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December 10, 2014

NREL to Advance Technologies for Microgrid Projects

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is providing critical support to two new microgrid projects coordinated by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and General Electric Company (GE).

November 26, 2014

NREL Releases User Guide for PV Dynamic Model Simulation

Report explains how to use NREL's tool for modeling the dynamic behavior of photovoltaic inverters.

November 20, 2014

NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The project is funded in part through an Energy Department solar cost-share program.

October 30, 2014

Impacting Innovation and Commercialization: NREL's Partnering Facilities

The award-winning Energy Systems Integration Facility is the latest addition to NREL's partnering sites.

October 21, 2014

NREL Report Identifies Research Needed to Address Power Market Design Challenges

First-of-its-kind collaborative report suggests approaches to help mitigate the market design issues that variable renewable generation brings.

October 13, 2014

HP Supercomputer at NREL Garners Top Honor

Supercomputer that uses waste heat to warm its building wins R&D 100 award.

September 22, 2014

NREL to Test Inverters for the “Little Box Challenge” Presented by Google and IEEE

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will test power inverters submitted to the Little Box Challenge presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society. The Challenge is an open competition to build smaller power inverters for use in solar power systems. The winner of the $1 million prize will have designed and built a kilowatt-scale inverter with the highest power density – at least 50 Watts per cubic inch.

September 4, 2014

New Report Characterizes Existing Offshore Wind Grid Interconnection Capabilities

The Energy Department has released the National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Study (NOWEGIS), which considers the availability and potential impacts of interconnecting large amounts of offshore wind energy into the transmission system of the lower 48 contiguous United States.

August 15, 2014

Webinar August 19: Increasing Renewable Energy with Hydrogen Storage and Fuel Cell Technologies

This webinar will feature representatives from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and focus on how to integrate hydrogen and fuel cell technologies into the transportation, industrial, and other sectors.

July 28, 2014

NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

NREL is accelerating the availability of next-generation technologies by making it easier for industry partners to work with the lab.

June 26, 2014

NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges

As "big data" plays an increasing role in the renewable energy industry, NREL's Peregrine supercomputer is ready to take flight.

June 9, 2014

NREL Finds Up to 6-cent per Kilowatt-Hour Extra Value with Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) projects would add additional value of 5 or 6 cents per kilowatt hour to utility-scale solar energy in California where 33 percent renewables will be mandated in six years, a new report by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found.

May 28, 2014

Climate Change Shifts Focus for Energy System

NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility is the hub for testing devices that can power through outages.

May 22, 2014

NREL Offers up to $6.5 Million for INTEGRATE Projects at the ESIF

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced up to $6.5 million in funding for high-impact research, development, and demonstration in the Energy Systems Integration Facility.

April 30, 2014

NREL, Sandia Team to Improve Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

A new project led by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories will support H2USA, a public-private partnership co-launched by industry and the Energy Department, and will work to ensure that hydrogen fuel cell vehicle owners have a positive fueling experience as fuel cell electric vehicles are introduced starting in 2014–2015. By tackling the technical challenges related to hydrogen fueling infrastructure, the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) project is designed to pave the way toward more widespread deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

March 27, 2014

Energy Systems Integration Facility Named Lab of the Year

The editors of R&D Magazine have named the Energy Department’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) as the 2014 Laboratory of the Year. Located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., research at ESIF transforms how the nation generates, delivers and uses energy by modernizing the interplay between energy sources, infrastructure, and data.

March 24, 2014

NREL Driving Research on Hydrogen Fuel Cells

As fuel cell cars get ready for the road, industry turns to NREL for help improving cost and reliability.