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May 2022

May 5, 2022

News Release: NREL Scientists Advance Renewable Hydrogen Production Method

Perovskite materials may hold the potential to play an important role in a process to produce hydrogen in a renewable manner, according to an analysis from scientists at NREL.

May 4, 2022

Georgia Institute of Technology and The University of Arizona Named DOE Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge Grand Winners

DOE announced the winners of the 20th annual Solar Decathlon, DOE's longest-tenured student competition that has challenged 40,000 students across the world to use the latest technologies to design and build the most sustainable buildings possible.

May 4, 2022

Department of Energy Announces Solar District Cup Class of 2021–2022 Winners

On Monday, April 25, DOE announced the top division winners and Project Pitch Champion in the Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition Class of 2021–2022. A total of nine student-led teams won first, second, or third place across the three divisions, plus four honorable mentions.

May 2, 2022

The Building Blocks of Power Sector Security for Utilities Across the Globe

To help electric utilities better understand what a full cybersecurity program looks like, NREL partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of the Resilient Energy Platform, providing assistance to a variety of stakeholders to improve security for the electrical grid.

April 2022

April 29, 2022

Solar Desalination Prize Round 2 Semifinalists Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Desalination Prize Round 2 has named six semifinalist teams with innovative solar-thermal desalination system concepts.

April 29, 2022

Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Mobilize Behind Charging Cybersecurity at NREL

In early April, members of the electric vehicle industry gathered at NREL to evaluate enhanced cybersecurity for the connections between electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

April 29, 2022

NREL's Cyber Range Offers Eagle-Eye View of Federal Energy Asset Security

To help federal energy managers assess, monitor, and manage cybersecurity, NREL's Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (DER-CF) offers a comprehensive, web-based assessment tool focusing on cyber governance or policies, technical management, and physical security.

April 29, 2022

Building Trust in AI To Ensure Equitable Solutions

Researchers at NREL are leading research to address bias in artificial intelligence and machine learning for clean energy innovation.

April 28, 2022

NREL Builds Out National Capability To De-Risk Big Changes in Grid Infrastructure

As the electrical grid makes a historic transition to renewable and distributed energy, even its organizing principles are in flux.

April 28, 2022

News Release: NREL Calculates Lost Value of Landfilled Plastic in U.S.

Scientists at NREL calculated the energy value of landfilled plastic waste in 2019 was enough to supply 5% of the power used by the country's transportation sector, or 5.5% by the industrial sector.

April 26, 2022

American-Made Solar Prize Round 5 Finalists Have Been Announced

On April 22, DOE announced the 20 finalist teams moving forward in the American-Made Solar Prize Round 5. After pitching their concepts for solar innovation during Set! Demo Day events, 10 hardware-focused and 10 software-focused teams were named finalists and awarded cash prizes.

April 26, 2022

NREL Water Power Successes Featured in WPTO Accomplishments Report

Twenty-one of NREL's water power successes earn the spotlight in the U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office 2020-2021 Accomplishments Report.

April 25, 2022

New FLORIS Release Significantly Increases Computation Speeds

The release of Version 3.0 of the FLOw Redirection and Induction in Steady State (FLORIS) wind farm controls software offers significant improvements to maximize wind energy facility productivity and profits.

April 25, 2022

Taking Conductivity to the Next Level: CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Opens Stage 2

Stage 2 of the CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize is now open to all interested in producing a sample of novel conductivity-enhanced materials for evaluation to help upgrade and expand aging electric, transportation, and industrial infrastructures in the United States.

April 22, 2022

Working Out the Details of a Circular Solar Economy

As solar grows rapidly as an energy source, the number of photovoltaic (PV) modules that are manufactured and installed each year will continue to expand.

April 22, 2022

NREL Tool Aims To Predict Interactions Between Soaring Eagles and Wind Turbines

A new software developed at NREL with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office endeavors to predict the most likely long-distance flight paths of individual golden eagles as they ride updrafts in the wind.

April 22, 2022

How Can We Invest in Our Planet?

This year's Earth Day theme is "Invest in Our Planet." NREL is—already has been, in fact—investing in clean energy, like water power, which helps preserve the planet.

April 22, 2022

AlgaePrize Student Finalists Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office announced 15 student teams advancing as finalists in the 2022-2023 AlgaePrize competition. Finalist teams receive $5,000 to conduct their proposed research projects over the next 16 months and will present the results next year at NREL.

April 22, 2022

NREL Explores the Dynamic Nature of Wind Deployment and Land Use

Meeting U.S. decarbonization goals is expected to require rapid deployment of additional wind energy. As more wind is deployed, social and ecological considerations of the surrounding landscape are becoming increasingly important--but research on the land use impacts of wind deployment has been limited.

April 21, 2022

NREL Scientist Melissa Gish Named a Trailblazer by the American Chemical Society

NREL Scientist Melissa Gish has been selected as a member of the American Chemical Society's Trailblazers list—a prestigious recognition that is presented annually in the American Chemical Society's news magazine, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).

April 21, 2022

Industry Growth Forum Journeys

NREL's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) hosted its Industry Growth Forum (IGF) April 13-14, 2022, in Aurora, Colorado. The IGF is the premier event for cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, and experts from industry and the public sector to build relationships, showcase innovative technologies, and identify disruptive business solutions. Follow three of the 40 presenters through this story.

April 20, 2022

Beneath the Surface: From Priceless Art to Disintegrating Coastlines, Sherry Stout Builds Resiliency One Community at a Time

NREL's Cold Climate Housing Research Center's Sherry Stout connects rural, remote, tribal, and developing communities with scientists who can help them meet their clean energy goals.

April 19, 2022

NREL and IREC Identify Best Practices for Validating Hosting Capacity Analyses

The electric distribution grid is changing at a rapid rate, with distributed energy resources (DERs) such as rooftop solar arrays, energy storage, and electric vehicles arriving on the grid in fast-growing numbers. However, it is not always clear how much additional DER capacity a community's grid can accommodate.

April 18, 2022

Scientists Decide How To Prove Out Perovskite Panels for Space Power

As researchers develop new technologies for space applications, careful thought and rigorous testing must be performed to be certain the technology can function for an extended period in the operating environment.

April 15, 2022

This Bat Appreciation Day, NREL Shines Light (Literally) on Bat Interactions With Wind Energy

Bat Appreciation Day is April 17, and researchers at NREL are working hard to create solutions that protect bats and other wildlife while ensuring sustainable deployment of wind energy.


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