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.

November 2014

Nov. 14, 2014

New Initiatives Debut at Industry Growth Forum

At annual event, inverter technology takes top honor—and two new programs are announced to push clean energy innovations to the marketplace.

October 2014

Oct. 31, 2014

Reviving Algae from the (Almost) Dead

NREL's cryogenic tank holds 500 dormant algae samples, and each must ease back into life.

Oct. 23, 2014

Partnerships Drive New Transportation Solutions

Hybrid of research and industry know-how steers NREL transportation RD&D.

Oct. 13, 2014

HP Supercomputer at NREL Garners Top Honor

Supercomputer that uses waste heat to warm its building wins R&D 100 award.

September 2014

Sept. 29, 2014

NREL Software Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

Simulator for Wind Farm Applications — SOWFA — can help developers boost capacity of wind farms.

Sept. 19, 2014

NREL Interns Look Toward the Future

Forty-four interns spend summer at NREL researching topics from genetic engineering to technologies for hydrokinetic turbines.

August 2014

Aug. 27, 2014

Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs

"Gas to wafer" approach, 100 times faster than typical methods, wins R&D 100 award.

Aug. 14, 2014

Transportation Leader Roots Career in True Grit

NREL's Wendy Dafoe works closely with the Energy Department to advance the Clean Cities sustainable transportation mission.

Aug. 1, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellows Bring Fresh Insights

The next generation of scientific superstars shines at NREL.

July 2014

July 28, 2014

NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

NREL is accelerating the availability of next-generation technologies by making it easier for industry partners to work with the lab.

July 17, 2014

Industry, Investors Count on NREL's Modeling Tools

NREL's algorithms and models predict performance and financial risk of renewable energy systems.

June 2014

June 26, 2014

NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges

As "big data" plays an increasing role in the renewable energy industry, NREL's Peregrine supercomputer is ready to take flight.

June 11, 2014

NREL Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes

Approach boosts performance, safety, and durability for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, soon to be a $14 billion market.

June 9, 2014

Campus Showcases High-Performance Buildings

NREL buildings demonstrate the effective execution of energy-efficient design and operation.

May 2014

May 28, 2014

Climate Change Shifts Focus for Energy System

NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility is the hub for testing devices that can power through outages.

May 12, 2014

NREL Hosts Race to Zero-Energy Homes

Twenty-eight teams from U.S. and Canadian universities convene at NREL for student design competition.

April 2014

April 21, 2014

NREL Looks for Star Science Students

Laboratory and aspiring scientists both benefit from Research Participant Program.

April 15, 2014

NREL Unlocking Secrets of New Solar Material

Perovskite, a semiconducting cube-like mineral, is jumping up efficiency charts faster than any other solar-cell material.

March 2014

March 24, 2014

NREL Driving Research on Hydrogen Fuel Cells

As fuel cell cars get ready for the road, industry turns to NREL for help improving cost and reliability.

March 10, 2014

2014 Science Bowl Adds New Rivals, New Friends

Boulder's Fairview High School beats out 47 other teams to claim victory in this year’s state competition.

March 4, 2014

NREL Energizes Outreach at Education Center

Revamped facility and programming bring renewable energy and energy efficiency knowledge to students, adult groups, and the community.

February 2014

Feb. 18, 2014

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae's Sweet Spot

Bioreactor simulates precise climates, uncovers how to get maximum fuels from algae.

January 2014

Jan. 23, 2014

Supercomputer Exposes Enzyme's Secrets

Computer simulations show that a part of an enzyme, once thought unimportant, is useful in breaking down cellulose.

Jan. 16, 2014

NREL Working to Clean Air in Fracking Process

Unique microbe gobbles methane and turns it into liquid diesel.


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