News Archives - 2013
December 31, 2013
NREL's groundbreaking manufacturing process uses a special kind of carbon nanotube to increase the volume of active material that can be stored within an electrode.
November 12, 2013
NREL’s Amber LED technology, when combined with red, green and blue LEDs, produces a broad-spectrum white light more efficiently than current LEDs. This new technology, which is available for licensing from NREL, results in a low-cost, easy-to-manufacture white LED, with improved luminosity.
September 30, 2013
Lab teams with Energy Department and industry to bring consistency to the weatherization workforce.
July 15, 2013
Through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of State, and in collaboration with India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, NREL has updated its 10-kilometer solar resource maps for India.
July 8, 2013
A new energy-efficient approach to building occupancy detection, a better way to detect heat loss in electric-vehicle batteries and a high-efficiency silicon solar cell – all developed or advanced at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – have been named among this year’s most significant innovations by R&D Magazine.
June 27, 2013
Clean Cities celebrates two decades of success in the deployment of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy improvements, and idle reduction.
June 20, 2013
Energy Department, NREL Announce New Research Center to Boost Clean Energy Technologies on a Smarter Grid
The Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado, as the latest Energy Department user facility and the only one in the nation focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration. The facility’s first industry partner – Colorado-based Advanced Energy Industries – has already signed on to start work at ESIF, developing lower cost, better performing solar power inverters.
June 18, 2013
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is launching an open-source system for storing, integrating, and aligning energy-related time-series data. NREL’s Energy DataBus is used for tracking and analyzing energy use on its own campus. The system is applicable to other facilities—including anything from a single building to a large military base or college campus—or for other energy data management needs.
May 8, 2013
NREL was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to participate in disaster recovery strategic planning efforts between federal, state, and local agencies. Two NREL teams were dispatched to New York and New Jersey in February-April to support FEMA's implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework—a guide for Federal support that promotes effective recovery efforts and provides a flexible structure for disaster recovery managers at all levels to operate in a unified and collaborative manner.
April 29, 2013
In her 'spare' time she skis, hikes with family, and embraces green living.
April 25, 2013
From fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2012, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam reported an energy use reduction of 24% and a 42% decrease in energy costs. Those figures they directly attribute to the NREL-led energy assessment trainings they participated in and the subsequent implemented energy-saving retrofits.
April 19, 2013
NREL is on a mission to help provide energy security and reduce energy costs for the U.S. Navy.
April 2, 2013
NREL is working with concept3D on a state of the art energy auditing tool that currently is being field tested at various Department of Defense sites.
April 1, 2013
Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals: Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades Now Available Via Online Tool
After several years of development and industry review, NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy are pleased to announce that the Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades are now available via a user-friendly online tool.
March 29, 2013
NREL recently hosted the Sixth Annual Wind for Schools Summit with 46 attendees to to discuss ways to improve the Wind for Schools network and increase the program's overall impact.
March 27, 2013
The 2013 guide features a comprehensive list of this year’s light-duty lineup, with model-specific information on engine size, price, fuel economy, and emissions.
March 19, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently convened the Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group with a mission to enable securitization of solar PV assets and associated cash flows in the marketplace.
March 15, 2013
Transportation Energy Futures Study Reveals Potential for Deep Cuts to Petroleum Use and Carbon Emissions
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) today announced the release of the Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) study, an assessment of avenues to reach deep cuts in petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector.
March 11, 2013
In addition to housing much-needed high performance computing (HPC) power for NREL researchers, the new facility will be the most energy-efficient HPC data center in the world.
March 1, 2013
Through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, the U.S. Department of Defense seeks proposals for Fiscal Year 2014 projects that demonstrate installation energy technologies.
February 14, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new tool to help local and regional leaders assess the readiness of their communities for the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).
February 5, 2013
This year, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Program will offer four rounds of technical assistance opportunities through NREL for cities and states targeting policy and programmatic improvements that will help open and develop markets for distributed generation photovoltaics, specifically rooftop solar.
January 30, 2013
NREL grid and dispatchable power experts are helping the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, develop a system to maintain power to critical loads when power is unavailable from the local utility.
January 30, 2013
The Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD) on Parris Island, seven miles south of Beaufort, South Carolina, has far exceeded its projected life and is no longer cost-effective to operate. MCRD staff tasked NREL to help replace this artifact with an efficient biomass cogeneration facility.
January 29, 2013
Pennsylvania is one area where the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America Wind for Schools project is seeing big impact thanks to several projects including Northwestern High School.
January 22, 2013
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, millions of Americans remained without electricity as emergency responders, security officials, and regular citizens all experienced a lack of access to vehicle fuels. As fuel shortages spread and lines grew at the few fueling stations that had electricity, officials from General Services Administration Fleet and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate contacted the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) hoping to locate additional fuel provisions from private and federal facilities. FEMP then tapped NREL to provide data on the locations of federally owned fueling infrastructure in the area to locate additional fuel provisions from private and federal facilities.
January 11, 2013
For the first time, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon will be held outside of Washington, D.C. This fall, 20 collegiate teams will head to the Orange Country Great Park in Irvine, Calif., to compete in this award-winning showcase of energy-efficient and solar-powered houses.
January 10, 2013
With the help of NREL, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) recently marked a major milestone on the way toward its goal of a 60% reduction in fossil fuel use by 2025.
January 10, 2013
During the last half of 2012, NREL experts worked to improve the lab's renewable energy optimization tool, which is used to identify and prioritize renewable energy projects for clients who operate multiple properties. The tool uses renewable energy databases with standard client data such as site location, energy consumption, energy rates, and the space available for renewable energy projects to narrow down the best possible options for renewable energy projects that meet client goals.