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 2013

Dec. 26, 2013

New Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

Five-megawatt dynamometer will accelerate the development of next-generation wind energy technologies.

Dec. 17, 2013

Bright Ideas Chase Investor Dollars at Forum

Annual Industry Growth Forum sponsored by NREL is where green technology seeks greenbacks.

Dec. 10, 2013

NREL Takes Efficiency to the Great Outdoors

NREL earns new LEED-equivalent designation for sustainable landscaping.

November 2013

Nov. 25, 2013

NREL Test Helps Make Moisture Barriers Better

NREL-developed test can detect tiny amounts of moisture and measure reliability, durability of water vapor barriers used in phones, solar panels, and organic light-emitting diodes.

Nov. 8, 2013

New Solar Cell Is More Efficient, Less Costly

Innovation by NREL and First Solar acquisition TetraSun wins a 2013 R&D 100 Award.

October 2013

Oct. 22, 2013

NREL Brings Precision, Savings to Energy Audits

Energy audit tool developed with concept3D spots more energy savings for commercial buildings.

September 2013

Sept. 30, 2013

Weatherization Work Guidelines Launched

Lab teams with Energy Department and industry to bring consistency to the weatherization workforce.

Sept. 18, 2013

Energy Secretary Dedicates ESIF at NREL

A more resilient, cleaner, integrated system crucial for America's future, says Secretary Moniz.

Sept. 3, 2013

Architects and Building Engineers Flock to NREL

National ASHRAE and AIA conferences in Denver bring hundreds to NREL's energy-efficient buildings.

August 2013

Aug. 19, 2013

Third Consecutive IEEE Cherry Award for NREL

Prestigious recognition goes to Keith Emery, whose testing and measurement lab sets the standard for credibility of solar efficiency claims.

Aug. 6, 2013

Interns Make Robust Contribution to NREL

Fifty-four students from across the country are tackling real-world problems in a summer internship program that benefits the nation, the lab, and the students.

July 2013

July 24, 2013

Wood-Boring Gribbles Intrigue Researchers

NREL scientists join others to explore tiny crustacean's unique ability to turn wood into sugars in harsh environments.

July 10, 2013

Scientists Go Eye to Eye with Research at ESIF

Three-dimensional human-sized views give scientists clearer look at atoms, molecules, polymers.

June 2013

June 21, 2013

NREL Drives Toward the Future with Fuel Cell EVs

Cooperative agreement with Toyota will enhance NREL's capability to support hydrogen and fuel cell research.

June 14, 2013

At NREL, Sustainability Goes Beyond Campus

NREL's sustainability program supports the lab and community in leading the nation toward a clean energy future.

June 4, 2013

NREL Adds Eyes, Brains to Occupancy Detection

Image Processing Occupancy Sensor combines camera and microprocessor to save money, relieve occupant frustration.

May 2013

May 24, 2013

Middle Schoolers Shine in Electric Car Races

Solar and lithium-ion powered vehicles blaze down the tracks despite clouds overhead.

May 13, 2013

Saudi Arabia Looks to NREL for Solar Monitoring Expertise

Middle East kingdom poised to devote billions of dollars to embracing renewable energy.

April 2013

April 29, 2013

NREL Engineer Passionate about Energy-Efficient Buildings

In her 'spare' time she skis, hikes with family, and embraces green living.

April 19, 2013

NREL Teams with Navy to Cut Energy Use

NREL is on a mission to help provide energy security and reduce energy costs for the U.S. Navy.

April 4, 2013

Change is in the Air at NREL's Wind Center

NREL collaborations with industry partners result in more widely deployed wind energy at lower cost.

March 2013

March 22, 2013

Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Business

Software helps molecular scientists design super enzymes to process biofuels faster.

March 11, 2013

New Ultra-Efficient HPC Data Center Debuts

In addition to housing much-needed high performance computing (HPC) power for NREL researchers, the new facility will be the most energy-efficient HPC data center in the world.

February 2013

Feb. 26, 2013

Biomass Analysis Tool Is Faster, More Precise

NREL invention quickly and accurately determines cell wall chemistry traits that can lower feedstock costs for biofuels industry.

Feb. 11, 2013

Fresh Faces Abundant at Colorado Science Bowl

Lakewood High School scores dramatic victory in final round of Colorado Science Bowl to secure trip to challenge for national title.


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