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.

December 2004

Dec. 1, 2004

NREL — Keeping Up with the Rapidly Growing Wind Industry

Wind energy—it's the fastest growing electricity-generating technology in the world. And thanks to the successful research and development partnerships between industry and DOE's Wind Program at NREL and Sandia National Laboratories, it's breaking U.S. records as well.

July 2004

July 1, 2004

Sharing Expertise and Facilities—NREL Assists DOE and Industry with Biomass Technologies of the Future

Biomass conversion is as old as the first wood fires humans ever made—to cook food or maybe just to stay warm during a long, cold night. And like everything old, it's new again—and moving in some exciting new directions at NREL.

July 1, 2004

New Science and Technology Facility to Combine Energy Efficiency with Research

The future of solar cell, thin film, and nanostructure research will be built on a hill to the east of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Solar Energy Research Facility.

February 2004

Feb. 1, 2004

NREL and R&D Partners Work to Trim Solar Electricity Costs

From Alaska to Nebraska and all points east, west, and south—solar energy is all around us. Our national "solar resource" is enormous, even with all its regional variations. The energy in this resource could supply us with substantial amounts of clean, renewable electricity year after year. We just need to be able to extract and harness the sun's energy at a reasonable cost.


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