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Oct. 20, 2020

Into the Unknown: Ben Sigrin Models How Consumers Adopt Renewables

As a University of Texas graduate student in 2011, Ben Sigrin tried to understand how people make decisions about purchasing or leasing rooftop solar panels. He quickly found that it is not black or white--and that there is no average consumer.

Oct. 19, 2020

NREL Unveils Open-Source Distributed Generation Market Demand Model

NREL's Distributed Generation Market Demand (dGen) model is publicly available for the first time. Public users can access model methodology and instructions, run the code, and receive technical support from the dGen team.

Oct. 8, 2020

Study Shows Abundant Opportunities for Hydrogen in a Future Integrated Energy System

H2@Scale Initiative finds achievable 2X to 4X U.S. hydrogen market growth.

Oct. 2, 2020

News Release: R&D 100 Awards Honor Six NREL Innovations

R&D World magazine today presented NREL with four of its annual R&D 100 Awards for research innovations. In addition to the R&D 100 winners, two additional NREL technologies were given Special Recognition Awards.

Sept. 29, 2020

News Release: Untapped Potential Exists for Blending Hydropower, Floating PV

Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to an analysis by researchers at NREL.

Sept. 17, 2020

Can Revegetation Return PV Site Soil to Its Untouched Glory?

In a recently published journal article, NREL researchers investigated the soil impacts of solar PV array installations and considered how energy and agriculture can coexist.

Sept. 2, 2020

Hurricane Puts NREL Resilience Analysis Tool to the Test

The devastating hurricane that struck northwest Florida in October 2018 proved an ideal case study for a risk assessment tool developed by NREL.

Aug. 27, 2020

Annual Technology Baseline Expands To Include Transportation Data

The first-ever Transportation Annual Technology Baseline consolidates U.S. vehicle and fuel technologies data for current and future markets through 2050.

Aug. 18, 2020

NREL, ExxonMobil Teams Imagine, Research New Solutions for Tomorrow's Energy Challenges

A year into their unique collaboration, NREL and ExxonMobil are navigating a multi-pronged effort toward a future where clean-burning biofuels replace some petroleum-based fuels.

Aug. 17, 2020

How Might Climate Change Impact Energy Systems?

A new literature review suggests climate change is anticipated to impact regional and global energy systems, with varying magnitudes of effects across regions and technologies.

Aug. 13, 2020

ARIES and RAIL Promise To Advance Renewable Energy Innovation and Integration

Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette introduced two new acronyms to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) lexicon on Aug. 12: RAIL and ARIES. RAIL stands for Research and Innovation Laboratory, while ARIES is short for Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems.

Aug. 3, 2020

Grid Coordination Opens Road for Electric Vehicle Flexibility

As electric vehicle sales continue to rev up in the United States, the power grid is in parallel contending with the greatest transformation in its 100-year history: the large-scale integration of renewable energy and power electronic devices. The changes will test the limits of grid integration, but NREL sees opportunity at the intersection of energy systems and transportation.

July 30, 2020

Jeff Logan, Long-Standing JISEA Analyst, Has a World of Curiosity

For Jeff Logan, a curiosity came alive when he went to college. This curiosity has brought him around the world to study the clean energy transition.

July 22, 2020

Haiku Sky's Childhood off the Grid Inspired a Career on the Grid

Most of us do not remember the first time we experienced electricity. It has always been a given. But for Haiku Sky, it is a distinct memory. He was four years old—and was fascinated by the idea that you could flip a switch and there would be light.

July 17, 2020

Solar Energy Technologies Could Meet Industrial Process Heating Demands

Solar energy technologies could meet process heating demands, reduce carbon emissions, and improve heating efficiency in the U.S. industrial sector—for up to 15-50% energy savings.

July 17, 2020

Open-Source Renewable Energy Potential (reV) Model Offers Endless Potential

What can the Renewable Energy Potential (reV) model calculate when it comes to renewable energy potential? Just about everything.

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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