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News Release Archives 2012

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 21, 2012

NREL Names New Executive

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory today named Barbara Goodman as Associate Laboratory Director for Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Systems to replace Dale Gardner who is retiring at the end of the year.

December 20, 2012

Concentrated Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage Can Help Utilities' Bottom Line, Study Shows

The storage capacity of concentrating solar power (CSP) can add significant value to a utility company's optimal mix of energy sources, a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggests.

December 14, 2012

NREL and Johnson Matthey Announce Five-Year Collaboration on Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, in a five-year, $7 million effort to economically produce drop-in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from non-food biomass feedstocks, the federal laboratory announced today.

December 13, 2012

NREL Employees and Managing Partner Pledge $500,000 to Aid Area Charities

The employees of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, have pledged more than $500,000 to support local charities during the lab's annual holiday giving campaign.

December 4, 2012

NREL Teams with Berkeley Lab to Analyze Solar Pricing Trends and Benchmark "Soft" Costs for PV Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) jointly released two reports examining solar photovoltaic (PV) pricing in the U.S.

November 27, 2012

NREL Updates Solar Radiation Database

Golden, Colo., November 9, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and collaborators released a 20-year updated version of the U.S. National Solar Radiation Database, a web-based technical report that provides critical information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in the U.S. and its territories.

November 26, 2012

NREL Researchers Use Imaging Technologies to Solve Puzzle of Plant Architecture

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility, a breakthrough that could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering the costs of making biofuels.

November 20, 2012

NREL's Research Support Facility Garners Second LEED® Platinum

The Research Support Facility (RSF) on the campus of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo. has earned its second LEED® Platinum designation for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.

November 9, 2012

NREL/DOE Launch New Alternative Transportation Web Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new tool and redesigned DOE's Alternative Fuels Data Center Web site to help fleet managers, municipalities and consumers choose from a wide variety of alternative fuels and energy efficiency strategies for reducing petroleum use, vehicle emissions, and operating costs.

November 8, 2012

NREL Receives Numerous Accolades from Industry and DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its employees have garnered awards and recognition from industry groups for advancing energy research as well as furthering the lab's sustainable operating practices.

October 25, 2012

NREL's Industry Growth Forum Brings Together Energy Innovators

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 25th Industry Growth Forum this week attracted nearly 400 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers to Denver.

October 12, 2012

NREL Nano-Technology Solar Cell Achieves 18.2% Efficiency

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have produced solar cells using nanotechnology techniques at an efficiency – 18.2% -- that is competitive. The breakthrough should be a major step toward helping lower the cost of solar energy.

October 2, 2012

Alliance to Continue Management of National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will extend the contract for management of its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. In a letter to the Alliance, DOE said it was providing preliminary notice that the Department will exercise the option to extend Alliance's contract to manage and operate NREL beyond the current five-year contract period. The Department did not specify the extension period in its notice to the Alliance.

September 28, 2012

NREL Study: Hybrid Delivery Vans Show Nearly 20 Percent Higher Fuel Economy

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently completed a performance evaluation report that showed significant fuel economy benefits of hybrid electric delivery vans compared to similar conventional vans.

September 25, 2012

NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, and transportation fuels are made, and help clean the air.

September 17, 2012

NREL's Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Investors

Golden, Colo., Sept. 13, 2012 – Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts in Denver Oct. 23-24 as the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts the 25th NREL Industry Growth Forum.

September 11, 2012

NREL Shows Heavy Duty Hybrid Trucks Deliver on Fuel Economy

A performance evaluation of Class 8 hybrid electric tractor trailers compared with similar conventional vehicles by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows significant improvements in fuel economy.

September 5, 2012

NREL Selects Partners for New High Performance Computer Data Center

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected HP and Intel to provide a new energy-efficient high performance computer (HPC) system dedicated to energy systems integration, renewable energy research, and energy efficiency technologies. The new center will provide additional computing resources to support the breadth of research at NREL, leading to increased efficiency and lower costs for research into clean energy technologies including solar photovoltaics, wind energy, electric vehicles, buildings technologies, and renewable fuels.

