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News Archives - 2013

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.

August 26, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Funding Case Studies

This case study look at the project funding model for Thomas Harrison Middle School in Virginia.

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 6, 2013

Interns Make Robust Contribution to NREL

Fifty-four students from across the country are tackling real-world problems in a summer internship program that benefits the nation, the lab, and the students.

July 1, 2013

KidWind Project and Wind Education in the Classroom: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Dan Whisler, a 29-year environmental science instructor at Sterling High School in Kansas, and Michael Arquin, director of the KidWind Project, share their lessons learned for anyone interested in bringing wind energy education to a school.

May 24, 2013

Middle Schoolers Shine in Electric Car Races

Solar and lithium-ion powered vehicles blaze down the tracks despite clouds overhead.

May 18, 2013

Solar and Lithium Ion Car Race Winners Announced

Ninety-seven teams from 28 Colorado schools participated in today’s car competitions hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

May 6, 2013

Illinois Wind for Schools Program Selects Partner Schools

The Illinois Wind for Schools program has selected six partner school districts for the 2013-2014 school year.

April 22, 2013

Middle School Students Compete in Second Annual Pennsylvania KidWind Challenge

The Pennsylvania KidWind Challenge, sponsored in part by the Wind Powering America initiative and administered by Penn State, allowed students to apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to create turbine designs.

April 18, 2013

NREL to Showcase Renewable Electricity Generation Systems and Advanced Vehicles at Denver Earth Day Fair

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will showcase two mobile renewable electricity generation systems and three advanced vehicles--a Toyota Highlander fuel cell electric vehicle, a plug-in Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle, and a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle--at the Denver Earth Day Fair on April 22.

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 11, 2013

DOE Announces Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition Teams

The elite educational programs have committed to formulating an interdisciplinary team, integrating the three principal competition contests into students' coursework and senior design projects.

April 11, 2013

DOE and NREL Announce Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition Teams

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are pleased to announce the teams selected to take part in the inaugural DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.

April 8, 2013

Senator Introduces Legislation to Fund Nebraska Wind for Schools Project

Nebraska Senator Ken Haar introduced a bill that would appropriate $50,000 annually in fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents for the Nebraska Wind Applications Center in Lincoln.

March 29, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Enters 2013 with 124 Turbine Installations

NREL recently hosted the Sixth Annual Wind for Schools Summit with 46 attendees to to discuss ways to improve the Wind for Schools network and increase the program's overall impact.

March 22, 2013

DOE Kicks Off Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently issued a request for proposals to participate in DOE's inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition.

March 14, 2013

Wind Applications Center Valuable Resource for Wind for Schools Partners

Wind Applications Center Director Jerry Hudgins discusses the Nebraska-based center's successes and challenges.

February 28, 2013

Wind for Schools Program Impacting Nation's Renewable Energy Future

Program Consultant Dan McGuire talks about the projects in the Nebraska Wind for Schools Program, the goals of the program, and the importance of Wind for Schools programs for Nebraska and the nation.

February 25, 2013

Last Call: Illinois Wind for Schools Program Accepting Applications

Three to five middle and/or high schools are selected each academic year as Illinois Wind for Schools program partners for intensive support through on-site teacher training and classroom resources.

February 25, 2013

Last Call for Submissions: NREL Student Design Contest for Fuel Cell Vehicle Decals

NREL is hosting a contest for students to design graphic decals for use on three fuel cell hybrid advanced vehicles. Students enrolled in a graphic design program at a university, community college, or technical school in the Denver Metro area are invited to participate. The submission deadline is March 1, 2012.

February 11, 2013

Fresh Faces Abundant at Colorado Science Bowl

Lakewood High School scores dramatic victory in final round of Colorado Science Bowl to secure trip to challenge for national title.

January 30, 2013

NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy 2013

Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a leadership program for non-technical decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools and financing. Leaders in government, communities, non-profits and the private sector are eligible.

January 29, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Gains Traction in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is one area where the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America Wind for Schools project is seeing big impact thanks to several projects including Northwestern High School.

January 29, 2013

Kansas State University Videos Explore Wind Energy

The video, "Students Learn that Speed Doesn't Always Equal Power" documents how wind turbines produce energy. "The Power Behind Wind Farms" explains how fast wind turbine blades can spin and what's inside of those turbines

January 28, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Enters 2013 with 124 Turbine Installations and Lessons to Share: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Forty-six attendees representing the 11 official Wind for Schools states and various stakeholders met to discuss ways to further improve the Wind for Schools network in the established states and to increase the overall impact of the program.

January 26, 2013

Lakewood High School Wins Colorado Science Bowl

Students from Lakewood High School Team 1 won the Colorado High School Science Bowl today. They will go on to the 23rd National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., Apr. 25-29, where they will compete for the national title against more than 400 students from 70 high schools.

January 11, 2013

Solar Decathlon Heads to California for 2013 Event

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon will be held outside of Washington, D.C. This fall, 20 collegiate teams will head to the Orange Country Great Park in Irvine, Calif., to compete in this award-winning showcase of energy-efficient and solar-powered houses.

January 10, 2013

NREL and Stanford Team up on Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

It may be possible soon to charge cell phones, change the tint on windows, or power small toys with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells, thanks to a partnership between Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

January 8, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy, Wind Program Initiates Inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition

The National Collegiate Wind Competition is a forum for undergraduate college students of multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers. Successful teams will gain and then demonstrate knowledge of technology, finance, accounting, management, and marketing, providing lifelong technical and business skills.


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