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2007

December 2007

Major Construction Begins on NREL's Main Campus

Major Construction Begins on NREL's Main Campus

NREL is in the process of designing and building key facilities to meet the nation's crucial research objectives for clean and sustainable energy technologies. A $101 million increase to NREL's budget makes it possible for NREL to move forward with the construction of new facilities.

November 2007

Successful 2007 Decathlon Ends, Looks Forward to 2009

Successful 2007 Decathlon Ends, Looks Forward to 2009

The National Mall in Washington, D.C., buzzing with hundreds of thousands of people who visited the Solar Village during the Solar Decathlon 2007 two weeks ago, has now settled and quieted.

NREL's 20th Industry Growth Forum Finances a Path to a Clean Energy Future

NREL's 20th Industry Growth Forum Finances a Path to a Clean Energy Future

"When people look back at the 21st Century's greatest inventions, renewable energy technologies will be on that list," said John Denniston, a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, at NREL's 20th Industry Growth Forum. The Forum brought together start-up companies and investors to transfer clean energy technologies into the marketplace.

October 2007

2007 Solar Decathlon Takes the Spotlight in D.C.

2007 Solar Decathlon Takes the Spotlight in D.C.

The time has come for college and university students from around the world to gather once again at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to show off their innovative, creative, and environmentally friendly solar homes at the Solar Decathlon. This is the third Solar Decathlon, with the first and second such events held in 2002 and 2005.

July 2007

NREL Teams Up with Boeing Spectrolab to Win R&D 100 Award

NREL Teams Up with Boeing Spectrolab to Win R&D 100 Award

R&D Magazine recognizes the world's top 100 scientific advances with its annual R&D 100 Award for innovations with the most significant commercial potential. This year, NREL and Boeing Spectrolab were jointly awarded an R&D 100 Award for developing the first solar cell to break the 40% efficiency barrier, the solar equivalent of breaking the four-minute mile.

April 2007

"Wind-to-Hydrogen" Facility Offers New Template for Future Energy Production

Xcel Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently unveiled a unique facility that uses electricity from wind turbines to produce and store pure hydrogen, offering what may become an important new template for future energy production.

January 2007

NREL's Biomass Research Fuels National Energy Dialogue

NREL's Biomass Research Fuels National Energy Dialogue

In his 2007 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush championed energy alternatives. Among his emphases was the potential of biomass — plant materials — to fulfill a greater share of our nation's transportation fuel needs. The research and analysis provided by NREL and the National Bioenergy Center not only support the President's vision, but have helped to inform it.

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