News Archives - 2013
December 23, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
Research focuses on boosting reliability, reducing costs, and designing infrastructure of the future.
August 21, 2013
Thermal management technologies increase vehicle energy efficiency and performance while reducing costs.
August 21, 2013
NREL research, development, and deployment accelerate efforts to put energy-efficient, low-emission cars and trucks on the road.
August 21, 2013
CAEBAT collaboration targets EDV batteries with longer range and lifespan, at a lower cost.
August 21, 2013
Leveraging state-of-the-art technology to revolutionize fleet sustainability and energy efficiency.
August 21, 2013
National Parks Initiative greens roads and preserves once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
August 19, 2013
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
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
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
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.
July 1, 2013
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 in the deployment of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy improvements, and idle reduction.
June 21, 2013
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
Solar and lithium-ion powered vehicles blaze down the tracks despite clouds overhead.
May 18, 2013
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
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
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
Advancing electric vehicle charging options and grid readiness reduces oil consumption and vehicle emissions.
February 14, 2013
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
Improved electric vehicle charging, increased range, and grid integration are focal points of research at the Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility.
January 16, 2013
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
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
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.