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Dec. 6, 2022

What Is the Recipe for First Commercial Success for Clean Energy Technologies?

Analysts at the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis and National Renewable Energy Laboratory studied lab-to-market pathways for clean energy technologies.

Dec. 1, 2022

Air Force Accelerator Adds NREL for Sustainable Aviation Expertise

NREL is enthusiastically supporting development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technologies, and a new collaboration with the U.S. Air Force is taking that research to new heights.

Nov. 30, 2022

NREL Tracks PV and Energy Storage Prices in Volatile Market

NREL has released its annual cost breakdown of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage systems.

Nov. 30, 2022

SolarAPP+ Prize Helps Communities Adopt Automated Solar Permit Processing

NREL announced 12 communities as winners of Step 1 of the American-Made Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus (SolarAPP+) Prize—a two-step competition to help communities adopt automated processing of residential solar permits, lowering costs and making solar more accessible for homeowners.

Nov. 16, 2022

Strategic Planning Could Maximize the Benefits of Integrating Electric Vehicles Into Electricity Distribution Systems

Electric vehicle adoption is increasing—and fast. At this point, you may own one or probably know someone who does.

Nov. 9, 2022

NREL and SMUD Launch Groundbreaking Automation Tool for Interconnecting Customer Solar to the Grid

NREL-developed PRECISE™ automates interconnection assessments to help customers and utilities reach growing solar goals.

Nov. 3, 2022

Stronger Supply Chain Links to a Clean Energy Future

The clean energy revolution can only succeed if U.S. manufacturers have the materials, components, infrastructure, and other resources needed to meet ambitious emissions-reduction targets. New supply chain strategies are helping make the production of renewable energy technologies as sustainable as their operation.

Nov. 3, 2022

NREL-Authored Clean Energy Supply Chain Analysis Reports

NREL-authored reports provided insights on supply chain issues related to solar photovoltaic, wind power, energy storage, semiconductor, and hydrogen fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies.

Oct. 6, 2022

Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis Welcomes Elizabeth Doris as New Director

Elizabeth Doris officially takes the helm of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis. Get to know Doris and her vision for the institute moving forward.

Oct. 5, 2022

Integrating Carbon-Free Generation in the Carolinas

NREL and Duke Energy investigated the pathways to a decarbonized grid.

Sept. 29, 2022

First Cohort of Innovators Enter West Gate

West Gate is a program that embeds innovators at NREL and pairs them with national laboratory scientists and capabilities over a period of two years, during which they have prime access to world-class national laboratory capabilities and expertise to significantly advance the development of their clean-energy technologies.

Sept. 21, 2022

Innovative Analysis Tool Opens Path Toward Better Mobility for All

Researchers at NREL have devised an innovative way to quantify and understand mobility quality and equity issues: the Mobility Energy Productivity (MEP) tool. MEP distills three major components of mobility--time, cost, and energy--into a simple, easy-to-read score.

Sept. 21, 2022

Considerations To Achieve a Sustainable U.S. Commercial Building Stock

New study led by the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis identifies drivers, barriers, and costs of adopting building sensors and controls systems.

Sept. 12, 2022

On the Road to 100% Clean Electricity: Six Potential Strategies To Break Through Last Few Percent

A growing body of research has demonstrated that cost-effective high-renewable power systems are possible, but costs increase as systems approach 100% carbon-free electricity—what has become known as the "last 10% problem."

Sept. 8, 2022

Protecting Power System Frequency With Increasing Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed energy resources (DERs) with advanced controls can provide services to the grid such as frequency response. However, unlike conventional generators, DERs have to regularly exchange signals with faraway control centers.

Aug. 30, 2022

Exploring the Big Challenge Ahead: Insights on the Path to a Net-Zero Power Sector by 2035

NREL study identifies the opportunities and challenges of achieving the U.S. transformational goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035.

Aug. 30, 2022

NREL Researchers Point to Path for Improved Wind Blade Recycling Rates

Researchers at NREL are considering circular economy strategies to mitigate the impact of wind turbine blades at the end of their useful lifespan.

Aug. 22, 2022

News Release: R&D 100 Awards Honor NREL Innovation

R&D World magazine today presented NREL with one of its annual R&D 100 Awards for research innovations. The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform, developed in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is a data management and analysis tool that helps cities improve their building stock and reduce carbon emissions.

Aug. 22, 2022

Decarbonizing the Building Sector: The Devil's in the Data

In 2019, Washington, D.C., started using the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform, a web-based software created by NREL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to manage data from large groups of buildings and help cities reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of their building stock.

