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December 2, 2010

Scientists Generate Two Energetic Electronic States from One Photon

– Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (UCB), have reported the first designed molecular system that produces two triplet states from an excited singlet state of a molecule, with essentially perfect efficiency.

October 26, 2010

NREL Scientists Lauded as Industry Pioneers

At the recent World Renewable Energy Congress/Network (WREN) in Abu Dhabi, three researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were named WREN Pioneers. Dr. Falah Hasoon, Dr. Chuck Kutscher and Dr. David Renné were recognized for the impact their discoveries and innovations have made to the progress and acceptance of renewable energy technologies.

October 22, 2010

John Wohlgemuth Brings PV Reliability, Standards Expertise to NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has hired John Wohlgemuth, a respected scientist who specializes in documenting failures in silicon and thin-film photovoltaic modules. His new role as a principal scientist in NREL's photovoltaics reliability group will draw upon his deep knowledge and experience in performance and reliability, along with his international work on standards.

September 13, 2010

NREL Breakthrough Could Spawn Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Cells

A special etching process developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) makes silicon wafers darker, and thus able to absorb almost all of the solar spectra that reach the surface. This innovation is expected to lead to solar cells that cost less and are more efficient than the ones used on rooftops and in solar arrays today.

August 3, 2010

NREL Seeks Proposals for Photovoltaic Technology Incubator Program

The U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking project proposals as part of recently announced DOE funding to accelerate commercialization of solar energy technologies

July 8, 2010

NREL Solar Research Garners Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

An etching technique that makes silicon wafers more efficient and a mammoth power generator that sets a new standard for the production of solar energy – 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 & Development (R&D) Magazine.

June 21, 2010

NREL Launches Partnership with Solarmer Energy to Extend Lifetime of Plastic Solar Cells

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Solarmer Energy, Inc., have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to collaborate on improving the lifetime of plastic solar cells, a promising new solar conversion technology. The joint research covered by the CRADA will explore the lifetime and stability of the organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices that make up the energy-harvesting layers of plastic solar cells.

May 20, 2010

NREL Study Shows Power Grid can Accommodate Large Increase in Wind and Solar Generation

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory today released an initial study assessing the operational impacts and economics of increased contributions from wind and solar energy producers on the power grid. The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study examines the benefits and challenges of integrating enough wind and solar energy capacity into the grid to produce 35 percent of its electricity by 2017. The study finds that this target is technically feasible and does not necessitate extensive additional infrastructure, but does require key changes to current operational practice. The results offer a first look at the issue of adding significant amount of variable renewable energy in the West and will help utilities across the region plan how to ramp up their production of renewable energy as they incorporate more wind and solar energy plants into the power grid.

April 6, 2010

NREL's Emery Receives Hubbard Award

Keith Emery, Principal Research Supervisor at the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was honored with the H.M. Hubbard award on March 16. Emery received the award for seminal contributions to the measurement science of photovoltaic devices and modules and for establishing a world-class, internationally recognized measurement facility.

February 17, 2010

CRSP Funds 10 New Advanced Solar Research Projects, Announces First Sponsored Research Program Project with Konarka Technologies

The Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP) has funded 10 advanced solar research projects totaling $800,000 – its second round of Shared Research Program funding. Separately, CRSP also has launched its first Sponsored Research Program effort – a project between Konarka Technologies and Colorado State University (CSU).

January 20, 2010

DOE to Provide Up to $12 Million to Support Early Stage Solar Technologies

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., will invest $12 million in total funding ($10 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) to support the development of early stage solar energy technologies.

January 6, 2010

PV Mapping Project Gathering Data, Evolving

A new photovoltaic (PV) mapping project is collecting data from across the country so that users can better understand historical and current trends in the PV market. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Market Analysis group is spearheading the Web-based project, which is a collaborative effort between government, industry, and the public. Users may add their own PV installation data, browse data entered by others, and view statistics.

January 5, 2010

Updated Report Details an Emerging CPV Industry

After incorporating feedback from the industry, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has updated a report that assesses the status of the rapidly growing concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) industry.

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