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August 2019

Aug. 12, 2019

From the Bottom Up: Designing a Decentralized Power System

Cross-Discipline Team Envisions the Grid of the Future

Aug. 1, 2019

Virtual Tools Developed at NREL Create Real-World Savings

NREL researchers are creating useful software applications designed to help highlight potential costs and savings associated with renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In doing so, they hope to shorten the path to commercialization and increase overall adoption of those technologies.

Aug. 1, 2019

Atomic-Level Look at Energy Already Solved One Mystery

Cara Lubner's research focuses on a novel method organisms use to generate energy, called flavin-based electron bifurcation. How this works was a mystery until Lubner and other researchers at NREL discovered the secret.

Aug. 1, 2019

The Role Fungi Will Play in NREL's Biomass Research

The research will attempt to solve the mystery of what really happens when white-rot fungi -- the best lignin degraders in nature -- meet lignin.

Aug. 1, 2019

Funding Provides Boost to Investigation of Nitrides

Nitride semiconductors have played an important role in certain technologies, such as light-emitting diodes and radio frequency transistors, but these materials aren't found in nature.

Aug. 1, 2019

Three NREL Scientists Receive Prestigious DOE Early Career Research Funding

The three were among 70 other researchers from institutions across the country named in an announcement made by the Office of Science.

Aug. 1, 2019

Q&A with Jennifer Daw: Working at the Crossroads of Energy, Water, and Land

Balancing the needs of food, water, and energy is becoming one of the most important trends in sustainability strategy, and we talked with one of its experts, Jennifer Daw, the group manager of strategy, policy, and implantation within NREL’s Integrated Application Center.

Aug. 1, 2019

Updated Baseline Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies

NREL has released a 2019 update to the Annual Technology Baseline, a key source of reliable electricity generation technology cost and performance data used to support and inform electric sector analysis in the United States.

July 2019

July 31, 2019

Fluid Mechanics and Fortuitous Plumbing: NREL Buildings Researcher Chuck Booten Talks Hands-On Entrepreneurship

NREL's Chuck Booten shares how managing rental properties changed the way he thinks about buildings research and entrepreneurship.

July 31, 2019

Addressing the Wind Energy Workforce Gap

A new NREL report, The Wind Energy Workforce in the United States: Training, Hiring, and Future Needs, assesses the national wind energy workforce and the hiring needs of the industry, along with the educational programs that are preparing students for work in the wind industry.

July 26, 2019

NREL Brings Promising High-Efficiency Solar Cell Down to Earth

The newly published research in Nature Communications details how the NREL researchers refined the D-HVPE process to produce solar cells more than 20 times faster than the process now commonly used.

July 26, 2019

Workshop Convenes Experts to Evaluate the Cybersecurity of U.S. Wind Farms

Earlier this month, NREL hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop to evaluate the growing potential for cybersecurity vulnerabilities on U.S. wind farms. The workshop, "Assessing the Impact of Cybersecurity on the Nation's Wind Farms," brought together the expertise of researchers across the national lab complex, the wind energy industry, original equipment manufacturers, cybersecurity product vendors, and standards organizations.

July 23, 2019

News Release: NREL Names FAST Prize Concept Stage Winners

The nine winners of the Concept Stage were selected from a field of 22 finalists. They will now move on to the "incubation stage" of the competition, which will culminate in pitch presentations on Oct. 8.

July 19, 2019

A Global Energy GameChanger

Leveraging the innovative spirit of the world’s startup community along with Shell and NREL’s resources, expertise, and facilities, the Shell GameChanger Accelerator Powered by NREL (GCxN) identifies and helps advance emerging transformative energy technologies with the potential to significantly impact the future energy landscape.

July 19, 2019

Greater Training and Education Needed To Meet Future Demand for U.S. Hydropower Workers

Expanded training and education programs are needed to meet future hydropower industry workforce needs, according to a new report produced jointly by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Center for the New Energy Economy.

July 16, 2019

Beyond Lithium-Ion XII Imagines the Future of Next-Generation Batteries

NREL hosted twelfth annual symposium on energy storage.

July 16, 2019

NREL/Volvo Partnership Demonstrates Approach to Quantify Automated Vehicle Fuel Savings

The researchers leveraged on-road data from Volvo vehicles driving around Gothenburg, Sweden, and compared fuel efficiency for cars that used adaptive cruise control to those that did not.

July 16, 2019

Modeling and Analysis Guide Use of Gallium Oxide Material in Power Electronics

NREL research could lead to the development of leading-edge, high-performance vertical transistors.

July 16, 2019

White House Honors Two NREL Researchers with Early Career Awards

Winners of the PECASE are nominated by a participating federal agency--the Department of Energy in this case--with the final selections made by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

July 10, 2019

Researchers Propose Techno-Ecological Synergy for Solar-Sustainability Win-Win

While solar generation helps to significantly reduce emissions in the energy sector, ground-mounted solar arrays can still lead to environmental impacts. NREL analysts argue that a new framework can help mitigate, or even avoid, environmental degradation.

July 10, 2019

Could Batteries Provide Peaking Capacity on the Grid? With Declining Cost Projections, NREL Analysts See Potential

Declining cost trajectory could pave the way for battery storage to serve peak electricity demand.

July 10, 2019

Tall Towers Tap Greater Wind Resource Potential

As wind technology grows in scale and productivity, researchers continue to look for ways to boost the energy captured while driving down costs.

July 8, 2019

Rachel Romero Accepts ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award

NREL engineer Rachel Romero has been recognized with an ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award at the society's annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

July 8, 2019

NREL Determines Cheaper Path to High-Octane Gasoline

Finding a solution wasn't easy. The NREL-developed process at first ran into the problem of a hydrogen deficiency.


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