Feature Stories

The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

May 2010

May 4, 2010

NREL Helps DOE Promote Cutting Edge Technology

Researching breakthroughs in energy now is easier thanks to a new Web site that quickly accesses patents for technologies developed by DOE laboratories.

April 2010

April 26, 2010

National Labs Partner for Better Building Efficiency

A new initiative puts commercial building owners and operators together with technical experts to help save money and energy.

April 19, 2010

First Earth Day Organizer Bullish on Renewables

Early Laboratory Director Denis Hayes recalls roller coaster days of the past, says current generation gives him hope.

April 14, 2010

Green Computing Helps in Zero Energy Equation

Information Technology in the new Research Support Facility subtracts watts, adding to the building's energy efficiency while showing others how.

April 5, 2010

NREL Finds a Way to Give LEDs the Green Light

Lab reverses solar cell process to create a long-sought-after deep green that could lead to cheaper, more efficient lighting.

March 2010

March 22, 2010

NREL's New Robots Scrutinize Solar Cells

Process Development and Integration Laboratory is faster, more precise, gives industry quicker answers.

March 12, 2010

Tool That Tracks Solar Installations is Open to All

NREL's new Open PV Web site lets users download information about installations, explore trends in photovoltaic markets.

March 8, 2010

High-Speed Pipeline Revs Up Biomass Analysis

High throughput system can analyze enzymes, poplars, switch grass, thousands at a time to help determine which plants are best suited for biofuels.

March 1, 2010

Light Inspires Energy Efficient Building Design

The use of daylighting drives the size of the NREL's new super energy efficient Research Support Facility as well as the features of its windows.

February 2010

Feb. 22, 2010

Making Wind Turbines Builds Career Interest

Good-paying jobs in renewable energy are important to the nation's future and don't all require a college degree, high school students learn.

Feb. 12, 2010

Balancing Renewables and Natural Resources

NREL biologists test revegetation and wildlife protection strategies at new solar power array at the National Wind Technology Center.

Feb. 5, 2010

NREL Battery Testing Capabilities Get a Boost

Recovery Act funding will be used to enhance battery testing equipment and facilities, helping NREL continue to support industry.

January 2010

Jan. 22, 2010

Smart Windows: Energy Efficiency with a View

Buildings consume 40 percent of our nation's energy. NREL is testing and researching electrochromic windows that could knock that back significantly.

Jan. 15, 2010

NREL to Help Scale Up Biofuels Operations

Thanks to a partnership with DOE and NREL, companies are getting the cash and expertise needed to jumpstart biofuels production scale-up.

Jan. 8, 2010

Energy Data Available Anywhere, Any Time

NREL launches a new Internet site to allow organizations around the world to both post their own energy data and download data, for free.

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