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Below are news stories involving buildings research.

August 15, 2014

Webinar August 19: Increasing Renewable Energy with Hydrogen Storage and Fuel Cell Technologies

This Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar will feature representatives from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and focus on how to integrate hydrogen and fuel cell technologies into the transportation, industrial, and other sectors.

August 6, 2014

Two NREL Scientists Named to Highly Cited Researcher List

Two scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been included in Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Research list for the thousands of citations of their work by fellow researchers over the past decade.

July 28, 2014

NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

NREL is accelerating the availability of next-generation technologies by making it easier for industry partners to work with the lab.

July 11, 2014

NREL Research Earns Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

A growth system that can produce thin solar cells quickly and at low cost, and an ultra-efficient supercomputer platform – both developed or advanced by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners – have been named among this year’s most significant innovations by R&D Magazine.

June 9, 2014

Campus Showcases High-Performance Buildings

NREL buildings demonstrate the effective execution of energy-efficient design and operation.

June 9, 2014

NREL Finds Up to 6-cent per Kilowatt-Hour Extra Value with Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) projects would add additional value of 5 or 6 cents per kilowatt hour to utility-scale solar energy in California where 33 percent renewables will be mandated in six years, a new report by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found.

June 3, 2014

NREL to Host Photovoltaics Presentation at 2014 Solar Day

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will host several events at the 2014 Denver Solar Day on Sunday, June 8. The free expo is expected to attract more than 2,000 photovoltaics (PV) installers, PV buyers, students, utility officials and members of the public.

May 30, 2014

Report Reviews Estimates of Costs and Benefits of Compliance with Renewable Portfolio Standards to Date

A new report, prepared by analysts from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), reviews estimates of the costs and benefits of compliance with Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the United States and explores how costs and benefits may evolve over time.

May 12, 2014

In Largest U.S. Wind Power Markets, Curtailment Declines even as Wind Power Picks Up

This report examines U.S. curtailment practices regarding wind and solar generation, with a particular emphasis on utilities in the western states.

May 12, 2014

NREL Announces Participants in National Executive Education Program

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 17 leaders to participate in its 2014 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), which empowers executives to integrate clean energy solutions in their communities.

May 12, 2014

NREL Hosts Race to Zero-Energy Homes

Twenty-eight teams from U.S. and Canadian universities convene at NREL for student design competition.

May 9, 2014

NREL Staff Recognized for Top Innovations

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently recognized the professionals behind the lab’s greatest innovations from the past year during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony. The event also celebrated NREL’s commercialization and partnering successes, recognizing the researchers and engineers—including three honorees in the new Rising Stars Award category—who made it happen.

May 7, 2014

NREL Assembles Industry Group to Explore Solar Lending Potential

Increasingly, banks, credit unions, and other lenders are beginning to offer loan products to homeowners and businesses for the installation of rooftop solar systems. However, barriers to accessing this growing market still remain. The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently convened the Banking on Solar working group to engage lenders and other stakeholders to address these barriers.

April 3, 2014

NREL’s Work for the U.S. Navy Illuminates Energy and Cost Savings

Field demonstrations of newly proven energy efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals. In partnership with the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) recently demonstrated eight technologies at installations in Hawaii and Guam, and the initial results have encouraged the Navy to move forward with broader implementation of several of the energy efficiency technologies.

March 27, 2014

Energy Systems Integration Facility Named Lab of the Year

The editors of R&D Magazine have named the Energy Department’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) as the 2014 Laboratory of the Year. Located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., research at ESIF transforms how the nation generates, delivers and uses energy by modernizing the interplay between energy sources, infrastructure, and data.

March 24, 2014

NREL Leads Demo of New Energy Management System at U.S. Naval Base

NREL Leads Demo of New Energy Management System at U.S. Naval Base

March 12, 2014

NREL Provides a Foundation for Home Energy Performance

NREL-led guidelines effort enables breakthroughs for the home energy performance industry.

March 12, 2014

Computing Advances Enable More Efficient Buildings

Computers, apps, and visualization tools open up new possibilities to improve the energy performance of buildings.

March 12, 2014

Energy Efficient Window Coatings that Please the Eye

NREL partnerships expand market reach and provide more energy saving options.

March 12, 2014

Net-Zero Building Technologies Create Substantial Energy Savings

Researchers work to package and share step-by-step information for decision making around net-zero energy building technologies.

March 12, 2014

Building Better: Advanced Energy Design Guides

When national labs and partnering organizations empower the commercial building industry with how-to guides for energy savings, the impact is clear.

March 12, 2014

Smart Occupancy Sensor Debuts

NREL's R&D 100 Award-winning occupancy sensor offers a low-cost, high-impact solution to a pressing market challenge: improving building energy performance.

March 12, 2014

Energy Efficient Demonstration Proves Powerful in Home Retrofits

NREL recommendations demonstrate substantial savings for the Navy.

March 1, 2014

Fairview High School Wins 24th Colorado Science Bowl

Students from Boulder’s Fairview High School beat out 47 other teams to win today’s Colorado Science Bowl. They will represent Colorado at the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 24-28, where they will compete against more than 400 students from 70 high schools for the national title.

February 26, 2014

NREL Examines Solar Policy Pathways for States

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, the NREL research team was able to contextualize the impact of various solar policies on photovoltaic (PV) installations.

February 19, 2014

NREL Report Quantifies Value of Two CSP Technologies with Thermal Energy Storage

NREL has found that parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles. A new NREL report shows increasing importance for systems with thermal energy storage. The report also demonstrates that multiple CSP technologies and plant configurations can be analyzed using traditional planning tools such as production cost models.

February 18, 2014

JISEA News: Study on Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Systems Indicates New Priorities

A new study published in the journal Science says that the total impact of switching to natural gas depends heavily on leakage of methane (CH4) during the natural gas life cycle, and suggests that more can be done to reduce methane emissions and to improve measurement tools which help inform policy choices.

February 14, 2014

NREL Scientist Named AAAS Fellow

David S. Ginley, a materials scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor accorded to at most 1 percent of the prestigious scientific society’s membership each year.

February 11, 2014

NREL Report Finds Similar Value in Two CSP Technologies

Parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles, a new report by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found.

February 6, 2014

NREL Director Arvizu Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Dan Arvizu, director of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

January 20, 2014

NREL Study: Active Power Control of Wind Turbines Can Improve Power Grid Reliability

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Colorado have completed a comprehensive study to understand how wind power technology can assist the power grid by controlling the active power output being placed onto the system. The rest of the power system’s resources have traditionally been adjusted around wind to support a reliable and efficient system. The research that led to this report challenges that concept.

January 6, 2014

NREL Expert Honored for Energy Systems Innovations

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently won several prestigious awards, including honors for innovations in window air-conditioning efficiency, data sharing, and its energy-efficient computer data center.

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