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November 13, 2008

NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES have jointly deployed the first of several solar resource measuring stations as part of a planned instrumentation network throughout the United States.

November 13, 2008

NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES have jointly deployed the first of several solar resource measuring stations as part of a planned instrumentation network throughout the United States.

October 24, 2008

NREL Solar Technologies Recognized with Special R&D 100 Honors

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) took home high honors from Editors of R&D Magazine recently for two separate solar cell technologies that were named β€œthe most revolutionary technologies of the year.”

October 15, 2008

Collaboratory Funds 12 New Solar Research Projects

The Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP) is launching 12 novel solar research projects totaling more than $1.1 million in its inaugural round of research and development funding.

October 7, 2008

NREL, HelioVolt Receive Technology Transfer Award for PV Manufacturing Technology

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer has presented NREL and HelioVolt with an "Excellence in Technology Transfer" Award.

September 5, 2008

NREL's Optical Furnace Technology Sparks Solar Industry Interest

Two startup companies are using NREL's optical furnace technology to advance solar cell manufacturing processes.

August 13, 2008

NREL Solar Cell Sets World Efficiency Record at 40.8 Percent

Scientists at NREL have set a world record in solar cell efficiency with a photovoltaic device that converts 40.8 percent of the light that hits it into electricity. This is the highest confirmed efficiency of any photovoltaic device to date.

July 17, 2008

NREL Solar Research Gains Two R&D 100 Awards

An ultra-light, highly efficient solar cell and use of ink-jet printing to manufacture thin-film photovoltaics – both developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory – have been named among this year's most significant innovations by Research and Development Magazine.

July 14, 2008

NREL and Optony Collaborate on Developing Cost-Competitive Approach for Solar Electricity

NREL and its partner Optony are working together on a revolutionary concentrating solar power system.

July 2, 2008

NREL Recognized for Work on Denver Federal Center's Solar Park

Otto VanGeet, of NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis and Applications Center, was recognized for his technical support to the General Services Administration (GSA) Rocky Mountain Region at the official dedication of the Denver Federal Center's (DFC) $6.9 million solar park on June 26.

June 11, 2008

DOE to Identify Western Transmission Needs for Renewable Energy

DOE announced last week that it will work with the Western Governors' Association (WGA) to identify areas in the West with substantial renewable energy resources and to expedite the development and delivery of that energy to meet regional energy needs.

May 2, 2008

NREL Commercialization Project Accelerates PV Technology Innovation

NREL's R&D collaboration with Ampulse, a venture-backed company, is taking photovoltaic cell technology one step further with a new innovative approach using silicon film.

May 1, 2008

NREL Releases Updated Typical Meteorological Year Data Set

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released an updated typical meteorological year (TMY) data set derived from the 1991-2005 National Solar Radiation Data Base update. The TMY3 data and user's manual are available at http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsrdb/1991-2005/tmy3.

April 21, 2008

Center to Research New Ways to Convert Sunshine to Power and Fuels

The newest research center of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory aims to find ways to directly convert the sun's energy to low-cost electricity and fuels. The Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP), announced today by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar and the Collaboratory at the Capitol, will be dedicated to basic and applied research at the Collaboratory's four member institutions.

April 14, 2008

DOE Research Facility Receives Lab of the Year Award

One of the nation's most energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings recently was recognized as one of the best laboratory facilities built in the U.S. in 2007. In the 42nd Laboratory of the Year competition, the Science and Technology Facility at NREL was one of only two laboratories recognized as trendsetters in laboratory design.

April 10, 2008

Senior Research Fellow Wins Major International Science Award

Senior Research Fellow Arthur J. Nozik has won the 2008 Eni Award, a prestigious international honor that has several Nobel Prize winners among its recipients.

March 24, 2008

Record Makes Thin-Film Solar Cell Competitive with Silicon Efficiency

Researchers have moved closer to creating a thin-film solar cell that can compete with the efficiency of the more common silicon-based solar cell. The copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cell recently reached 19.9 percent efficiency, setting a new world record for this type of cell.

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