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News Archives - 2012

December 28, 2012

Award-Winning PV Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher

NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar cell.

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 30, 2012

NREL Analysis Calculates Value of Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power

A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an analysis of concentrating solar power integrated with thermal energy storage, using simulations created by recognized, commercially available software. The analysis quantifies the incremental operational value of CSP with TES in multiple scenarios, and will help utilities, grid operators, and state regulators to verify that this technology offers significant value as a dispatchable source of energy.

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.

October 29, 2012

Sun Shines on Old Idea to Make Hydrogen

NREL's breakthrough on using the sun to split water is sparking international interest.

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.

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 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.

June 28, 2012

NREL Steps Up To and Meets SunShot Grand Challenge

The SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum was a huge success, due in no small part to NREL's involvement. The summit, which drew an impressive 700 participants, focused on SunShot Initiative goals aimed at achieving grid-parity solar energy within the decade. NREL's director, scientists, and support staff played important roles in planning, managing, participating in, and generally supporting the event.

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 14, 2012

Thermal Storage Gets More Solar on the Grid

NREL analysis says thermal energy storage can give photovoltaic power the grid flexibility it needs to meet demand at peak hours.

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.

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 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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