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

August 25, 2016

NREL Helps the National Park Service Celebrate Its Birthday with Clean Energy

As the National Park Service (NPS) marks its centennial on August 25, NREL is helping the NPS enhance the park experience by providing cleaner air and contributing to a healthier environment.

July 27, 2016

Happy Accident Keeps a Would-Be Teacher at NREL as a PV Leader

Sarah Kurtz's dream of being a university professor is on hold while she pursues her passion for solar energy at the National Center for Photovoltaics.

July 20, 2016

Webinar July 28: H2@Scale – A Potential Opportunity

In this DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will describe the role of hydrogen at the grid scale and the efforts of a large, national lab team assembled to evaluate the potential of hydrogen to play a critical role in our energy future.

July 7, 2016

NREL to Offer Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive at Sustainable Smart Home Opening on July 9

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will showcase several fuel cell electric vehicles at a ride and drive event at the Sustainable Smart Home Living Learning Center Grand Opening in Superior, Colorado, on July 9.

June 30, 2016

Workshop Examines State Policy Issues Pertaining to Automated Vehicles

A recent workshop at the University of Maryland explored key principles and issues that states need to wrestle with in order to craft effective policies enabling the safe and efficient operation of advanced automated vehicles on their roadways.

June 27, 2016

NREL Engineer Sheila Hayter Installed as ASHRAE Officer

Sheila Hayter, a group manager in the Integrated Applications Center at the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been officially installed as treasurer of ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) at its 2016 annual conference in St. Louis, Mo.

June 14, 2016

NREL Announces Participants for 2016 Executive Energy Leadership Program

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 22 leaders to participate in its 2016 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), which provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders throughout the country an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related decisions and planning.

June 7, 2016

Ph.D. in Hand, Postdocs Explore Their Futures

Researchers come from across the globe for opportunity to work at lab.

May 31, 2016

NREL Names a Director's Fellowship in Honor of Art Nozik

The Nozik Fellowship is available to early-career researchers who earned their Ph.D. in the last two years.

May 27, 2016

Middle Schoolers Dream Big with Their Solar- and Battery-Powered Cars

Dreamers from 57 Colorado middle school teams gathered in a checkered-flag bedecked gym to race electric cars—and chase visions of the future.

May 23, 2016

National Labs Gather at NREL for Innovative Summit

Idea behind meeting to expand relationships with industry.

May 20, 2016

NREL Heads to Big Easy to Host Collegiate Wind Competition 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 begins May 24—less than a week from now—at the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana. Whether you’re part of the action or hearing about it for the first time, Collegiate Wind Competition is a unique event for everyone—and something to keep on your radar.

Funded by the Energy Department and organized in part by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the competition is the flagship event for the Energy Department’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office’s Workforce Development and Education program. The competition challenges undergraduate students a chance to offer a unique solution to a complex wind energy problem and provides them with real-world experience as they prepare to enter the wind industry workforce.

May 20, 2016

NREL Announces Innovation Challenge for Crowdsourced Ideas for Energy-Efficiency in Residential Buildings

The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with industry partner CLEAResult, will launch a Call for Innovation as part of the DOE JUMP initiative during the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif., on May 22.

May 14, 2016

Winners for NREL’s 26th Solar and Lithium-Ion Car Races

Fifty-seven teams from 15 Colorado middle schools gathered at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton today for the 26th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium-Ion Battery car competitions. The day’s event drew nearly 200 students ready to compete and race the solar- and lithium-ion battery-powered vehicles they designed and built. Ken Caryl Middle School (Littleton) swept the top speed awards winning trophies for the fastest solar-powered model car and the fastest lithium-ion battery-powered model car.

May 5, 2016

Energy Department Selects NREL Scientist for Exclusive Award

Scientist Adele Tamboli of the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been awarded additional funding as part of a select group of scientists in the early stage of their careers.

May 3, 2016

NREL Scientists and Engineers Recognized for Top Innovations as Lab Celebrates another Record-Breaking Year of Inventions

Today during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recognized researchers and staff for 169 new innovations, a record-breaking number of scientific and engineering inventions in fiscal year 2015 (FY15). This is a 33 percent increase from last year.

April 29, 2016

NREL’s Romero Chosen Top Young Professional in U.S.

Rachel Romero, a building systems engineer at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a 2016 New Faces of Engineering recipient by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

April 14, 2016

Researcher's Love for Science Starts with a Bang and Continues to Sizzle

NREL research fellow and chief scientist Dave Ginley's passion for science began at an early age—and continues to burn.

April 5, 2016

Collegiate Teams on Track for May Competition

Twelve collegiate teams are gearing up for the biannual U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 23–25, 2016, in conjunction with the AWEA WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition. Since the inaugural competition in 2014, the number of competing teams has increased—and so has the diversity—hailing from colleges and universities across the United States, including Alaska and Puerto Rico.

April 4, 2016

From Pump to Plug: Measuring the Public's Attitude about Plug-In Electric Vehicles

A new report by NREL's Mark Singer highlights what consumers really think about plug-in electric vehicles and what is needed to overcome widespread barriers to adoption.

March 30, 2016

NREL Supports Native American Tribes in Clean Energy Transformational Leadership

From the subzero tundra in Alaska to the Southwest, NREL is partnering with Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages to advance clean energy goals.

March 8, 2016

Colorado School Earns Return Trip to National Science Bowl

Ridgeview Classical Charter School scores convincing victory at Colorado Science Bowl to secure trip to national competition.

March 1, 2016

NREL Hosts PV Module Reliability Workshop for Industry

Nearly 200 researchers from more than 100 companies and representing 16 countries attended the 7th annual PV Module Reliability Workshop, Feb. 23–25, 2016, in Golden, Colo.

February 29, 2016

NREL Collaboration Boosts Potential for CdTe Solar Cells

A critical milestone has been reached in cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell technology, helping pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources.

February 29, 2016

Belgium's Red Electrical Devils Win $1 Million for Innovative Inverter Design

Google and IEEE announced today that Belgium's Red Electrical Devils, a team from CE+T Power, has won the Little Box Challenge, a competition to invent a much smaller inverter for interconnecting solar power systems to the power grid. The success earned the team a $1 million prize while proving that inverters can be the size of a tablet or smaller rather than the size of a picnic cooler, more than a factor of 10 reduction in size. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provided critical analysis of the 18 finalists teams’ inverters to help determine the winner.

February 23, 2016

NREL Seeks Participants for 2016 National Executive Energy Leadership Program

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Executive Energy Leadership Program.

February 22, 2016

Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools Wins 26th Colorado Science Bowl

Students from Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools won the Colorado High School Science Bowl. They will represent the state of Colorado at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., April 28– May 2, where they will compete against more than 400 students from 70 high schools for the national title.

February 8, 2016

NREL Helps Establish New PV Quality Standards for Manufacturers

Working with partners around the world, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have completed five years of work toward helping establish an international quality standard for manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) modules.

February 4, 2016

Claims for Solar Cell Efficiency Put to Test at NREL

Record numbers carefully vetted by scientists to assure accuracy.

February 4, 2016

NREL Patents Method for Continuous Monitoring of Materials During Manufacturing

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was recently issued a patent for a novel method that rapidly characterizes specialized materials during the manufacturing process. This approach significantly improves on standard quality control techniques by allowing for complete monitoring of materials without interrupting workflow.

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