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News Archives - 2010

June 15, 2010

NREL to Partner with University of Delaware on Offshore Wind Research

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Delaware (UD) today announced they will work to facilitate the potential establishment of a test site for commercial wind turbines off the Delaware coast.

June 10, 2010

EPRI Joins SolarTAC

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has become a sponsoring member of the Solar Technology Acceleration Center or SolarTAC—one of the world's largest solar test and demonstration centers. The center is a private, member-based, outdoor facility in Aurora, Colorado, where the solar industry tests, validates, and demonstrates advanced solar technologies. EPRI's involvement will allow its members to conduct research at the facility and is expected to help hasten utility-scale solar technologies to the marketplace.

June 1, 2010

NREL Picks 20 Leaders for National Executive Education Program

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 20 national leaders to participate in its 2010 Executive Energy Leadership program, a premier leadership program focused on educating business, community and government leaders about clean energy solutions.

April 21, 2010

International Collaboration Focuses on Hydrogen Safety Sensors

Scientists and engineers at NREL's Safety Sensor Test Laboratory are collaborating with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre to assess the performance of various hydrogen sensor technologies.

April 21, 2010

DOE Announces New Opportunities to Improve Commercial Building Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced support for energy-saving commercial building projects as part of an ongoing effort by DOE to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the United States. With money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, DOE's national laboratories will select and fund technical experts to provide technical guidance to commercial building owners and operators. The goal of this Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) initiative is to increase the energy efficiency of selected new and existing buildings.

April 14, 2010

NREL Teams with French Researchers

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently signed a research collaboration agreement with Tenerrdis, located in the Rhône-Alpes Region of France. As part of the memorandum of understanding (MOU), NREL and Tenerrdis will join forces on solar energy, smart grid and battery technology research as part of ongoing efforts to increase deployment and reduce the costs of renewable energy.

March 30, 2010

NREL to Help California Tackle Solar Energy Grid Integration

The California Public Utilities Commission has tapped experts at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help the state stimulate solar energy research and build a sustainable solar industry.

March 24, 2010

NREL and 3M Sign Agreement on Renewable Energy Research

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced a series of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with 3M, the St. Paul, Minn.-based technology company. The collaborative effort demonstrates both 3M's and NREL's commitments to meeting the nation's clean energy needs by developing technologies that are vital to producing large-scale sources of new renewable electricity and fuel at competitive costs.

March 18, 2010

NREL Launches Strategic Energy Analysis Institute

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that it has established a new global institute dedicated to analyzing, speeding and smoothing the transition to sustainable energy worldwide.

March 5, 2010

Regional Test Centers Project Expands U.S. Small Wind Certification Testing Capability

On Feb. 9, 2010, The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and DOE's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program announced the selection of four partners to establish small wind Regional Test Centers (RTCs) to conduct tests on small wind turbines to meet national and international standards. These awards provide funding, training, and technical support for each Regional Test Center to conduct testing of two small wind turbines to support the burgeoning U.S. small wind turbine market.

February 17, 2010

CRSP Funds 10 New Advanced Solar Research Projects, Announces First Sponsored Research Program Project with Konarka Technologies

The Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP) has funded 10 advanced solar research projects totaling $800,000 – its second round of Shared Research Program funding. Separately, CRSP also has launched its first Sponsored Research Program effort – a project between Konarka Technologies and Colorado State University (CSU).

February 17, 2010

NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Education Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2010 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs).

February 17, 2010

Microalgae Shows High-Energy Potential as a U.S. Biofuel

Dr. Al Darzins will discuss how NREL is advancing the development of microalgae as a renewable biofuel on Feb. 19 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

February 8, 2010

NREL Evaluates Fuel Cell Technologies in Early Market Applications

NREL staffers are assessing the performance of fuel cell systems in real-world operation.

January 20, 2010

DOE to Provide Up to $12 Million to Support Early Stage Solar Technologies

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., will invest $12 million in total funding ($10 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) to support the development of early stage solar energy technologies.

January 13, 2010

DOE Selects NREL as a New Biofuels R&D Program Leader

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will co-lead a new national program to develop advanced biofuels that are compatible with the nation's existing hydrocarbon fuels infrastructure.

January 12, 2010

DOE/NREL/MASSCEC Develop New Blade Test Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) premier wind technology research facility, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), is providing the expertise to design and construct the nation's newest wind research facility – the Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC).

January 5, 2010

Updated Report Details an Emerging CPV Industry

After incorporating feedback from the industry, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has updated a report that assesses the status of the rapidly growing concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) industry.


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