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Below are news stories involving NREL Workforce Development and Educations Programs.

December 17, 2015

Inventive Thinkers at NREL Reach Record Number

Researchers register ideas on everything from wave power to methane use.

December 9, 2015

2014 Data Book Shows Increased Use of Renewable Electricity

The 2014 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 15.5 percent of total installed capacity and 13.5 percent of total electricity generation. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends.

November 25, 2015

Industry Growth Forum Fosters Cleantech Companies

Innovations showcased as entrepreneurs network, pitch for funding.

November 16, 2015

NREL Research Honored With R&D 100 Awards

A technology developed at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been honored by R&D Magazine as a winner of a coveted R&D 100 award as well as an Editor’s Choice award.

November 5, 2015

NREL Growth Forum Brings Together Clean Energy Innovators

The Industry Growth Forum, hosted by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this week attracted more than 400 investors, entrepreneurs, technologists and thought leaders to Denver. At the conclusion of the event three companies were honored with Best Venture and Outstanding Venture Awards.

October 21, 2015

“Little Box Challenge” Inverters Arrive at NREL

Today, 18 finalist teams for the Little Box Challenge, presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society, converged at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to have their power inverters tested as part of a $1 million competition to build smaller devices for use in solar power systems.

October 20, 2015

Dr. Martin Keller Named Director of National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Alliance for Sustainable Energy (Alliance) today announced the appointment of Dr. Martin Keller as director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and president of the Alliance which manages the laboratory for the Department of Energy.

October 1, 2015

NREL Leading DOE's Lab-Corps Pilot, Bringing Entrepreneurial Concepts to Lab Researchers

NREL is leading program efforts in support of the $2.3 million Lab-Corps pilot program, helping 14 entrepreneurial teams from eight U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national labs identify private sector opportunities for commercializing promising sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency technologies.

September 8, 2015

NREL Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Startups and Investors

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

August 31, 2015

Wirth Chair Honors NREL’s Dan Arvizu

Dr. Dan E. Arvizu was honored at the 16th annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon in Denver today for his longtime leadership at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The longest-serving director and chief executive in the research organization’s history, Arvizu is retiring after 10 years at its helm.

August 11, 2015

NREL and Clemson University Put Wind Turbine Drivetrains to the Test

Through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), two of our nation’s most advanced wind energy research and test facilities—the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clemson University—have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve wind turbine drivetrains and integrate turbines with the electric grid.

August 10, 2015

NREL’s Bobi Garrett Named Top Industry Executive

Bobi Garrett, deputy laboratory director for strategic programs and partnerships at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of the region’s top female executives in the energy industry.

August 5, 2015

"Circle of Mentorship" Renews Talent at NREL

A network of mentoring is expanding across NREL through the lab's various internship programs.

July 13, 2015

Continuum Magazine - NREL Analysis: Reimagining What's Possible for Clean Energy

The Summer 2015 issue of Continuum Magazine.

July 2, 2015

NREL's 91-Year-Old Palmer Carlin—a Wind Energy Pioneer

Release of the Energy Department's Wind Vision Report has added an important tool to his arsenal.

June 18, 2015

Colorado Students Secure in Science Knowledge

Ridgeview Classical Schools captured a 4-3 record at this year's National Science Bowl.

June 8, 2015

NREL, Clemson University Collaborate on Wind Energy Testing Facilities

Two of our nation’s most advanced wind energy research and test facilities have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and better understand how the turbines can integrate more effectively with the electrical grid.

June 5, 2015

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Mentors Honored as Outstanding

Three NREL hydrogen and fuel cell researchers were among seven outstanding mentors from NREL's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program who were announced at the spring SULI program poster session on May 14, 2015. The Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes researchers and scientists who have been exceptional mentors for interns in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's SULI program.

June 4, 2015

NREL’s Economic Impact Tops $872 Million

The economic impact of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was $872.3 million nationwide in fiscal year 2014, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

May 29, 2015

Rain or Shine, Students Keep Their Race Cars Going

Teams from 17 Colorado middle schools competed in annual solar- and battery-powered model car race.

May 16, 2015

Winners for NREL’s 25th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races

Sixty-three teams from 17 Colorado middle schools gathered at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton today for the 25th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions. The day’s event drew nearly 200 students eager to show and race the solar- and lithium ion-battery powered vehicles they designed and built. The trophy for fastest solar powered model car was given to students from Stargate School (Thornton), “SG Solar 2.” The trophy for fastest lithium-ion powered model car was given to students from Bell Middle School (Golden), “BMS 2 Battery.”

May 7, 2015

NREL Staff Recognized for Top Innovations as Lab Celebrates Record Patent Year

Today during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recognized the professionals behind the lab’s greatest innovations from the past year. NREL also celebrated the 43 U.S. patents issued in fiscal year 2014 (FY14), which is the largest number in lab history—nearly three times more than the previous year.

May 5, 2015

Boise State University Wins Collegiate Wind Competition 2015

Seven teams of students from across the country gathered at the National Wind Technology Center for a fierce blade-to-blade wind turbine rematch. At the Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2015 Engineering Contest, teams of undergraduates tested original designs of model wind turbines in an on-site wind tunnel and presented their technical designs to wind technology experts.

April 29, 2015

NREL Announces Participants for Executive Energy Leadership Program

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 21 leaders to participate in its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), which empowers executives to integrate clean energy solutions in their communities.

March 6, 2015

Colorado High School Science Bowl Rescheduled

On March 7, Colorado high school students will rack their brains to quickly find answers to rapid-fire questions at the 25th Colorado High School Science Bowl. Competition rounds begin at 9 a.m. and will last until 12:30 p.m., at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO.

February 25, 2015

Wind Career Map Shows Wind Industry Career Opportunities, Paths

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), created a Wind Career Map—the first of its kind in the wind industry—to inform people interested in wind energy career opportunities.

February 20, 2015

CANCELLED: Colorado High School Science Bowl

Due to inclement weather, the 25th annual Colorado High School Science Bowl has been cancelled. Information on the rescheduled event will be available in the near future.

February 18, 2015

Energy Department Announces 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition Participants

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is pleased to announce that the Energy Department has announced the twelve collegiate teams that have been selected to participate in the second U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition.

February 5, 2015

Watch Energy Secretary Moniz Test Drive the Toyota Mirai FCEV

The Energy Department posted a video of Secretary Ernest Moniz driving the Toyota Mirai, the first fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for sale in the United States.

February 4, 2015

New Incubator Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.

January 23, 2015

New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining What's Possible for Renewable Energy Through Grid Integration

NREL is spearheading engineering innovations that will help optimize the entire energy system, and the lab's analysis capabilities complement that engineering work by identifying ways to integrate renewable energy effectively and economically. This 3-minute video shows how NREL research and analysis are redefining what’s possible for renewable energy on the grid.


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