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 2024

March 1, 2024

40 Collegiate Teams Advance—Solar Decathlon 2024 Design Challenge

Forty teams from 37 collegiate institutions are advancing to the final stage of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® 2024 Design Challenge based on their cutting-edge, zero-energy building designs.

March 1, 2024

Communities in Hawaii and Alaska Exchange Ideas To Engage Residents in Energy Transitions

When the third cohort of Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project communities was announced in 2023, the inclusion of Molokai, Hawaii, caught the eye of Bri Gabel, a sustainability coordinator for the City and Borough of Sitka, Alaska.

February 2024

Feb. 29, 2024

High Honors From DOE Point to Important Work by NREL Staff

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Feb. 20 honored staffers from NREL for their work on five major projects with far-reaching implications.

Feb. 29, 2024

Renewable Energy Is Green, but We Can Make It Greener

The U.S. energy transition is gaining speed, accelerated by government renewable energy goals and billions of dollars through the Inflation Reduction Act. As we race toward a greener future, understanding the potential adverse effects of renewable energy technologies before they are deployed has never been more critical.

Feb. 29, 2024

Leap Into New Capabilities: REopt Offers Enhanced Energy Solutions

The REopt team at NREL has significantly enhanced the publicly available REopt web tool and its underlying open-source code, providing more powerful capabilities.

Feb. 29, 2024

Second Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator Cohort Evaluates Solutions That Uncover Hidden Risks on Utility Networks

RunZero was selected as the first solution provider to participate in Cohort 2, through which their technology will be evaluated in the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) Cyber Range.

Feb. 29, 2024

On Its Journey To Make Clothing That Leaves No Trace, The North Face Taps the BOTTLE Consortium To Scale Biodegradable Polyester Alternative

Over the next 12 months, BOTTLE will scale the process to produce several pounds of PHA fiber, which The North Face will test and evaluate for use in its product lines.

Feb. 29, 2024

Biorefinery Model Points to Better Method at Producing Co-Products

A next-generation biorefinery model holds the potential to produce biofuels and chemicals through a process that researchers say has proven to be more efficient in converting plant biomass.

Feb. 28, 2024

From Organics to Fuels: Computational Models Can Accelerate and Scale Up Biomass Conversion

Pathways to sustainable biofuels are within view as computational models solve key challenges.

Feb. 28, 2024

10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Awarded for Plans To Develop Clean-Energy-Focused Partnerships

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the winners of the first phase of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Clean Energy Education Prize Partnerships Track.

Feb. 27, 2024

SLOPE Illustrates Opportunities in Philadelphia's Equitable Carbon Neutrality Quest

The city of Philadelphia has pledged carbon neutrality by 2050, and the State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform is illustrating opportunities to reach that goal equitably.

Feb. 27, 2024

New Virtual Training and How-To Resources Help Leaders Advance Renewable Energy Development

Tools help energy leaders learn essential skills in modeling power systems and provide a "how-to" guide on operating and maintaining battery energy storage systems.

Feb. 27, 2024

In California, NREL Helps Kern County Embrace Clean Energy in Partnership With Community Colleges

NREL is working with the Kern Community College District in a partnership that aims to bring more education and training opportunities for clean energy technologies into the communities.

Feb. 27, 2024

Cutting-Edge Grid Planning Tools Drive India's Distributed Energy Future

India is transforming its power system, with distributed energy resources playing a major role in the country’s decarbonization journey. NREL grid analysts Kapil Duwadi and Erik Pohl discuss their roles on a team working with India’s state utilities to manage rapid distributed energy resource growth with customized tools and solutions to ensure safe and reliable grid integration.

Feb. 27, 2024

NREL's Recyclable Carbon Fiber Composites Made Greener With Thermoforming

Senior polymer science researcher and group manager Nicholas Rorrer currently leads a team of NREL researchers working to replace the heavy, resource-intensive steel parts in vehicles with recyclable carbon fiber composites.

Feb. 26, 2024

NREL Requests Proposals From US Manufacturers of Small and Medium Wind Turbine Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has issued a request for proposals under the Competitiveness Improvement Project to support commercialization and market expansion of small and medium wind turbine technology.

Feb. 26, 2024

NREL Research Maps Path to Clean Skies and Better Health

A noticeable change filled the air this summer—an actual change in air quality. Wildfires in Canada produced smoke-filled skies and wood-burnt, chemically scented air.

Feb. 21, 2024

Q&A With Kerry Rippy: Why You Should Be Optimistic About Industrial Carbon Emissions

In NREL's latest Manufacturing Masterminds Q&A, Kerry Rippy explains why she chose chemistry over literature, why carbon capture cannot be our only decarbonization solution, and how the mining industry could reduce emissions with the rocks it already digs up.

Feb. 21, 2024

News Release: NREL-Led Workshop Points to Path for Clean Energy Future

Participants in a workshop organized by NREL agree on the importance of mitigating degradation rates for the continuing rollout of clean technologies.

Feb. 20, 2024

Clean Bus Planning Awards Support Fleet Electrification With Custom Transition Plans

Transit and school bus fleets across the nation are working hard to incorporate clean transportation solutions that help communities meet decarbonization goals and improve local health outcomes.

Feb. 20, 2024

IN² Demonstration: Electrification—One Building at a Time

Through its IN2 demonstration, NREL is helping BlocPower assess how its technical capabilities can perform in the field.

Feb. 20, 2024

News Release: 40 Presenters for 2024 NREL Industry Growth Forum Aim To Break Ground in Cleantech

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced the list of 40 presenters for the 2024 NREL Industry Growth Forum today.

Feb. 19, 2024

Behind the Blades: How Angel McCoy's Background in Meteorology Propels Offshore Wind Forward

Angel McCoy started her career as a meteorologist, which put her on the path that led to her current role at NREL supporting the regulatory process for offshore wind energy in the United States.

Feb. 19, 2024

Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework Tool Shines in Solar Cybersecurity Assessment

The Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (DER-CF) emerges as a crucial tool in assessing and fortifying solar cybersecurity, offering a comprehensive platform for self-assessment and addressing vulnerabilities in behind-the-meter DER systems, with ongoing enhancements promising a more secure energy future.

Feb. 15, 2024

2023 Geothermal Collegiate Competition Winners Innovate To Meet Community Energy Needs

The winners of the U.S. Department of Energy 2023 Geothermal Collegiate Competition rose to the top by innovating to meet community energy needs through clean, renewable geothermal heating and cooling.


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