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June 2019

June 6, 2019

From Goldfish Blood Cells to SIMB President-Elect, Microbiology Is Steve Decker's Passion

The seeds of microbiology were planted in the inquisitive mind of a young Steve Decker when a microscope—gift-wrapped with his name on it—arrived on a cold Wisconsin morning.

June 6, 2019

Small-Scale Images May Hold the Key to Large-Scale Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling

By looking closely at battery cells, researchers hope to unlock the secret to scalable lithium-ion battery recycling.

June 5, 2019

'Nothing' technology creates less expensive thin-film solar cells

Solar cells made from elements in the third and fifth columns of the periodic table have been shown to be highly efficient at converting sunlight into energy, but their high costs pose a drawback and limited their use to niche applications.

June 3, 2019

The Man Behind the Goggles: Meet NREL's Visualization Guru, Kenny Gruchalla

Gruchalla's experience working on an icebreaker helps him design, build NREL's visualization lab, show researchers their projects in new ways.

May 2019

May 30, 2019

News Release: Solar District Cup Challenges College Students to Reimagine How Energy is Generated, Managed, and Used

The Solar District Cup challenges student teams across the U.S. to design and model the most reliable, resilient, and cost-effective distributed energy system possible for campuses, urban areas, and other developments in a common electrical distribution network.

May 28, 2019

NREL Delivers Industry-Shifting Software for Visualizing Wind Power Forecasts

We need the ability to plan our power, whichever way the wind blows. This means that system operators need real-time information--easily navigable and visually coherent--to truly build an intuition around wind power. They now have access to such a tool with WindView, a tool for visualizing wind power forecasts, created by NREL, Argonne National Laboratory, and University of Texas-Dallas.

May 28, 2019

$3M Solar Prize Round 2 Plans to Drive Innovation in U.S. Solar Manufacturing

The Solar Prize program supports entrepreneurs as they develop transformative technology ideas into concepts and then into early-stage prototypes ready for industry testing.

May 24, 2019

NREL's Advanced Manufacturing Projects Front and Center at InnovationXLab

NREL's recent groundbreaking advanced manufacturing work was on display at the InnovationXLAB Advanced Manufacturing Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on May 7-8.

May 21, 2019

Aquarius HPC Cooling System Yields Impressive Energy Efficiency Results After NREL/Sandia Test

NREL and Sandia completed a performance evaluation study, determining the Aquarius, high-performance computing cooling system provides a very high percentage of heat capture direct to water--as high as 98% when evaluation computer nodes only.

May 20, 2019

Researchers Help Build Wind's Momentum at AWEA Conference

NREL experts are helping continue the momentum of U.S. wind power at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2019 by making presentations, building industry connections, and sharing their research in a top DOE publication developed for conference attendees.

May 17, 2019

NREL Releases Improved Controls-Oriented Wind Farm Modeling Tool

NREL’s wind plant performance optimization software framework, FLORIS, has been enhanced to provide greater usability and additional representation of flow physics.

May 14, 2019

NREL Supports Agtech Innovation Through IN2

New cohort of five agtech companies will validate their innovations with Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

May 10, 2019

Top Cleantech Innovators Announced at the Industry Growth Forum

Five startups shine among some of the world's best cleantech entrepreneurs.

May 9, 2019

New Study Compares and Contrasts Cleantech Incubators and Accelerators

In an effort to help stakeholders keep up, NREL has recently published a first-of-its kind comparison of some of the nation's most notable cleantech incubators and accelerators.

May 8, 2019

Ready, Set, STEM! Racing Through the 29th Annual Middle School Car Competitions

Middle school students from 19 schools across Colorado race their solar and lithium-ion powered vehicles at NREL's 29th Annual Middle School Car Competitions.

May 8, 2019

ExxonMobil Partnership Will Support National Lab Research for Future Energy Solutions at Scale

A new $100 million agreement between ExxonMobil, NREL, and other DOE national laboratories will focus on developing transformative advanced energy technologies with a focus on reducing emissions.

May 7, 2019

NREL's Matthew Beard Honored by Royal Society of Chemistry

The society singled Beard out specifically for his "outstanding contributions to controlling ultra-fast carrier dynamics in nanostructures and perovskite semiconductors."

May 2, 2019

NREL Research Fellow Testifies on Plastic Recycling Before House Subcommittee

Plastics are essential to modern life--but it's hard to turn on the TV or browse the web without seeing poignant examples of the plastic life cycle extending far beyond usefulness. NREL Senior Research Fellow Gregg Beckham testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee about one possible solution to the plastic pollution problem: chemical recycling.

April 2019

April 29, 2019

NREL Partnership Successes Help Transform National Energy Landscape

NREL, which already has some 850 active partnership agreements with more than 500 partners in industry, government, and academia, is helping change the clean energy landscape along with its partners.

April 25, 2019

Q&A with Adarsh Nagarajan: Energy Storage as an Entity and Asset

Adarsh Nagarajan is the group manager for Power System Design and Planning at NREL. One of his specializations includes finding solutions and understanding grid integration challenges of various emerging technologies, such as solar, wind, and energy storage systems. We sat down with Nagarajan to learn more about the exciting new collaborations he's part of at NREL.

April 24, 2019

Early-Stage Companies and Investors Agree: IGF is the Place to Be in Cleantech Startup Ecosystem

NREL's Industry Growth Forum helps move technology to market through increased funding opportunities, mentorship, networking, and investor-entrepreneur interaction.

April 22, 2019

Your Renewable Energy Technology is Growing Old--What's Next?

While hundreds of millions of tons of trash continue to be dumped into American landfills annually, a growing percentage has been diverted to recycling centers since the first Earth Day in 1970. But these centers aren't set up for renewable energy technologies.

April 18, 2019

Perovskite Breakthrough Shows Importance of Added Chemical Compound in Boosting Efficiency

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory report making a significant breakthrough by producing a tandem perovskite solar cell that pushes the technology closer to its maximum efficiency.

April 17, 2019

I-JEDI Website Helps Countries Transitioning to Clean Energy

With support from USAID, NREL's International Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (I-JEDI) Model is a free, online tool for analyzing the economic impacts of renewable energy development in a specific country.

April 17, 2019

NREL Celebrates Bat Appreciation Day

As a founding member of the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative, NREL has spent 15 years working to protect bats by developing innovative technological solutions to monitor and minimize wind energy's impacts to bats.

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