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 2012

Dec. 28, 2012

Award-Winning PV Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher

NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar cell.

Dec. 17, 2012

Award-Winning A/C Uses Old Idea, New Materials

NREL's DEVAP cooling system works in any climate while saving up to 80% on energy use.

November 2012

Nov. 13, 2012

Growth Forum Offers Networking Nirvana

Annual gathering provides energy entrepreneurs opportunities to prepare, refine, and present their businesses to investors.

October 2012

Oct. 29, 2012

Sun Shines on Old Idea to Make Hydrogen

NREL's breakthrough on using the sun to split water is sparking international interest.

Oct. 16, 2012

Schools Raise the Roof on Solar Energy

Colorado's largest school district leads by combining solar panels with solar curriculum.

Oct. 8, 2012

New Tool Makes Saving Electricity Easier

Green Button helps electricity customers securely download detailed household or building energy use information from their utility website.

September 2012

Sept. 20, 2012

High-Tech Tools Tackle Wind Farm Performance

Wind plant underperformance is a significant concern in the wind energy industry. Simulation models developed at NREL are showing the way to solutions.

Sept. 4, 2012

NREL Summer Interns Lap Up Lab Experience

Fifty-nine students from all around the United States do real research in real laboratories that generates real results.

August 2012

Aug. 24, 2012

Microgrids: So Much More than Backup Energy

NREL is working with industry to maintain a secure, reliable flow of energy in microgrids.

Aug. 13, 2012

Embrace of Renewables in Heartland Wows Execs

NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy takes decision-makers to witness clean energy and energy efficiency at work on the Great Plains.

Aug. 2, 2012

NREL Parking Garage Leads in Efficiency

Early attention to design makes employee parking structure a model of low energy use.

July 2012

July 23, 2012

Solar Cells Light Up Prison Cells on 'The Rock'

1,300 solar panels turn sunlight into electricity on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

July 16, 2012

NREL Helps Cut Building Energy Use in Half

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

NREL: 35 Years of Clean Energy Leadership

From humble beginnings, NREL's expanding campus is a model of research, deployment, and sustainability.

June 2012

June 27, 2012

Thermal Scout Finds Trouble at Solar Plants

Device combines infrared camera with GPS and software to identify failing receivers at concentrating solar power plants.

June 19, 2012

NREL Helps "Supersize" Butanol Production

Growing renewable butanol refiner demonstrates its process for a future scale-up of the drop-in petroleum replacement.

June 6, 2012

NREL Helps PV Industry Make Panels Last

Photovoltaic reliability focuses on tests, standards, seals, glues, failure modes … and mutual trust.

May 2012

May 24, 2012

Sci-Fi No Longer, NREL Engineers Smart Homes

Homes will soon communicate with the grid to conserve energy and save money.

May 15, 2012

Fast Cars and Science Thrill Colorado Students

Record number of entrants sparks the 2012 middle-school competitions for cars powered by solar cells, hydrogen, and lithium-ion batteries.

May 10, 2012

NREL Narrows Energy Tech Emissions Estimates

Narrowing ranges of lifetime emissions estimates helps to clarify the environmental impacts of different generation technologies.

April 2012

April 11, 2012

NREL Catalyst Brings Drop-In Fuels Closer

Lab's patented material cleans up biomass gas, making it ready to convert into fuels compatible with today's infrastructure.

April 3, 2012

Solar Leases Attracting New Demographic

NREL study finds the finances of solar leasing appeal to younger homeowners in less affluent neighborhoods.

March 2012

March 22, 2012

NREL Thinks Big at Wind Technology Center

Further technology improvements will be critical to the future of wind energy. Research at NREL is leading the way.

February 2012

Feb. 14, 2012

Thermal Storage Gets More Solar on the Grid

NREL analysis says thermal energy storage can give photovoltaic power the grid flexibility it needs to meet demand at peak hours.

Feb. 7, 2012

Success Comes in Twos at the 2012 Science Bowl

Cherry Creek High School scores two dramatic victories in final round at twin-abundant Colorado Science Bowl to secure trip to national competition.


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