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September 8, 2016

Alberi Validates New Theory, Sheds Light on Semiconductors

A new theoretical framework on defect formation in semiconductors-materials used in a multitude of NREL-developed technologies such as solar cells, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and power electronics-indicates that shining light on them during growth can lead to improved crystalline quality and, ultimately, better device performance.

August 31, 2016

NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar Generation in the Eastern Power Grid

A new study from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how the power grid of the eastern United States could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. The analysis considered scenarios of up to 30 percent annual penetration of wind and solar.

August 1, 2016

NREL Technique Leads to Improved Perovskite Solar Cells

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility.

July 27, 2016

Happy Accident Keeps a Would-Be Teacher at NREL as a PV Leader

Sarah Kurtz's dream of being a university professor is on hold while she pursues her passion for solar energy at the National Center for Photovoltaics.

July 26, 2016

NREL, SolarCity Complete Experimental Evaluation of PV Inverter Anti-Islanding with Grid Support Functions in Multi-Inverter Island Scenarios

First known work using actual hardware to examine scenarios with multiple solar photovoltaic inverters connected to multiple different points on the grid.

July 22, 2016

NREL's Kurtz, Tegen Honored for Clean Energy Leadership

The U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) program has honored Sarah Kurtz and Suzanne Tegen of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for their leadership and achievement in the field of renewable energy.

June 27, 2016

Solar PV Recycling Identified as Untapped Business Opportunity

A new report, End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels, highlights that recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock a large stock of raw materials and other valuable components.

May 31, 2016

NREL Names a Director's Fellowship in Honor of Art Nozik

The Nozik Fellowship is available to early-career researchers who earned their Ph.D. in the last two years.

May 25, 2016

Keith Emery Repeats on List of Highly Cited Researchers

This award reflects the growth and success of the PV industry as well as NREL's important role providing efficiency measurements for the community.

May 11, 2016

New Partnerships Help Utilities Break Down Solar Barriers

The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network launched its first program of technical assistance to electric utilities and announced three new efforts to provide direct support to utility partners. The activities range from providing interconnection training to conducting detailed techno-economic modeling to leveraging community solar finance tools.

April 21, 2016

NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team to Partner with Illinois, Nevada, and New York

Three organizations were selected to receive expertise from the Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network to address critical questions and challenges to making their states more solar friendly.

March 1, 2016

NREL Hosts PV Module Reliability Workshop for Industry

Nearly 200 researchers from more than 100 companies and representing 16 countries attended the 7th annual PV Module Reliability Workshop, Feb. 23–25, 2016, in Golden, Colo.

February 29, 2016

NREL Collaboration Boosts Potential for CdTe Solar Cells

A critical milestone has been reached in cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell technology, helping pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources.

February 11, 2016

Potential of Perovskite Solar Cells Featured in Solar Today

In an interview published in Solar Today, Dr. Jao van de Lagemaat, director of the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center at the National Renewable Laboratory (NREL), highlighted various aspects of perovskites, which have received considerable attention by solar cell researchers at NREL and other institutions.

February 8, 2016

NREL Helps Establish New PV Quality Standards for Manufacturers

Working with partners around the world, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have completed five years of work toward helping establish an international quality standard for manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) modules.

February 4, 2016

Claims for Solar Cell Efficiency Put to Test at NREL

Record numbers carefully vetted by scientists to assure accuracy.

January 28, 2016

NREL and Partners Demonstrate First-of-a-Kind Use of Utility-Scale PV for Ancillary Services

Demonstration project shows utility-scale photovoltaic plants that incorporate “grid-friendly” controls can contribute to grid stability and reliability.

January 27, 2016

NREL Releases High-Penetration PV Handbook for Distribution Engineers

A new resource sponsored by the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative helps distribution engineers understand the challenges of high-penetration PV integration—giving them the information they need to ramp up their solar energy integration and deliver more clean, renewable power to consumers.

January 14, 2016

DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America’s Electric Grid

Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation’s electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE’s comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), a blueprint for the Department’s research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be strongly supporting this effort, bringing its unique array of experts and resources together to participate in 48 of the 88 awarded projects announced today.

January 12, 2016

NREL Theorizes Defects Could Improve Solar Cells

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are studying what may seem paradoxical - certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance.

January 5, 2016

NREL and CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have jointly set a new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell.


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