Gasoline and Diesel

SEAC analyst David Hsu recently published the report "Life Cycle Assessment of Gasoline and Diesel Produced via Fast Pyrolysis and Hydroprocessing."

April 6, 2011

Energy Plans in Denver and Austin

REL analyst Dave Peterson, along with Ester Matthews of Austin Climate Protection Program and Michele Weingarden of Greenprint Denver, recently published the report "Local Energy Plans in Practice: Case Studies of Austin and Denver."

April 6, 2011

Water Use in Electricity Generating Technologies

SEAC analysts Jordan Macknick, Garvin Heath, and KC Hallett and center director Robin Newmark recently published the report "A Review of Operational Water Consumption and Withdrawal Factors for Electricity Generating Technologies."

April 6, 2011

IEA Wind Report

NREL analysts Paul Schwabe and Maureen Hand, along with Sander Lensink of Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, recently published the report "IEA Wind Task 26 --- Multi-national Case Study of the Financial Cost of Wind Energy; Work Package 1 Final Report."

April 6, 2011

CREST User Manual

Jason Gifford and Robert Grace of Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC, under NREL technical monitor Karlynn Cory, recently published the subcontract report "CREST: Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool: A Model for Developing Cost-Based Incentives in the United States; User Manual, Version 1."

March 8, 2011

U.S. Residential Solar Water Heating Report Published

SEAC analysts Hannah Cassard, Paul Denholm, and Sean Ong recently published the report "Break-Even Cost for Residential Solar Water Heating in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities."


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