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News Archives - 2008

December 3, 2008

DOE to Award $14.55 Million for Advanced Vehicle Technologies

Ford Motor Company has received funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an energy-efficient way to cool, heat, and ventilate cars. NREL will serve on Ford's project team.

November 20, 2008

NREL, Brazilian Energy Company to Collaborate on Bioenergy

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) announced today that they have signed an agreement that could accelerate the development and international commercialization of biofuels. The announcement was made at the International Biofuels Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

November 13, 2008

NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES have jointly deployed the first of several solar resource measuring stations as part of a planned instrumentation network throughout the United States.

October 30, 2008

NREL's Clean Energy Forum Attracts National Investment Community

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) convened its most successful clean energy investment forum to date at the 21st Clean Energy Industry Growth Forum in Denver, Colo. October 28-30. The forum attracted about 500 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and policymakers to the nation's leading clean energy technology investment forum.

October 14, 2008

Nine Colorado Clean Energy Company CEOs to Present at NREL Industry Growth Forum

The U. S. Department Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado CleanTech Initiative announce participation of Colorado CEOs in the 21st NREL Industry Growth Forum, Oct. 28-30, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel.

October 7, 2008

NREL, HelioVolt Receive Technology Transfer Award for PV Manufacturing Technology

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer has presented NREL and HelioVolt with an "Excellence in Technology Transfer" Award.

October 7, 2008

CRADA Opportunity for Blade Testing Technologies Deadline Extended

NREL is seeking one more partners to develop testing technologies and equipment for wind turbine blades up to 100 m in length

September 19, 2008

DOE to Invest $35 Million in Concentrating Solar Power Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy selected 15 new projects to facilitate developing lower-cost energy storage for concentrating solar power technology.

September 5, 2008

NREL's Optical Furnace Technology Sparks Solar Industry Interest

Two startup companies are using NREL's optical furnace technology to advance solar cell manufacturing processes.

August 14, 2008

DOE to Invest in Grid Integration Systems for Solar Energy

DOE announced that it plans to invest up to $24 million to develop products that connect solar power systems with the electrical grid in an interactive way.

August 12, 2008

DOE to Invest up to $24 Million for Breakthrough Solar Energy Products

The U.S. Department of Energy will invest in collaborative projects with industry to accelerate the commercialization of solar photovoltaic systems.

July 17, 2008

NREL Solar Research Gains Two R&D 100 Awards

An ultra-light, highly efficient solar cell and use of ink-jet printing to manufacture thin-film photovoltaics – both developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory – have been named among this year's most significant innovations by Research and Development Magazine.

July 16, 2008

Dow and NREL Partner to Convert Biomass to Ethanol and Other Chemical Building Blocks

The Dow Chemical Company and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have agreed to jointly develop and evaluate a process that will convert biomass to ethanol and other chemical building blocks. The collaborative effort demonstrates both Dow and NREL's commitment to deliver sustainable solutions to the nation's current energy challenges by reducing dependence on foreign oil.

July 14, 2008

NREL and Optony Collaborate on Developing Cost-Competitive Approach for Solar Electricity

NREL and its partner Optony are working together on a revolutionary concentrating solar power system.

June 19, 2008

NREL Joins with A123Systems to Improve Advanced-Vehicle Batteries

NREL and A123Systems have teamed up to support the battery-maker's effort to develop safe, less expensive, more powerful, and longer lasting batteries for hybrid-electric vehicles.

June 11, 2008

New Report Finds the United States Leading in Wind Power Growth

Domestic wind installations continue to grow at record rates for 2007.

June 3, 2008

New Wind Power Partnerships to Benefit Industry and Nation

NREL has announced several projects that will enhance the nation's ability to realize the full potential of wind power across the United States, including a new wind turbine blade test facility to be constructed in Texas; a partnership between NREL, DOE, and a state consortium led by University of Houston; a just-signed agreement with Siemens Power Generation to locate and test a commercial-scale wind turbine at NREL's National Wind Technology Center; and, a new Siemens research and development facility in Boulder, Colo., which will work closely with NREL on advanced wind power technologies.

May 15, 2008

NREL Industry Partners Move Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Forward

Collaborative scientific research between the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and DuPont will be put to use to develop and commercialize technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from non-food sources.

May 2, 2008

NREL Commercialization Project Accelerates PV Technology Innovation

NREL's R&D collaboration with Ampulse, a venture-backed company, is taking photovoltaic cell technology one step further with a new innovative approach using silicon film.

April 30, 2008

DOE to Invest up to $60 Million for Advanced CSP

DOE announced a funding opportunity for up to $60 million over 5 years to support the development of low-cost concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. The funding includes $10 million in FY 2008 appropriations and $10 million in the FY 2009 budget request. Specifically, the funding is available for projects from industry and academia that develop advanced thermal storage concepts and heat transfer fluids to further increase the efficiency of CSP power plants.

April 29, 2008

DOE Announces Nanomanufacturing Research Lab Call

The U.S. Department of Energy will fund R&D projects at its national laboratories to advance and commercialize nanomanufacturing techologies within three to five years.

April 29, 2008

NREL Mission and CSP Highlighted in Innovation Magazine

Laboratory Director Dan Arvizu and Concentrating Solar Power Program Manager Mark Mehos highlighted the mission of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in articles published in Innovation: America's Journal of Technology Commercialization.

April 21, 2008

NREL Collaborates to Commercialize Fiber Hydrogen Optic Sensor

NREL is working with Nuclear Filter Technology to develop a fiber hydrogen optic sensor with strong market potential.

April 11, 2008

DOE Announces Plans for Future Loan Guarantee Solicitations

Through its Loan Guarantee Program, the U.S. Department of Energy plans to issue solicitations for up to $38.5 billion for clean energy technology projects.

April 1, 2008

NREL Enters Wind Energy Research Partnership in Hawaii

NREL has signed a memorandum of understanding with UPC Wind to establish a Remote Research Affiliate Partner Site at UPC Wind's Kaheawa Wind Farm on Maui.

March 31, 2008

NREL, ConocoPhillips, Iowa State to Cooperate on Biofuels Research

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has reached a Memorandum of Understanding with ConocoPhillips and Iowa State University to identify promising cellulosic biomass conversion technologies over the near, mid- and long-term. The collaboration will bring three independently established programs together to help identify the most efficient and cost-effective methods for making liquid transportation fuels from plants.

February 27, 2008

Venture Capitalist Firm Selected for NREL's Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers will sponsor an entrepreneur at NREL to help accelerate the commercialization of NREL-developed technologies.

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