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May 30, 2024

On the Road to Increased Transmission: Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems

Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems provide a way to steer electricity to less-congested transmission lines, like a navigation app.

May 16, 2024

On the Road to Increased Transmission: Dynamic Line Ratings

Dynamic line ratings provide one way to increase transmission on the U.S. grid while cutting costs and improving reliability.

May 7, 2024

NREL’s Artificial Intelligence Work Reveals Benefits to Wind Industry

The wind industry could benefit from the use of artificial intelligence to design and deploy wind plants, according to an article in Nature Energy written by researchers at NREL.

May 6, 2024

Streamlined Life Cycle Assessments of Natural Gas Systems Can Inform Near-Term Energy Transition

The natural gas industry is one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the United States, and significant amounts of natural gas are used for electricity, heating, and industrial and chemical processes.

April 30, 2024

A Look at the Future of Transmission: Getting Clean Electrons to Where They Need To Be

The latest Tell Me Something Grid article features Jarrad Wright and his analysis of transmission expansion needs and trade-offs in a low-carbon future.

April 26, 2024

2024 JISEA Annual Meeting Convenes Diverse Clean Energy Voices To Address Emerging Challenges

Tackling clean energy challenges means bringing diverse voices to the table, and that is exactly what happened at the 2024 JISEA Annual Meeting (JAM24).

April 17, 2024

Alaska’s Wind, Wave, Tidal Resources Could Help State Meet Future Energy Needs, NREL Determines

Offshore wind makes sense for decarbonizing energy production and building energy security and independence when it comes to ocean renewable energy production in Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf.

April 10, 2024

NREL Unveils Groundbreaking Generative Machine Learning Model To Simulate Future Energy-Climate Impacts

As countries worldwide transition to more wind and solar generation and electrify energy end uses, societies are becoming more intertwined with weather conditions.

April 9, 2024

Q&A With Travis Lowder: Not All Climate Crusaders Need a Technical Degree

In the latest Manufacturing Masterminds Q&A, Travis Lowder shares why he did not need a technical background to fight climate change (and neither do you!) and why humility might be the most crucial trait for his job.

April 8, 2024

Puerto Rico Can Reach Its 100% Renewable Energy Goal by 2050

NREL led PR100 to model possible scenarios built on stakeholder priorities of energy affordability, resilience and reliability, land use, and economic benefits.

March 29, 2024

JISEA Launches Sustainable Agriculture Catalyzer To Examine Cobenefits of Decarbonization

The Sustainable Agriculture Catalyzer is collaborating with farmers to better understand the benefits and tradeoffs of decarbonization strategies beyond emissions reduction.

March 26, 2024

Game-Changing High-Resolution Solar Data Enables Renewable Energy Expansion Across 2 Continents

New high-resolution solar data and analysis provides an in-depth look at solar resources in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

March 25, 2024

Connecting the Dots: Putting Offshore Wind Energy to Work

NREL researchers contributed to a thorough analysis and action plan to guide the United States on the most effective ways to bring Atlantic offshore wind energy to communities on the East Coast.

March 7, 2024

Can We Connect Renewable Energy Hubs With Electricity Consumption Hubs?

A new approach to grid planning could make it possible to power your home with the nation's best and lowest-cost wind and solar energy, no matter where you live.

March 4, 2024

How Many Transformers Will US Distribution Grid Need by 2050?

New NREL research is providing first-of-its-kind modeling to help curb the current shortage of distribution transformers and ensure a reliable and resilient power grid.

Feb. 29, 2024

Renewable Energy Is Green, but We Can Make It Greener

The U.S. energy transition is gaining speed, accelerated by government renewable energy goals and billions of dollars through the Inflation Reduction Act. As we race toward a greener future, understanding the potential adverse effects of renewable energy technologies before they are deployed has never been more critical.

Feb. 29, 2024

Leap Into New Capabilities: REopt Offers Enhanced Energy Solutions

The REopt team at NREL has significantly enhanced the publicly available REopt web tool and its underlying open-source code, providing more powerful capabilities.

Feb. 29, 2024

Biorefinery Model Points to Better Method at Producing Co-Products

A next-generation biorefinery model holds the potential to produce biofuels and chemicals through a process that researchers say has proven to be more efficient in converting plant biomass.

Feb. 27, 2024

Cutting-Edge Grid Planning Tools Drive India's Distributed Energy Future

India is transforming its power system, with distributed energy resources playing a major role in the country’s decarbonization journey. NREL grid analysts Kapil Duwadi and Erik Pohl discuss their roles on a team working with India’s state utilities to manage rapid distributed energy resource growth with customized tools and solutions to ensure safe and reliable grid integration.

Feb. 26, 2024

NREL Research Maps Path to Clean Skies and Better Health

A noticeable change filled the air this summer—an actual change in air quality. Wildfires in Canada produced smoke-filled skies and wood-burnt, chemically scented air.

Feb. 21, 2024

News Release: NREL-Led Workshop Points to Path for Clean Energy Future

Participants in a workshop organized by NREL agree on the importance of mitigating degradation rates for the continuing rollout of clean technologies.

Feb. 13, 2024

NREL Collaborates on $15 Million Multilaboratory Efforts To Advance Commercialization of Carbon Dioxide Removal

DOE tapped NREL to support a new $15 million research effort to improve the measurement, reporting, and verification of carbon dioxide removal technologies, an industry with the potential to help mitigate climate change by addressing existing carbon emissions and removing them from the atmosphere.

Feb. 12, 2024

News Release: Benefits of Heat Pumps Detailed in New NREL Report

Millions of U.S. households would benefit from heat pumps, but the cost of installing the technology needs to come down to make their use a more attractive proposition, according to researchers at NREL.

Feb. 9, 2024

New Webinar Series Will Showcase Real-World Projects Powered By NREL's Grid Planning and Analysis Tools

The new Powered By webinar series hosted by NREL's Grid Planning and Analysis Center (GPAC) can be your new go-to resource.

Jan. 26, 2024

Top 10 Things To Know About Power Grid Reliability

In the latest installment of the Tell Me Something Grid series, NREL's Paul Denholm shares what you need to know about the reliability of the U.S. power grid and why renewable energy can keep the lights on.

Jan. 9, 2024

NREL Releases the 2023 Standard Scenarios

The annual suite of electricity system scenarios shows there could be fewer emissions, more renewables, and clean energy tax credits continued through 2050.

Jan. 3, 2024

NREL's Expert Contributions to Renowned Climate Change Assessment Strengthen Leaders' Ability To Make Informed Decisions

Three NREL researchers recently had the opportunity to contribute to the landmark Fifth National Climate Assessment, sharing NREL’s expertise and learning from other leaders at the table.


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