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Dec. 22, 2020

System Advisor Model Update Includes New Data, Improved Model Integration

Make informed decisions about renewable energy system design and project economics with the latest version of NREL's System Advisor Model.

Dec. 22, 2020

Top 20 NREL Stories of 2020

NREL researchers and staff reached countless goals and achieved numerous successes in science, partnerships, and technology commercialization in 2020, from breaking world records to launching new initiatives. Here are just a few of the highlights.

Dec. 14, 2020

At 30 Years Young, the Future Is Bright for NREL's High-Flux Solar Furnace

With the breakneck speed of innovation at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the laboratory's High-Flux Solar Furnace (HFSF) is all the more remarkable for continuously facilitating envelope-pushing research since 1989.

Oct. 13, 2020

Integrated Hydrogen Sensor/Separation Module Boosts Long-Term Efficiency and Revenue in Solar Power Plants

Concentrating solar power (CSP) plants generate clean energy to power our communities. Yet, one consistent challenge of CSP plants is hydrogen buildup, which can be costly to mitigate and reduces plant efficiency. NREL researcher Greg Glatzmaier has spent much of his career finding a solution.

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.

June 12, 2020

Concentrating Solar Power Best Practices Report Is First of Its Kind

NREL experts and industry leaders focus their knowledge on focused sunlight⁠—an on-demand, renewable power source.

April 13, 2020

News Release: NREL Six-Junction Solar Cell Sets Two World Records for Efficiency

Scientists at NREL have fabricated a six-junction solar cell that now holds the world record for the highest solar conversion efficiency at 47.1%, which was measured under concentrated illumination. A variation of the same cell also set the efficiency record under one-sun illumination at 39.2%.

March 25, 2020

Photovoltaics Pioneer and NREL Alumna Sarah Kurtz Honored by National Academy of Engineering

World-renowned photovoltaics expert and longtime NREL alumna Sarah Kurtz was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering for her contributions to the development of high-efficiency solar cells and leadership in solar cell reliability and quality.

Jan. 28, 2020

How NREL Is Fanning the Sparks of Innovation

During fiscal year 2019, NREL filed a record 124 patent applications and counted a record 233 disclosures — a category that includes 161 records of invention and 72 software records. NREL-developed software is protectable by copyright, while records of invention can be protected with patent applications.

Jan. 14, 2020

NREL Secures 21 Awards to Further CSP and PV Research

On November 6, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office awarded $128 million to 75 new projects that will advance solar technologies in five major areas. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) earned a major portion of this funding—nearly $20 million.

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