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The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. You may subscribe to receive weekly news features by e-mail or via RSS feed. NREL Features RSS Feed (XML)

2014

September 2014

NREL Software Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

NREL Software Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

Simulator for Wind Farm Applications — SOWFA — can help developers boost capacity of wind farms.

NREL Interns Look Toward the Future

NREL Interns Look Toward the Future

Forty-four interns spend summer at NREL researching topics from genetic engineering to technologies for hydrokinetic turbines.

August 2014

Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs

Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs

"Gas to wafer" approach, 100 times faster than typical methods, wins R&D 100 award.

Transportation Leader Roots Career in True Grit

Transportation Leader Roots Career in True Grit

NREL's Wendy Dafoe works closely with the Energy Department to advance the Clean Cities sustainable transportation mission.

Postdoctoral Fellows Bring Fresh Insights

Postdoctoral Fellows Bring Fresh Insights

The next generation of scientific superstars shines at NREL.

July 2014

NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

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.

Industry, Investors Count on NREL's Modeling Tools

Industry, Investors Count on NREL's Modeling Tools

NREL's algorithms and models predict performance and financial risk of renewable energy systems.

June 2014

NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges

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.

NREL Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes

NREL Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes

Approach boosts performance, safety, and durability for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, soon to be a $14 billion market.

Campus Showcases High-Performance Buildings

Campus Showcases High-Performance Buildings

NREL buildings demonstrate the effective execution of energy-efficient design and operation.

May 2014

Model Car Races Put Creativity on the Line

Model Car Races Put Creativity on the Line

Middle school students' design and engineering skills tested on the racetrack.

Climate Change Shifts Focus for Energy System

Climate Change Shifts Focus for Energy System

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

NREL Hosts Race to Zero-Energy Homes

NREL Hosts Race to Zero-Energy Homes

Twenty-eight teams from U.S. and Canadian universities convene at NREL for student design competition.

April 2014

NREL Looks for Star Science Students

NREL Looks for Star Science Students

Laboratory and aspiring scientists both benefit from Research Participant Program.

NREL Unlocking Secrets of New Solar Material

NREL Unlocking Secrets of New Solar Material

Perovskite, a semiconducting cube-like mineral, is jumping up efficiency charts faster than any other solar-cell material.

March 2014

NREL Driving Research on Hydrogen Fuel Cells

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.

2014 Science Bowl Adds New Rivals, New Friends

2014 Science Bowl Adds New Rivals, New Friends

Boulder's Fairview High School beats out 47 other teams to claim victory in this year’s state competition.

NREL Energizes Outreach at Education Center

NREL Energizes Outreach at Education Center

Revamped facility and programming bring renewable energy and energy efficiency knowledge to students, adult groups, and the community.

February 2014

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae's Sweet Spot

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae's Sweet Spot

Bioreactor simulates precise climates, uncovers how to get maximum fuels from algae.

January 2014

Supercomputer Exposes Enzyme's Secrets

Supercomputer Exposes Enzyme's Secrets

Computer simulations show that a part of an enzyme, once thought unimportant, is useful in breaking down cellulose.

NREL Working to Clean Air in Fracking Process

NREL Working to Clean Air in Fracking Process

Unique microbe gobbles methane and turns it into liquid diesel.

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