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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November 2023

Nov. 14, 2023

15 Years In, Energy Execs Program Participants Keep Making a Difference

The Executive Energy Leadership Academy program at NREL, also known as Energy Execs, invites executives interested in learning more about advanced energy and energy efficiency technologies to NREL repeatedly over the course of several months.

Nov. 10, 2023

NREL Water Power Research Flourishes Under Seedlings Program

The program provides funding to national laboratory researchers, empowering them to think outside the box when it comes to their water power research—and to fine-tune their ideas so they have real-world applications.

Nov. 8, 2023

Leading the Charge: 105 Solar Decathlon Teams Tackle Zero-Energy Building Designs

By designing high-performance, zero-energy buildings, 105 teams from 93 collegiate institutions are leading the charge to tackle climate change as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® 2024 Design Challenge.

Nov. 8, 2023

Ocean Energy Could Be a Golden Thread for Coastal Communities

National laboratory researchers are developing a guide for marine energy experts to support energy transitions in remote coastal and island communities.

Nov. 7, 2023

Scaling and Aggregation Supercharge Electric Vehicle Charging

The latest installment of NREL's Tell Me Something Grid series by grid researcher Luke Lavin discusses the value of combining multiple distributed energy resources to effectively integrate them into the power grid.

Nov. 3, 2023

Cultural Festival Brings NREL to Community of Aurora

On a hot Saturday in August, thousands of community members from Aurora, Colorado, gathered for the city's 10th annual Global Fest, a celebration of Aurora's cultural diversity.

Nov. 3, 2023

JUMP Into STEM Competition Prepares Next Generation of Building Scientists To Take on Clean Energy

Developing a diverse and knowledgeable workforce for building science is critical to meeting future decarbonization goals set by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Nov. 2, 2023

How Can We Avoid Drinking Forever Chemicals and Arsenic?

A new ion exchange model can help utilities and researchers simulate and study different system designs to remove forever chemicals from water.

Nov. 2, 2023

Pick Your Polymer Properties and This NREL Tool Predicts How To Achieve Them With Biomass

Great chemists have discovered ways to combine carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen into all manners of plastics: leak-proof food packaging, heat-resistant car parts, durable personal protective equipment—the list is long.

Nov. 1, 2023

News Release: Deep Decarbonization Scenarios Reveal Importance of Accelerating Zero-Emission Vehicle Adoption

The rapid adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles will move the nation close to an 80% or more drop in transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from the 2019 level according to NREL.

October 2023

Oct. 30, 2023

Q&A With Jennifer Guerra: Accelerating Innovation Faster Than the Speed of Threats

During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, learn from Jennifer Guerra, an NREL cybersecurity researcher, about how an NREL-led initiative is supporting a more secure and resilient electric grid.

Oct. 30, 2023

Q&A With Nicholas Ryan: Building the Foundation for Cyber Evaluations at Scale

During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, learn from Nicholas Ryan, an NREL cybersecurity researcher, about his contributions to NREL's cyber range.

Oct. 30, 2023

Celebrating Weatherization Day Throughout the Seasons

As winter approaches, many families are grappling with a difficult choice: suffer the cold temperatures or drain their bank accounts to stay warm.

Oct. 25, 2023

NREL Improvements Boost Efficiency of III-V Solar Cells

Newly published research is the latest effort by NREL researchers to make III-V solar cells more affordable for terrestrial applications.

Oct. 25, 2023

Invertible Neural Network Tool Helps Optimize Airfoil Design

Computational tools using artificial intelligence (AI) can help optimize airfoil design for wind turbine blades, aircraft wings, and fan blades in natural gas turbines.

Oct. 24, 2023

Women in Power System Transformation Internship Program Is Cultivating a More Equitable Energy Workforce

Future power system leaders visit NREL for a week of leadership and professional development.

Oct. 24, 2023

As PV Market Evolved in the Last Year, Prices Went Up, Prices Went Down

NREL's 2023 PV Cost Benchmark Report documents the potential cost impacts of Inflation Reduction Act manufacturing tax credits, reports costs for community solar, and presents a new transparent cost model.

Oct. 24, 2023

DOE's AlgaePrize Student Competition Returns To Inspire Next-Generation Bioeconomy Professionals

Student teams gain valuable experience with innovative algal commercialization technologies while competing to earn prize money.

Oct. 24, 2023

News Release: New Database Shines Spotlight on Decades of Solar Mirror Research

NREL is preparing to unveil a publicly available Solar Mirror Materials Database (SMMD) database containing the results of exposure experiments on solar reflectors conducted over more than four decades.

Oct. 20, 2023

Prize Finalists Make Home Electrification Solutions Look EAS-E

Buildings account for 35% of U.S. energy-related emissions, and the path to a nationwide net-zero-emissions economy will require many electric building technologies powered by sustainable energy sources.

Oct. 19, 2023

NREL's Phil Parilla Named Fellow of American Physical Society

The American Physical Society honored Phil Parilla of NREL by naming him a fellow of the 124-year-old organization.

Oct. 19, 2023

Decarbonizing the Decarbonizing: Tidal and Wind Turbines Get Even More Sustainable

A new material could help make clean energy technologies, like tidal energy turbines, even more sustainable.

Oct. 18, 2023

Electric Utility Companies and Co-Ops Can Unleash the Grid Edge With This Unique NREL Asset

There is a secret weapon for making the right distribution grid investments: the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) test bed at NREL.

Oct. 18, 2023

New Collaboration Balances Sustainability and Profitability of Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling

A new collaboration between NREL and ACE Green Recycling aims to develop and optimize recycling techniques that will bridge the gap between sustainability and profitability, specifically for lithium iron phosphate batteries.

Oct. 18, 2023

Happy National Bioenergy Day 2023 From NREL

To commemorate the occasion, learn more about 11 exciting bioenergy-related projects at NREL over the past year.


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