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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.

October 16, 2012

Schools Raise the Roof on Solar Energy

Colorado's largest school district leads by combining solar panels with solar curriculum.

October 2, 2012

Alliance to Continue Management of National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will extend the contract for management of its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. In a letter to the Alliance, DOE said it was providing preliminary notice that the Department will exercise the option to extend Alliance's contract to manage and operate NREL beyond the current five-year contract period. The Department did not specify the extension period in its notice to the Alliance.

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.

September 5, 2012

NREL Selects Partners for New High Performance Computer Data Center

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected HP and Intel to provide a new energy-efficient high performance computer (HPC) system dedicated to energy systems integration, renewable energy research, and energy efficiency technologies. The new center will provide additional computing resources to support the breadth of research at NREL, leading to increased efficiency and lower costs for research into clean energy technologies including solar photovoltaics, wind energy, electric vehicles, buildings technologies, and renewable fuels.

August 14, 2012

Energy Report: U.S. Wind Energy Production and Manufacturing Surges, Supporting Jobs and Diversifying U.S. Energy Economy

WASHINGTON – The Energy Department released a new reportPDF today highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011, increasing the U.S. share of clean energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs, and underscoring the importance of continued policy support and clean energy tax credits to ensure that the manufacturing and jobs associated with this booming global industry remain in America.

August 2, 2012

NREL Parking Garage Leads in Efficiency

Early attention to design makes employee parking structure a model of low energy use.

July 16, 2012

NREL Helps Cut Building Energy Use in Half

NREL is working with industry to find ways to reduce the energy intensity of large hospitals, schools, and retail buildings by 50%.

July 16, 2012

New Database from NREL Makes Costs of Energy Technologies More Transparent

A new web application collects cost and performance estimates for electric generation, advanced vehicles, and renewable fuel technologies and makes them available for utilities, policy makers, consumers, and academics. The Transparent Cost Database (TCDB) app provides technology cost and performance estimates that can be used to benchmark company costs, model energy scenarios, and inform research and development decisions.

July 10, 2012

NREL Joins Global Alliance of Solar Research Institutes

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has joined the newly-formed Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes comprising three internationally renowned research institutions.

July 5, 2012

NREL: 35 Years of Clean Energy Leadership

From humble beginnings, NREL's expanding campus is a model of research, deployment, and sustainability.

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 18, 2012

Climate Action Planning Tool Wins Nielsen Norman Group Best Application Design Award

NREL's Climate Action Planning Tool has received a “Best Application Design – Workflow Applications” award from the Nielsen Norman Group—a Web industry leader specializing in user experience and usability—in its annual Web application contest.

June 8, 2012

NREL Selected to Join Europe's DERlab

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected as a new member of the nonprofit Association of European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab).

June 4, 2012

NREL Announces Participants in the National Executive Education Program

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 19 leaders to participate in its 2012 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), a premier leadership program focused on delivering clean energy solutions.

May 24, 2012

Sci-Fi No Longer, NREL Engineers Smart Homes

Homes will soon communicate with the grid to conserve energy and save money.

May 2, 2012

Greensburg, Kansas, Five Years Later—An International Inspiration for Green Disaster Recovery

May 4, 2012, marks the fifth anniversary of the day Greensburg, Kansas, was forever changed. On that day, an EF-5 tornado demolished the town, an agricultural community of about 1,400 in south-central Kansas.

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 23, 2012

Lessons Learned In New Orleans Can Help Other K-12 Schools Achieve Energy Efficiency

In 2005, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy, began providing technical assistance to New Orleans' schools to improve energy efficiency and reduce school operating costs.

February 13, 2012

NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Academy

Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2012 Executive Energy Leadership Academy (Energy Execs). Energy Execs is a leadership program focused on educating business, community, and government leaders about clean energy solutions through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

January 27, 2012

Vote online for America's Next Top Energy Innovator

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will name America's Next Top Energy Innovator in February and wants Americans to vote online for their favorites among 14 technologies that could make huge differences in the near future. Technologies from the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are being used by three of the nominees, helping move the laboratory's research and development to the private sector. Two of the three start-ups working with NREL are based in Colorado.

January 20, 2012

Lease Option Increases Rooftop Solar's Appeal, Study Says

Rooftop solar panels are attracting a new demographic of customers who are choosing to lease rather than buy, and enjoying the low upfront costs and immediate savings.

January 19, 2012

CREED: Helping Colorado Cleantech Startups Find the Money

The Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) invites cleantech entrepreneurs to attend the next event in its Entrepreneur Series. The Jan. 26 class, “Financing Your Cleantech Startup,” will provide cleantech entrepreneurs with an overview of how to find capital for a startup.

January 11, 2012

NREL Helping Virgin Islands Cut Fuel Use

Partnership could serve as a model for how to make renewable energy a large part of the electricity grid.

January 9, 2012

Opportunities and Challenges in Residential Building-Integrated PV

This report examines the status of BIPV, with a focus on the cost drivers of residential rooftop systems, and explores key opportunities and challenges in the marketplace.


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