News and Feature Stories

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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March 2023

March 17, 2023

How To Be a 'Good Ancestor'

NREL's Tessa Greco presented twice at New Zealand's inaugural clean energy conference, where technology experts and government and community leaders strategized how to reach global clean energy goals.

March 16, 2023

NREL Regional Analysis Can Help Accelerate Production and Delivery of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

When Chemical Engineer Arpit Bhatt and his NREL colleagues observed a gap in knowledge of how regional variables work together to affect sustainable aviation fuel production and delivery for individual airports across the country, they got to work—using Chicago O'Hare International Airport as a case study.

March 15, 2023

Beneath the Surface: From Holes to Coal to Tides: Patrick O'Byrne's Journey to Clean Energy

Patrick O'Byrne is helping NREL hone tidal energy technologies—by working through complex underwater engineering challenges as a water power intern.

March 15, 2023

Clean Energy Solutions Center Returns To Support Clean Energy Policy Development Worldwide

After a short period of dormancy, the Clean Energy Solutions Center has revitalized its programming and recommitted to its three pillars of activities: ask-an-expert services, trainings and peer-to-peer learning, and management of a comprehensive resource library.

March 14, 2023

Howard University Joins NREL-Governing Alliance Board of Directors

Howard University has joined the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy in a partnership that will facilitate the exchange of expertise in renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental justice, and addressing the needs of historically underserved communities.

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 13, 2023

Unlocking Grid Potential Around the World with the Global Power System Transformation Consortium

In the latest installment of NREL's Tell Me Something Grid series, Amy Rose, a senior grid researcher, discusses how the Global Power System Transformation Consortium is supporting power system operators around the world with achieving reliable, low-carbon grids.

March 13, 2023

Direct Air Capture Prizes To Accelerate Just and Sustainable Carbon Management Solutions

Two new prizes from the U.S. Department of Energy's American-Made program aim to launch a promising carbon dioxide removal method—direct air capture—into the mainstream by offering over $7 million in prizes and technical support to those who can rise to the challenge.

March 10, 2023

Distributed Wind Energy Brings Value to Remote and Rural Communities

Four-year, multilab project analyzes the many benefits of distributed wind energy for communities across the United States.

March 10, 2023

New Prizes Focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

The American-Made program, administered by NREL, features a collection of prizes designed to lower the barriers of entry to government funding, making the reward for great innovations accessible to all. And now, the program's inherent goals--to leverage diversity, equity, and accessibility to accelerate the nation's collective problem solving

March 10, 2023

Fossil Ridge Team Holds on to Science Bowl Crown

For the third year in a row, the Fossil Ridge High School team took home gold in the Colorado High School Science Bowl in the first in-person competition since 2019.

March 9, 2023

NREL-Led Team Explores Potential of Underground Geothermal Energy Storage for All Seasons

Renewable energy storage technologies with long-duration capabilities are essential as the U.S. power grid and wider energy economy move toward decarbonization.

March 8, 2023

New Prize Aims To Accelerate Microbattery Advances and Adoption

The new Microbattery Design Prize offers a total prize pool of $1.1 million in federal funding and performance and safety testing services with DOE national laboratories.

March 7, 2023

57 Teams Advance to Solar Decathlon 2023 Design Challenge Final

More than 300 collegiate students will visit the NREL campus in April 2023 for the Solar Decathlon Final Competition Event.

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.

March 6, 2023

News Release: Fossil Ridge Wins 33rd Colorado High School Science Bowl

Students from Fossil Ridge will represent the state of Colorado at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., to compete for the national title.

March 2, 2023

Why Frankfort Set a 2023 Clean Energy Goal

In 2021, the city of Frankfort, Kentucky, set a very accelerated and ambitious clean energy goal: to supply 100% clean, renewable electricity to city government operations by the end of 2023. NREL and Frankfort used the SLOPE tool together to explore real data so the community could customize its plan for its needs.

February 2023

Feb. 28, 2023

Climate Solutions Fuel NREL's Hari Sitaraman

Carrying on his father's influence, Hari Sitaraman collaborates with fellow computational scientists to model sustainable energy solutions for the creation of biofuels.

Feb. 27, 2023

Clean Energy for Healthy Communities: Q&A With Dana-Marie Thomas

NREL researcher Dana-Marie Thomas believes that all communities should have access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy and that energy resilience is essential for promoting health and well-being.

Feb. 27, 2023

Visualizing a Cyber-Secure Future

To strengthen their cyber defenses, six critical infrastructure companies convened for a two-day exercise hosted on Mastercard's cyber range. NREL provided a visualization to make the simulation easier to view for on-the-fly decision-making.

Feb. 23, 2023

Announcing the 2023 JUMP Into STEM Final Competition Winners

Students and professors from across the country, an esteemed panel of judges, and program supporters from the U.S. Department of Energy converged in Golden, Colorado, for the 2023 JUMP into STEM Final Competition.

Feb. 23, 2023

News Release: 2023 NREL Industry Growth Forum Presenters Set To Pitch to Interested Cleantech Investors

NREL announced the list of 40 presenters for the 2023 NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF). The selected companies represent a wide range of clean and sustainable technology startups from around the world.

Feb. 22, 2023

A Path for Considering Equity in Early-Stage Research

NREL researchers developed a new tool, the Justice Underpinning Science and Technology Research (JUST-R) metrics framework, that aims to help researchers think more about the social impacts of technologies from the earliest stages of research and development.

Feb. 21, 2023

In Ultrathin Layers, NREL Researchers Find a Path to Better Materials

For three decades, researchers have known that the addition of a single chemical creates better-performing solar cells. But they have not understood exactly why—until now. The answer has implications that stretch well beyond solar cells.

Feb. 21, 2023

Powering Forward: NREL, Puerto Rican Universities Train Next Generation of Energy Scientists

A new NREL initiative will bring Puerto Rican university students to NREL for hands-on training in cutting-edge hydrogen research.


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