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December 16, 2015

Helping Electric-Drive Vehicle Power Electronics Keep Their Cool

Conventional thermal interface materials can pose a significant bottleneck to heat removal from power electronics packages. High-performance thermal interface materials are a critical enabler to compact, high-performance, low-cost power electronics components for transportation and other applications.

December 4, 2015

From the EERE Blog: Colorado Joins the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Race

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently posted a blog about how the state of Colorado is quickly gaining momentum in the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies race.

November 17, 2015

NREL Efforts Push Hydrogen Vehicles Further Along

New fast-filling fuel station dedicated as part of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.

October 30, 2015

NREL Innovation Improves Safety of Electric Vehicle Batteries

Newly patented Internal Short Circuit device offers manufacturers a groundbreaking tool.

October 26, 2015

NREL's Battery Life Predictive Model Helps Companies Take Charge

Companies that rely on batteries for enhanced energy efficiency-including electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, solar and wind energy generation companies, and utilities-need to know how to use batteries most effectively. As investment in large-scale battery energy storage grows, it is also vital to know how long batteries will last in the field.

October 8, 2015

NREL Dedicates Advanced Hydrogen Fueling Station

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today dedicated its 700 bar hydrogen fueling station, the first of its kind in Colorado and in the national lab system, as part of a celebration of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.

October 1, 2015

NREL Evaluates Performance of Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Vehicles

NREL is evaluating the in-service performance of hydraulic hybrid vehicles and comparable conven­tional diesel vehicles operated by Miami-Dade County's Public Works and Waste Management Department in Florida.

September 15, 2015

NREL Collaborates with Trucking Industry to Prioritize R&D Opportunities

Semi-automated truck platooning is just one of the many advances being tested and analyzed.

August 17, 2015

NREL Leads Effort to Get Traffic Moving in the Right Direction

NREL will serve as the lead organization in developing a tool travelers and transportation officials can use in helping guide people through a city in the most energy-efficient way possible.

August 5, 2015

Webinar August 11: Analysis Using Fuel Cell MHE for Shaving Peak Building Energy

This Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar, presented by Michael Penev of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will explore the synergy between a facility's use of hydrogen fuel cell forklifts and its reduction of electric grid time of use energy charges.

July 8, 2015

NREL's Winning Hand of Clean Transportation Tools

NREL's suite of transportation tools helps fleet managers and individual drivers alike to "green up" their travel decisions

June 22, 2015

Battery Second Use Offsets Electric Vehicle Expenses, Improves Grid Stability

NREL researchers are identifying strategies capable of offsetting expenses while helping utilities support peak electricity demands.

June 15, 2015

NREL Partnerships to Help the Grid Accommodate More Renewable Energy

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announces five new partnerships that will award up to $6.5 million in federal funds to technical teams throughout the country. The cost-shared projects with industry, universities, and other stakeholders will address the challenge of enabling the nation’s electric grid to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy.

June 12, 2015

NREL Staff Recognized by DOE for Outstanding Achievements

At the 2015 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting, the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program honored four National Renewable Energy Laboratory staff for their outstanding achievements.

June 5, 2015

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Mentors Honored as Outstanding

Three NREL hydrogen and fuel cell researchers were among seven outstanding mentors from NREL's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program who were announced at the spring SULI program poster session on May 14, 2015. The Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes researchers and scientists who have been exceptional mentors for interns in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's SULI program.

May 16, 2015

Winners for NREL’s 25th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races

Sixty-three teams from 17 Colorado middle schools gathered at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton today for the 25th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions. The day’s event drew nearly 200 students eager to show and race the solar- and lithium ion-battery powered vehicles they designed and built. The trophy for fastest solar powered model car was given to students from Stargate School (Thornton), “SG Solar 2.” The trophy for fastest lithium-ion powered model car was given to students from Bell Middle School (Golden), “BMS 2 Battery.”

May 7, 2015

Webinar May 12: Overview of Station Analysis Tools Developed in Support of H2USA

This webinar will provide a basic introduction to two new analysis tools, the Hydrogen Refueling Station Analysis Model (HRSAM) and the Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST). These tools were developed by Argonne National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, respectively, to address key technical and financial barriers to hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment.

May 4, 2015

INL and NREL Demonstrate Power Grid Simulation at a Distance

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have successfully demonstrated the capability to connect grid simulations at their two labs for real time interaction via the Internet. This new inter-lab capability enables the modeling of power grids in greater detail by allowing software and equipment anywhere in the world to establish a real-time connection to the unique facilities and capabilities available within the DOE national laboratory complex.

April 21, 2015

Energy Department Announces New Tools for Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Deployment

The Energy Department has announced two new tools developed through H2USA to help address technical and financial barriers to hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment. The tools, the the Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST) and the Hydrogen Refueling Stations Analysis Model (HRSAM), were developed by NREL and Argonne National Laboratory respectively to address the key technical and financial barriers to hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment. Additionally, NREL and Sandia National Laboratories published two task reports through the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) project, which supports H2USA by addressing critical R&D barriers to station deployment.

March 19, 2015

Discovering Drop-In Biofuels to Leverage Petroleum Refineries

In the search for abundant and sustainable options to petroleum-derived fuels, biofuels stand out as a promising alternative. An NREL study is determining which biomass-derived oxygenates are most commercially feasible in drop-in fuels that are compatible with existing engines and fuel distribution.

March 9, 2015

NREL Tool Finds Effective Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Configurations

The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has used the Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Tool (BLAST) to confirm that energy storage for demand-charge management can deliver attractive economic benefits. The analysis paired recent utility rate structures with historic data on solar photovoltaic electricity generation and commercial facility loads to evaluate 6,860 unique scenarios. The results revealed that, in the absence of incentives, small battery systems reducing peak demand by 2.5 percent offer the most attractive return on investment.

February 13, 2015

2014 Energy Systems Integration Facility Annual Report Available for Download

New report highlights research and achievements for the ESIF in its first year of operation.

February 11, 2015

Webinar Rescheduled: Material Handling Fuel Cells for Building Electric Peak Shaving Applications

This Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar, presented by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will explore the synergy between a facility's use of hydrogen fuel cell forklifts and its reduction of electric grid time of use energy charges.

February 5, 2015

Watch Energy Secretary Moniz Test Drive the Toyota Mirai FCEV

The Energy Department posted a video of Secretary Ernest Moniz driving the Toyota Mirai, the first fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for sale in the United States.

January 23, 2015

New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining What's Possible for Renewable Energy Through Grid Integration

NREL is spearheading engineering innovations that will help optimize the entire energy system, and the lab's analysis capabilities complement that engineering work by identifying ways to integrate renewable energy effectively and economically. This 3-minute video shows how NREL research and analysis are redefining what’s possible for renewable energy on the grid.

January 21, 2015

NREL Helps Utilities Develop Next Generation Plug-in Hybrid Electric Trucks

NREL has teamed with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated to evaluate the performance of a unique Class 5 plug-in hybrid electric bucket truck. The innovative utility vehicle is equipped with batteries and an electric generator that can export up to 120 kW of power—enough to power a neighborhood while repairs are being made by electric crews. NREL test results will help PG&E fine-tune the design of such vehicles before expanding their use.

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