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December 23, 2014

NREL Receives Editors’ Choice Awards for Supercomputer Research

Two prestigious scientific magazines have awarded the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with Editors’ Choice awards for the Peregrine high-performance computer and the groundbreaking research it made possible.

December 16, 2014

NREL Demonstrates 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies achieved across all types of solar cells.

December 15, 2014

NREL Seeks National Executive Energy Leadership Academy Participants for 2015

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accepting applications for its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL’s Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a program which enables decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools and financing. Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits and government are eligible to participate in the program.

November 20, 2014

NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The project is funded in part through an Energy Department solar cost-share program.

November 14, 2014

New Initiatives Debut at Industry Growth Forum

At annual event, inverter technology takes top honor—and two new programs are announced to push clean energy innovations to the marketplace.

October 30, 2014

Helping Fort Carson Meet DOD Energy Goals

NREL's diverse projects with the Department of Defense at Fort Carson guide energy improvements that are moving the Army toward its visionary energy goals.

October 27, 2014

NREL and Army Validate Energy Savings for Net Zero Energy Installations

The U.S. Army (Army) has partnered with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to increase energy security through improved energy efficiency and optimized renewable energy strategies at nine installations in the Army’s portfolio. If all nine of the Army Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) pilot sites achieve net zero energy, they will replace approximately 8 percent of the Army’s current total installation energy use with renewable energy. In fact, if all Army installations worldwide were to achieve a 25 percent reduction in energy consumption, as the NZEI pilot sites can, the Army would save approximately 20 trillion BTUs and up to $300 million in annual energy costs.

October 13, 2014

HP Supercomputer at NREL Garners Top Honor

Supercomputer that uses waste heat to warm its building wins R&D 100 award.

July 17, 2014

Industry, Investors Count on NREL's Modeling Tools

NREL's algorithms and models predict performance and financial risk of renewable energy systems.

July 11, 2014

NREL Research Earns Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

A growth system that can produce thin solar cells quickly and at low cost, and an ultra-efficient supercomputer platform – both developed or advanced by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners – have been named among this year’s most significant innovations by R&D Magazine.

June 10, 2014

NREL Recommended for Prestigious Safety and Environmental Certifications

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been recommended for recertification to three significant international standards demonstrating the laboratory’s commitment to the environment, safety, and quality excellence. The management system certifications include: ISO 14001:2004 (environment); OHSAS 18001:2007 (health and safety), and ISO 9001:2008 (quality, limited scope).

June 9, 2014

Campus Showcases High-Performance Buildings

NREL buildings demonstrate the effective execution of energy-efficient design and operation.

May 12, 2014

NREL Hosts Race to Zero-Energy Homes

Twenty-eight teams from U.S. and Canadian universities convene at NREL for student design competition.

March 12, 2014

NREL Provides a Foundation for Home Energy Performance

NREL-led guidelines effort enables breakthroughs for the home energy performance industry.

March 12, 2014

Computing Advances Enable More Efficient Buildings

Computers, apps, and visualization tools open up new possibilities to improve the energy performance of buildings.

January 16, 2014

NREL Working to Clean Air in Fracking Process

Unique microbe gobbles methane and turns it into liquid diesel.

January 6, 2014

NREL Expert Honored for Energy Systems Innovations

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently won several prestigious awards, including honors for innovations in window air-conditioning efficiency, data sharing, and its energy-efficient computer data center.

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