Energy Analysis News

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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