2014 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.
At annual event, inverter technology takes top honor—and two new programs are announced to push clean energy innovations to the marketplace.
NREL's cryogenic tank holds 500 dormant algae samples, and each must ease back into life.
Hybrid of research and industry know-how steers NREL transportation RD&D.
Supercomputer that uses waste heat to warm its building wins R&D 100 award.
Simulator for Wind Farm Applications — SOWFA — can help developers boost capacity of wind farms.
Forty-four interns spend summer at NREL researching topics from genetic engineering to technologies for hydrokinetic turbines.
"Gas to wafer" approach, 100 times faster than typical methods, wins R&D 100 award.
NREL's Wendy Dafoe works closely with the Energy Department to advance the Clean Cities sustainable transportation mission.
The next generation of scientific superstars shines at NREL.
NREL is accelerating the availability of next-generation technologies by making it easier for industry partners to work with the lab.
NREL's algorithms and models predict performance and financial risk of renewable energy systems.
As "big data" plays an increasing role in the renewable energy industry, NREL's Peregrine supercomputer is ready to take flight.
Approach boosts performance, safety, and durability for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, soon to be a $14 billion market.
NREL buildings demonstrate the effective execution of energy-efficient design and operation.
NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility is the hub for testing devices that can power through outages.
Twenty-eight teams from U.S. and Canadian universities convene at NREL for student design competition.
Laboratory and aspiring scientists both benefit from Research Participant Program.
Perovskite, a semiconducting cube-like mineral, is jumping up efficiency charts faster than any other solar-cell material.
As fuel cell cars get ready for the road, industry turns to NREL for help improving cost and reliability.
Boulder's Fairview High School beats out 47 other teams to claim victory in this year’s state competition.
Revamped facility and programming bring renewable energy and energy efficiency knowledge to students, adult groups, and the community.
Bioreactor simulates precise climates, uncovers how to get maximum fuels from algae.
Computer simulations show that a part of an enzyme, once thought unimportant, is useful in breaking down cellulose.
Unique microbe gobbles methane and turns it into liquid diesel.