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Research Projects

Explore NREL's capabilities, impacts, and partnerships in advanced manufacturing research through these projects.

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Advanced Thermoplastic Resins for Manufacturing Wind Turbine Blades

At its Composites Manufacturing Education and Technology facility, NREL produced blade components for a wind turbine to be infused with a novel thermoplastic resin.

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Materials Flow through Industry Supply Chain Modeling Tool

NREL developed a modeling tool for evaluating ways to improve material and energy impacts in commodity supply chains.

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Benchmark Study of Global Clean Energy Manufacturing

A Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center benchmark study has isolated and quantified the economic impacts of the clean energy manufacturing sectors.

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Thermo-Mechanical Analysis for John Deere Electronics Solutions

For a hybrid wheel loader developed by John Deere, NREL performed a thermo-mechanical analysis on a power module and inverter enclosure design.

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Grid-Integrated Electric Drive Analysis for The Ohio State University

NREL performed thermal management analysis and simulation on a high-speed, grid-integrated electric drive developed by the university.

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Wide-Bandgap MOSFET Research with Virginia Tech Graduate Students

NREL and Virginia Tech are collaborating on power electronic device research involving wide bandgap-based, metal-oxide semiconductor field effect transistors.

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Combined Heat and Power Protocol for Uniform Methods Project

NREL developed a protocol for estimating energy impacts from combined heat and power systems at the customer side of the meter.

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Cell-Phone Tower Power System Prototype Testing for Verizon Wireless

For the company, NREL tested a cell-phone tower power system based on DC interconnection and photovoltaics.

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Photovoltaic Manufacturing R&D Project Accomplishments

Learn about the NREL PV Manufacturing R&D Project's accomplishments and capabilities.