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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 2010

December 28, 2010

NREL Helps Corporate Fleets Go Green

Researchers work with companies to evaluate the latest technology commercially available in the medium and heavy-duty truck markets.

December 22, 2010

NREL Solar Scientists Epitomize Teamwork

Collaboration and diversity in the form of multi-disciplinary teams with complementary skills replace the solo scientist of old.

December 14, 2010

Hydrogen Bus Lets Lab Visitors Glimpse Future

NREL uses wind energy to make the hydrogen fueling the lab's "green" shuttle.

November 2010

November 23, 2010

Wind Turbines Whip Up Excitement, School Pride

Schoolyard wind turbines in 11 states propel interest in science and energy careers.

November 3, 2010

Algae Research in Full Bloom at NREL

Fragile microorganisms hold a reservoir of potential oil, but are tough to crack.

October 2010

October 26, 2010

Island Breezes, Sun Perfect for Renewables

NREL is helping Caribbean and Pacific islands plot energy plans in the face of soaring costs, pollution concerns.

October 19, 2010

Sun Shines Bright for NREL's Energy Execs

Leadership program grads are taking great strides to implement ideas fostered at NREL. Solar energy is offering them many opportunities.

October 11, 2010

New Schools in New Orleans, Sunnier, Greener

Five years after Hurricane Katrina wrecked the city's classrooms, New Orleans is taking advantage of the opportunity to build green schools that could save millions on energy bills. NREL is lending a helping hand.

September 2010

September 29, 2010

Solar System Tops Off Efficient NREL Building

A rooftop solar electric system on NREL's new office building embodies the ideals of energy efficiency and renewable energy advocated by the Lab.

September 22, 2010

NREL Bridging the Gap for Entrepreneurs and VCs

Cleantech ventures are sharpening their business plans, polishing their presentations for NREL's 23rd Industry Growth Forum.

September 14, 2010

Improved Labs Energize Biomass Research

Innovative research laboratories get a facelift and infusion of new equipment to help researchers make environment friendly, economic biofuels.

September 2, 2010

Cheaper, Better Solar Cell Is Full of Holes

Award-winning etching technique puts a trillion holes in a silicon wafer making it blacker and better able to absorb nearly all the colors of sunlight.

August 2010

August 19, 2010

IKEA Geothermal System Could Inform Others

Home furnishings retailer to tap into Earth's steady temperature; NREL to collect data, monitor system with an eye toward helping save energy and money.

August 5, 2010

Renewable Energy at Work in War Zones

Participant in NREL's executive leadership class aims to bring solar and wind energy to Afghan farms; researchers advise military on powering bases.

July 2010

July 30, 2010

NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home'

Transpired solar collector technology developed at NREL boosts the efficiency of the new Research Support Facility on the Lab's campus.

July 22, 2010

NREL Scholarship Gives Columbine Grads a Boost

Ten years ago, in the wake of tragedy, NREL set up a fund to help students at Columbine High School. The investment still pays dividends.

July 15, 2010

Wind and Solar Energy Power Polar Research

NREL researchers deploy renewable energy systems at National Science Foundation bases in forbidding, fragile Antarctica.

July 8, 2010

Building Better Batteries for Cars and Spacecraft

NASA and NREL combine experience and experiments to make safer more reliable batteries for outer space and Interstates.

July 1, 2010

New Low-Energy Building a Landscape Leader, Too

The grounds of the Research Support Facility will help shape the nation's first rating system for green landscape design and construction.

June 2010

June 14, 2010

Brownfields' Bright Spot: Solar and Wind Energy

NREL helps the Environmental Protection Agency find ways to generate renewable energy on blighted land.

June 11, 2010

Energy Saving A/C Conquers All Climates

NREL melds technologies to invent a better air conditioner that could mean more comfortable summers and lower energy bills.

June 3, 2010

Putting the Forklift before the Horseless Carriage

Hydrogen fuel cells tested in forklifts provide data on performance and safety key to widespread use of the power plants in cars and trucks.

May 2010

May 24, 2010

Sustainable Solutions Abundant in New Offices

Beetle kill wood is just the latest example of the resources used to make the Research Support Facility a model for sustainability.

May 17, 2010

Giant Wind Turbine Test Takes a Heavyweight

NREL's 2.5-megawatt dynamometer picks on a wind turbine its own size in largest U.S. drive-train test ever.

May 11, 2010

NREL, 3M Launch Technology Partnership

One of the nation's largest technology companies looks to NREL as it advances products in photovoltaics, concentrating solar power and biofuels.

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