News Archives - 2011
December 13, 2011
NREL will use the new electric vehicle for studies related to charge management and performance, bi-directional charging, and electric vehicle grid integration.
December 12, 2011
Energy Department Awards More Than $7 Million for Innovative Hydrogen Storage Technologies in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
These projects will help lower the costs and increase the performance of hydrogen storage systems by developing innovative materials and advanced tanks for efficient and safe transportation.
December 7, 2011
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have released a technical report that could help improve the performance of electric vehicles (EVs) and the efficiency of the electric utility grids that power them.
December 2, 2011
Working in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE has been analyzing the performance of fuel cell lift trucks at grocery distributors around the country.
November 8, 2011
NREL is helping develop a process to cost effectively convert cellulosic biomass into a replacement for petroleum-based aviation fuel.
October 25, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is home to a cornucopia of data on renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative transportation. This week, NREL launched a new website that will make the data more accessible than ever.
October 18, 2011
DOE and NREL are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the AFDC, an ever evolving online resource for alternative transportation information.
September 26, 2011
The new Drive-Cycle Rapid Investigation, Visualization, and Evaluation (DRIVE) tool uses global positioning system and controller area network data to produce custom vehicle test drive cycles based on real-world activity, analyzing thousands of hours of data in a matter of minutes.
August 17, 2011
National laboratory researchers put advanced vehicles through their paces and give consumers a taste of promising technologies.
July 7, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently awarded three industry teams, after a competitive procurement process, a total of $7 million for the development of computer-aided software design tools to help produce the next generation of electric drive vehicle (EDV) batteries.
June 16, 2011
NREL will display its new Borrego fuel cell electric vehicle, on loan from Kia, at a variety of summer events.
June 6, 2011
NREL-analyzed batteries used to power the astronauts' spacesuits during spacewalks were onboard for NASA's space shuttle Endeavor's May 17, 2011 mission.
June 6, 2011
Thousands of people across the nation enjoyed a glimpse into a clean energy future thanks to the renewable-hydrogen-powered bus at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
May 31, 2011
Fun and enthusiasm fuel competitions that are among the educational tools NREL and DOE provide to encourage students to pursue science.
May 21, 2011
Sixty-five teams from 24 Colorado schools participated in today's Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The student teams raced solar or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles they designed and built themselves.
May 20, 2011
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Department of Transportation recently launched the Transportation Secure Data Center.
May 13, 2011
Thermal management is crucial in the development of new car batteries; NREL's Large-Volume Calorimeter helps prepare for a surge in electric vehicles.
May 13, 2011
The next generation of electric-drive cars and light trucks will be required to travel farther on electric power alone, placing greater energy demands on the vehicles' battery packs. As the packs get larger, regulating battery temperatures become even more important in helping improve performance, lifespan, safety, and affordability. The best tool automakers have for assessing thermal control and optimizing battery performance is NREL's Large-Volume Battery Calorimeter.
April 26, 2011
If these electric vehicles can survive in Antarctica, they could help establish a fleet to offset fossil fuel use in an environmentally sensitive research area.
April 25, 2011
DOE is taking new steps to speed up the deployment of electric vehicles (EV), it announced on April 19. These efforts include making available $5 million in new funding for community-based efforts to deploy EV infrastructure and charging stations. DOE is also forming a partnership with Google Inc. and more than 80 EV stakeholders to help consumers find charging stations nationwide.
April 6, 2011
SEAC analyst David Hsu recently published the report "Life Cycle Assessment of Gasoline and Diesel Produced via Fast Pyrolysis and Hydroprocessing."
April 5, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), industry and academia are teaming to give batteries from electric drive vehicles (EV) a “second life.” NREL's partner is an industry-academia team led by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE).
March 1, 2011
NREL's John Rugh is one of five recipients of the 2011 Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers.
February 28, 2011
Companies on the path to commercialization can leverage the lab's new Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility.
February 23, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently completed a yearlong technology evaluation of gasoline hybrid electric (gHEV) trucks compared with conventional diesel vehicles. A report released this week details NREL's efforts to determine the impact of hybridization on performance, emissions, and fuel economy.
February 22, 2011
Cities and states have new blueprints to follow as they prepare for the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just released a convenient online collection of case studies in electric vehicle deployment. The case studies detail the early experiences of four U.S. locations on the leading edge of home-charging implementation.
January 19, 2011
A technical paper recently released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory reveals the impact of climate control loads in electric drive vehicles.
January 11, 2011
NREL helped develop a new national code for hydrogen technologies that was issued last month by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA 2 Hydrogen Technologies Code covers critical applications and operations such as hydrogen dispensing, production, and storage.