2012 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.
NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar cell.
NREL's DEVAP cooling system works in any climate while saving up to 80% on energy use.
Annual gathering provides energy entrepreneurs opportunities to prepare, refine, and present their businesses to investors.
NREL's breakthrough on using the sun to split water is sparking international interest.
Colorado's largest school district leads by combining solar panels with solar curriculum.
Green Button helps electricity customers securely download detailed household or building energy use information from their utility website.
Wind plant underperformance is a significant concern in the wind energy industry. Simulation models developed at NREL are showing the way to solutions.
Fifty-nine students from all around the United States do real research in real laboratories that generates real results.
NREL is working with industry to maintain a secure, reliable flow of energy in microgrids.
NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy takes decision-makers to witness clean energy and energy efficiency at work on the Great Plains.
Early attention to design makes employee parking structure a model of low energy use.
1,300 solar panels turn sunlight into electricity on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
NREL is working with industry to find ways to reduce the energy intensity of large hospitals, schools, and retail buildings by 50%.
From humble beginnings, NREL's expanding campus is a model of research, deployment, and sustainability.
Device combines infrared camera with GPS and software to identify failing receivers at concentrating solar power plants.
Growing renewable butanol refiner demonstrates its process for a future scale-up of the drop-in petroleum replacement.
Photovoltaic reliability focuses on tests, standards, seals, glues, failure modes … and mutual trust.
Homes will soon communicate with the grid to conserve energy and save money.
Record number of entrants sparks the 2012 middle-school competitions for cars powered by solar cells, hydrogen, and lithium-ion batteries.
Narrowing ranges of lifetime emissions estimates helps to clarify the environmental impacts of different generation technologies.
Lab's patented material cleans up biomass gas, making it ready to convert into fuels compatible with today's infrastructure.
NREL study finds the finances of solar leasing appeal to younger homeowners in less affluent neighborhoods.
Further technology improvements will be critical to the future of wind energy. Research at NREL is leading the way.
NREL analysis says thermal energy storage can give photovoltaic power the grid flexibility it needs to meet demand at peak hours.
Cherry Creek High School scores two dramatic victories in final round at twin-abundant Colorado Science Bowl to secure trip to national competition.
NREL is building interconnected laboratories where partners can "plug in" and test new energy technology before hooking it up to the grid.
NREL has been a quiet leader in sustainability efforts; recently, the lab won three national awards, including one from the White House.
Partnership could serve as a model for how to make renewable energy a large part of the electricity grid.