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Aug. 22, 2019

Exploring Tomorrow's Energy Solutions, Together

NREL’s 2019 Partner Forum brought together energy industry leaders across multiple sectors to discuss today’s energy challenges and explore tomorrow’s potential solutions.

Aug. 19, 2019

NREL, First Solar Collaboration Improves Thin-Film Solar Cells

A new paper reports a cell efficiency of 20.8%, representing a crossing point for the new group V technology relative to historic copper technology.

Aug. 1, 2019

Virtual Tools Developed at NREL Create Real-World Savings

NREL researchers are creating useful software applications designed to help highlight potential costs and savings associated with renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In doing so, they hope to shorten the path to commercialization and increase overall adoption of those technologies.

Aug. 1, 2019

Funding Provides Boost to Investigation of Nitrides

Nitride semiconductors have played an important role in certain technologies, such as light-emitting diodes and radio frequency transistors, but these materials aren't found in nature.

July 16, 2019

Beyond Lithium-Ion XII Imagines the Future of Next-Generation Batteries

NREL hosted twelfth annual symposium on energy storage.

July 16, 2019

Modeling and Analysis Guide Use of Gallium Oxide Material in Power Electronics

NREL research could lead to the development of leading-edge, high-performance vertical transistors.

June 17, 2019

Collaborative Research Charts Course to Hundreds of New Nitrides

A groundbreaking research effort involving scientists at NREL and at other laboratories around the country yielded the prediction of 203 new stable ternary nitride compounds.

June 7, 2019

NREL Hosting the12th Annual Beyond Lithium-Ion Symposium Focused on Transformational Advances in Energy Storage Technologies

Scientists and Engineers to Discuss Ways to Surpass Current State-of-the-Art for Transportation and Electrical Grid Applications

June 5, 2019

'Nothing' technology creates less expensive thin-film solar cells

Solar cells made from elements in the third and fifth columns of the periodic table have been shown to be highly efficient at converting sunlight into energy, but their high costs pose a drawback and limited their use to niche applications.

May 2, 2019

NREL Research Fellow Testifies on Plastic Recycling Before House Subcommittee

Plastics are essential to modern life--but it's hard to turn on the TV or browse the web without seeing poignant examples of the plastic life cycle extending far beyond usefulness. NREL Senior Research Fellow Gregg Beckham testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee about one possible solution to the plastic pollution problem: chemical recycling.

April 22, 2019

Your Renewable Energy Technology is Growing Old--What's Next?

While hundreds of millions of tons of trash continue to be dumped into American landfills annually, a growing percentage has been diverted to recycling centers since the first Earth Day in 1970. But these centers aren't set up for renewable energy technologies.

Feb. 25, 2019

NREL to Host 12th Annual Beyond Lithium-Ion Symposium

The 12th Beyond Lithium Ion Symposium will focus on scalable energy storage beyond the current state-of-the-art for transportation and grid applications.

Feb. 19, 2019

Gallium Oxide Could Have Low Cost in Future, NREL Analysis Reveals

The findings reveal gallium oxide wafers could be three to five times cheaper to manufacture than another related technology, silicon carbide.

Jan. 17, 2019

NREL Research Proves Switchable Solar Window Works, Now Focus Moves to Making it Work Better

A year after NREL Researcher Lance Wheeler attracted international attention for his research detailing a window that could both darken and generate electricity, he's starting over--almost from scratch.

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