Aug. 17, 2022

Five Key Best Practices to Community Energy Planning

The Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis released a best-practices guide to supporting community energy planning.

Aug. 10, 2022

Assessing Power System Reliability in a Changing Grid, Environment

NREL's energy analysts use the "three Rs" concept to provide a fuller picture of power system reliability with changing resource mixes and grid conditions.

Aug. 9, 2022

NREL Releases Comprehensive Databases of Local Ordinances for Siting Wind, Solar Energy Projects

State and local zoning laws and ordinances influence how and where wind and solar energy projects can be sited and deployed—which can have a measurable impact on U.S. renewable energy resource potential.

Aug. 8, 2022

Partner Forum Helps Cement Partnership Between NREL, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

NREL and DFW Airport have committed to working from the ground up at the system level on sustainability, decarbonization, and energy-efficiency overhauls, designing upgrades and implementations that can integrate intelligently across the board.

July 25, 2022

Modeling Exactly Where Distributed Energy Resources Provide the Most Value to the Grid

NREL's Distributed Generation Market Demand Model helps identify where distributed energy resources could provide the most value to the grid, informing new compensation mechanisms.

July 20, 2022

Federal Aviation Administration Partners With NREL for a Holistic Look at Energy Needs of Electrified Aircraft

With integrated analysis from NREL, the FAA can create safety standards and recommend efficient and resilient airport infrastructure able to support electrified aircraft designs.

July 18, 2022

Reframing Curtailment: Why Too Much of a Good Thing Is Still a Good Thing

Video explains how having more than enough renewable energy capacity can make the grid more flexible.

July 15, 2022

NREL Addresses Energy Challenges for Sustainable Aviation

From sustainable fuels to airport infrastructure analysis to next-gen aircraft, NREL offers solutions for lowering emissions in a sector that is among the most difficult to decarbonize.

July 1, 2022

NREL Scientists Explore How To Make PV Even Greener

How do we reduce the carbon impact of an already green technology?

June 29, 2022

News Release: Scientists Look to the Sky in Effort To Mitigate Carbon Problem

A global research effort spearheaded by NREL has assessed two promising technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. While still in the early stages of development, direct air carbon capture and sequestration--together with other carbon dioxide removal strategies--are considered critical to achieving a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy.

June 27, 2022

News Release: NREL Analysis Highlights Strategies Beyond Recycling To Bolster Circular Economy for Solar and Battery Technologies

In a new comprehensive literature review, researchers at NREL discovered that alternatives to recycling may have untapped potential to build an effective circular economy for solar photovoltaic and battery technologies, such as reducing the use of virgin materials in manufacturing, reusing for new applications, and extending product life spans.

June 14, 2022

Introducing the 2022 Electricity Annual Technology Baseline

Here's What You Need to Know About This Year's Annual Technology Baseline, Including Distributed Wind and Pumped Storage Hydropower Supply Curve Data for the First Time

June 6, 2022

A Decade of Transformation: What We Have Learned Since RE Futures Study Showed What Was Possible

Ten years after visionary renewable electricity futures study showed an 80% renewable U.S. Grid was possible, NREL experts recount how they've built on those findings in the decade since—and what is next.

June 2, 2022

How Not To Short-Circuit the Clean Energy Transition

A new video and report explain why fault protection should be on grid planners' radar as the power system continues to evolve.

May 26, 2022

Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis Launches Green Computing Catalyzer

The third catalyzer in the JISEA Catalyzers initiative will explore algorithmic energy efficiency, in addition to ways to limit energy usage of computing and potential pathways to reuse, repair, or recycle hardware products and materials.

May 25, 2022

NREL Energy Analyst Anelia Milbrandt Is a Superhero, Every Day

Bioenergy and waste-to-energy researcher Anelia Milbrandt will be featured in an upcoming children's book including stories of modern diverse women working in energy.

May 12, 2022

The Future of Distributed Wind in the United States: Considerations for Unlocking Terawatt-Level Potential

The U.S. federal government has set a goal of 100% clean electricity in 2035 and a net-zero carbon economy in 2050. To achieve these ambitious targets, all forms of renewable power will be important—including distributed wind.

May 5, 2022

News Release: NREL Scientists Advance Renewable Hydrogen Production Method

Perovskite materials may hold the potential to play an important role in a process to produce hydrogen in a renewable manner, according to an analysis from scientists at NREL.

April 29, 2022

Building Trust in AI To Ensure Equitable Solutions

Researchers at NREL are leading research to address bias in artificial intelligence and machine learning for clean energy innovation.

