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News Release Archives 2005

News releases covering laboratory activities, scientific discoveries, projects and more are archived below, chronologically. For more information about NREL and its research in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, e-mail public_affairs@nrel.gov.

November 17, 2005

Lakewood High School Teacher Recognized for Introduction of Renewable Energy Curriculum

Students taking technology classes at Lakewood High School this semester are learning about more than construction, technical theater and computer aided drafting (CAD); they are learning about energy issues within their community.

October 31, 2005

Agreement Establishes Energy-Efficient Home Collaboration

A partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will move forward energy-efficient home construction in California while advancing energy-efficient home research at NREL.

October 19, 2005

NREL to Receive R & D 100 Awards at Annual Awards Ceremony

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will receive two R&D 100 awards during a black tie awards ceremony hosted by Research & Development (R&D) Magazine on Oct. 20 at Chicago's Navy Pier.

October 19, 2005

NREL Supports Development of World's Largest Solar Electric Power Plant Project in 14 Years

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have collaborated with Solargenix Energy on the solar collector technology to be used in the development of Nevada Solar One, a 64-megawatt (MW) Solar Thermal Electric Generating Plant in Boulder City, Nev.

September 29, 2005

NREL, Xcel Energy Sign Photovoltaic Development Agreement

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) announced a first-of-a-kind agreement today to develop software to evaluate siting options for off-grid and grid-connected, commercial rooftop solar electricity systems in Colorado.

September 23, 2005

Solar-Powered Charging Systems to Help Hurricane Recovery Efforts

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working in partnership with the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), is providing solar electric charging stations to help residents of Kiln, Miss., recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

September 15, 2005

Owner Receives Keys to Net Zero Energy Habitat for Humanity House

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver today dedicated the ultimate energy efficient demonstration home: a house designed to produce as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis.

September 13, 2005

NREL Recognized by FLC for Technology Transfer Activities

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) has recognized the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with two regional awards for technology transfer activities.

August 3, 2005

New Cost Tool Helps Fleet Managers Evaluate Hybrid Vehicles

A new software tool that compares the costs and emissions of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to conventional vehicles is now available for government and business fleet managers interested in reducing fuel costs and protecting air quality.

August 2, 2005

NREL Wind Turbine Design Codes Certified

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that its wind turbine design codes—termed FAST and ADAMS—can now be used for worldwide turbine certification.

July 27, 2005

University of Michigan Wins North American Solar Challenge

The University of Michigan won a highly-competitive 2005 North American Solar Challenge (NASC) today, crossing the finish line at 11:27 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time using only the energy of the sun.

July 26, 2005

NREL Researcher Recognized for Outstanding Achievement by Hispanic Engineers Organization

Dr. Maria Ghirardi, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was named one of the nation's best and brightest engineers and scientists by the Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) today.

July 25, 2005

NREL Expo to Showcase Energy Products and Services

Consumers can learn how to save energy and money at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) NREL Residential & Commercial Building Expo from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the NREL Visitors Center.

July 13, 2005

Honey Creek Middle School Wins National Science Competition

Solar concentrators using highly efficient photovoltaic solar cells will reduce the cost of electricity from sunlight to competitive levels soon, attendees were told at a recent international conference on the subject.

July 13, 2005

Cost Competitive Electricity from Photovoltaic Concentrators Called 'Imminent'

Solar concentrators using highly efficient photovoltaic solar cells will reduce the cost of electricity from sunlight to competitive levels soon, attendees were told at a recent international conference on the subject.

July 8, 2005

NREL Takes Two R&D 100 Awards

Two technologies developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are among this year's most significant innovations, as judged by Research & Development (R&D) Magazine.

June 24, 2005

Smith Middle School Takes First Place at Science Bowl Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competition

Smith Middle School from Chapel Hill, N.C., captured top place in the model hydrogen fuel cell competition on the first day of the National Middle School Science Bowl.

May 23, 2005

Quantum Dot Materials Can Reduce Heat, Boost Electrical Output

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have shown that nanotechnology may greatly increase the amount of electricity produced by solar cells.

May 14, 2005

Students Recognized for Skill and Creativity in Energy Education Event

Forty-six teams from 17 Colorado schools participated in today's Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

March 3, 2005

NREL Solar Researcher Named to National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Lawrence Kazmerski, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since its inception, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

February 12, 2005

Students from Smoky Hill High School Triumph in Colorado Science Bowl

Students from Smoky Hill High School won top honors at the Colorado Science Bowl today for the fourth year in a row.

January 29, 2005

The Manning School Triumphs in Middle School Science Bowl

Students from The Manning School took top honors at the Middle School Science Bowl today after a final round of rapid-fire questions and answers about earth science, physical science, life science, math and general science.

January 19, 2005

New Lab Delves into Plants for Fuels

A new integrated facility designed to give scientists unprecedented insights into the chemical and biological reactions which can transform renewable plant and waste materials into useful sources of energy was dedicated yesterday at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

January 4, 2005

NREL Releases New Version of Energy Evaluation Software

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released Version 2.1 of HOMER, a micropower optimization software model that simplifies the task of evaluating design options for both off-grid and grid-connected power systems.

January 4, 2005

Dan E. Arvizu Named Director of National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Senior Vice President at Midwest Research Institute

The appointment of Dan E. Arvizu as Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO, and Senior Vice President at Midwest Research Institute was announced today by James L. Spigarelli, President and CEO of Midwest Research Institute (MRI).

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