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The following news stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

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May 2024

May 22, 2024

Behind the Blades: How Jason Roadman's Daily Commute Inspired a New Career Path

Jason Roadman's interest in wind turbines began during his daily commute past the NREL Flatirons Campus. This curiosity, coupled with a desire to use his aerospace engineering skills to make a positive impact, led him to a career at NREL.

May 22, 2024

Understanding Bifurcating Enzymes Could Lead to More Efficient Renewable Fuel and Chemical Production

One method organisms control and manipulate energy for cellular metabolism and survival is the focus of an award-winning NREL research team: flavin-based electron bifurcation.

May 22, 2024

Asimily Joins Second Cohort of Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator

The Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator (CECA) program recently selected Asimily for Cohort 2. Asimily joins runZero as the cohort's second participant.

May 20, 2024

Zero-Energy Design From The University of Arizona Earns Top Honors in the Solar Decathlon 2024 Design Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon®—DOE's longest-running student competition—announced the winners of the 2024 Design Challenge at a livestreamed awards ceremony on April 21!

May 20, 2024

Star Tech: Eric Payne on Joy of Taking an Idea, Getting a Patent, and Helping Create a Company

Senior Licensing Executive Eric Payne was named a Distinguished Member of Operations Staff in NREL's first cohort.

May 20, 2024

DuraMAT Forecasts How New Photovoltaic Module Technologies Might Perform Over 20, 30, or 50 Years

For the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, rapid growth can produce rapid—and sometimes unpredictable—changes.

May 20, 2024

Startups Break New Ground at 2024 Industry Growth Forum

NREL's 29th annual Industry Growth Forum sold out for the second year in a row with nearly 900 attendees.

May 20, 2024

Venu Garikapati Designated as Chair of Transportation Research Board Committee on Travel Choices

NREL's Venu Garikapati, a senior transportation data researcher, started his three-year term as chair of the Transportation Research Board's Technical Committee on the Effects of Information and Communication Technologies on Travel Choices on April 15, 2024.

May 16, 2024

NREL's Open-Source Vehicle and Mobility Tools Offer Routes to Reduce Transportation Energy Use, Emissions

Energy efficiency and on-road performance are central to the future of transportation and the clean energy transition.

May 16, 2024

On the Road to Increased Transmission: Dynamic Line Ratings

Dynamic line ratings provide one way to increase transmission on the U.S. grid while cutting costs and improving reliability.

May 15, 2024

Mastering Fundamentals: First Step for Promising New Sustainable Vehicle Fuels

NREL's fuels and combustion researchers studied the combustion and chemical properties of a potential new biodiesel made by sugar-eating bacteria. This fundamental research is a necessary step to creating well-vetted, reliable, and appropriate new vehicle fuels to hasten the clean energy transition.

May 15, 2024

Winners of Second Phase of Wind Prize Bring Floating Offshore Wind Energy Closer to Fruition

The U.S. Department of Energy just announced the five teams who took home $450,000 each in Phase Two of the FLoating Offshore Wind ReadINess (FLOWIN) Prize.

May 15, 2024

NREL Battery Supply Chain Database Maps Out the State of North America's Manufacturing Base

As the United States continues to transition to clean energy, strengthening the domestic supply chain by increasing the availability of critical materials and domestic manufacturing is paramount to enabling greater domestic manufacturing.

May 15, 2024

Resilience at the Edge: City of Eastport Considers Harnessing Tidal Power for Island Microgrid

The 1,300 people who call Eastport, Maine, home live in the easternmost point in the continental United States. The bridged island, connected to the mainland by a single causeway, faces powerful Atlantic Ocean winds and is susceptible to disruptive power outages. But it was not always that way.

May 14, 2024

New Device Architecture Enables Streamlined Production of Formic Acid From CO₂ Using Renewable Electricity

A research team led by NREL developed a conversion pathway to produce formic acid from CO₂ with high energy efficiency and durability while using renewable electricity.

May 13, 2024

NREL Celebrates Fiscal Year 2023 Staff Awards and Tech Awards

NREL's Staff Awards event has taken place annually since 1980.

May 10, 2024

New Database Aims To Accelerate Electrocatalyst Development Through Atomic-Scale Insights

The quest for more productive catalysts for the creation of sustainable fuels and commodity chemicals via electrochemical reactions just became easier.

May 10, 2024

Water Research Hub Earns 5 More Years of Funding

Launched in 2019, the National Alliance for Water Innovation is a research hub that brings together a world-class team of partners from industry and academia as well as the hub's public membership organization.

May 9, 2024

NREL Biomass Technology a Cornerstone of SAFFiRE Renewables Biofuel Pilot Plant Going Up in Kansas

On its path to opening a facility designed to turn agriculture residue into a scalable biofuel business, SAFFiRE Renewables, LLC plans to break ground on its pilot plant near Liberal, Kansas, in late 2024.

May 8, 2024

Zooming in on Electric Vehicles: How Duluth, Minnesota, Is Preparing for the EV Future

Nearly 33 million electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide—that is the number of vehicles the Unites States should be prepared to support through a national charging network by the year 2030, researchers at NREL estimated in a recent landmark study.

May 8, 2024

Clean Energy Is for Everybody, NREL Says

Diversity is a core value of the laboratory—one that is pivotal to achieving its ambitious goal.

May 7, 2024

NREL’s Artificial Intelligence Work Reveals Benefits to Wind Industry

The wind industry could benefit from the use of artificial intelligence to design and deploy wind plants, according to an article in Nature Energy written by researchers at NREL.

May 6, 2024

Streamlined Life Cycle Assessments of Natural Gas Systems Can Inform Near-Term Energy Transition

The natural gas industry is one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the United States, and significant amounts of natural gas are used for electricity, heating, and industrial and chemical processes.

May 3, 2024

News Release: More Awards Given Out Than Ever Before at 2024 NREL Industry Growth Forum

NREL gave awards to eight top cleantech innovators at the 2024 NREL Industry Growth Forum on May 1–3, 2024, the most honors ever awarded during the annual event.

May 3, 2024

Additive Manufacturing Could Turn the Tides for Marine Energy Technologies—Here Is How

Researchers have been exploring how additive manufacturing could complement marine energy technologies. Hint: the two are a promising pair.

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