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Nov. 30, 2023

Researchers Calculate Path to Greener Computing

While enabling innovative technological advancements, the worldwide growth in advanced computing has created a looming energy crisis.

Nov. 28, 2023

NREL-Led Effort Addresses Problem of Plastic in Rivers

WaterPACT involves collecting samples of plastics in waterways, gathering data about the size and scope of the problem, and eventually coming up with a solution.

Nov. 17, 2023

How Tyche Informs Strategic Energy Investments

Decision makers who want to know the impact of potential R&D investments on their energy technology goals now have a new tool: the Technology Characterization and Evaluation (Tyche) software.

Nov. 16, 2023

NREL Partners To Identify Strategies for a More Equitable Clean Energy Transition in Los Angeles

NREL partners on LA100 Equity Strategies project to identify pathways for underserved LA communities to reap benefits of transition to 100% clean energy.

Nov. 16, 2023

News Release: NREL's Community-Driven Analysis Identifies Strategies To Improve Equity in LA's Clean Energy Transition

After two years of robust modeling and gathering input from over 100 community members, 14 community-based organizations, and 31 additional stakeholder organizations in Los Angeles, NREL has synthesized its findings into equitable clean energy transition strategies for the city.

Nov. 7, 2023

Scaling and Aggregation Supercharge Electric Vehicle Charging

The latest installment of NREL's Tell Me Something Grid series by grid researcher Luke Lavin discusses the value of combining multiple distributed energy resources to effectively integrate them into the power grid.

Nov. 1, 2023

News Release: Deep Decarbonization Scenarios Reveal Importance of Accelerating Zero-Emission Vehicle Adoption

The rapid adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles will move the nation close to an 80% or more drop in transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from the 2019 level according to NREL.

Oct. 24, 2023

As PV Market Evolved in the Last Year, Prices Went Up, Prices Went Down

NREL's 2023 PV Cost Benchmark Report documents the potential cost impacts of Inflation Reduction Act manufacturing tax credits, reports costs for community solar, and presents a new transparent cost model.

Oct. 24, 2023

News Release: New Database Shines Spotlight on Decades of Solar Mirror Research

NREL is preparing to unveil a publicly available Solar Mirror Materials Database (SMMD) database containing the results of exposure experiments on solar reflectors conducted over more than four decades.

Oct. 10, 2023

From Minor Player to Major League: Moving Beyond 4-Hour Energy Storage

A new report building on NREL's Storage Futures Study highlights challenges and opportunities to increase the value of longer-duration energy storage.

Oct. 9, 2023

News Release: NREL Analysis Identifies Drivers of Offshore Wind Development

As much as 20% of regional power needs along the Atlantic coast could be served by offshore wind farms by 2050, according to NREL.

Sept. 26, 2023

New Modeling Approach Ensures All Community Members Are Considered in Electricity System Evolution

NREL's Elaine Hale discusses the importance of integrated modeling and analysis that capture the characteristics and behavior of multistakeholder systems with diverse objectives in how the electricity system evolves.

Aug. 17, 2023

News Release: NREL Analysis Reveals Benefits of Hydropower for Grid-Scale Energy Storage

Closed-loop pumped storage hydropower systems rank as having the lowest potential to add to the problem of global warming for energy storage when accounting for the full impacts of materials and construction, according to analysis conducted at NREL.

Aug. 3, 2023

News Release: NREL Analysis Quantifies Impacts of Setback Ordinances on Land Available for Renewable Energy Deployment

The number of local zoning ordinances governing renewable energy deployment is growing in the United States, according to new research by NREL. The amount of land available to deploy renewables depends on the characteristics of the ordinances.

July 26, 2023

SolarAPP+ Prize Brings Automated Solar Permitting to Two New States

Four communities received funding to support adoption of permitting solution that speeds residential solar adoption.

July 11, 2023

Q&A With Samantha Reese: The Fix-It Engineer Who Digs Up Data To Fix the Planet

In this Manufacturing Masterminds Q&A, Sam Reese shares how she ended up traveling around the world and how she is sharing her fix-it mindset with her kids.

June 30, 2023

Opportunity for Chemicals and Fuels From Carbon Dioxide: Researchers Assess Roadblocks for Industrial Deployment of CO2 Electrolysis

Zero-emission energy systems have a gigaton-sized challenge: Waste carbon dioxide (CO2) will continue to flow into the atmosphere as long as steel, cement, and chemical plants exist.

June 28, 2023

Q&A With Clayton Barrows: Breaking Barriers on Road to Resilience

On a road trip 15 years ago, Clayton Barrows passed by NREL and thought out loud about pursuing a meaningful career in power systems modeling at the laboratory. Today he is the group manager of Grid Operations Planning in NREL's Grid Planning and Analysis Center.

June 28, 2023

Informing Energy Transitions: The 2023 Electricity Annual Technology Baseline

Informing energy transitions in the United States, NREL has released the 2023 Electricity Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), a realistic and timely set of technology cost and performance data (current and projected) for the electric sector.

June 21, 2023

Substitute for Gold Layer in Perovskite Clears Way for Cheaper Commercialization

A thin layer of gold or silver helps improve the efficiency of perovskite solar cells, but researchers have found a less expensive material that will enable commercialization of the technology without exorbitant cost.

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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