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May 2019

May 24, 2019

NREL's Advanced Manufacturing Projects Front and Center at InnovationXLab

NREL's recent groundbreaking advanced manufacturing work was on display at the InnovationXLAB Advanced Manufacturing Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on May 7-8.

May 21, 2019

Aquarius HPC Cooling System Yields Impressive Energy Efficiency Results After NREL/Sandia Test

NREL and Sandia completed a performance evaluation study, determining the Aquarius, high-performance computing cooling system provides a very high percentage of heat capture direct to water--as high as 95% when evaluation computer nodes only.

May 20, 2019

Researchers Help Build Wind's Momentum at AWEA Conference

NREL experts are helping continue the momentum of U.S. wind power at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2019 by making presentations, building industry connections, and sharing their research in a top DOE publication developed for conference attendees.

May 17, 2019

NREL Releases Improved Controls-Oriented Wind Farm Modeling Tool

NREL’s wind plant performance optimization software framework, FLORIS, has been enhanced to provide greater usability and additional representation of flow physics.

May 14, 2019

NREL Supports Agtech Innovation Through IN2

New cohort of five agtech companies will validate their innovations with Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

May 10, 2019

Top Cleantech Innovators Announced at the Industry Growth Forum

Five startups shine among some of the world's best cleantech entrepreneurs.

May 9, 2019

New Study Compares and Contrasts Cleantech Incubators and Accelerators

In an effort to help stakeholders keep up, NREL has recently published a first-of-its kind comparison of some of the nation's most notable cleantech incubators and accelerators.

May 8, 2019

Ready, Set, STEM! Racing Through the 29th Annual Middle School Car Competitions

Middle school students from 19 schools across Colorado race their solar and lithium-ion powered vehicles at NREL's 29th Annual Middle School Car Competitions.

May 8, 2019

ExxonMobil Partnership Will Support National Lab Research for Future Energy Solutions at Scale

A new $100 million agreement between ExxonMobil, NREL, and other DOE national laboratories will focus on developing transformative advanced energy technologies with a focus on reducing emissions.

May 7, 2019

NREL's Matthew Beard Honored by Royal Society of Chemistry

The society singled Beard out specifically for his "outstanding contributions to controlling ultra-fast carrier dynamics in nanostructures and perovskite semiconductors."

May 2, 2019

NREL Research Fellow Testifies on Plastic Recycling Before House Subcommittee

Plastics are essential to modern life--but it's hard to turn on the TV or browse the web without seeing poignant examples of the plastic life cycle extending far beyond usefulness. NREL Senior Research Fellow Gregg Beckham testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee about one possible solution to the plastic pollution problem: chemical recycling.

April 2019

April 29, 2019

NREL Partnership Successes Help Transform National Energy Landscape

NREL, which already has some 850 active partnership agreements with more than 500 partners in industry, government, and academia, is helping change the clean energy landscape along with its partners.

April 25, 2019

Q&A with Adarsh Nagarajan: Energy Storage as an Entity and Asset

Adarsh Nagarajan is the group manager for Power System Design and Planning at NREL. One of his specializations includes finding solutions and understanding grid integration challenges of various emerging technologies, such as solar, wind, and energy storage systems. We sat down with Nagarajan to learn more about the exciting new collaborations he's part of at NREL.

April 24, 2019

Early-Stage Companies and Investors Agree: IGF is the Place to Be in Cleantech Startup Ecosystem

NREL's Industry Growth Forum helps move technology to market through increased funding opportunities, mentorship, networking, and investor-entrepreneur interaction.

April 22, 2019

Your Renewable Energy Technology is Growing Old--What's Next?

While hundreds of millions of tons of trash continue to be dumped into American landfills annually, a growing percentage has been diverted to recycling centers since the first Earth Day in 1970. But these centers aren't set up for renewable energy technologies.

April 18, 2019

Perovskite Breakthrough Shows Importance of Added Chemical Compound in Boosting Efficiency

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory report making a significant breakthrough by producing a tandem perovskite solar cell that pushes the technology closer to its maximum efficiency.

April 17, 2019

I-JEDI Website Helps Countries Transitioning to Clean Energy

With support from USAID, NREL's International Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (I-JEDI) Model is a free, online tool for analyzing the economic impacts of renewable energy development in a specific country.

April 17, 2019

NREL Celebrates Bat Appreciation Day

As a founding member of the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative, NREL has spent 15 years working to protect bats by developing innovative technological solutions to monitor and minimize wind energy's impacts to bats.

April 16, 2019

New NREL and Georgia Tech Collaborative Appointment Program

NREL and Georgia Institute of Technology announce a new joint appointment program as part of an effort to enhance research collaboration between the lab and universities.

April 9, 2019

Catalyst Cost Estimating Tool Significantly Improves Research Efficiency

More than 85% of chemical processes rely on catalysts, but limited information on their cost can lead to roadblocks during early-stage research and development and along the path to commercialization. To address this challenge, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a catalyst cost estimation tool that incorporates industry-standard estimation methods into an intuitive, user-friendly suite of tools.

April 2, 2019

NREL Supports New Strategies to Accelerate PSH Development

NREL is supporting a new water prize to fund innovators who are working to address the non-regulatory challenges pumped-storage hydropower developers face when deploying new projects. The team aims to shorten commissioning times and reduce both risk and required up-front investments.

April 1, 2019

Beneath Solar Panels, the Seeds of Opportunity Sprout

Low-impact development of solar installations can shelter vegetation and boost energy production, creating a win-win-win for food, water, and renewable energy.

March 2019

March 27, 2019

Patent Protection Awarded to NREL's EcoSnap-AC Technology

The patented device eliminates leaking air that comes with a window-mounted unit, reduces noise, and operates with more efficiency.

March 25, 2019

NREL Analysts Help Student Teams Battle Real-Time Cyberattacks, Gain Skills

When a series of cyberattacks surged through the Denver Tech Center, NREL Cybersecurity Analysts Joshua Rivera, Adarsh Hasandka, and Anuj Sanghvi could just watch--and wait. That's because they were volunteers at the eighth Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

March 21, 2019

NREL Federal Energy Management Program Team Directly Supports $13.7B of Federal Facility Energy Efficiency Improvements

A special NREL Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) procurement team is responsible for directly supporting almost $14 billion worth of upgrades to federal energy infrastructure projects using unique contracting and financing mechanisms, ensuring federal facilities received the energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades they needed.

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