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November 2020

Nov. 25, 2020

Q&A With Tarek Elgindy on SMART-DS: Texas-Sized Grid Modeling for Renewable Resource Integration

Since joining NREL as a summer intern in 2015, Tarek Elgindy has since become a key engineer, developing SMART-DS: Synthetic Models for Advanced, Realistic Testing: Distribution Systems and Scenarios through the Power Systems Engineering Center.

Nov. 25, 2020

Solving Solar Power Growing Pains in Michigan

Michigan public service commission offers thanks to NREL researchers helping connect more distributed energy to the grid.

Nov. 25, 2020

Eight NREL Scientists Included on List of Highly Cited Researchers

Eight researchers affiliated with NREL are on this year's list of Highly Cited Researchers compiled by Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science Group, with four identified for their influence beyond their own scientific specialty.

Nov. 24, 2020

How Might Electric Vehicles Affect Electric Loads? Expanded Online Tool Provides Quick Answers

New feature of NREL's electric vehicle infrastructure projection tool helps utilities, agencies, and researchers predict hour-by-hour impact of charging on the grid.

Nov. 24, 2020

News Release: Scientific Organization AAAS Names NREL's Green a Fellow

Johney Green, an associate laboratory director at NREL, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Nov. 18, 2020

HyBlend Project To Accelerate Potential for Blending Hydrogen in Natural Gas Pipelines

NREL will lead a new collaborative research and development project known as HyBlend to address the technical barriers to blending hydrogen in natural gas pipelines.

Nov. 18, 2020

From the Garage to the Open Sea: NREL's Scott Jenne To Patent Inflatable Wave Pump Design

NREL researcher Scott Jenne and his team are paving the way to the development of the wave energy generation devices of tomorrow.

Nov. 18, 2020

An Unexpected Debut: ARIES Microgrid Infrastructure Powers NREL Campus Through Outage

A power outage involving a transformer at NREL's Flatirons Campus provided an opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of the new Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) research platform. ARIES was used to repower the Campus exactly as envisioned for renewable microgrid systems of the future.

Nov. 17, 2020

News Release: NREL Advanced Manufacturing Research Moves Wind Turbine Blades Toward Recyclability

A new material for wind blades that can be recycled could transform the wind industry, rendering renewable energy more sustainable than ever before while lowering costs in the process. The use of a thermoplastic resin has been validated at NREL.

Nov. 16, 2020

Advanced Charging Systems Research Moves Consumer and Commercial Electric Vehicles Faster and Further

NREL stands at the forefront of the groundbreaking work to improve battery performance, combining extreme fast charging initiatives with grid integration opportunities to meet energy demands.

Nov. 16, 2020

Maximizing Energy Production Looks Like a Breeze

Researchers at NREL are taking a plant-level, systems-engineering approach to maximize offshore wind systems' energy output, lifespan, and economic feasability, while minimizing forces on individual wind turbines.

Nov. 13, 2020

Taking It to Extremes: NREL-Led Project Explores Development of Oxide Electronic Devices for Extreme Operating Environments

An NREL-led project is developing tomorrow's tough electronic devices capable of withstanding temps of 600°C and other harsh conditions.

Nov. 11, 2020

The World of Water Power Is Just One Click Away: Visit the Expanded STEM Portals Today

The STEM Hydropower and Marine Renewable Energy portals bring all things water power to educators and students. Learn more about the recently added resources.

Nov. 10, 2020

NREL Examines U.S. Transportation Patterns During COVID-19 Pandemic

To predict the future, it helps to know a thing or two about the past. If you want to track down where the next viral hotspot might be, it is useful to know how those spreading the disease are moving.

Nov. 10, 2020

EV Charging Stations Continued Strong Growth in Early 2020, NREL Report Shows

As electric vehicles (EVs) have increased in popularity over the past few years, the infrastructure to charge them has similarly expanded along interstate highways, at workplaces, and at public parking lots across the country.

Nov. 9, 2020

NREL Invites U.S. Manufacturers To Help Advance Distributed Wind Technologies

NREL has issued a call to action for U.S. manufacturers of small- and medium-sized wind turbines by issuing a notice of intent under the Competitiveness Improvement Project to allow companies to prepare project ideas and teams in advance of a request for proposals planned for release in early 2021.

Nov. 6, 2020

Drivetrain Reliability Collaborative Seeks Gearbox Failure Causes, Solutions

NREL and Argonne National Laboratory researchers have teamed with industry partners such as SKF, Winergy, General Electric, and Afton Chemical to understand the causes of axial cracking, create a design life equation that accounts for it, and develop and validate solutions to reduce this and other causes of gearbox failure.

Nov. 5, 2020

Garvin Heath, JISEA Analyst, Is Defining Circularity for Next-Generation Energy Materials

Moving from a linear to a circular economy for energy materials starts with research and development. JISEA Analyst Garvin Heath and a team of researchers are leading the charge.

Nov. 5, 2020

WESyS: the Open-Source Waste-to-Energy System Simulation Model

WESyS simulates the possible evolution of the U.S. waste-to-energy industry based on industrial, technological, and policy-related factors.

October 2020

Oct. 30, 2020

Matchmaking Challenge: Wind Workforce Research Helps Bridge Gap Between Employers and Applicants

Wind energy industry employment grew more than 50% over 5 years, and yet, 68% of wind energy employers have difficulty filling entry-level jobs, and 83% of students or recent graduates say it is hard to find a position in wind energy. This wind workforce gap is the subject of a recent NREL survey.

Oct. 30, 2020

Winners of 2020 JUMP into STEM Take Virtual Internships in Stride; Contribute to Building Science Research

2020 JUMP into STEM winners were undaunted by the shift of JUMP into STEM's summer internship programs to a virtual experience, and NREL staff members committed to providing a meaningful virtual opportunity for the interns.

Oct. 30, 2020

IEEE Journal Features NREL Commentary on the Future of Renewable Energy

A new publication looks toward the future of renewable energy and explains research direction in the areas of renewable energy transmission, consumption, and generation.

Oct. 29, 2020

Energy I-Corps: SuperCohort to the Rescue

The DOE's researcher-entrepreneurship program forges ahead virtually under the leadership of Shelly Curtiss, former executive director of the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association.

Oct. 29, 2020

New Directions Sharpen NREL's Cybersecurity Research, Protecting Energy Systems Beyond the Grid Edge

When it comes to cybersecurity for the electric grid, researchers at NREL are looking ahead.

Oct. 29, 2020

Q&A with Charisa Powell: Developing Tools and an Emulation Platform To Safeguard Distributed Energy Resource Systems

As a cybersecurity researcher in NREL's Energy Security and Resilience Center, Charisa Powell spends her time developing current strategies for energy-sector organizations to be vigilant and resilient in their cybersecurity safeguards.

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