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Sept. 27, 2022

News Release: International Heliostat Consortium Releases Roadmap and Solicitation To Improve Commercial Viability of Heliostats

NREL, joined by partners at Sandia National Laboratories and the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute, released its multiyear heliostat roadmap, which identifies research and deployment gaps in heliostat technologies as well as the strategies to overcome them during the next five years.

July 20, 2022

NREL's Johney Green Appointed Chairman of National GEM Consortium

Johney Green, associate laboratory director for Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences at NREL, was appointed Chairman of The National GEM Consortium Board of Directors on July 18, 2022. GEM is a 45-year-old national nonprofit organization whose vision is to make scientific impact through underrepresented minority STEM talent in the United States.

June 9, 2022

An Inventor Retires as His Solar Technology Takes Flight

When Greg Glatzmaier left NREL for the last time after a career that spanned four decades, he was already planning trips to Nevada and Spain. But not to play poker or hang out on the beach.

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.

Feb. 24, 2022

Looking Back on a Sunny Legacy

When it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) research, Mark Mehos has seen the industry growth and solar boom firsthand. CSP technologies—capturing sunlight to produce heat that drives thermoelectric generation systems—had their beginnings in the mid-1980s, at the dawn of his 35-year career at NREL.

Feb. 9, 2022

Next-Gen Concentrating Solar Power Research Heats Up at NREL

Concentrating solar power (CSP) has long held promise as a renewable energy technology. CSP uses mirrors, or heliostats, to harness the power of the sun by heating and storing an inexpensive medium such as sand, rocks, or molten salt for on-demand energy dispatch.

Jan. 31, 2022

Solar Veteran Selected To Lead NREL CSP Program

Math, mentors, and Mother Nature all had a hand in leading Craig Turchi toward his new role as the manager of NREL's Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program.

Jan. 3, 2022

Understanding the Impact of Wind Conditions on Concentrating Solar Power Structures

High wind loads increase structural design costs of concentrating solar power collector structures, such as heliostats and parabolic troughs.

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