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October 2018

October 29, 2018

Natural Gas Emissions: Measure Top-down or Bottom-up?

Study reconciles persistent gap in natural gas methane emissions measurements.

October 25, 2018

Arizona Utility and NREL Launch One of the Largest-to-Date Home Energy Storage Studies

NREL and Arizona uitlity Salt River Project are studying the benefits and impacts of battery energy systems to both customers and utilities.

October 24, 2018

For Work on High Efficiency Photovoltaics, Dan Friedman Named APS Fellow

Dan Friedman, manager of NREL's High Efficiency Crystalline Photovoltaics Group, has been elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society for this work on III-V semiconductor physics and multijunction photovoltaic science, including numerous device efficiency records.

October 23, 2018

News Release: NREL to Lead $5 Million Initiative to Reduce Energy Use and Increase Energy Efficiency of Major Transportation Hub

Working with DFW and the surrounding region, NREL and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will identify technology approaches that maximize mobility energy productivity of passenger and freight options in this major transportation hub.

October 22, 2018

NREL, SDG&E Collaboration Expands Resiliency in Borrego Springs, Yields Nationally Scalable Results

NREL is working with SDG&E to better understand is how a microgrid controller with advanced technology would perform, specifically with the Borrego Springs microgrid.

October 8, 2018

New III-V Device Concept Combines Two Structures for Lower-Cost Impact, More Applications

NREL has recently combined two structures of III-V materials into one, providing a "two-for-the-price-of-one" benefit. The combination enables novel, potentially record-setting, multijunction solar cells.

October 4, 2018

NREL Inks a Future for Perovskites

Painting Solar Cells Provides New Path to Market

October 4, 2018

How to Celebrate National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Next week the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will join the U.S. Department of Energy and others across the United States to celebrate the fourth National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on October 8--10.08--a date chosen to represent the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008).

October 3, 2018

NREL's Biomass Analysis Tools Celebrate a Decade as the Industry Standard

After nearly 10 years, the NREL-developed High Throughput Pipeline Tools have been delivering solid biomass composition analysis for researchers around the world.

September 2018

September 28, 2018

Q&A with Barry Mather: Bridging the Gap from Power Electronic Devices to Systems

As the group manager for Integrated Devices and Systems (IDS) within NREL's Power Systems Engineering Center and chair of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power Electronics Society Denver chapter, Barry Mather considers himself an honest broker--balancing the needs for a reliable grid while also increasing the amount of distributed energy resources (DER) integrated into the grid. Mather sat down with us to answer some questions about his career at the lab and research in his group. The following has been edited for length.

September 28, 2018

Views of the ESIF: Five Years Back, Five Years Forward

In celebration of five years since the ESIF's dedication, the facility's leadership reflect on its use now, and looking ahead.

September 28, 2018

Crosscutting Grid Research Facilities Provide Industry Launch Pad for Utility-Scale Evaluation

New grid integration technologies at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) have introduced a vast range in grid research capabilities--from multimegawatt-scale wind and solar technologies to advanced energy storage devices, transformers, and protection equipment.

September 28, 2018

Nitrilation Process Produces Acrylonitrile, Attention, and Awards

NREL's clean, cost-competitive nitrilation process to produce a bio-based acrylonitrile is grabbing attention...and awards. This summer, alone, the process technology has been recognized with the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Mid-Continent Region Notable Technology Development Award, the CO-Labs Governor's Award, and has been named a 2018 R&D 100 Award finalist.

September 26, 2018

PV Cities Training Program Powers Solar Adoption Across America's Cities and Counties

To aid cites in solar adoption, NREL launched the City and County Solar PV Training Program, or PV Cities, in January 2018. The five-month program was designed specifically for cities and counties and aimed to increase the deployment of midscale solar PV systems by engaging stakeholders to develop deployment solutions and empowering city and county staff.

September 26, 2018

NREL and Shell Launch Accelerator Program for Emerging Technologies

The Shell GameChanger Accelerator Powered by NREL will leverage an established national laboratory-industry collaborative model to help startups de-risk and accelerate emerging clean energy technologies on their path to market.

September 24, 2018

For PhD Students, HOPE Workshop Highlights Real-World Applications of Solar Technology

The Hands-On PV Workshop brings graduate students from across the United States to NREL each year to increase their knowledge about photovoltaics and see practical applications of PV technologies.

September 21, 2018

NREL R&D Funding Will Fuel New CSP Research

With seven new projects, NREL will elevate research in concentrating solar power (CSP). The projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) through a National Laboratory call for proposals.

September 19, 2018

Beyond the Grid: How Micro-grids Can Help Sub-Saharan Africa Achieve Universal Energy Access

NREL supports the Power Africa Beyond the Grid Program by helping to build an environment that could enable bankable, microgrid investments. NREL recently published two reports in support of this effort.

September 18, 2018

Editorial Positions with Journals Strengthen NREL Connections

Two NREL researchers from NREL's Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, Robert McCormick and Sreekant Narumanchi, have recently received editorial appointments from leading journals in their fields.

September 17, 2018

Geothermal Technologies Could Push Energy Storage Beyond Batteries

Three new projects at will tap geothermal energy to advance new energy storage applications as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative.

September 14, 2018

How the Philippine Grid Could Achieve 30%--or Even 50%--Renewable Energy by 2030

Through a project sponsored by USAID and the Philippine Department of Energy (PDOE), the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released a report titled, "Greening the Grid: Solar and Wind Integration Study for the Luzon-Visayas System of the Philippines."

September 12, 2018

NREL Analysts Take a First Look at the Florida Duck Curve, and How Flexibility Could Help

New analysis examines how solar deployment may impact grid operations in Florida, an understudied but important market.

September 6, 2018

NREL Interns Energize the Laboratory

NREL Summer Interns unbox their potential to explore their passions in renewable energy.

August 2018

August 31, 2018

Q&A with Kristen Ardani: From Research to Rooftops

As the Program Lead for Solar Data, Analysis, and Tools in the Integrated Applications Center, Kristen Ardani is making widespread solar deployment a reality.

August 31, 2018

Competition in Colombia Sparks Renewable Energy Expansion

Colombia will host its first renewable energy auction in 2019, hoping to boost its renewable portfolio and buffer its hydro-dominated energy sector against debilitating drought seasons. Learn how NREL expertise is helping the Colombian government transform its energy sector.

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