2010 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.
Researchers work with companies to evaluate the latest technology commercially available in the medium and heavy-duty truck markets.
Collaboration and diversity in the form of multi-disciplinary teams with complementary skills replace the solo scientist of old.
NREL uses wind energy to make the hydrogen fueling the lab's "green" shuttle.
Schoolyard wind turbines in 11 states propel interest in science and energy careers.
Fragile microorganisms hold a reservoir of potential oil, but are tough to crack.
NREL is helping Caribbean and Pacific islands plot energy plans in the face of soaring costs, pollution concerns.
Leadership program grads are taking great strides to implement ideas fostered at NREL. Solar energy is offering them many opportunities.
Five years after Hurricane Katrina wrecked the city's classrooms, New Orleans is taking advantage of the opportunity to build green schools that could save millions on energy bills. NREL is lending a helping hand.
A rooftop solar electric system on NREL's new office building embodies the ideals of energy efficiency and renewable energy advocated by the Lab.
Cleantech ventures are sharpening their business plans, polishing their presentations for NREL's 23rd Industry Growth Forum.
Innovative research laboratories get a facelift and infusion of new equipment to help researchers make environment friendly, economic biofuels.
Award-winning etching technique puts a trillion holes in a silicon wafer making it blacker and better able to absorb nearly all the colors of sunlight.
Home furnishings retailer to tap into Earth's steady temperature; NREL to collect data, monitor system with an eye toward helping save energy and money.
Participant in NREL's executive leadership class aims to bring solar and wind energy to Afghan farms; researchers advise military on powering bases.
Transpired solar collector technology developed at NREL boosts the efficiency of the new Research Support Facility on the Lab's campus.
Ten years ago, in the wake of tragedy, NREL set up a fund to help students at Columbine High School. The investment still pays dividends.
NREL researchers deploy renewable energy systems at National Science Foundation bases in forbidding, fragile Antarctica.
NASA and NREL combine experience and experiments to make safer more reliable batteries for outer space and Interstates.
The grounds of the Research Support Facility will help shape the nation's first rating system for green landscape design and construction.
NREL helps the Environmental Protection Agency find ways to generate renewable energy on blighted land.
NREL melds technologies to invent a better air conditioner that could mean more comfortable summers and lower energy bills.
Hydrogen fuel cells tested in forklifts provide data on performance and safety key to widespread use of the power plants in cars and trucks.
Beetle kill wood is just the latest example of the resources used to make the Research Support Facility a model for sustainability.
NREL's 2.5-megawatt dynamometer picks on a wind turbine its own size in largest U.S. drive-train test ever.
One of the nation's largest technology companies looks to NREL as it advances products in photovoltaics, concentrating solar power and biofuels.
Researching breakthroughs in energy now is easier thanks to a new Web site that quickly accesses patents for technologies developed by DOE laboratories.
A new initiative puts commercial building owners and operators together with technical experts to help save money and energy.
Early Laboratory Director Denis Hayes recalls roller coaster days of the past, says current generation gives him hope.
Information Technology in the new Research Support Facility subtracts watts, adding to the building's energy efficiency while showing others how.
Lab reverses solar cell process to create a long-sought-after deep green that could lead to cheaper, more efficient lighting.
Process Development and Integration Laboratory is faster, more precise, gives industry quicker answers.
NREL's new Open PV Web site lets users download information about installations, explore trends in photovoltaic markets.
High throughput system can analyze enzymes, poplars, switch grass, thousands at a time to help determine which plants are best suited for biofuels.
The use of daylighting drives the size of the NREL's new super energy efficient Research Support Facility as well as the features of its windows.
Good-paying jobs in renewable energy are important to the nation's future and don't all require a college degree, high school students learn.
NREL biologists test revegetation and wildlife protection strategies at new solar power array at the National Wind Technology Center.
Recovery Act funding will be used to enhance battery testing equipment and facilities, helping NREL continue to support industry.
Buildings consume 40 percent of our nation's energy. NREL is testing and researching electrochromic windows that could knock that back significantly.
Thanks to a partnership with DOE and NREL, companies are getting the cash and expertise needed to jumpstart biofuels production scale-up.
NREL launches a new Internet site to allow organizations around the world to both post their own energy data and download data, for free.