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May 5, 2023

Analysis Points to Massive Photovoltaic Deployment To Meet Decarbonization Target

An "unprecedented ramp-up of production capacity" over the next two decades is needed to provide enough solar power to completely decarbonize the global electrical system, but that goal can be achieved, according to an analysis led by researchers at NREL.

May 3, 2023

Automated Permitting Speeds Solar Adoption Across United States

Communities that used SolarAPP+ processed more than 11,000 solar permits and eliminated more than 134,000 days of delays in 2022.

April 13, 2023

Power System Operator Staff From Vietnam, Colombia, and Ukraine Visit NREL

The Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium hosted international partners for a study tour across Colorado and Arizona.

April 6, 2023

News Release: Next Decade Decisive for PV Growth on the Path to 2050

Global experts on solar power strongly urge a commitment to the continued growth of photovoltaic manufacturing and deployment to power the planet, arguing that lowballing projections for PV growth while waiting for a consensus on other energy pathways or the emergence of technological last-minute miracles "is no longer an option."

March 27, 2023

Southeast Asia Wind Resource Data Set Released Through the Renewable Energy Data Explorer

The USAID-NREL partnership's Advanced Energy Partnership for Asia released a high-fidelity wind data set for Southeast Asia through the Renewable Energy Data Explorer.

March 16, 2023

NREL Regional Analysis Can Help Accelerate Production and Delivery of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

When Chemical Engineer Arpit Bhatt and his NREL colleagues observed a gap in knowledge of how regional variables work together to affect sustainable aviation fuel production and delivery for individual airports across the country, they got to work—using Chicago O'Hare International Airport as a case study.

March 15, 2023

Clean Energy Solutions Center Returns To Support Clean Energy Policy Development Worldwide

After a short period of dormancy, the Clean Energy Solutions Center has revitalized its programming and recommitted to its three pillars of activities: ask-an-expert services, trainings and peer-to-peer learning, and management of a comprehensive resource library.

March 13, 2023

Unlocking Grid Potential Around the World with the Global Power System Transformation Consortium

In the latest installment of NREL's Tell Me Something Grid series, Amy Rose, a senior grid researcher, discusses how the Global Power System Transformation Consortium is supporting power system operators around the world with achieving reliable, low-carbon grids.

Feb. 22, 2023

A Path for Considering Equity in Early-Stage Research

NREL researchers developed a new tool, the Justice Underpinning Science and Technology Research (JUST-R) metrics framework, that aims to help researchers think more about the social impacts of technologies from the earliest stages of research and development.

Feb. 20, 2023

Cambium Offers Forward-Looking, Publicly Available Data To Build Into Grid Planning Workflows

In the latest installment of NREL's Tell Me Something Grid series, energy systems researcher Pieter Gagnon describes the value of NREL's Cambium data sets for making decisions about the future grid.

Feb. 16, 2023

A HERO's Journey: NREL's Wave-Powered Desalination Device Returns to the Outer Banks

In August 2022, researchers journeyed to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to deploy NREL's first wave-powered desalination for a second in-water test. The wave energy converter produced desalinated water for the first time.

Feb. 9, 2023

News Release: Perovskite-Based Thermochromic Windows Reduce Energy Load and Carbon Emission in Buildings

The use of thermochromic windows in office buildings improves energy efficiency across all climate zones in the United States by modulating the temperature inside, leading to a massive savings, according to a research effort led by NREL.

Feb. 8, 2023

SLOPE Platform Puts Clean Energy Job Growth Insights Into Hands of Decision Makers

Did you know there is potential for more than 1.6 million new jobs to be created across America by the year 2030 to help build the country's clean energy future? Insights such as this are now available through NREL's State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform.

Feb. 8, 2023

Toolkit Helps Tallahassee Ready for Clean Energy Implementation

The city of Tallahassee, Florida, has a long history of environmental stewardship and in 2019 set a goal to achieve 100% net clean, renewable energy by 2050. To assist in its planning efforts, the city sought insights from NREL.

Feb. 1, 2023

Leader in Geospatial Data Science Named Most Promising Scientist

From geospatial modeler to role model, Anthony Lopez shines in the STEM community.

Jan. 31, 2023

Road Map Defines Path to a U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Supply Chain

A pair of NREL reports evaluates how the U.S. supply chain can evolve to support the national offshore wind energy target and position the industry for sustainable growth beyond 2030.

Jan. 30, 2023

Paul Denholm Distinguished as IEEE Fellow for Extraordinary Work in Renewable Energy

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has selected Paul Denholm from NREL to be a 2023 fellow based on his contributions to energy storage and renewable energy systems.

Jan. 30, 2023

Puerto Rican Voices Propel PR100 Study Forward

The PR100 one-year update on progress made during the first year of this two-year, stakeholder-informed study was presented to the advisory group of stakeholders and then to the public in a webinar on Jan. 23.

Jan. 26, 2023

Department of Energy Honors 12 From NREL

Staffers from NREL were honored for their work in helping move the country further away from the use of fossil fuels. The Secretary of Energy Achievement Award ranks as the highest form of recognition for federal and contractor employees within the department (DOE).

Jan. 24, 2023

Hydrogen Blending as a Pathway Toward U.S. Decarbonization

To reduce the emissions from natural gas service, blending hydrogen into natural gas pipelines could prove to be a promising, cost-effective pathway.

Jan. 18, 2023

A Treasure Trove for Rural and Commercial-Scale Solar Projects

Publications from eight teams capture insights for communities seeking to harness the resiliency and economic benefits of solar energy.

Jan. 17, 2023

News Release: NREL Develops Systematic Framework To Compare Performance of Plastics Recycling Approaches

Researchers at NREL examined the benefits and trade-offs of current and emerging technologies for recycling certain types of plastics to determine the most appropriate options.


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