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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April 2024

April 18, 2024

With Kestrel on Deck, Advanced Computing Hit a Home Run Over 300 Clean Energy Projects

NREL's high-performance computing, efficient data center operations, and powerful visualizations have left an indelible stamp on clean energy innovation.

April 18, 2024

Study Unlocks Opportunities To Bridge the US Wind Energy Workforce Gap

A new report identifies that educational training programs, like the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, which provides participating students with real-world wind energy experience, could help meet the growing demand for trained wind energy workers.

April 18, 2024

The (In)Visible Plastic Pollution Problem

Together, BOTTLE's upstream approach and WaterPACT's downstream approach to addressing the plastic pollution problem will enable a better future for humanity and our environment.

April 18, 2024

AAAS Adds NREL's Nancy Haegel to Honor Roll of Fellows

Nancy Haegel, the director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

April 17, 2024

Two Communities Find Electric Vehicle Options That Meet Local Goals Through Clean Energy to Communities

When the Board of Commissioners for Washtenaw County, Michigan, approved a climate action plan in 2022, the county was uncertain what implementation steps it needed to take—and how to pay for all of it.

April 17, 2024

New Report Tackles Electric Vehicle Charging Payment Challenges and Offers Key Recommendations

Payment issues can affect electric vehicle (EV) drivers' charging experiences. EV charging should be accessible, convenient, and reliable, and payment issues affect both accessibility and reliability.

April 17, 2024

Alaska’s Wind, Wave, Tidal Resources Could Help State Meet Future Energy Needs, NREL Determines

Offshore wind makes sense for decarbonizing energy production and building energy security and independence when it comes to ocean renewable energy production in Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf.

April 15, 2024

Do We Still Need Hydropower?

NREL experts weigh in on the benefits and downsides to our oldest form of renewable energy.

April 11, 2024

Local Priorities Drive Energy Transitions in Remote, Coastal, and Island Communities

Remote, coastal, and island communities across the country face similar energy resilience challenges—from high energy costs and aging infrastructure to outages from extreme weather events and climate change impacts—but each community's values and priorities create a unique path toward energy resilience.

April 10, 2024

NREL Unveils Groundbreaking Generative Machine Learning Model To Simulate Future Energy-Climate Impacts

As countries worldwide transition to more wind and solar generation and electrify energy end uses, societies are becoming more intertwined with weather conditions.

April 9, 2024

Q&A With Travis Lowder: Not All Climate Crusaders Need a Technical Degree

In the latest Manufacturing Masterminds Q&A, Travis Lowder shares why he did not need a technical background to fight climate change (and neither do you!) and why humility might be the most crucial trait for his job.

April 8, 2024

Puerto Rico Can Reach Its 100% Renewable Energy Goal by 2050

NREL led PR100 to model possible scenarios built on stakeholder priorities of energy affordability, resilience and reliability, land use, and economic benefits.

April 8, 2024

Chevron Studio Program Aims Tech To Go From Lab to Market

In creating the Chevron Studio program, NREL and Chevron Technologies Venture teamed up to turn a challenge into an opportunity.

April 8, 2024

NREL Analysis Shows Snapshot of the Clean Supply Chain of the Future

Researchers from NREL, in collaboration with industry partners, have demonstrated the potential for a zero-tailpipe emissions supply chain—one that transports goods from the nation's busiest ports to their final destinations without producing vehicle emissions—all while using today's technology.

April 8, 2024

NREL Shows Live Grid Impacts From Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will traverse North America bringing a period of midday complete darkness to 12 U.S. states and affecting solar power plants across all 50 U.S. states.

April 5, 2024

2023-2024 JUMP into STEM Final Competition Winners Announced as Newest Cohort of Future Building Scientists

After presenting innovative solutions for some of the most complex challenges in the buildings industry, 11 students have been named winners of the 2024 JUMP into STEM Final Competition.

April 4, 2024

Competitions Provide Springboard for College Students To Make Waves in Water Power

Teams of postsecondary students are invited to join these challenging competitions that offer skills-building experience, a deep dive into clean energy technologies, and the chance to win cash prizes.

April 3, 2024

How Mountains Could Store Mountains of Clean Energy

Pumped storage hydropower might be one of the most promising ways to store energy for a future 100% clean energy grid. But it has been difficult for the public to know how much these facilities might cost to build—until now.

April 3, 2024

Study Examines Cost Competitiveness of Zero-Emission Trucks

Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) account for just 5% of vehicles on the road in the United States, yet they are responsible for 21% of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.

April 2, 2024

Making An Impact: Prize Competitors Bring Fresh Ideas to Community Clean Energy Projects

Twenty-three teams from the ecosystem tracks just won the Clean Energy Innovation Prize's CONCEPT Phase and have been awarded $100,000 in cash prizes to begin working collaboratively with underserved communities to advance clean energy and climate projects.

April 1, 2024

IN² at 10 Years: Cohort 1 Participant Turns Up Heat on Fire Prevention

The sensors in today's Whisker Labs Ting device trace their origins to the original sensors tested in NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility during the IN2 program.

March 2024

March 29, 2024

JISEA Launches Sustainable Agriculture Catalyzer To Examine Cobenefits of Decarbonization

The Sustainable Agriculture Catalyzer is collaborating with farmers to better understand the benefits and tradeoffs of decarbonization strategies beyond emissions reduction.

March 28, 2024

Solution to Energy Storage May Be Beneath Your Feet

Superheated sand provides one answer to the problem of long-term energy storage. Researchers at NREL built a prototype that proved the technology works. A larger-scale version is the next step.

March 28, 2024

Why You Might Love a Career in Marine Energy

Researchers across labs joined a Marine Energy Career Panel and agreed that their jobs are nothing if not varied.

March 26, 2024

Game-Changing High-Resolution Solar Data Enables Renewable Energy Expansion Across 2 Continents

New high-resolution solar data and analysis provides an in-depth look at solar resources in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.


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