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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January 2023

Jan. 18, 2023

Clean Energy to Communities Program Launches: Stakeholder-Informed Program Meets Communities Where They Are

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and NREL interviewed 164 stakeholders from 95 communities—representing 40 states and six tribes—to inform the creation of its new community technical assistance program: Clean Energy to Communities (C2C).

Jan. 17, 2023

Prize Winners Design Ways To Make the Most of Hydropower

The winners of the Hydropower Operations Optimization Prize, which launched in early 2022, used complex strategies, models, analytics, and machine learning to help hydropower meet challenges like demand, environmental requirements, flood management, and integration with solar power.

Jan. 17, 2023

New Model Could Help Break Through Inefficiencies of Common Water Treatment Systems

In the coming decades, water scarcity and insecurity is likely to intensify across much of the United States, which is why NREL researcher Hari Sitaraman is working to improve reverse osmosis systems.

Jan. 17, 2023

News Release: NREL Develops Systematic Framework To Compare Performance of Plastics Recycling Approaches

Researchers at NREL examined the benefits and trade-offs of current and emerging technologies for recycling certain types of plastics to determine the most appropriate options.

Jan. 12, 2023

New Chapter for Ancient Place: Creating Sustainable Housing and Jobs in Rural Alaska

NREL's Cold Climate Housing Research Center is working with the Native Village of Unalakleet, a small community sprawled on Alaska's northwest coast, to create a new model of housing—an affordable, energy-efficient, adaptable house that meets the myriad challenges facing rural Alaska.

Jan. 11, 2023

Nominate a Colleague for the Solar Decathlon Richard King Award by Feb. 1!

Know an influential U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Alum or Faculty Advisor who has impacted the clean energy economy? Nominate them for the Solar Decathlon Richard King Award by Feb. 1, 2023!

Jan. 10, 2023

NREL Team Wins 2023 Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering

NREL Materials Scientists Mou Paul and Abhishek Roy won the 2023 Polymer Science and Engineering (PMSE) Cooperative Research Award for their work in global water sustainability.

Jan. 9, 2023

What Is Marine Energy?

Marine energy has huge potential to deliver clean, renewable energy to communities around the world. But these budding technologies are still up and coming and need people—like students, researchers, industry partners, and more—to help them succeed.

Jan. 5, 2023

Our Most Popular and Powerful Water Power Moments From 2022

The NREL water power team tallied up the most popular events, news stories, and videos published over the last year.


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