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News Archives - 2012

December 28, 2012

Award-Winning PV Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher

NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar cell.

December 17, 2012

Award-Winning A/C Uses Old Idea, New Materials

NREL's DEVAP cooling system works in any climate while saving up to 80% on energy use.

December 13, 2012

NREL Employees and Managing Partner Pledge $500,000 to Aid Area Charities

The employees of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, have pledged more than $500,000 to support local charities during the lab's annual holiday giving campaign.

November 20, 2012

NREL's Research Support Facility Garners Second LEED® Platinum

The Research Support Facility (RSF) on the campus of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo. has earned its second LEED® Platinum designation for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.

November 8, 2012

NREL Receives Numerous Accolades from Industry and DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its employees have garnered awards and recognition from industry groups for advancing energy research as well as furthering the lab's sustainable operating practices.

October 25, 2012

NREL's Industry Growth Forum Brings Together Energy Innovators

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 25th Industry Growth Forum this week attracted nearly 400 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers to Denver.

September 17, 2012

NREL's Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Investors

Golden, Colo., Sept. 13, 2012 – Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts in Denver Oct. 23-24 as the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts the 25th NREL Industry Growth Forum.

August 20, 2012

SAE Awards NREL Engineer for Oral Presentation Excellence

NREL's Jeremy Neubauer recently received an Excellence in Oral Presentation Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers.

July 2, 2012

NREL's Bharathan honored by Geothermal Energy Association

Dr. Desikan Bharathan, a principal engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been recognized with a GEA Honors Award by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA).

June 20, 2012

NREL Research Earns Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

A revolutionary new approach to air conditioning, and a three-junction solar cell that holds the world efficiency record – both developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – have been named among this year's most significant innovations by R&D Magazine.

June 7, 2012

NREL's Sarah Kurtz Wins Prestigious Cherry Award from IEEE

A physicist from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) who helped launch super-efficient multi-junction solar cells and who is a leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems reliability has been awarded the prestigious Cherry Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

June 1, 2012

Energy Department Awards NREL Engineers for Exceptional Achievement

Two NREL engineers received awards at Annual Merit Review meeting in honor of their contributions.

May 17, 2012

NREL Director Arvizu Named Chair of National Science Board

Dan Arvizu, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been elected Chairman of the National Science Board. The 25-member body advises the president and Congress on science and engineering issues, and is the policy-setting and budget-approving body for the National Science Foundation. With an annual budget of $6.9 billion, the foundation funds about 20 percent of all federally supported basic scientific research at U.S. colleges and universities. Arvizu will serve a two-year term as chairman.

April 3, 2012

Colorado's Wind for Schools Project Honored with a Wirth Chair Award

February 23, 2012

New Fellows to Help Guide NREL Research

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) named Dr. Howard Branz and Dr. Michael Himmel to its Research Fellows Council, the Laboratory's top advisory council comprised of internationally recognized NREL scientists and engineers.

February 15, 2012

NREL Earns Prestigious Safety and Environmental Certifications

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has received three significant certifications demonstrating the lab's commitment to the environment, safety, and management excellence.

January 20, 2012

Sustainability Efforts Earn Accolades for NREL

NREL has been a quiet leader in sustainability efforts; recently, the lab won three national awards, including one from the White House.

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