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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May 2022

May 26, 2022

NREL Work With Defense Department’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program Accelerates Priority DOD Energy Projects

U.S. Department of Defense's ESTCP is working to identify and demonstrate the most promising, innovative, and cost-effective technologies and methods that address DOD's highest-priority environmental requirements.

May 26, 2022

Connecting the Country: Are Quick, Electrified Flights From Local Airports Possible?

Trick question: What is your nearest airport? You might think of the urban hub you always catch flights from, even if that airport is hours away.

May 26, 2022

Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis Launches Green Computing Catalyzer

The third catalyzer in the JISEA Catalyzers initiative will explore algorithmic energy efficiency, in addition to ways to limit energy usage of computing and potential pathways to reuse, repair, or recycle hardware products and materials.

May 25, 2022

NREL Pledge Curbs Emissions as Part of Larger DOE Initiative

Martin Keller, director of NREL, said he expects the Flatirons Campus near Boulder, Colorado, will reach net zero emissions annually by the end of fiscal year 2023 and the South Table Mountain Campus outside Golden, Colorado, to hit that achievement three years later.

May 25, 2022

NREL Energy Analyst Anelia Milbrandt Is a Superhero, Every Day

Bioenergy and waste-to-energy researcher Anelia Milbrandt will be featured in an upcoming children's book including stories of modern diverse women working in energy.

May 24, 2022

Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Selects Climate Justice Changemakers

The U.S. Department of Energy and NREL announced Phase One winners of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize, who are paving the way to an inclusive, equitable, and just energy future.

May 24, 2022

World's Leading Solar Energy Research Institutions Discuss Shared Challenges, Growth Opportunities at 3rd Terawatt Workshop

Representatives from solar research institutes around the world and international participants from academia and industry discussed the implications of the multi-terawatt photovoltaics market at the 3rd Terawatt Workshop of the Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes, May 16-17 in Freiburg, Germany.

May 24, 2022

Battery Policies and Incentives Database Contributes to U.S. Efforts To Build a Secure Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chain

Drastically increasing fleet and consumer use of electric vehicles (EVs) and developing energy storage solutions for renewable energy generation and resilience are key strategies the Biden administration touts to slash national transportation emissions and curtail climate change.

May 23, 2022

News Release: Experts Forecast the Wind Plant of the Future To Be Taller and More Economical

Researchers Philipp Beiter and Eric Lantz from NREL, together with collaborators from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, elicited opinions from more than 140 of the world's leading experts about their expectations of future wind plant design in 2035.

May 19, 2022

ARPA-E Funding Drives Innovation, Industry Partnerships at NREL

Among NREL's many funding agencies, the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funds what is perhaps some of NREL's most innovative work.

May 18, 2022

Capturing Light From Heat at 40% Efficiency, NREL Makes Big Strides in Thermophotovoltaics

NREL has a long history of building solar cells that capture light from the sun at record-setting efficiencies. But the sun is not the only light source from which photovoltaics can capture energy.

May 18, 2022

Autonomous Energy Systems Expand Into Real-World Applications

NREL's Autonomous Energy Systems work has been used commercially, applied in cross-cutting demonstrations, and is continually pushing the scientific edge of controls and optimization.

May 18, 2022

Beneath the Surface: The Advocate for Renewable Energy

Meet NREL senior legal and regulatory analyst Aaron Levine, who examines how environmental regulations and hydropower could help protect the planet.

May 18, 2022

News Release: NREL Creates Highest Efficiency 1-Sun Solar Cell

Researchers at NREL created a solar cell with a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. This is the highest efficiency solar cell of any type, measured using standard 1-sun conditions.

May 16, 2022

Expanded Nanoscale Imaging Lends a Clearer Vision for the Future of Batteries

At NREL, there is a common consensus that X-ray imaging techniques hold the key to unlocking critical information about the performance of energy storage systems.

May 12, 2022

From Full Fare to Fast Charging

Researchers from NREL are working to make sure that New York City's electric vehicle charging network and local utility can meet the eventual demands of more than 100,000 electric cars for hire.

May 12, 2022

The Future of Distributed Wind in the United States: Considerations for Unlocking Terawatt-Level Potential

The U.S. federal government has set a goal of 100% clean electricity in 2035 and a net-zero carbon economy in 2050. To achieve these ambitious targets, all forms of renewable power will be important—including distributed wind.

May 11, 2022

Laboratory Partnerships Bolster Battery Recycling Prize Solutions

The Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize allows entrepreneurs to access state-of-the-art research facilities as technical partners in collaboration within the American-Made Network.

May 9, 2022

Q&A With Nicholas Rorrer: Plant-Based Plastics and Plastic Plants

As part of the Manufacturing Masterminds Q&A profile series, Nic Rorrer shares why he loves polymers as well as Legos, yoga, RuPaul's drag races, and saving the world.

May 6, 2022

No Time, No Chips: No Problem for NREL

Amid global supply chain delays and semiconductor shortages, NREL researchers use creative problem-solving to deploy two high-performance computing solutions within one year.

May 5, 2022

15 NREL Researchers Receive Distinguished Member of Research Staff Designation

Fifteen researchers across NREL have been awarded the Distinguished Member of Research Staff designation for their exemplary contributions to NREL's mission, the respect they have earned from peers around the world, and their leadership at the laboratory and beyond.

May 5, 2022

A TEAMER Approach to Fighting Climate Change

Through the U.S. Department of Energy's Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) program, developers, researchers, companies, and national laboratories are teaming up to share resources.

May 5, 2022

News Release: NREL Scientists Advance Renewable Hydrogen Production Method

Perovskite materials may hold the potential to play an important role in a process to produce hydrogen in a renewable manner, according to an analysis from scientists at NREL.

May 4, 2022

Georgia Institute of Technology and The University of Arizona Named DOE Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge Grand Winners

DOE announced the winners of the 20th annual Solar Decathlon, DOE's longest-tenured student competition that has challenged 40,000 students across the world to use the latest technologies to design and build the most sustainable buildings possible.

May 4, 2022

Department of Energy Announces Solar District Cup Class of 2021–2022 Winners

On Monday, April 25, DOE announced the top division winners and Project Pitch Champion in the Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition Class of 2021–2022. A total of nine student-led teams won first, second, or third place across the three divisions, plus four honorable mentions.


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