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March 2022

March 23, 2022

DOE Launches Study To Consider Equitable Pathways To Power Puerto Rico With 100% Renewable Energy

An analysis led by NREL is now underway to supply Puerto Rico with options for achieving a renewable, reliable, and equitable electric power system.

March 23, 2022

Creativity and Exploration Drive Marine Energy Research

NREL Marine Energy Team Lead Mike Lawson believes 2022 will be defined by collaboration with current and future industry leaders.

March 17, 2022

Power to the Women

For Women's History Month 2022, the NREL marine energy and hydropower groups are taking a look at six NREL women who are interested in renewable energy technologies, specifically water power technologies. Here are the first three.

March 15, 2022

Back-to-Back: Fossil Ridge Wins Colorado High School Science Bowl for Second Year in a Row

Defending their title and defeating 16 teams from across the state, a Fossil Ridge High School team has become the winners of the 32nd annual Colorado Regional High School Science Bowl.

March 15, 2022

Six Wave-Powered Prototypes to Set Sail

Six teams of marine energy innovators are advancing from the DESIGN to the BUILD Contest of the Ocean Observing Prize with their ocean-observing technologies.

March 15, 2022

Aging Gracefully: How NREL Is Extending the Lifetime of Solar Modules

DuraMAT, a multi-laboratory consortium led by NREL, is exploring ideas that could extend solar module lifetime up to 50 years.

March 14, 2022

News Release: Scientists Show Large Impact of Controlling Humidity on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions from air conditioners are expected to climb as economic growth drives efforts to control both temperature and humidity, according to an analysis by scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Xerox PARC.

March 14, 2022

Collaboration With UL Supports Development of New Requirements for Cybersecurity and Modern Energy Systems

In collaboration with UL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is developing an Outline of Investigation for a cybersecurity certification standard for distributed energy resources (DERs) and inverter-based resource (IBR) devices.

March 9, 2022

News Release: 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum Presenters Will Pitch to Motivated Cleantech Investors

NREL announced today the list of 40 presenters for the 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF), which is set for April 13-14 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The selected companies represent a wide range of clean and sustainable technology startups from around the world.

March 7, 2022

Trial by Water: NREL's Wave-Powered Desalination Device Sets Sail

NREL researchers recently tested a hydraulic and electric reverse osmosis wave energy converter off the coast of North Carolina ahead of Waves to Water Prize finalists' desalination prototype trials.

March 4, 2022

55 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Teams Advance as Finalists

Fifty-five teams representing 38 universities are advancing as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge.

March 4, 2022

JISEA Sustainable Communities Catalyzer Advances Equitable Renewables Deployment

New modeling approach intersects equity metrics and renewable energy technical potential to prioritize communities that need these benefits the most.

March 3, 2022

Research Team Advances Biological Alternative to Producing Common Petrochemical

Engineers have dreamed of programming organisms to sustainably produce ethylene, a chemical nicknamed "king of petrochemicals" for its importance in plastics. Now, one pathway to this petrochemical is nearing reality, via a photosynthetic bacterium that is genetically specialized to turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into ethylene.

March 1, 2022

Q&A With Meredith Doyle: Impatient To Save the World

As part of the Q&A profile series "Manufacturing Masterminds," Meredith Doyle discusses her perspectives on the future potential for plant-based plastics, equity issues surrounding plastics pollution, and more.

March 1, 2022

NREL Issues Competitiveness Improvement Project Request for Proposals

NREL has issued a request for proposals for the Competitiveness Improvement Project, which supports distributed wind energy.

February 2022

Feb. 28, 2022

Small City Sets Example for Floating Solar, Empowered by NREL Data Set

No U.S. cities have done anything like what Cohoes, New York, was proposing: a municipally-owned and operated floating solar installation—but there was no reason it would not work. The technology of floating solar is sound, and their reservoir could hold enough panels to power all Cohoes city-owned buildings and streetlights—erasing around $500,000 in annual electricity costs.

Feb. 28, 2022

News Release: NREL Selects Amanda Kolker To Lead Geothermal Energy Program

NREL has named Amanda Kolker as the laboratory program manager for geothermal energy.

Feb. 24, 2022

NREL Bioengineering Process Prepares To Make a Splash

When Americans turn on a faucet, they rely on public treatment systems to ensure the water is safe to drink. Recently, Mars Materials was granted an option for an exclusive license to use NREL's renewable acrylonitrile technology in producing polyacrylamide flocculants for commercial use in water treatment systems.

Feb. 24, 2022

National Community Solar Partnership Aims To Reach 5 Million and Beyond

The National Community Solar Partnership hosted its annual summit, featuring esteemed DOE leadership, state governors, and industry experts.

Feb. 24, 2022

Looking Back on a Sunny Legacy

When it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) research, Mark Mehos has seen the industry growth and solar boom firsthand. CSP technologies—capturing sunlight to produce heat that drives thermoelectric generation systems—had their beginnings in the mid-1980s, at the dawn of his 35-year career at NREL.

Feb. 23, 2022

Beyond Fossil Carbon? Green Electricity Is Opening Doors to Low-Emission Alternatives for Making Fuels and Chemicals

Petroleum, coal, and natural gas are not the only starting points for making fuels and chemicals. In fact, growing supplies of renewable electricity open exciting new doors for making identical products at potentially a fraction of the climate cost.

Feb. 22, 2022

NREL To Collaborate With Eight Teams on Innovations To Unlock Equitable Solar in Underserved Communities

Eight teams will receive direct funding and more than a year of technical support as they explore new forms of equitable solar adoption in residential and commercial-scale settings.

Feb. 18, 2022

Can We Fix Recycling?

Three NREL teams win prestigious REMADE awards to remake recycling, improve manufacturing, and build a circular economy.

Feb. 17, 2022

Transportation Modeling Tool Informs Intelligent Planning and Control for Mobility-Service-Provider Fleets

The transportation industry is on the cusp of rapid evolution, with vehicle electrification, automation, and ride sharing transforming the age-old paradigm of privately owned and operated gasoline vehicles.

Feb. 16, 2022

Addressing Energy Challenges of Housing Health Care Professionals on Remote IHS and U.S. Tribal Lands

The Indian Health Service (IHS) serves 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives annually on a mission to raise physical, mental, and spiritual health. One of the biggest hurdles is staffing.

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