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News Archives - 2013

December 31, 2013

NREL Electrode Innovation Poised to Shake Up the Lithium-Ion Battery Industry

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

Brilliant White Light with Amber LEDs; NREL Licensing Webinar December 10th

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

Weatherization Work Guidelines Launched

Lab teams with Energy Department and industry to bring consistency to the weatherization workforce.

July 15, 2013

Updated Solar Resource Maps Available for India

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

NREL Research Earns Three Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

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

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

NREL Offers an Open-Source Solution for Large-Scale Energy Data Collection and Analysis

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

FEMA Engages NREL in Hurricane Sandy Recovery Effort

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

NREL Engineer Passionate about Energy-Efficient Buildings

In her 'spare' time she skis, hikes with family, and embraces green living.

April 25, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard Sees Reduced Energy Costs and Usage After NREL’s Energy Assessment Training

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 Teams with Navy to Cut Energy Use

NREL is on a mission to help provide energy security and reduce energy costs for the U.S. Navy.

April 2, 2013

NREL Teams with concept3D to Develop State-of-the-Art Energy Auditing Tool

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

Wind for Schools Project Enters 2013 with 124 Turbine Installations

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

2013 Vehicle Buyer's Guide Now Available

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

NREL Assembles Industry Working Group to Advance Solar Securitization

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

New Ultra-Efficient HPC Data Center Debuts

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

Defense Department Announces Funding Opportunity for Energy Technology Demonstrations

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

NREL Helps Communities Assess Their Readiness for Electric Vehicles

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

Solar Policy and Program Technical Assistance in 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 Designing Microgrid to Back Up USAFA Critical Loads

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

Marine Corps Taps NREL to Help Replace Aging Steam Plant with Efficient Biomass Cogeneration

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

Wind for Schools Project Gains Traction in Pennsylvania

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

NREL's Federal Fueling Station Data Supports Superstorm Sandy Recovery

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

Solar Decathlon Heads to California for 2013 Event

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

NREL Helps U.S. Virgin Islands Install Wind Testing Equipment

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

Upgrade to REopt Tool Means a More Robust Resource

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.

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