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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)

2013

December 2013

New Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

New Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

Five-megawatt dynamometer will accelerate the development of next-generation wind energy technologies.

Bright Ideas Chase Investor Dollars at Forum

Bright Ideas Chase Investor Dollars at Forum

Annual Industry Growth Forum sponsored by NREL is where green technology seeks greenbacks.

NREL Takes Efficiency to the Great Outdoors

NREL Takes Efficiency to the Great Outdoors

NREL earns new LEED-equivalent designation for sustainable landscaping.

November 2013

NREL Test Helps Make Moisture Barriers Better

NREL Test Helps Make Moisture Barriers Better

NREL-developed test can detect tiny amounts of moisture and measure reliability, durability of water vapor barriers used in phones, solar panels, and organic light-emitting diodes.

New Solar Cell Is More Efficient, Less Costly

New Solar Cell Is More Efficient, Less Costly

Innovation by NREL and First Solar acquisition TetraSun wins a 2013 R&D 100 Award.

October 2013

NREL Brings Precision, Savings to Energy Audits

NREL Brings Precision, Savings to Energy Audits

Energy audit tool developed with concept3D spots more energy savings for commercial buildings.

September 2013

Weatherization Work Guidelines Launched

Weatherization Work Guidelines Launched

Lab teams with Energy Department and industry to bring consistency to the weatherization workforce.

Energy Secretary Dedicates ESIF at NREL

Energy Secretary Dedicates ESIF at NREL

A more resilient, cleaner, integrated system crucial for America's future, says Secretary Moniz.

Architects and Building Engineers Flock to NREL

Architects and Building Engineers Flock to NREL

National ASHRAE and AIA conferences in Denver bring hundreds to NREL's energy-efficient buildings.

August 2013

Third Consecutive IEEE Cherry Award for NREL

Third Consecutive IEEE Cherry Award for NREL

Prestigious recognition goes to Keith Emery, whose testing and measurement lab sets the standard for credibility of solar efficiency claims.

Interns Make Robust Contribution to NREL

Interns Make Robust Contribution to NREL

Fifty-four students from across the country are tackling real-world problems in a summer internship program that benefits the nation, the lab, and the students.

July 2013

Wood-Boring Gribbles Intrigue Researchers

Wood-Boring Gribbles Intrigue Researchers

NREL scientists join others to explore tiny crustacean's unique ability to turn wood into sugars in harsh environments.

Scientists Go Eye to Eye with Research at ESIF

Scientists Go Eye to Eye with Research at ESIF

Three-dimensional human-sized views give scientists clearer look at atoms, molecules, polymers.

June 2013

NREL Drives Toward the Future with Fuel Cell EVs

NREL Drives Toward the Future with Fuel Cell EVs

Cooperative agreement with Toyota will enhance NREL's capability to support hydrogen and fuel cell research.

At NREL, Sustainability Goes Beyond Campus

At NREL, Sustainability Goes Beyond Campus

NREL's sustainability program supports the lab and community in leading the nation toward a clean energy future.

NREL Adds Eyes, Brains to Occupancy Detection

NREL Adds Eyes, Brains to Occupancy Detection

Image Processing Occupancy Sensor combines camera and microprocessor to save money, relieve occupant frustration.

May 2013

Middle schoolers shine in electric car races

Middle Schoolers Shine in Electric Car Races

Solar and lithium-ion powered vehicles blaze down the tracks despite clouds overhead.

Saudi Arabia Looks to NREL for Solar Monitoring Expertise

Saudi Arabia Looks to NREL for Solar Monitoring Expertise

Middle East kingdom poised to devote billions of dollars to embracing renewable energy.

April 2013

NREL Engineer Passionate about Energy-Efficient Buildings

NREL Engineer Passionate about Energy-Efficient Buildings

In her 'spare' time she skis, hikes with family, and embraces green living.

NREL Teams with Navy to Cut Energy Use

NREL Teams with Navy to Cut Energy Use

NREL is on a mission to help provide energy security and reduce energy costs for the U.S. Navy.

Change is in the Air at NREL's Wind Center

Change is in the Air at NREL's Wind Center

NREL collaborations with industry partners result in more widely deployed wind energy at lower cost.

March 2013

Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Business

Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Business

Software helps molecular scientists design super enzymes to process biofuels faster.

New Ultra-Efficient HPC Data Center Debuts

New Ultra-Efficient HPC Data Center Debuts

In addition to housing much-needed high performance computing (HPC) power for NREL researchers, the new facility will be the most energy-efficient HPC data center in the world.

February 2013

Biomass Analysis Tool Is Faster, More Precise

Biomass Analysis Tool Is Faster, More Precise

NREL invention quickly and accurately determines cell wall chemistry traits that can lower feedstock costs for biofuels industry.

Fresh Faces Abundant at Colorado Science Bowl

Fresh Faces Abundant at Colorado Science Bowl

Lakewood High School scores dramatic victory in final round of Colorado Science Bowl to secure trip to challenge for national title.

Nation Could Double Energy Productivity

Nation Could Double Energy Productivity

Commission report says greater energy efficiency good for economy, environment; NREL leads the way.

January 2013

NREL Connects EVs and Grid Integration

NREL Connects EVs and Grid Integration

Improved electric vehicle charging, increased range, and grid integration are focal points of research at the Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility.

RSF Influences New High Performance Buildings

RSF Influences New High Performance Buildings

Changing the way U.S. commercial buildings are constructed was a goal from day one.

Device Tosses Out Unusable PV Wafers

Device Tosses Out Unusable PV Wafers

System uses focused light to find weak silicon wafers before money is spent making them into solar cells.

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