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News Archives - 2013

November 4, 2013

New Book Sheds Light on Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

A new book, published as a “Springer Brief in Energy,” serves as a how-to guide for researchers engaged in the rapidly growing field of photoelectrochemical water splitting, a promising renewable hydrogen production technology.

October 28, 2013

Collaboration Focuses on Cost Effectively Boosting the Performance of Methanol Fuel Cells

The results of a collaboration between scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines are featured in the October edition of the journal Energy and Environmental Science. The article—titled “Nitrogen: unraveling the secret to stable carbon-supported Pt-alloy electrocatalysts”—explains why fuel cell performance can be significantly boosted by doping nitrogen into the carbon-supported electrocatalysts that are typically used in these devices.

October 23, 2013

NREL to Research Revolutionary Battery Storage Approaches in Support of ARPA-E RANGE Program

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has announced that a project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is among 22 projects that will receive funding to develop transformational electric vehicle (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs.

September 18, 2013

Energy Secretary Dedicates ESIF at NREL

A more resilient, cleaner, integrated system crucial for America's future, says Secretary Moniz.

September 12, 2013

Energy Department Launches National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center to Advance Fuel Cell Technologies

The Energy Department today announced the unveiling of a one-of-its-kind national secure data center dedicated to the independent analysis of advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Housed at NREL, the National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center allows industry, academia, and government organizations to submit and review data gathered from projects to advance cost-effective fuel cell technology.

September 12, 2013

Webinar September 12: Fuel Cell Buses

On September 12, the Energy Department presented a webinar on fuel cell buses, which are showing significant improvements in fuel economy over conventionally powered buses.

August 22, 2013

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: Paving the Way to Commercial Success

Research focuses on boosting reliability, reducing costs, and designing infrastructure of the future.

August 21, 2013

A Closer Look: Continuum Slideshow

NREL research, development, and deployment accelerate efforts to put energy-efficient, low-emission cars and trucks on the road.

August 21, 2013

Electric Vehicle Battery Development Gains Momentum

CAEBAT collaboration targets EDV batteries with longer range and lifespan, at a lower cost.

August 21, 2013

The Key to Greener Fleets

Leveraging state-of-the-art technology to revolutionize fleet sustainability and energy efficiency.

August 19, 2013

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Technologies in the Media Spotlight

A recent newspaper article highlights the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s contribution to the progress that automakers have made in getting their fuel cell electric vehicles ready for production.

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.

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 18, 2013

July 24 Webinar: DOE Analysis Related to H2USA

The U.S. Department of Energy will present a live webcast titled "DOE Analysis Related to H2USA" on July 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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 2, 2013

NREL Joins Public-Private Partnership to Deploy Hydrogen Infrastructure

NREL recently joined a new partnership designed to promote the widespread adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles by overcoming the hurdle of establishing a hydrogen infrastructure.

July 1, 2013

NREL to Showcase Two Advanced Vehicles at Estes Park Coolest Car Show on July 4

NREL will showcase two advanced Toyota vehicles -- a Highlander fuel cell hybrid vehicle and a plug-in Prius hybrid electric vehicle -- at The Coolest Car Show in Colorado in Estes Park on July 4.

June 21, 2013

NREL Drives Toward the Future with Fuel Cell EVs

Cooperative agreement with Toyota will enhance NREL's capability to support hydrogen and fuel cell research.

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.

May 21, 2013

Energy Department Awards NREL Staff for Exceptional Achievement

At this year's Annual Merit Review, the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program honored four NREL staff for their outstanding achievements and technical contributions.

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.

March 20, 2013

New Report Analyzes Options for Blending Hydrogen into Natural Gas Pipelines

A new report by NREL hydrogen systems analysts explores the issues and opportunities related to blending hydrogen into natural gas pipeline networks. The report, titled Blending Hydrogen into Natural Gas Pipeline Networks: A Review of Key Issues, focuses on using hydrogen both as a fuel and as a means of energy storage.

March 15, 2013

Transportation Energy Futures Study Reveals Potential for Deep Cuts to Petroleum Use and Carbon Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) today announced the release of the Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) study, an assessment of avenues to reach deep cuts in petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector.

March 8, 2013

Hydrogen: A Promising Fuel and Energy Storage Solution

Electrolysis-generated hydrogen may provide a solution to fluctuations in renewable-sourced energy.

February 4, 2013

Automakers Drive toward Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

A recent Science Friday segment on National Public Radio featured NREL's Jen Kurtz discussing the current state of fuel cell electric vehicles.

January 28, 2013

NREL Acquires Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles from Toyota to Support Hydrogen Infrastructure, Production, and Vehicle Performance Studies

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently received four fuel cell hybrid vehicles - advanced (FCHV-adv) on loan from Toyota through a two-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. These vehicles will help NREL enhance its research related to hydrogen fueling infrastructure, renewable hydrogen production, and vehicle performance.

January 24, 2013

10 Questions for Materials Scientist Brian Larsen

The U.S. Department of Energy blog features an interview with NREL Materials Scientist Brian Larsen, who works on developing next generation fuel cell catalysts.

January 17, 2013

Webinar Focuses on Wind-to-Hydrogen Project

This NREL-hosted webinar provides information about the Wind-to-Hydrogen Project.

January 1, 2013

Analysis Indicates Fuel Economy of Fuel Cell Buses About Twice as High as Diesel Buses

A recently published NREL report indicates that the fuel economy of fuel cell buses is 1.8 to 2 times higher than conventional diesel buses and compressed natural gas buses.

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