August 10, 2012

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Make Rapid Progress in Range, Durability

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently completed a seven-year project to demonstrate and evaluate hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen fueling infrastructure in real-world settings.

July 26, 2012

NREL Study Shows Renewable Energy Potential in Every State

A new study of renewable energy's technical potential finds that every state in the nation has the space and resource to generate clean energy.

July 16, 2012

New Database from NREL Makes Costs of Energy Technologies More Transparent

A new web application collects cost and performance estimates for electric generation, advanced vehicles, and renewable fuel technologies and makes them available for utilities, policy makers, consumers, and academics. The Transparent Cost Database (TCDB) app provides technology cost and performance estimates that can be used to benchmark company costs, model energy scenarios, and inform research and development decisions.

July 10, 2012

NREL Joins Global Alliance of Solar Research Institutes

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has joined the newly-formed Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes comprising three internationally renowned research institutions.

July 5, 2012

NREL Staff Donates More Than 1,000 Pounds of Food for the Needy

Employees at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) donated enough food in a recent drive to feed 50 adults and 100 children for a week.

July 3, 2012

Alberi to Participate in DOE's Early Career Research Program

A researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected by DOE's Office of Basic Energy Sciences as one of 68 scientists to participate in DOE's Early Career Research Program.

July 2, 2012

NREL's Bharathan honored by Geothermal Energy Association

Dr. Desikan Bharathan, a principal engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been recognized with a GEA Honors Award by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA).

June 20, 2012

NREL Research Earns Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

A revolutionary new approach to air conditioning, and a three-junction solar cell that holds the world efficiency record – both developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – have been named among this year's most significant innovations by R&D Magazine.

June 8, 2012

NREL Selected to Join Europe's DERlab

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected as a new member of the nonprofit Association of European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab).

June 7, 2012

NREL's Sarah Kurtz Wins Prestigious Cherry Award from IEEE

A physicist from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) who helped launch super-efficient multi-junction solar cells and who is a leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems reliability has been awarded the prestigious Cherry Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

June 4, 2012

NREL Announces Participants in the National Executive Education Program

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 19 leaders to participate in its 2012 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), a premier leadership program focused on delivering clean energy solutions.

May 17, 2012

NREL Director Arvizu Named Chair of National Science Board

Dan Arvizu, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been elected Chairman of the National Science Board. The 25-member body advises the president and Congress on science and engineering issues, and is the policy-setting and budget-approving body for the National Science Foundation. With an annual budget of $6.9 billion, the foundation funds about 20 percent of all federally supported basic scientific research at U.S. colleges and universities. Arvizu will serve a two-year term as chairman.

May 14, 2012

NREL Simulates Shade Conditions in Repeatable Test for Solar Arrays

The US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a new repeatable test protocol that simulates real shade conditions and can predict with much greater precision the effects of shade on a solar array.

May 12, 2012

Student Winners Announced in Solar, Hydrogen and Lithium Ion Fuel Cell Car Races

One hundred four teams from 23 Colorado schools participated in today's car competitions hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The student teams raced solar, lithium ion, or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles they designed and built themselves.

May 10, 2012

Students to race their innovative solar, hydrogen and lithium ion battery model cars Saturday

Middle school students from around the state will participate in the Junior Solar Sprint, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions on Saturday, May 12, at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the competitions give students the opportunity to show their engineering and design skills by building and racing high-performance model solar, hydrogen fuel cell and battery vehicles.

May 4, 2012

NREL Develops More Precise Look at Cradle-to-Grave Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Energy Technologies

A new approach to assessing greenhouse-gas emissions from coal, wind, solar and other energy technologies paints a much more precise picture of cradle-to-grave emissions and should help sharpen decisions on what new energy projects to build.

April 9, 2012

Nearly 100 NREL Staff to Discuss Innovation at WREF 2012

Nearly 100 renewable energy experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have been selected to present at this year's World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF) to be held in Denver, Colo., on May 13-17, at the Colorado Convention Center.

