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News Archives - 2009

December 28, 2009

NREL Experiments Advance Hydrogen-Production Technology

Recent experiments mark a significant step forward for the photoelectrochemical hydrogen-production process.

December 16, 2009

NREL Spearheads Development of Fuel Cell Power Model

The Fuel Cell Power Model is a financial tool for analyzing high-temperature, fuel cell-based tri-generation systems.

December 10, 2009

DOE Launches New Website to Bring Energy Technology Information to the Public

Secretary Chu announced that the Department of Energy is launching Open Energy Information ( - a new open-source web platform that will make DOE resources and open energy data widely available to the public. The data and tools housed on the free, editable and evolving wiki-platform will be used by government officials, the private sector, project developers, the international community, and others to help deploy clean energy technologies across the country and around the world. The website was launched as part of a broader effort at DOE, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and across the Obama Administration to promote the openness, transparency, and accessibility of the federal government.

November 5, 2009

NREL's Clean Energy Forum Attracts National Investment Community

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 22nd Clean Energy Industry Growth Forum this week attracted nearly 600 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers to Denver.

October 30, 2009

DOE-NREL Launch Mid-size Turbine Development Project

Since the early 90s, the wind energy industry has experienced substantial growth in both the utility and residential markets.

October 21, 2009

Solar Technology Acceleration Center is Powering Up

Members of the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) and supporters convened in Aurora, Colo., today, to mark a milestone in “Powering Up” one of the world's largest solar test and demonstration facilities. Since announcing the initial launch of SolarTAC one year ago, the site infrastructure development has progressed to the point where members can now break ground for their planned solar technology implementation and testing. Today's occasion also included the announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have both signed letters of intent to join SolarTAC.

October 19, 2009

New Siemens Research Turbine Commissioned at NREL

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Siemens Energy Inc. today formally commissioned a new 2.3 megawatt Siemens wind turbine at NREL's National Wind Technology Center.

October 1, 2009

NREL Tests Advanced Air Conditioner Designed for Western Climates

NREL recently tested the performance of the Coolerado Corporation's hybrid air-conditioning unit, demonstrating its energy efficiency.

September 28, 2009

Weathering System Cuts Product Testing Time

NREL's new Ultra-Accelerated Weathering System can quickly give an accurate portrait of what the sun will do to a product in 10, 20 or 30 years. This helps companies determine a service-life guarantee for a product.

September 28, 2009

National Labs Work to Settle PHEV Fuel Economy Conundrum

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently joined forces with researchers from Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to take the lead in developing and testing a new method for predicting the real-world fuel and electricity consumption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). After examining data on the only PHEV currently available in large numbers, the NREL-developed method shows promise for reasonably predicting the PHEV's average fuel and electricity use.

September 16, 2009

Federal Laboratory Consortium Highlights NREL Research

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer's (FLC) Mid-Continent Region recently recognized the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners with two awards for excellence in technology transfer.

September 14, 2009

AwardWinning Battery's Secret Is 'Buried'

Actually, the secret's out. In two years, Planar Energy Devices plans to commercialize an innovative, solid-state lithium-ion microbattery developed by NREL researchers.

August 25, 2009

Wind Technology Center Installing a Dynamic Duo

NREL will be testing a 2.3-megawatt Siemens Power Generation turbine and a 1.5-megawatt General Electric turbine. The GE turbine will be available to industry and other organizations as a test bed.

August 4, 2009

Award-Winning Reflector to Cut Solar Cost

NREL's partnership with SkyFuel yields a more cost-effective parabolic trough technology.

July 22, 2009

NREL Research Garners Three Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

An ultra-accelerated weathering system, a parabolic trough solar concentrating collector, and a microbattery -- all developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) -- were honored today as top 100 innovations for 2009 by R&D Magazine.

July 13, 2009

Unique Research Tool Aims to Reduce PV Cost

NREL has installed its first Atmospheric Processing Platform to prototype lower-cost thin film solar cells from inks and other solutions.

July 7, 2009

NREL Collaborating with Spire to Develop Solar Cells with 42% Efficiency

Through a Photovoltaic Technology Incubator Award, Spire Semiconductor will receive more than $3.7 million under an 18-month contract with NREL.

June 17, 2009

NREL to Partner with RES Americas on Wind Balance-of-Plant Research

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc. (RES Americas) have announced a partnership to evaluate the design and performance of vital wind energy support systems.

June 11, 2009

Nozik wins UN science and technology prize for solar research

Senior Research Fellow Arthur J. Nozik of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has won the 2009 Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO) Award for Science and Technology. IREO is a new international organization related to the United Nations.

June 9, 2009

NREL Seeks Proposals, Announces Awards for Photovoltaic Technology Incubator Program

The U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking project proposals as part of recently announced DOE funding to accelerate commercialization of solar energy technologies. NREL also is announced partnerships with 13 U.S. small solar businesses, which have the capability to enter the market by 2012.

May 28, 2009

NREL teams with Dutch Energy Research Center

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has signed a research collaboration agreement with the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). NREL and ECN will join forces on areas such as policy studies, energy analysis, wind energy and solar photovoltaic energy.

May 7, 2009

NREL Solar Cell Wins Federal Technology Transfer Prize

A new class of ultra-light, high-efficiency solar cells developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been awarded a national prize for the commercialization of federally funded research.

April 27, 2009

NREL and Ford Team Up to Develop 'Cool' Cars.

NREL is partnering with Ford to develop highly efficient climate control systems for automobiles.

March 31, 2009

NREL Partnering with GreenVolts to Commercialize IMM Solar Cell

Through a cooperative research and development agreement, NREL will provide assistance with the optimization of the solar cell's design and transfer of the technology into the marketplace.

March 12, 2009

NREL Successfully Transfers VSHOT Technology to Solar Industry

NREL provides the most efficient optical characterization testing method--the Video Scanning Hartmann Optical Test--for solar concentrators.

March 9, 2009

NREL Partnerships Boost Research, Improve Technology

A recent technology partnership agreement with DuPont sought solutions to make ethanol from corn stalks.


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