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News Archives - 2013

December 23, 2013

NREL and Thought Leaders Gather at Electric Vehicle Battery Management Summit

NREL researchers will gather with U.S. Department of Energy program directors and technology managers, and other thought leaders to exchange strategies for maximizing the performance, safety, and lifespan of electric-drive vehicle batteries.

November 7, 2013

NREL Developed Mobile App for Alternative Fueling Station Locations Released

iPhone users now have access to a free application that locates fueling stations offering alternative fuels, including electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, e85 Ethanol, propane and hydrogen. The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed the new mobile application for DOE’s Clean Cities program. Clean Cities supports local stakeholders across the country in an effort to cut petroleum use in transportation.

October 23, 2013

NREL to Research Revolutionary Battery Storage Approaches in Support of ARPA-E RANGE Program

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has announced that a project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is among 22 projects that will receive funding to develop transformational electric vehicle (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs.

September 30, 2013

Demo Projects Introduce New Class of Natural Gas Vehicles

NREL—supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and industry partners—launched a program to develop high-efficiency, low-emission natural gas engines for commercialization, integrate the engines into a range of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and assess performance of these vehicles with on-road demonstrations.

September 18, 2013

Energy Secretary Dedicates ESIF at NREL

A more resilient, cleaner, integrated system crucial for America's future, says Secretary Moniz.

September 12, 2013

Energy Department Launches National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center to Advance Fuel Cell Technologies

The Energy Department today announced the unveiling of a one-of-its-kind national secure data center dedicated to the independent analysis of advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Housed at NREL, the National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center allows industry, academia, and government organizations to submit and review data gathered from projects to advance cost-effective fuel cell technology.

August 28, 2013

NREL Battery Calorimeters Win R&D 100 Award

The award-wining Isothermal Battery Calorimeters, developed by NREL in collaboration with NETZSCH, are the only calorimeters in the world capable of performing the precise thermal measurements needed to make safer, longer-lasting, and more cost-effective lithium-ion batteries.

August 22, 2013

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: Paving the Way to Commercial Success

Research focuses on boosting reliability, reducing costs, and designing infrastructure of the future.

August 21, 2013

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Thermal management technologies increase vehicle energy efficiency and performance while reducing costs.

August 21, 2013

A Closer Look: Continuum Slideshow

NREL research, development, and deployment accelerate efforts to put energy-efficient, low-emission cars and trucks on the road.

August 21, 2013

Electric Vehicle Battery Development Gains Momentum

CAEBAT collaboration targets EDV batteries with longer range and lifespan, at a lower cost.

August 21, 2013

The Key to Greener Fleets

Leveraging state-of-the-art technology to revolutionize fleet sustainability and energy efficiency.

August 21, 2013

Putting On the Brakes to Protect America's Natural Treasures

National Parks Initiative greens roads and preserves once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

August 19, 2013

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Technologies in the Media Spotlight

A recent newspaper article highlights the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s contribution to the progress that automakers have made in getting their fuel cell electric vehicles ready for production.

August 6, 2013

Interns Make Robust Contribution to NREL

Fifty-four students from across the country are tackling real-world problems in a summer internship program that benefits the nation, the lab, and the students.

July 18, 2013

July 24 Webinar: DOE Analysis Related to H2USA

The U.S. Department of Energy will present a live webcast titled "DOE Analysis Related to H2USA" on July 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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.

July 1, 2013

NREL to Showcase Two Advanced Vehicles at Estes Park Coolest Car Show on July 4

NREL will showcase two advanced Toyota vehicles -- a Highlander fuel cell hybrid vehicle and a plug-in Prius hybrid electric vehicle -- at The Coolest Car Show in Colorado in Estes Park on July 4.

June 27, 2013

Clean Cities Celebrates Two Decades of Success

Clean Cities celebrates two decades of success in the deployment of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy improvements, and idle reduction.

June 21, 2013

NREL Drives Toward the Future with Fuel Cell EVs

Cooperative agreement with Toyota will enhance NREL's capability to support hydrogen and fuel cell research.

June 20, 2013

Energy Department, NREL Announce New Research Center to Boost Clean Energy Technologies on a Smarter Grid

The Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado, as the latest Energy Department user facility and the only one in the nation focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration. The facility’s first industry partner – Colorado-based Advanced Energy Industries – has already signed on to start work at ESIF, developing lower cost, better performing solar power inverters.

May 24, 2013

Middle Schoolers Shine in Electric Car Races

Solar and lithium-ion powered vehicles blaze down the tracks despite clouds overhead.

May 18, 2013

Solar and Lithium Ion Car Race Winners Announced

Ninety-seven teams from 28 Colorado schools participated in today’s car competitions hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

April 18, 2013

NREL to Showcase Renewable Electricity Generation Systems and Advanced Vehicles at Denver Earth Day Fair

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will showcase two mobile renewable electricity generation systems and three advanced vehicles--a Toyota Highlander fuel cell electric vehicle, a plug-in Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle, and a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle--at the Denver Earth Day Fair on April 22.

April 15, 2013

NREL Survey Shows Dramatic Improvement in B100 Biodiesel Quality

The latest national survey of 100% biodiesel (B100) "blend stock" samples by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that 95% of the samples from 2011-12 met ASTM International fuel quality specifications. The ASTM standards serve as guidelines for industry and are designed to ensure quality at the pump for consumers – along with reliable operation of the nation’s vehicles powered by biodiesel blends.

March 27, 2013

2013 Vehicle Buyer's Guide Now Available

The 2013 guide features a comprehensive list of this year’s light-duty lineup, with model-specific information on engine size, price, fuel economy, and emissions.

March 15, 2013

Transportation Energy Futures Study Reveals Potential for Deep Cuts to Petroleum Use and Carbon Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) today announced the release of the Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) study, an assessment of avenues to reach deep cuts in petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector.

March 8, 2013

Maximizing the Benefits of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Advancing electric vehicle charging options and grid readiness reduces oil consumption and vehicle emissions.

February 14, 2013

NREL Helps Communities Assess Their Readiness for Electric Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new tool to help local and regional leaders assess the readiness of their communities for the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).

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 16, 2013

NREL Teams Up on Three ARPA-E Projects to Optimize Electric Vehicle Battery Management and Controls

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has joined DOE and research partners in launching the Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) program with a kick-off meeting in San Francisco. Over the next three years, NREL engineers will work with teams led by Utah State University, Washington University, and Eaton Corporation to optimize utilization, life, and cost of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for electric-drive vehicles (EDVs) through improved battery management and controls. The three projects are funded under the AMPED program with more than $7.4 million from DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

January 9, 2013

NREL Launches Interactive Tool for Developing a Cleaner Energy Future

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created an energy analysis tool to help individuals and educators experiment with future energy use scenarios. The interactive Buildings, Industry, Transportation, Electricity, and Transportation Scenarios (BITES) allows users to explore how changes in energy demand and supply can impact carbon dioxide emissions and the current U.S. energy trajectory.

January 3, 2013

NREL to Help Convert Methane to Liquid Diesel

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will help develop microbes that convert methane found in natural gas into liquid diesel fuel, a novel approach that if successful could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower dependence on foreign oil.

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