April 22, 2022

NREL Explores the Dynamic Nature of Wind Deployment and Land Use

Meeting U.S. decarbonization goals is expected to require rapid deployment of additional wind energy. As more wind is deployed, social and ecological considerations of the surrounding landscape are becoming increasingly important--but research on the land use impacts of wind deployment has been limited.

April 19, 2022

NREL and IREC Identify Best Practices for Validating Hosting Capacity Analyses

The electric distribution grid is changing at a rapid rate, with distributed energy resources (DERs) such as rooftop solar arrays, energy storage, and electric vehicles arriving on the grid in fast-growing numbers. However, it is not always clear how much additional DER capacity a community's grid can accommodate.

April 13, 2022

Storage Futures Study: Key Learnings for the Coming Decades

Energy storage will likely play a critical role in a low-carbon, flexible, and resilient future grid, the Storage Futures Study (SFS) concludes.

April 7, 2022

News Release: NREL Identifies Abundant Renewable Energy Resources as Key to Mexico's Clean Energy Ambitions

NREL released an in-depth report on the potential for clean energy development in Mexico, finding that Mexico is ideally poised to become a clean energy powerhouse.

April 6, 2022

Q&A With Parthiv Kurup: A Practical Captain To Helm the Clean Energy Transition

As part of the Manufacturing Masterminds Q&A profile series, Parthiv Kurup shares how his analyses are streamlining manufacturing processes to reduce the sector's energy consumption while reducing costs.

April 4, 2022

NREL Scientist Joins United Nations Team in Identifying Opportunities To Slow Climate Change

Rising temperatures and sea levels. More frequent and severe hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and droughts. Deteriorating air and water quality. These trends can be traced back to climate change—with cities facing disproportionate risks due to rapid population growth.

March 23, 2022

DOE Launches Study To Consider Equitable Pathways To Power Puerto Rico With 100% Renewable Energy

An analysis led by NREL is now underway to supply Puerto Rico with options for achieving a renewable, reliable, and equitable electric power system.

March 14, 2022

News Release: Scientists Show Large Impact of Controlling Humidity on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions from air conditioners are expected to climb as economic growth drives efforts to control both temperature and humidity, according to an analysis by scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Xerox PARC.

March 4, 2022

JISEA Sustainable Communities Catalyzer Advances Equitable Renewables Deployment

New modeling approach intersects equity metrics and renewable energy technical potential to prioritize communities that need these benefits the most.

Feb. 28, 2022

Small City Sets Example for Floating Solar, Empowered by NREL Data Set

No U.S. cities have done anything like what Cohoes, New York, was proposing: a municipally-owned and operated floating solar installation—but there was no reason it would not work. The technology of floating solar is sound, and their reservoir could hold enough panels to power all Cohoes city-owned buildings and streetlights—erasing around $500,000 in annual electricity costs.

Feb. 10, 2022

NREL and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Demonstrate Multi-Lab Capabilities in Live Demonstration

We can currently link models and simulations across the national laboratory complex, but imagine connecting these models with equipment, devices, and scientists so they can work together as if side by side instead of thousands of miles apart.

Feb. 7, 2022

Building a Solar-Powered Future

The Solar Futures Study draws insights from across NREL's expertise and tools to deliver detailed analysis of solar energy's future in the United States.

Feb. 2, 2022

REopt Is Not Lite Anymore

REopt, a free, techno-economic decision support model, helps users optimize energy systems for buildings, campuses, communities, and microgrids. Once called REopt Lite, the REopt tool is dropping the "Lite" in 2022 to better reflect its true status as a heavy-hitting and comprehensive optimization tool.

Jan. 18, 2022

REopt Targets Emissions for Tomorrow's Cleaner, Healthier Built Environment

The REopt® web tool is a techno-economic decision support platform used by researchers to optimize energy systems for buildings, campuses, communities, microgrids, and more, helping users determine the optimal size and combination of energy systems to maximize cost savings while meeting resilience or energy performance goals.

Jan. 12, 2022

Happy Hours: Energy Storage Could Support the Grid Every Hour of the Day, All Year Long

The latest phase of the Storage Futures Study finds the grid operates more efficiently with high levels of energy storage across all studied system configurations and grid mixes.

Jan. 10, 2022

A Year in Review: Advancing Energy Storage and Conversion Research

Over the past year, NREL researchers have pioneered innovative, interdisciplinary, and integrated research and development for technology advancements in electrochemical, molecular, thermal, and mechanical energy storage systems.

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