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.

September 2023

Sept. 29, 2023

Moving Toward Equity, One House at a Time

NREL has worked with eight rural villages across Alaska on HUD Healthy Homes projects to improve the health, safety, and energy efficiency of homes in extreme climates.

Sept. 14, 2023

NREL Researchers Reveal How Buildings Across United States Do—and Could—Use Energy

Buildings are responsible for 40% of total energy use in the United States, including 75% of all electricity use and 35% of the nation's carbon emissions. Although today's decarbonization efforts often focus on renewable electricity or electric vehicles, decarbonizing the building stock is also essential.

Sept. 7, 2023

NREL's Annual Partner Forum Eyes Pathways to Future Energy Systems

On the brink of extraordinary energy investments, partners from utilities, companies, and cities gathered at NREL's 7th Partner Forum, August 21-23, to discuss how to navigate the complex challenges of future energy systems through technological integration and detailed planning.

August 2023

Aug. 23, 2023

10 Years of Leading Energy Systems Innovation

Ten advancements that represent the full uniqueness, foresight, and continued importance of NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility.

July 2023

July 27, 2023

Ukraine Fights To Build More Resilient, Renewable Energy System in Midst of War

NREL is providing tools and technical support to help Ukraine realize a resilient, decentralized, renewable Energy Grid.

June 2023

June 20, 2023

NREL Windows Research Clearly Making a Difference

Builders began erecting edifices with massive walls of windows after World War II. The trend continues to this day, but the 1970s saw the adoption of double-pane windows to reduce energy consumption. Researchers at NREL have been working to improve windows since 1983.

May 2023

May 23, 2023

NREL Adds Lab Space With New Building, Preps Other Projects

NREL's newest building, the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL), which will house multipurpose lab space, is the first laboratory building to open at NREL's Golden, Colorado, campus since the fall of 2013.

May 18, 2023

NREL Foundation Creates New Opportunities, Enables Nontraditional Funding Sources To Support Research and Initiatives

The NREL Foundation enables philanthropists to seed and drive important research and initiatives in partnership with NREL more easily. And although the NREL Foundation includes NREL in its name and mission, the foundation is a separate, board-governed entity that is not controlled by or attached to NREL.

May 16, 2023

Industry Growth Forum 2023: Faster, Smarter, More Connected

In its 28th year, the IGF is the premier event for cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, and partners from industry and the public sector to build relationships, showcase innovative technologies, and identify disruptive business solutions.

April 2023

April 18, 2023

NREL Innovations Help Consumers Invest in Our Planet

Much aligned to Earth Day's theme of "Investing in Our Planet," the research and innovations developed at NREL are helping consumers contribute to our beautiful blue marble's future. Here are just a few of the ways.

April 13, 2023

NREL, GE Research Team Find Critical Adjustments to Improve Wind Turbine Design

Researchers at GE-GRC and NREL are studying the impact of low-level jet stream behavior along the Atlantic coast on coastal wind farm installations to find critical insights for a burgeoning U.S. wind energy economy.

March 2023

March 14, 2023

NREL Teams With Australia's Fortescue Future Industries on a Colorado Innovation Center

It is about 10,000 miles between the main NREL campus and Western Australia. But that distance shrank considerably when Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) announced a partnership with NREL for a U.S.-based FFI Worldwide Green Hydrogen research and development center in Colorado.

March 7, 2023

Full Steam Ahead: Unearthing the Power of Geothermal

While geothermal power plants have delivered renewable power for more than 100 years, recent research and advancements have shown that geothermal is more than a 24/7 clean power source.

February 2023

Feb. 16, 2023

A HERO's Journey: NREL's Wave-Powered Desalination Device Returns to the Outer Banks

In August 2022, researchers journeyed to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to deploy NREL's first wave-powered desalination for a second in-water test. The wave energy converter produced desalinated water for the first time.

Feb. 2, 2023

NREL Patent Activity Climbed in FY 2022 as Researchers Recognize More Eureka Moments

NREL files an average of about 170 patent applications annually and releases roughly 48 open-source software titles.

January 2023

Jan. 19, 2023

Powering the Future: NREL Research Finds Opportunities for Breakthrough Battery Designs

Using ultramodern capabilities and world-class laboratory facilities, NREL's energy storage researchers continue to push battery boundaries with materials development, thermal management, diagnostics, and modeling.

Jan. 12, 2023

New Chapter for Ancient Place: Creating Sustainable Housing and Jobs in Rural Alaska

NREL's Cold Climate Housing Research Center is working with the Native Village of Unalakleet, a small community sprawled on Alaska's northwest coast, to create a new model of housing—an affordable, energy-efficient, adaptable house that meets the myriad challenges facing rural Alaska.


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