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November 6, 2013

NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility Garners LEED® Platinum

The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the campus of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., has earned a 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.

October 24, 2013

NREL Researcher Honored with Hispanic STEM Award

A national organization devoted to getting more Hispanics into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), has honored a scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with its annual Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.

October 22, 2013

NREL Brings Precision, Savings to Energy Audits

Energy audit tool developed with concept3D spots more energy savings for commercial buildings.

October 21, 2013

NREL Forum Attracts Clean Energy Investors and Entrepreneurs

Thirty clean energy companies, including seven companies based in Colorado, will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts in Denver, Dec. 3-4, as the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.

September 25, 2013

NREL Releases New Roadmap to Reducing Solar PV “Soft Costs” by 2020

The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently issued a new report, “Non-Hardware (‘Soft’) Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics, 2013–2020,” funded by DOE’s SunShot Initiative and written by NREL and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The report builds off NREL’s ongoing soft-cost benchmarking analysis and charts a path to achieve SunShot soft-cost targets of $0.65/W for residential systems and $0.44/W for commercial systems by 2020.

September 24, 2013

NREL Calculates Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling Necessary for Increased Wind and Solar in the West

New research from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the operators of fossil-fueled power plants in the West. To accommodate higher amounts of wind and solar power on the electric grid, utilities must ramp down and ramp up or stop and start conventional generators more frequently to provide reliable power for their customers – a practice called cycling.

September 10, 2013

NREL Teams with LBNL to Analyze PV Pricing Trends

The lead authors of the briefing, Photovoltaic (PV) Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections (2013 Edition), David Feldman (NREL) and Galen Barbose (LBNL), will be discussing at a webinar hosted by Vote Solar on September 11, 2013, from 10 AM - 11 AM PDT

September 5, 2013

New Study Shows Solar Manufacturing Costs Not Driven Primarily by Labor

Production scale, not lower labor costs, drives China’s current advantage in manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems, according to a new report released today by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

September 3, 2013

Architects and Building Engineers Flock to NREL

National ASHRAE and AIA conferences in Denver bring hundreds to NREL's energy-efficient buildings.

August 23, 2013

NREL Study Suggests Cost Gap for Western Renewables Could Narrow by 2025

A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations.

August 20, 2013

Deadline for NREL Director's Fellowships Approaching

The September 30 application deadline for scientists and engineers interested in participating in the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Director's Fellowships program is quickly approaching.

August 12, 2013

Scientists Find Asymmetry in Topological Insulators

New research shows that a class of materials being eyed for the next generation of computers behaves asymmetrically at the sub-atomic level. This research is a key step toward understanding the topological insulators that may have the potential to be the building blocks of a super-fast quantum computer that could run on almost no electricity.

August 5, 2013

Two New Fellows to Help Guide NREL Research

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently named Dr. Maria Ghirardi and Dr. Angelo Mascarenhas to its Research Fellows Council, the laboratory's top advisory council comprised of internationally recognized NREL scientists and engineers.

July 8, 2013

NREL Research Earns Three Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

A new energy-efficient approach to building occupancy detection, a better way to detect heat loss in electric-vehicle batteries and a high-efficiency silicon solar cell – all developed or advanced at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – have been named among this year’s most significant innovations by R&D Magazine.

July 1, 2013

NREL Names Santiago Grijalva Director for Power Systems Engineering

Today, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced a key hire to lead its Power Systems Engineering Center.

June 20, 2013

Energy Department, NREL Announce New Research Center to Boost Clean Energy Technologies on a Smarter Grid

The Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado, as the latest Energy Department user facility and the only one in the nation focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration. The facility’s first industry partner – Colorado-based Advanced Energy Industries – has already signed on to start work at ESIF, developing lower cost, better performing solar power inverters.

June 19, 2013

NREL’s Keith Emery Awarded Prestigious Cherry Award

An engineer from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) whose testing and characterization laboratory brings credibility to the measurement of efficiency of solar cells and modules has been awarded the prestigious William R. Cherry Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

June 18, 2013

NREL Offers an Open-Source Solution for Large-Scale Energy Data Collection and Analysis

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is launching an open-source system for storing, integrating, and aligning energy-related time-series data. NREL’s Energy DataBus is used for tracking and analyzing energy use on its own campus. The system is applicable to other facilities—including anything from a single building to a large military base or college campus—or for other energy data management needs.

June 17, 2013

NREL Fills Key Leadership Role for Energy Systems Integration

Bryan J. Hannegan will join the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on June 24 as associate laboratory director for Energy Systems Integration, a critical area of research and development that addresses challenges of integrating clean energy sources into the national energy infrastructure.

June 14, 2013

At NREL, Sustainability Goes Beyond Campus

NREL's sustainability program supports the lab and community in leading the nation toward a clean energy future.

June 6, 2013

NREL Teams with Navy, Private Industry to Make Jet Fuel from Switchgrass

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Cobalt Technologies, U.S. Navy, and Show Me Energy Cooperative to demonstrate that jet fuel can be made economically and in large quantities from a renewable biomass feedstock such as switch grass.

April 25, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard Sees Reduced Energy Costs and Usage After NREL’s Energy Assessment Training

From fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2012, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam reported an energy use reduction of 24% and a 42% decrease in energy costs. Those figures they directly attribute to the NREL-led energy assessment trainings they participated in and the subsequent implemented energy-saving retrofits.

April 19, 2013

NREL Teams with Navy to Cut Energy Use

NREL is on a mission to help provide energy security and reduce energy costs for the U.S. Navy.

April 17, 2013

Denver Post Names NREL as a Top Work Place

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been recognized by the Denver Post as a “2013 Top Work Place.” NREL is one of only 15 large Denver-area employers selected this year.

April 8, 2013

NREL Employees Lauded by Industry Peers

Employees of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were recently recognized by industry peers for their work in grid integration, industry advancement and electrochemistry. NREL was also named an Outstanding Large Company by IEEE.

April 2, 2013

NREL Teams with concept3D to Develop State-of-the-Art Energy Auditing Tool

NREL is working with concept3D on a state of the art energy auditing tool that currently is being field tested at various Department of Defense sites.

April 1, 2013

Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals: Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades Now Available Via Online Tool

After several years of development and industry review, NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy are pleased to announce that the Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades are now available via a user-friendly online tool.


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