The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
December 28, 2012
NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar cell.
December 17, 2012
NREL's DEVAP cooling system works in any climate while saving up to 80% on energy use.
November 13, 2012
Annual gathering provides energy entrepreneurs opportunities to prepare, refine, and present their businesses to investors.
October 29, 2012
NREL's breakthrough on using the sun to split water is sparking international interest.
October 16, 2012
Colorado's largest school district leads by combining solar panels with solar curriculum.
October 8, 2012
Green Button helps electricity customers securely download detailed household or building energy use information from their utility website.
September 20, 2012
Wind plant underperformance is a significant concern in the wind energy industry. Simulation models developed at NREL are showing the way to solutions.
September 4, 2012
Fifty-nine students from all around the United States do real research in real laboratories that generates real results.
August 24, 2012
NREL is working with industry to maintain a secure, reliable flow of energy in microgrids.
August 13, 2012
NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy takes decision-makers to witness clean energy and energy efficiency at work on the Great Plains.
August 2, 2012
Early attention to design makes employee parking structure a model of low energy use.
July 23, 2012
1,300 solar panels turn sunlight into electricity on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
July 16, 2012
NREL is working with industry to find ways to reduce the energy intensity of large hospitals, schools, and retail buildings by 50%.
July 5, 2012
From humble beginnings, NREL's expanding campus is a model of research, deployment, and sustainability.
June 27, 2012
Device combines infrared camera with GPS and software to identify failing receivers at concentrating solar power plants.
June 19, 2012
Growing renewable butanol refiner demonstrates its process for a future scale-up of the drop-in petroleum replacement.
June 6, 2012
Photovoltaic reliability focuses on tests, standards, seals, glues, failure modes … and mutual trust.
May 24, 2012
Homes will soon communicate with the grid to conserve energy and save money.
May 15, 2012
Record number of entrants sparks the 2012 middle-school competitions for cars powered by solar cells, hydrogen, and lithium-ion batteries.
May 10, 2012
Narrowing ranges of lifetime emissions estimates helps to clarify the environmental impacts of different generation technologies.
April 11, 2012
Lab's patented material cleans up biomass gas, making it ready to convert into fuels compatible with today's infrastructure.
April 3, 2012
NREL study finds the finances of solar leasing appeal to younger homeowners in less affluent neighborhoods.
March 22, 2012
Further technology improvements will be critical to the future of wind energy. Research at NREL is leading the way.
February 14, 2012
NREL analysis says thermal energy storage can give photovoltaic power the grid flexibility it needs to meet demand at peak hours.
February 7, 2012
Cherry Creek High School scores two dramatic victories in final round at twin-abundant Colorado Science Bowl to secure trip to national competition.