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July 13, 2020

News Release: NREL Research Points to Strategies for Recycling of Solar Panels

Due to rapid increase of PV installations over the past decade, there is expected to be an explosion of retired PV modules by 2050. NREL scientists propose research and development to advance processes for managing that waste and establishing a PV circular economy.

July 9, 2020

2020 Annual Technology Baseline Electricity Data Now Available

Released each year, electricity-generation technology cost and performance data power forward-looking analyses at NREL and beyond.

July 7, 2020

News Release: Machine Learning Approach Produces 50X Higher-Resolution Climate Data

Researchers at NREL have developed a novel machine learning approach to quickly enhance the resolution of wind velocity data by 50 times and solar irradiance data by 25 times—an enhancement that has never been achieved before with climate data.

July 1, 2020

Data Lake Provides One-Stop Shop for Open Data

The Open Energy Data Initiative Data Lake hosts high-value data sets and analytics tools in one public location, expanding access to the broader research community and accelerating innovation.

June 22, 2020

News Release: Research Determines Financial Benefit from Driving Electric Vehicles

Motorists can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years by driving an electric vehicle instead of a similar one fueled by gasoline, according to a new analysis conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's NREL and Idaho National Laboratory.

June 19, 2020

How Janine Freeman Got Where She Wanted to Be

Some soul-searching and road-tripping set her on the right route to her goal of working with NREL's System Advisor Model.

June 18, 2020

NREL Supports Innovators as They Pursue New Ideas for Rural and Commercial-Scale Solar

Eight teams from across the United States are working with NREL to develop and test novel applications of solar energy in rural communities and commercial-scale settings as part of the second round of the Solar Energy Innovation Network.

May 28, 2020

Inertia and the Power Grid: A Guide Without the Spin

A new video and report explain the historical role of inertia in maintaining a reliable power system—and how this role is changing as the grid evolves.

April 30, 2020

NREL Implements User-Guided Upgrades to "Mine-to-Materials" Modeling Tool

Based on user feedback, NREL recently upgraded the Materials Flows through Industry modeling tool for improved ease of use and enhanced accuracy in modeling the U.S. industrial sector supply chain.

March 25, 2020

JISEA Celebrates a Decade of Energy System Transformation Through Analysis

Ten years since its founding, the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis continues to provide critical insights linking energy, society, and prosperity around the world.

March 17, 2020

Analysis Reveals PV Systems in the U.S. Operating as Expected

The vast majority of solar panels are living up to expectations for energy production after five years, according to a new analysis of 100,000 photovoltaic (PV) systems across the United States.

March 2, 2020

Latest Grid Data Book Reveals Key Trends in Renewable Integration

Biennial data compilation identifies changes in markets and power system operations as renewables are integrated onto the grid.

Feb. 26, 2020

REopt Lite Goes Open Source

The REopt Lite web tool evaluates the economic viability of grid-connected photovoltaics, wind, and battery storage at a site. REopt Lite Open Source lets programmers, software developers, and researchers access the code behind the web tool.

Feb. 19, 2020

Inaugural Edition of Industrial Data Book Identifies Trends in How Industry Uses Energy

New Data Compilation Includes Information on Industrial Energy Prices and Economic Activity for 2016-2018.

Feb. 18, 2020

Latest Data Book Shows U.S. Renewable Capacity Surpassed 20% for First Time in 2018

New edition also shows continued growth in U.S. installed wind and solar photovoltaic capacity, energy storage, and electric vehicle sales.

Jan. 7, 2020

Reports Identify Regulatory Coordination Key to Optimizing Cross-Border Electricity Trade in South Asia

A series of reports identify how Bangladesh, India, and Nepal might develop a coordinated regulatory framework to effectively implement cross-border electricity trade.

Jan. 2, 2020

Declining Renewable Costs Drive Focus on Energy Storage

An oft-repeated refrain—the sun doesn't always shine, is sometimes seen as an impediment to renewable energy. But it's also an impetus toward discovering the best ways to store that energy until it's needed.

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