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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 2015

Inventive Thinkers at NREL Reach Record Number

Researchers register ideas on everything from wave power to methane use.


NREL's Min Zhang Keeps Her "Bugs" Happy, Leading to Biofuel Breakthroughs

NREL researcher's partnership with a sugar-eating bacterium has enabled her to make breakthroughs in biofuels.

November 2015

Industry Growth Forum Fosters Cleantech Companies

Innovations showcased as entrepreneurs network, pitch for funding.


NREL Efforts Push Hydrogen Vehicles Further Along

New fast-filling fuel station dedicated as part of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.

October 2015

NREL Innovation Improves Safety of Electric Vehicle Batteries

Newly patented Internal Short Circuit device offers manufacturers a groundbreaking tool.


NREL Seeks to Optimize Individual Comfort in Buildings

Pioneering buildings research uses NREL's new Comfort Suite to enable comfort-driven energy conservation.

September 2015

NREL Collaborates with Trucking Industry to Prioritize R&D Opportunities

Semi-automated truck platooning is just one of the many advances being tested and analyzed.


Vision for NREL Technology Has Entrepreneur Seeing Clearly

Company formed to capitalize on electrochromic window research.

August 2015

NREL Helps Federal Agencies Reach New Efficiency Targets

Recent executive order puts increased importance on NREL’s expertise.


"Circle of Mentorship" Renews Talent at NREL

A network of mentoring is expanding across NREL through the lab's various internship programs.

July 2015

Ethylene Production Via Sunlight Opens Door to Future

Research provides an alternative to using oil to make building block for plastics


NREL's 91-Year-Old Palmer Carlin—a Wind Energy Pioneer

Release of the Energy Department's has added an important tool to his arsenal.

June 2015

Battery Second Use Offsets Electric Vehicle Expenses, Improves Grid Stability

NREL researchers are identifying strategies capable of offsetting expenses while helping utilities support peak electricity demands.


Colorado Students Secure in Science Knowledge

Ridgeview Classical Schools captured a 4-3 record at this year's National Science Bowl.

NREL Innovates Today for the Homes of Tomorrow

Researchers and industry partners collaborate in the Systems Performance Lab on energy-saving technologies for the smart homes of the future.

May 2015

Rain or Shine, Students Keep Their Race Cars Going

Teams from 17 Colorado middle schools competed in annual solar- and battery-powered model car race.


April 2015

The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

NREL and Laufer employ "Houdini" to teach radar how to detect birds near wind power plants.


Assuring Solar Modules Will Last for Decades

NREL heads international effort to toughen standards, ensure reliability of solar PV systems.

March 2015

NREL's Newest PE-Licensed Engineers Commit to Sustainability

Engineers travel the globe to help save energy, improve lives.


February 2015

NREL Science Central to Success of New Biofuels Projects: DuPont-NREL Partnership Delivered Key Innovations for Large Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Iowa

DuPont-NREL partnership lowered costs, proved success, paved way to 30-million-gallon facility opening in Iowa.


January 2015

NREL's CelA Catalyzes Plant Cell Walls Faster

Enzyme from bacteria could lower prices for biofuels.


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