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May 23, 2023

NREL Adds Lab Space With New Building, Preps Other Projects

NREL's newest building, the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL), which will house multipurpose lab space, is the first laboratory building to open at NREL's Golden, Colorado, campus since the fall of 2013.

May 22, 2023

News Release: Inflation Reduction Act Invests $150 Million in NREL Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that NREL will begin work on a series of additions and improvements to two of its campuses made possible by $150 million in funding provided by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA).

May 10, 2023

DOE Announces RFP Aimed at Community-Based Retrofit Solutions

A new Building America program is expected to bolster efforts to decarbonize existing U.S. residential housing.

May 5, 2023

Solar Decathlon 2023 Winners Take Zero-Energy Design and Construction to Next Level

The 2023 winners of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, DOE's longest-running student competition, are leading the clean energy revolution by designing and constructing better buildings.

May 2, 2023

Managing Building Efficiency in the City That Never Sleeps

Data exchange and support software developed at NREL is helping community building owners—including those in New York City—meet the national drive toward decarbonization.

April 27, 2023

Award-Winning NREL Buildings Project Bolstered by Team's Passion for Clean Energy

Wonderful memories of swimming in the local rivers of Zhejiang in eastern China led a young Yueyue Zhou toward a career in architecture and creating beautiful landscapes. But experiencing the effects of climate change firsthand and watching those rivers become polluted is what drove her to NREL.

April 26, 2023

New $22 Million-Plus Prize Lays a Solid Foundation for Equitable Building Energy Upgrades

The Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP) aims to accelerate widespread energy efficiency and building electrification upgrades.

March 28, 2023

Advanced Computing Powers 300-Plus Clean Energy Projects

In Fiscal Year 2022, NREL played a critical role in computing advancements for 300-plus clean energy research projects through high-performance computing (HPC), efficient data center operation, and state-of-the-art data visualization.

March 24, 2023

Turning Mining Waste Into a Sustainable Concrete Replacement

NREL is leading a three-year $4.38 million collaborative project from the U.S. Department of Energy's Fiscal Year 2022 Office of Fossil Energy Carbon Management Technology Commercialization Fund to turn mining waste materials into a more sustainable concrete replacement.

March 7, 2023

57 Teams Advance to Solar Decathlon 2023 Design Challenge Final

More than 300 collegiate students will visit the NREL campus in April 2023 for the Solar Decathlon Final Competition Event.

Feb. 23, 2023

Announcing the 2023 JUMP Into STEM Final Competition Winners

Students and professors from across the country, an esteemed panel of judges, and program supporters from the U.S. Department of Energy converged in Golden, Colorado, for the 2023 JUMP into STEM Final Competition.

Feb. 17, 2023

Breaking Barriers to Home Electrification Through the EAS-E Prize

Apply for EAS-E Prize Phase 1 by March 8 to compete for $2.4 million in prizes and technical assistance to accelerate fast, easy, and scalable home electrification solutions.

Feb. 15, 2023

New Energy CLASS Prize Supports School Upgrades

Schools across the United States can benefit from infrastructure upgrades—improved ventilation and increased energy efficiency is good for students, teachers, and the school's bottom line.

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

Leveraging NREL All-Electric HVAC Technology, Blue Frontier Earns $20 Million Development Boost

Bolstered by technologies developed at NREL, startup company Blue Frontier earned $20 million from the Bill Gates-funded Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Feb. 2, 2023

NREL Patent Activity Climbed in FY 2022 as Researchers Recognize More Eureka Moments

NREL files an average of about 170 patent applications annually and releases roughly 48 open-source software titles.

Jan. 12, 2023

New Chapter for Ancient Place: Creating Sustainable Housing and Jobs in Rural Alaska

NREL's Cold Climate Housing Research Center is working with the Native Village of Unalakleet, a small community sprawled on Alaska's northwest coast, to create a new model of housing—an affordable, energy-efficient, adaptable house that meets the myriad challenges facing rural Alaska.

Jan. 11, 2023

Nominate a Colleague for the Solar Decathlon Richard King Award by Feb. 1!

Know an influential U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Alum or Faculty Advisor who has impacted the clean energy economy? Nominate them for the Solar Decathlon Richard King Award by Feb. 1, 2023!


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