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2016 Feature Stories

The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

July 2016

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

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.


June 2016

NREL Engineers Look for a Cool Way to Make AC Units an Affordable Snap

NREL Engineers Look for a Cool Way to Make AC Units an Affordable Snap

NREL engineers Chuck Booten and Jon Winkler plan to make home air conditioners better and more energy efficient with a simple, split installation.

Ph.D. in Hand, Postdocs Explore Their Futures

Ph.D. in Hand, Postdocs Explore Their Futures

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


May 2016

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

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.

National Labs Gather at NREL for Innovative Summit

National Labs Gather at NREL for Innovative Summit

Idea behind meeting to expand relationships with industry.

NREL Helping the Bureau of Land Management Dive Further into Hot Water

NREL Helping the Bureau of Land Management Dive Further into Hot Water

Geothermal program boosted by greater access to data.


April 2016

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

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.


March 2016

NREL Supports Native American Tribes in Clean Energy Transformational Leadership

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.

LDRD Program Gives NREL Researchers Path Toward Innovation

LDRD Program Gives NREL Researchers Path Toward Innovation

Funding source provides scientists with method to propel progress forward.

Colorado School Earns Return Trip to National Science Bowl

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.


February 2016

Claims for Solar Cell Efficiency Put to Test at NREL

Claims for Solar Cell Efficiency Put to Test at NREL

Record numbers carefully vetted by scientists to assure accuracy.


January 2016

NREL Launches Sustainable Mobility Initiative, Joins CDOT Partnership

NREL Launches Sustainable Mobility Initiative, Joins CDOT Partnership

NREL initiative approaches sustainable transportation as an integrated system, where travelers and transportation resources are viewed as a dynamic network.

NREL's Cybersecurity Initiative Aims to Wall Off the Smart Grid from Hackers

NREL's Cybersecurity Initiative Aims to Wall Off the Smart Grid from Hackers

NREL is working with two-way power grid communications technologies, which can act like an independent "electricity-only Internet."


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