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News Release Archives 2006

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.

December 14, 2006

Experimental "Wind to Hydrogen" System Up and Running

Xcel Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory unveiled a unique facility that uses electricity from wind turbines to produce and store pure hydrogen.

November 28, 2006

University of Denver High School Teacher Recognized for Commitment to Renewable Energy

Don Cameron, physics and astronomy teacher at the University of Denver High School (DUHS), earned this year's Renewable Energy Teacher Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) for his education initiatives highlighting renewable energy and for being an advocate of sustainability in the community.

October 25, 2006

Clean Energy Alliance to Expand NREL's Business Assistance Model

The National Alliance of Clean Energy Business Incubators (NACEBI) has become the Clean Energy Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of clean energy businesses.

October 4, 2006

NREL, Chevron Establish Research Alliance to Advance Cellulosic Biofuels

Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), headquartered in Golden, Colo., today announced a strategic research alliance to advance the development of renewable transportation fuels.

September 6, 2006

NREL Analyst Honored with WREC Pioneer Award

Barbara Farhar, senior policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), received a 2006 Pioneer Award at the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) on Aug. 23 in Florence, Italy.

August 2, 2006

NREL Selects Contractor for New Research Support Facility

NREL has selected J.E. Dunn Rocky Mountain Construction to design and construct the first phase of the Laboratory's new Research Support Facilities (RSF).

July 21, 2006

NREL Solar Researcher Honored with ASES Abbot Award

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) honored Dr. Chuck Kutscher with the Charles Greeley Abbot Award during the recent ASES SOLAR 2006 conference.

June 28, 2006

NREL Takes "Green Powered" To Next Level

Golden, Colo., June 28, 2006 – By installing on-site solar and wind power systems and purchasing renewable energy certificates, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has gone beyond being 'green powered.' The Laboratory is employing renewable energy to offset not only the total energy use of its buildings, but the energy used by NREL vehicles, employee commuting, air travel and other 'life cycle' energy consumption as well.

June 24, 2006

Honey Creek Middle School Wins U.S. Department of Energy National Science Competition

ive middle school students from Honey Creek Middle School in Terre Haute, Ind., showed their mastery of science today, winning the U.S. Department of Energy's National Middle School Science Bowl.

June 23, 2006

Daniel Wright Junior High School Wins First Place In Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Contest

Daniel Wright Junior High School from Lincolnshire, Ill., captured top place in the model hydrogen fuel cell competition on the first day of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Middle School Science Bowl.

June 8, 2006

NREL, Universities Hail Renewable Energy 'Collaboratory' Bill

NREL, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and University of Colorado applaud legislation that enables them to collaborate on renewable energy efforts in the state.

May 16, 2006

Students Recognized for Skill and Creativity in Energy Education Event

Fifty-seven teams from 22 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).

May 10, 2006

NREL Solar Researcher Honored with World PV Award

Dr. Lawrence Kazmerski, a leading research director at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), received the World PV Award at the Fourth World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion on May 9 for his outstanding contributions to the worldwide advancements of photovoltaic (PV) science and technology.

May 8, 2006

NREL, Xcel Energy Sign Wind to Hydrogen Research Agreement

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) recently signed a cooperative agreement for an innovative "wind to hydrogen" research, development and demonstration project.

April 21, 2006

New Truck Stop Electrification Station Maps Help Truckers Reduce Idling

A new internet-based mapping program is helping truckers find truck stops with idle reduction facilities—on-site systems that can substantially cut fuel use while reducing air emissions.

April 19, 2006

NREL To Build Research Support Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today issued a request for proposals for design and construction of a state-of-the-art office building for the laboratory's South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colo.

April 18, 2006

NREL Employees Honored at Annual Awards Luncheon

During the past 25 years at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Bob Noun and Walter Short have shaped the way renewable energy and energy efficient technologies are seen and understood by the public, elected officials and other stakeholders.

April 10, 2006

Hotchkiss High School Seniors Recognized for Renewable Energy Project

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) presented a special Renewable Energy Award to Christopher Snow and Alexander Farinell from Hotchkiss High School, Hotchkiss, Colo., at the 51st Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) on April 6.

March 15, 2006

NREL Highlights Leading Utility Green Power Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual ranking of leading utility green power programs.

March 2, 2006

Research Shows Ventilated Auto Seats Improve Fuel Economy, Comfort

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has demonstrated that ventilated automotive seats not only can improve passenger comfort but also a vehicle's fuel economy.

February 23, 2006

Laboratory Licenses Hydrogen Sensor Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced that Nuclear Filter Technology (NucFil) has been awarded licenses to manufacture Fiber Optic Hydrogen Sensors.

February 11, 2006

Students from Smoky Hill High School Triumph in Colorado High School Science Bowl

For the fifth year in a row, students from Smoky Hill High School won top honors at the Colorado High School Science Bowl.

February 7, 2006

Budget Shortfall Forces Renewable Energy Laboratory to Lay Off 32 Staff

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reduced its staff by 32 people today to help meet a $28 million budget shortfall.

February 6, 2006

High School Students Gear Up for Battle of the Brains

The next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers will test their mental agility in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Colorado Science Bowl on Feb. 11 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

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