The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Dec. 15, 2016
Two thousand years ago, Roman legionnaires lugged 100-pound packs into battle. A lot has changed since then, but technology hasn't really reduced an infantryman's load. On the battlefield, mobility is critical--but a typical, modern Marine may shoulder an 80-pound backpack containing 20 pounds of back-up batteries for an array of electronics.
Nov. 28, 2016
Solar panels at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are ubiquitous to the point of practically being invisible, but new rows of photovoltaic (PV) modules installed on the southern edge of campus are intended to attract attention.
Nov. 4, 2016
The forest was on fire, but Alicen Kandt didn't see what she had expected.
Oct. 26, 2016
Through several programs at numerous Department of Energy (DOE) National Labs, researchers are working with clean technology entrepreneurs on the innovative technologies that will shape our nation's clean energy future; but this type of big thinking extends far beyond the research lab.
Oct. 11, 2016
The NREL Pyrheliometer Comparisons help ensure that the devices scientists use for measuring solar irradiance are properly calibrated.
Sept. 16, 2016
From Pacific Islands to Ground Zero of Hurricane Sandy, Embedded NREL Staff Gain Experience As They Share Expertise
NREL staffers embed in the field with global organizations, providing knowledge while gaining experience.
Aug. 29, 2016
NREL collaboration with industry partners brings wind energy that is more reliable, more affordable, and better for the environment.
Aug. 25, 2016
As the National Park Service (NPS) marks its centennial on August 25, NREL is helping the NPS enhance the park experience by providing cleaner air and contributing to a healthier environment.
July 27, 2016
Sarah Kurtz's dream of being a university professor is on hold while she pursues her passion for solar energy at the National Center for Photovoltaics.
June 21, 2016
NREL engineers Chuck Booten and Jon Winkler plan to make home air conditioners better and more energy efficient with a simple, split installation.
June 7, 2016
Researchers come from across the globe for opportunity to work at lab.
May 27, 2016
Dreamers from 57 Colorado middle school teams gathered in a checkered-flag bedecked gym to race electric cars—and chase visions of the future.
May 23, 2016
Idea behind meeting to expand relationships with industry.
May 16, 2016
Geothermal program boosted by greater access to data.
April 14, 2016
NREL research fellow and chief scientist Dave Ginley's passion for science began at an early age—and continues to burn.
March 30, 2016
From the subzero tundra in Alaska to the Southwest, NREL is partnering with Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages to advance clean energy goals.
March 21, 2016
Funding source provides scientists with method to propel progress forward.
March 8, 2016
Ridgeview Classical Charter School scores convincing victory at Colorado Science Bowl to secure trip to national competition.
Feb. 4, 2016
Record numbers carefully vetted by scientists to assure accuracy.
Jan. 22, 2016
NREL initiative approaches sustainable transportation as an integrated system, where travelers and transportation resources are viewed as a dynamic network.
Jan. 4, 2016
NREL is working with two-way power grid communications technologies, which can act like an independent "electricity-only Internet."