March 28, 2012

Deadline for ‘Energy Execs' Applications Extended to April 6

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has extended the application window for the 2012 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. “Energy Execs” is a leadership program focused on educating business, community, and government leaders about achieving clean energy solutions using energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

March 5, 2012

Strategic Energy Analysis Institute to Hold Annual Meeting

The Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA), a transdisciplinary global research group focused on the nexus of energy, environment, finance and society, headquartered at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will address transformational trends in the global energy economy at its annual meeting, March 7-8 in Golden, Colo.

February 29, 2012

NREL, UCLA Certify World Record for Polymer Solar Cell Efficiency

Scientists boosted the significance of tandem polymer solar cells by successfully testing cells with low-bandgap polymers that achieved certified conversion efficiencies of 8.62 ± 0.3% with respect to standard terrestrial reporting conditions.

February 23, 2012

New Fellows to Help Guide NREL Research

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) named Dr. Howard Branz and Dr. Michael Himmel to its Research Fellows Council, the Laboratory's top advisory council comprised of internationally recognized NREL scientists and engineers.

February 17, 2012

NREL, UCLA certify world record for Polymer Solar Cell Efficiency

Scientists have boosted the fortunes of tandem polymer solar cells by successfully testing cells with low-bandgap polymers that achieved certified conversion efficiencies of 8.62 ± 0.3% with respect to standard terrestrial reporting conditions.

February 17, 2012

NREL Announces Deputy Lab Director and Chief Operating Officer

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has appointed Ken Powers as its new Deputy Laboratory Director and Chief Operating Officer.

February 15, 2012

NREL Earns Prestigious Safety and Environmental Certifications

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has received three significant certifications demonstrating the lab's commitment to the environment, safety, and management excellence.

February 13, 2012

NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Academy

Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2012 Executive Energy Leadership Academy (Energy Execs). Energy Execs is a leadership program focused on educating business, community, and government leaders about clean energy solutions through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

February 8, 2012

Linear Fresnel Technology added to System Advisor Model's Capabilities

A promising Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology that uses a stationary receiver tube and an array of mirrors mounted near the ground can now be accessed within the System Advisor Model (SAM), which predicts annual energy production, hourly performance and return on investment.

February 6, 2012

Join CREED for the First Investor Access Breakfast

The Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is kicking off a new addition to its Finance Series, the Investor Access breakfast.

January 28, 2012

Cherry Creek High School Wins Colorado Science Bowl

Students from Cherry Creek High School won the Colorado High School Science Bowl today. The school will go on to the 22nd National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., Apr. 26-30, where they will compete for the national title against more than 450 students from 68 high schools.

January 27, 2012

Vote online for America's Next Top Energy Innovator

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will name America's Next Top Energy Innovator in February and wants Americans to vote online for their favorites among 14 technologies that could make huge differences in the near future. Technologies from the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are being used by three of the nominees, helping move the laboratory's research and development to the private sector. Two of the three start-ups working with NREL are based in Colorado.

January 27, 2012

NREL, Gamesa to Collaborate on R&D Project

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Gamesa Technology Corp., Inc. will study and test a variety of components and systems that will guide development of the next generation of wind turbines designed specifically for the U.S. marketplace.

January 20, 2012

Lease Option Increases Rooftop Solar's Appeal, Study Says

Rooftop solar panels are attracting a new demographic of customers who are choosing to lease rather than buy, and enjoying the low upfront costs and immediate savings.

January 19, 2012

CREED: Helping Colorado Cleantech Startups Find the Money

The Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) invites cleantech entrepreneurs to attend the next event in its Entrepreneur Series. The Jan. 26 class, “Financing Your Cleantech Startup,” will provide cleantech entrepreneurs with an overview of how to find capital for a startup.

January 18, 2012

NREL's Economic Benefit to Colorado totals $831.3 Million in FY 2011

The net economic benefit of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Colorado's economy grew to $831.3 million in fiscal year 2011, according to a study by the University of Colorado's Leeds College of Business.

January 6, 2012

Electronic Atlas Maps U.S. Renewable Energy Resources

A new geospatial application developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) allows users to easily and accurately map potential renewable energy resources in the United States.

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