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News Archives - 2012

Following is recent science and energy news.

November 26, 2012

NREL Researchers Use Imaging Technologies to Solve Puzzle of Plant Architecture 

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility, a breakthrough that could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering the costs of making biofuels.

November 8, 2012

NREL Receives Numerous Accolades from Industry and DOE 

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its employees have garnered awards and recognition from industry groups for advancing energy research as well as furthering the lab's sustainable operating practices.

September 25, 2012

NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis 

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, and transportation fuels are made, and help clean the air.

September 20, 2012

High-Tech Tools Tackle Wind Farm Performance 

Wind plant underperformance is a significant concern in the wind energy industry. Simulation models developed at NREL are showing the way to solutions.

September 17, 2012

NREL's Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Investors 

Golden, Colo., Sept. 13, 2012 – Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts in Denver Oct. 23-24 as the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts the 25th NREL Industry Growth Forum.

September 5, 2012

NREL Selects Partners for New High Performance Computer Data Center 

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected HP and Intel to provide a new energy-efficient high performance computer (HPC) system dedicated to energy systems integration, renewable energy research, and energy efficiency technologies. The new center will provide additional computing resources to support the breadth of research at NREL, leading to increased efficiency and lower costs for research into clean energy technologies including solar photovoltaics, wind energy, electric vehicles, buildings technologies, and renewable fuels.

July 26, 2012

NREL Study Shows Renewable Energy Potential in Every State 

A new study of renewable energy's technical potential finds that every state in the nation has the space and resource to generate clean energy.

July 16, 2012

New Database from NREL Makes Costs of Energy Technologies More Transparent 

A new web application collects cost and performance estimates for electric generation, advanced vehicles, and renewable fuel technologies and makes them available for utilities, policy makers, consumers, and academics. The Transparent Cost Database (TCDB) app provides technology cost and performance estimates that can be used to benchmark company costs, model energy scenarios, and inform research and development decisions.

July 10, 2012

NREL Joins Global Alliance of Solar Research Institutes 

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has joined the newly-formed Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes comprising three internationally renowned research institutions.

July 3, 2012

Alberi to Participate in DOE's Early Career Research Program 

A researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected by DOE's Office of Basic Energy Sciences as one of 68 scientists to participate in DOE's Early Career Research Program.

May 14, 2012

NREL Simulates Shade Conditions in Repeatable Test for Solar Arrays 

The US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a new repeatable test protocol that simulates real shade conditions and can predict with much greater precision the effects of shade on a solar array.

May 12, 2012

Student Winners Announced in Solar, Hydrogen and Lithium Ion Fuel Cell Car Races 

One hundred four teams from 23 Colorado schools participated in today's car competitions hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The student teams raced solar, lithium ion, or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles they designed and built themselves.

May 10, 2012

Students to race their innovative solar, hydrogen and lithium ion battery model cars Saturday 

Middle school students from around the state will participate in the Junior Solar Sprint, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions on Saturday, May 12, at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the competitions give students the opportunity to show their engineering and design skills by building and racing high-performance model solar, hydrogen fuel cell and battery vehicles.

May 4, 2012

NREL Develops More Precise Look at Cradle-to-Grave Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Energy Technologies 

A new approach to assessing greenhouse-gas emissions from coal, wind, solar and other energy technologies paints a much more precise picture of cradle-to-grave emissions and should help sharpen decisions on what new energy projects to build.

April 9, 2012

Nearly 100 NREL Staff to Discuss Innovation at WREF 2012 

Nearly 100 renewable energy experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have been selected to present at this year's World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF) to be held in Denver, Colo., on May 13-17, at the Colorado Convention Center.