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July 2019

July 19, 2019

A Global Energy GameChanger

Leveraging the innovative spirit of the world’s startup community along with Shell and NREL’s resources, expertise, and facilities, the Shell GameChanger Accelerator Powered by NREL (GCxN) identifies and helps advance emerging transformative energy technologies with the potential to significantly impact the future energy landscape.

July 16, 2019

Beyond Lithium-Ion XII Imagines the Future of Next-Generation Batteries

NREL hosted twelfth annual symposium on energy storage.

July 16, 2019

NREL/Volvo Partnership Demonstrates Approach to Quantify Automated Vehicle Fuel Savings

The researchers leveraged on-road data from Volvo vehicles driving around Gothenburg, Sweden, and compared fuel efficiency for cars that used adaptive cruise control to those that did not.

July 16, 2019

Modeling and Analysis Guide Use of Gallium Oxide Material in Power Electronics

NREL research could lead to the development of leading-edge, high-performance vertical transistors.

July 16, 2019

White House Honors Two NREL Researchers with Early Career Awards

Winners of the PECASE are nominated by a participating federal agency--the Department of Energy in this case--with the final selections made by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

July 10, 2019

Researchers Propose Techno-Ecological Synergy for Solar-Sustainability Win-Win

While solar generation helps to significantly reduce emissions in the energy sector, ground-mounted solar arrays can still lead to environmental impacts. NREL analysts argue that a new framework can help mitigate, or even avoid, environmental degradation.

July 10, 2019

Could Batteries Provide Peaking Capacity on the Grid? With Declining Cost Projections, NREL Analysts See Potential

Declining cost trajectory could pave the way for battery storage to serve peak electricity demand.

July 10, 2019

Tall Towers Tap Greater Wind Resource Potential

As wind technology grows in scale and productivity, researchers continue to look for ways to boost the energy captured while driving down costs.

July 8, 2019

Rachel Romero Accepts ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award

NREL engineer Rachel Romero has been recognized with an ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award at the society's annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

July 8, 2019

NREL Determines Cheaper Path to High-Octane Gasoline

Finding a solution wasn't easy. The NREL-developed process at first ran into the problem of a hydrogen deficiency.

July 8, 2019

NREL Report Sheds Light on Community Choice Aggregation in the United States

Researchers provide early insights into the potential market impacts of the expansion of community choice aggregations, including how they might drive demand for renewable electricity.

July 5, 2019

Improving Access to Accelerate Innovation: Two of NREL's Largest Datasets Now Publicly Available on the Cloud

As part of the DOE-sponsored Open Energy Data Initiative, NREL collaborated with Amazon Web Services to bring the lab’s WIND Toolkit and National Solar Radiation Database to the cloud, enabling unprecedented access to massive solar and wind resource data

July 3, 2019

ARPA-E Investment in NREL Pays Dividends in Advancing Energy Tech

Modeled on a Department of Defense effort to put emerging technologies into the hands of the military, ARPA-E provides funds to overcome roadblocks that would otherwise prevent promising energy ideas from reaching the public.

June 2019

June 26, 2019

DOE Program Awards NREL $3.2 Million for Selected Energy Research

Matching funds from the private sector will contribute $3,229,096 toward the commercialization of emerging energy technologies.

June 25, 2019

Co-Optima Homes in on Promising Fuels for Passenger Vehicles, Revs Up Strategies for Commercial Trucks

Researchers with the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative have identified the six blendstocks from two chemical families that exhibit the greatest potential to dramatically increase efficiency when combined with petroleum-based fuels in boosted (or turbocharged) spark-ignition engines for light-duty vehicles.

June 24, 2019

NREL Researchers Garner DOE Awards at Annual Merit Review

The U.S. Department of Energy honored two NREL research teams for their outstanding achievements at the Vehicle Technologies Office's Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting.

June 21, 2019

Researcher Spotlight: NREL Behavioral Scientist Paty Romero-Lankao Sees Technology Through a Human Lens

Since joining NREL in 2018, Behavioral Scientist Paty Romero-Lankao has been a dynamic force in integrating the social sciences into the more traditional engineering approach to mobility research.

June 19, 2019

NREL Hydrogen Researchers Recognized by DOE for Outstanding Achievements at 2019 Annual Merit Review

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently honored three NREL researchers for their outstanding achievements at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting.

June 19, 2019

NREL Supports Popular Kinetic Sculpture Camp, STEM Education

This summer, NREL supported a local camp that explores the intersection of art and science, giving campers the opportunity to make connections between creativity and future career paths.

June 18, 2019

New Analysis Adds Realism to Renewable Energy Research

Rebecca Hanes and team developed a new ground-breaking analysis, Quantifying Adoption Rates and Energy Savings over Time for Advanced Energy-Efficient Manufacturing Technologies, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

June 18, 2019

NREL Researcher Demonstrates 3D Chemical Imaging of Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

For the first time, researchers capture 3D images of the crystal structure inside of operating single electrode particles. The images revealed unexpected results, as detailed in a recent journal article.

June 17, 2019

Collaborative Research Charts Course to Hundreds of New Nitrides

A groundbreaking research effort involving scientists at NREL and at other laboratories around the country yielded the prediction of 203 new stable ternary nitride compounds.

June 13, 2019

Scalable Solutions: NREL Researchers to Help ExxonMobil Slash Biofuels Emissions

As part of its partnership with ExxonMobil, NREL researchers will take a closer look at air pollutant emissions from the entire biofuels supply chain, as well as the resulting impacts on air quality.


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