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November 29, 2017

Sensor Research Targets Smart Home Technology Using Radio-Frequency Identification

University of Colorado Professor and NREL Scientist Gregor Henze is leading one of 15 new projects as part of DOE's ARPA-E Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) Program. SENSOR intents to develop a new class of sensor systems that can significantly increase energy savings by reducing demand for heating and cooling in residential and commercial buildings.

November 27, 2017

NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window

Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

November 8, 2017

Innovation Incubator Gives Rise to Virtual Building Control Tests

A Colorado firm participating in the latest Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Program is partnering with NREL to refine its building energy management control systems--but there's a twist.

November 2, 2017

Robotics Intern Retrofits Home Appliance to Operate in New, More-Efficient Ways

An undergraduate intern's contributions during a summer internship at NREL are helping researchers maintain homeowner comfort while using less energy and, ultimately, easing the burden on aging grid infrastructure.

October 2, 2017

New REopt Lite Tool Allows Building Owners to Optimize PV and Battery System Sizes

The REopt Lite web tool helps building owners evaluate the economics of grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage at commercial sites.

July 31, 2017

NREL Names Roderick Jackson as Laboratory Program Manager for Buildings Research

Roderick Jackson is the new laboratory program manager for buildings-related research at the Energy Department's (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

July 27, 2017

NREL, NYSERDA, and Con Edison Partner on Home Energy Management Systems

Twenty-four homes in New York City will be at the forefront of NREL home energy management systems (HEMS) research. The goal is to identify strategies for broad market adoption of smart home technologies that can bring comfort, convenience, and energy savings to residents across New York and the country.

July 21, 2017

NREL Announces Partnership with Panasonic and Xcel Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Panasonic Corporation and Xcel Energy to simulate and optimize the energy load profile of Peña Station NEXT, a planned 382-acre mixed-use development in Denver, Colo.

May 11, 2017

NREL and iUnit Open the Door to Grid-Integrated, Multifamily Construction

On May 4, 2017, nearly 30 industry partners visited NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility to see a modular studio prototype apartment created by Denver developer, iUnit.

March 22, 2017

Sensor Company Acquires Innovation Incubator Awardee, Launches Next-Generation "Connected" Building Technology

A sensor company has acquired the first beta-ready technology from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, which is co-administered by NREL.

January 11, 2017

NREL Announces Third Round of Start-Ups to Participate in the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) Program

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will help an additional 10 companies advance their technologies under the third round of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, a five-year, $10 million program designed to facilitate early-stage technologies that provide scalable solutions to reduce the energy impact of commercial buildings.


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