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October 21, 2014

NREL Report Identifies Research Needed to Address Power Market Design Challenges

First-of-its-kind collaborative report suggests approaches to help mitigate the market design issues that variable renewable generation brings.

October 20, 2014

Solar Energy Prices See Double-digit Declines in 2013; Trend Expected to Continue

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 – 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3 – 12 percent, depending on system location and market segment. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue over the next couple of years, keeping the nation on track to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative’s 2020 targets.

September 29, 2014

NREL Software Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

Simulator for Wind Farm Applications — SOWFA — can help developers boost capacity of wind farms.

September 22, 2014

NREL to Test Inverters for the “Little Box Challenge” Presented by Google and IEEE

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will test power inverters submitted to the Little Box Challenge presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society. The Challenge is an open competition to build smaller power inverters for use in solar power systems. The winner of the $1 million prize will have designed and built a kilowatt-scale inverter with the highest power density – at least 50 Watts per cubic inch.

September 19, 2014

NREL Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Entrepreneurs and Investors

Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts Oct. 28 and 29 in Denver, as the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.

July 28, 2014

NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

NREL is accelerating the availability of next-generation technologies by making it easier for industry partners to work with the lab.

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