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.

April 2024

April 18, 2024

The (In)Visible Plastic Pollution Problem

Together, BOTTLE's upstream approach and WaterPACT's downstream approach to addressing the plastic pollution problem will enable a better future for humanity and our environment.

April 10, 2024

NREL Unveils Groundbreaking Generative Machine Learning Model To Simulate Future Energy-Climate Impacts

As countries worldwide transition to more wind and solar generation and electrify energy end uses, societies are becoming more intertwined with weather conditions.

April 8, 2024

Puerto Rico Can Reach Its 100% Renewable Energy Goal by 2050

NREL led PR100 to model possible scenarios built on stakeholder priorities of energy affordability, resilience and reliability, land use, and economic benefits.

March 2024

March 28, 2024

Solution to Energy Storage May Be Beneath Your Feet

Superheated sand provides one answer to the problem of long-term energy storage. Researchers at NREL built a prototype that proved the technology works. A larger-scale version is the next step.

March 20, 2024

Could a New Renewable Energy App Help Inspire Future Climate Crusaders?

Newly launched Renewable Energy Discovery Island could make it easy to teach, explore, and learn about clean energy (especially water power).

February 2024

Feb. 13, 2024

Unleashing the Power: BatMan Project Revolutionizes Battery Manufacturing

A recent battery manufacturing project—affectionately coined BatMan—has developed a novel laser patterning process to alter the microstructure of battery electrode materials.

January 2024

Jan. 29, 2024

On the Ground in Colorado, NREL Is Simulating Sustainable Aviation Fuel Combustion During Flight

A cross-disciplinary research team is gathering meticulous fuel chemistry data to equip the aviation industry with an ultra-detailed sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) combustion simulation. Powered by supercomputers, the "virtual jet engine" can predict how SAF performs during flight and provide insights on how to tune it to maximize its safety and performance.

Jan. 18, 2024

How NREL Helps Startups From the Beginning

Antora Energy, a startup focusing on improving heating, ventilating, and air conditioning technology, would not be where it is today without the help of NREL.


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