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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.

October 21, 2013

NREL Forum Attracts Clean Energy Investors and Entrepreneurs

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

New Study Shows Solar Manufacturing Costs Not Driven Primarily by Labor

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

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.

July 2, 2013

NREL Joins Public-Private Partnership to Deploy Hydrogen Infrastructure

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

President Obama Unveils Climate Action Plan

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

Novel Enzyme from Tiny Gribble Could Prove a Boon for Biofuels Research

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

NREL Teams with Navy, Private Industry to Make Jet Fuel from Switchgrass

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

NREL Highlights 2012 Utility Green Power Leaders

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

NREL Announces Participants in National Executive Education Program

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

Energy Department Awards NREL Staff for Exceptional Achievement

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

NREL Launches Renewable Energy Optimization Tool Website

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

Helping Cleantech Start-ups Understand Social Media

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

NREL Staff Recognized for Breakthrough Technologies

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

NREL's Wind Technology Patents Boost Efficiency and Lower Costs

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

NREL's Energy System Integration Supporting Facilities

Five recently constructed facilities prove clean technology performance for tomorrow's energy systems.

March 6, 2013

Deadline for Energy Execs Applications Extended to March 20

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

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 11, 2013

White Earth Nation Installs Turbines: A Wind Powering America Success Story

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

Nation Could Double Energy Productivity

Commission report says greater energy efficiency good for economy, environment; NREL leads the way.

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.

February 4, 2013

Automakers Drive toward Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

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

NREL Connects EVs and Grid Integration

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 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 30, 2013

NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy 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

State Regulatory and Legislative Updates

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

NREL and Stanford Team up on Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

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

Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper and More Efficient

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.


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