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June 2020

June 10, 2020

Scientific Collaboration Buoys Future of Offshore Wind

Offshore wind, with its potential for domestic electricity-generating capacity of more than 2,000 gigawatts, could supply enough electricity to meet the needs of the entire United States twice over. NREL researchers are working with partners to make reliable, affordable, and accessible offshore wind energy a reality.

June 10, 2020

MHKiT Offers Marine Renewable Energy Mavens Tools for Success

NREL has launched MHKiT, an open-source software designed to support marine and hydrokinetic R&D through data processing and analysis.

June 9, 2020

News Release: Waves to Water Prize Announces DESIGN Winners, Selects Jennette's Pier for Finale

This week, the U.S. DOE and NREL announced the winners for the DESIGN Stage and the location for the final DRINK Stage of the American-Made Challenges Waves to Water Prize: Jennette's Pier on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

June 8, 2020

News Release: NREL, CCHRC Combine Forces to Increase Research in Arctic Region

NREL is growing its mission space through an expanded collaboration with Alaska's Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC), based in Fairbanks, Alaska. CCHRC has 20 years of experience designing energy efficient, healthy, culturally appropriate homes in some of the harshest conditions on Earth.

June 8, 2020

Fuel and Engine Research Brings Cleaner, More Efficient Cars and Trucks Closer to Finish Line

Passenger cars and light-duty trucks typically account for 55% of U.S. transportation energy use. Recently, sharp increases in demand for deliveries have pressed some commercial trucks—which usually account for more than 25% of transportation-related fuel consumption—into overtime.

June 5, 2020

NREL Wind Experts Lead Global Efforts

Global Wind Day, celebrated worldwide on June 15, offers an opportunity to highlight NREL's leadership in wind energy research. On behalf of the U.S. DOE, NREL represents the United States by participating in 16 of the 18 International Energy Agency Wind Technology Collaboration Programme research tasks.

June 5, 2020

NREL Projects Headline Energy Department Wind R&D Newsletter

From workforce development programs that prepare young people for jobs in the wind industry to a new reference wind turbine that expands capabilities to assess offshore designs, NREL led some exciting projects featured in the Wind Energy Technologies Office's biannual Research and Development Newsletter.

June 1, 2020

NREL's Sandra Loi Receives 2020 DOE Distinguished Achievement Award

Sandra Loi, project leader with the Technology Integration section in NREL's Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences, has been awarded the 2020 U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office Distinguished Achievement Award for her outstanding service to technology integration partners.

June 1, 2020

Daniel Bennett: Retired U.S. Army Colonel Brings His Cybersecurity Experience to NREL

Daniel Bennett, a retired U.S. Army colonel and former director of research for the U.S. Army Cyber Institute at West Point, joined NREL in September 2019 as the senior technical advisor for NREL's Energy Security and Resilience Center.

June 1, 2020

Transforming Power Systems Cybersecurity with NREL's Cyber-Energy Emulation Platform

A new National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical report details a milestone capability at NREL to develop, emulate, and visualize interconnected power and communications systems for the study of cybersecurity and distributed energy.

June 1, 2020

Learn About the Revised IEEE Standard 1547-2018 on NREL's New Website

NREL has launched a new website featuring information on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standard 1547-2018 for integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) into the modernized electrical grid.

June 1, 2020

IEEE Publishes NREL-Led Standard for DER Evaluation

The new standard, IEEE 1547.1-2020, clarifies the test and evaluation procedures to ensure distributed energy resources comply with established standard 1547-2018.

May 2020

May 28, 2020

Inertia and the Power Grid: A Guide Without the Spin

A new video and report explain the historical role of inertia in maintaining a reliable power system—and how this role is changing as the grid evolves.

May 28, 2020

ARPA-E Awards NREL To Study Risk and Reward of Energy Resource Flexibility

The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced $3.4 million in project funding for an NREL-led team in a new program designed to assess the delivery risk of grid assets' ability to provide expected power.

May 28, 2020

Scientists Pinpoint Pathways for Carbon Dioxide Uptake of Cyanobacteria

Research performed by the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)—a joint effort between NREL and the University of Colorado, Boulder—shows how RASEI researchers traced the growth of individual cyanobacteria, providing new insights into the biological pathways that enable efficient photosynthetic growth, and ultimately high-value renewable fuels and chemicals.

May 22, 2020

HydroWIRES Pinpoints Key Design Elements of Tomorrow's Power System

Hydropower may be the missing puzzle piece that offers the flexibility and storage necessary to effectively bridge the gap between traditional and renewable resources on the grid.

May 21, 2020

American-Made Challenges Program Selects New Cohort of Power Connectors

This spring, a new cohort of Power Connectors joined the American-Made Challenges team following a competitive application process. The group was chosen for their expertise in areas that would ensure the success of competing teams and the overall program.

May 20, 2020

Virtual Science Bowl Offers Practical Lessons in Learning and Creativity

The NREL Education Programs team put their creativity to the test by hosting the 30th Colorado High School Science Bowl online for the first time in the event’s history. Cherry Creek High School's team won first place this year, unseating three-time champion Fort Collins High School.

May 20, 2020

Wind for Schools: Supporting Teachers and Students in Distance Learning

NREL is supporting distance learning for K-12 students through exciting, hands-on Wind for Schools programs such as KidWind and NEED (National Energy Education Development).

May 18, 2020

NREL's John Farrell Honored for Leadership in Sustainable Fuels and Engines

Since taking the helm of NREL's vehicle technologies research in 2013, John Farrell has been instrumental in directing R&D initiatives for the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office, ranging from high-density energy storage to vehicle automation, as well as co-optimization of fuel and engine technologies to vehicle-to-grid interactions.

May 14, 2020

Energy Department Launches $4.65M Geothermal Prize Through American-Made Challenges

The American-Made Challenges program is giving a boost to geothermal energy by bringing the additive manufacturing and geothermal industries together in its newest competition—the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize.

May 14, 2020

Blockchain: Not Just for Bitcoin

A common vision for the future of the nation's energy grid involves homeowners selling unused power generated from rooftop solar panels to others in their communities, and working together to help ensure the reliability, resiliency, and security of the power grid everyone uses. But how can the grid manage such complex energy transactions at scale? Several emerging solutions rely on blockchain technology.

May 13, 2020

Webinar Series Inspires Tomorrow's Wind Energy Innovators

Learn about the Wind Workforce Webinar Series and how we are bringing the wind energy experts to you.

May 12, 2020

NREL Tool Quickly Provides Answers for Chemical Reactions

A new machine-learning tool developed at NREL has significantly speeded up calculating the thermodynamics of chemical reactions. Developed as part of the DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative, the new tool—called ALFABET—makes it possible for researchers to identify the most promising fuels for lower emissions and greater engine efficiency in seconds rather than days.

May 6, 2020

Two NREL Studies Find Gulf of Mexico Well Positioned for Offshore Wind Development

The Gulf of Mexico presents many advantages and unique challenges for offshore wind. Now, two recent studies conducted by NREL and funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have yielded promising results for the future of offshore wind energy in this region.


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