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.
October 21, 2013
Thirty clean energy companies, including seven companies based in Colorado, will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts in Denver, Dec. 3-4, as the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.
September 5, 2013
Production scale, not lower labor costs, drives China’s current advantage in manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems, according to a new report released today by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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.
July 2, 2013
NREL recently joined a new partnership designed to promote the widespread adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles by overcoming the hurdle of establishing a hydrogen infrastructure.
June 25, 2013
On June 25, President Obama presented his Climate Action Plan, a blueprint for steady, responsible national and international action to slow the effects of climate change.
June 11, 2013
Researchers from the United Kingdom, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the University of Kentucky have recently published a paper describing a novel cellulose-degrading enzyme from a marine wood borer Limnoria quadripunctata, commonly known as the gribble.
June 6, 2013
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Cobalt Technologies, U.S. Navy, and Show Me Energy Cooperative to demonstrate that jet fuel can be made economically and in large quantities from a renewable biomass feedstock such as switch grass.
June 5, 2013
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, residential and commercial consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources – such as wind and solar – that diversify our nation’s energy portfolio and protect our air and water.
May 23, 2013
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 20 leaders to participate in its 2013 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), which is focused on delivering clean energy solutions.
May 21, 2013
At this year's Annual Merit Review, the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program honored four NREL staff for their outstanding achievements and technical contributions.
May 20, 2013
The tool provides a ranked list of renewable energy projects for different potential scenarios and identifies the technology sizes that meet the defined goals at minimum cost, along with the optimal deployment strategies.
May 13, 2013
The Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in collaboration with the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) invites cleantech entrepreneurs to attend the next event in its Entrepreneur Series.
May 3, 2013
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently recognized the professionals behind the lab’s greatest innovations from the past year during its Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Awards.
March 22, 2013
Wind energy research conducted during the last decade has earned NREL two patents, one for adaptive pitch control and one for a resonance blade test system that will ultimately help its industry partners increase the efficiency of wind technologies and reduce the cost of wind energy.
March 8, 2013
Five recently constructed facilities prove clean technology performance for tomorrow's energy systems.
March 6, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has extended the application window for the 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy to March 20. “Energy Execs” is a leadership program focused on educating business, community, and government leaders about achieving clean energy solutions using energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
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 11, 2013
The White Earth Nation recently completed the installation of two small wind turbines that will help offset energy costs for Minnesota's largest and most populous Native American reservation.
February 7, 2013
Commission report says greater energy efficiency good for economy, environment; NREL leads the way.
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.
February 4, 2013
A recent Science Friday segment on National Public Radio featured NREL's Jen Kurtz discussing the current state of fuel cell electric vehicles.
January 31, 2013
Improved electric vehicle charging, increased range, and grid integration are focal points of research at the Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility.
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 30, 2013
Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a leadership program for non-technical decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools and financing. Leaders in government, communities, non-profits and the private sector are eligible.
January 14, 2013
During the 2012 legislative session, the region's state legislatures took on issues important to wind power spanning siting reform, renewable energy procurement, net metering, and reform of existing program targets.
January 10, 2013
It may be possible soon to charge cell phones, change the tint on windows, or power small toys with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells, thanks to a partnership between Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
January 2, 2013
A new design that calls for wrapping architectural fabric around metal wind turbine blades—instead of the traditional fiberglass—could be the latest revolution in dramatically reducing the cost of wind-produced power.