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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 2017

Dec. 15, 2017

Maria Ghirardi: Medical Studies Planted the Seed for Her Bioenergy Research

Maria Ghirardi was initially drawn to medicine, but switched to bioenergy, a field where she’s been a pioneer for decades.

November 2017

Nov. 14, 2017

Real-Time Quality-Control Testing for Fuel Cells Becomes Reality

NREL's QCORD project poised to help auto industry ramp up production

October 2017

Oct. 30, 2017

America's Wind Energy Future Looks Seaward

NREL research supports emerging offshore wind industry.

Oct. 12, 2017

NREL and Partners Highlight Collaboration and Explore Future During Partner Week

Partner Week, part of NREL's 40th anniversary celebrations, highlighted collaborators through a series of workshops and networking events.

Oct. 5, 2017

Undersea Microbes Provide Path to Energy Storage

NREL establishes first demonstration project in United States.

September 2017

Sept. 12, 2017

Wind and Wave Energy Pioneer Finds Freedom in Research

Research Fellow Bob Thresher likes to venture into the unknown, a quality that spurred his pioneering career at NREL.

August 2017

Aug. 30, 2017

NREL-Developed CUBE Helps Solve Army's Refueling Challenge

Device takes in power from PV panels, diesel generators, battery and puts all to use

Aug. 14, 2017

NREL Summer Interns Climb to New Heights

Enjoying the Colorado outdoors is an added bonus for NREL interns--but the main draw is the opportunity to expand scientific horizons.

Aug. 8, 2017

Decades After Developing Technology, NREL Sets New Solar-to-Hydrogen Record

Path to producing hydrogen from sunlight becomes even clearer

July 2017

July 26, 2017

NREL Scientists Upend Century-Old Ammonia Production Method

Paul King and Katherine Brown wanted answers. To produce ammonia from nitrogen, could they use a biomolecular reaction similar to one that boosts the production of hydrogen from water?

July 5, 2017

NREL at 40: It All Started With a Desire to Harness the Sun

Groundbreaking work in advanced energy research sprang from lab's 1977 start as SERI.

July 5, 2017

STEM Knowledge Puts Middle Schoolers in Driver's Seat

Student teams from across Colorado enjoy a day racing model electric cars at NREL

May 2017

May 16, 2017

NREL Research Takes Off for International Space Station

Students at Chatfield High School are hoping their algal research yields energy in microgravity.

May 10, 2017

Industry Growth Forum Goes Swimmingly for Cleantech Innovators

NREL's Industry Growth Forum convenes venture capitalists, government representatives, and cleantech experts.

March 2017

March 23, 2017

Computer-Aided Design Speeds Development of Safe, Affordable, and Efficient Batteries

Cutting-edge battery simulation tools developed by NREL and its partners in the Computer-Aided Engineering for Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries (CAEBAT) project are improving battery safety and performance, while driving down cost and development time.

March 22, 2017

Sensor Company Acquires Innovation Incubator Awardee, Launches Next-Generation "Connected" Building Technology

A sensor company has acquired the first beta-ready technology from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, which is co-administered by NREL.

March 9, 2017

NREL at 40: Research Efforts Drive Advanced Energy

Decades of world-class research has expanded the American energy landscape

February 2017

Feb. 17, 2017

Lambkins Roar as the Top High School in the 27th Colorado Science Bowl

Lammie had a hard time deciding which team to back in the 27th Colorado High School Science Bowl on Feb. 11 at Littleton's Dakota Ridge High School.

January 2017

Jan. 10, 2017

Race for a Better Fuel Begins with NREL Researchers

Catalyst converts sustainable carbon sources into fuel for high-performance engines.

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