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February 2019

Feb. 11, 2019

Wind Turbines Get Social To Improve Wind Power Plant Output

A partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the wind solutions company WindESCo, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy's Small Business Voucher Project, aims to improve wind plant performance by applying solutions that facilitate communication among turbines.

Feb. 5, 2019

Energy Executive Leadership Academy Provides Tools to Transform Energy

Through its Energy Execs program, NREL invites leaders from across the country to learn about advanced energy research.

Feb. 4, 2019

Webinar February 7: Addressing Challenges to Water Splitting Materials for Hydrogen Production through HydroGEN AWSM, a Multi-Lab Collaboration

In this DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will discuss the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials (AWSM) consortium's extensive materials research capabilities to address R&D challenges in efficiency, durability, and cost.

January 2019

Jan. 31, 2019

ESIF’s Year in Review: Download the 2018 Annual Report

Download the 2018 ESIF Annual Report to get highlights on the ESIF's greatest achievements from the year. In 2018, research at the ESIF adapted and aligned to address the challenges that are shaping the electric grid today and into the future—from new types of partnerships, to developments in autonomous energy systems research, to a greater focus on energy security and resilience.

Jan. 31, 2019

Q&A with Murali Baggu: Shaping the Future of Grid Modernization

Murali Baggu is the laboratory program manager (LPM) for grid integration at NREL. Through his work with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Electricity and Grid Modernization Initiative program, Baggu has been shaping the direction of power systems research at NREL. Baggu sat down with us to discuss his role at NREL and his work on various projects.

Jan. 29, 2019

Data to Decisions: NREL's Latest Cities-LEAP Work Provides Unique Solutions to Local Governments

The Department of Energy's Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project published three new pathways to use data to inform more strategic energy decisions at the local government level.

Jan. 24, 2019

NREL, Eaton Mark One Year as Partners on Innovative Energy Solutions

Seventeen Eaton employees are co-located at NREL under a cooperative agreement signed last January between the laboratory and the multinational power management company.

Jan. 23, 2019

News Release: NREL Seeks Participants for 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program

Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits, and government are eligible to participate in the program

Jan. 21, 2019

Concentrating Solar Power's Role Could Grow if 2030 Cost Targets Realized

Concentrating solar power (CSP) could play an increasingly significant role in generating electricity in the contiguous United States by 2050 if the technology's levelized cost of electricity can be lowered to goals set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2016.

Jan. 17, 2019

NREL Research Proves Switchable Solar Window Works, Now Focus Moves to Making it Work Better

A year after NREL Researcher Lance Wheeler attracted international attention for his research detailing a window that could both darken and generate electricity, he's starting over--almost from scratch.

Jan. 10, 2019

Collaboration Works To Improve Variable Renewable Energy Modeling

A group of NREL researchers recently collaborated with expert modelers from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Electric Power Research Institute to improve the treatment of variable renewable energy, such as wind and solar, in the flagship planning models used by these research organizations.

Jan. 9, 2019

Five NREL Scientists Recognized as Highly Cited Researchers

NREL researchers Matthew Beard, Keith Emery, Giles Eperon, Joseph Luther, and Arthur Nozik were named among the most internationally influential scientists according to the 2018 list of Highly Cited Researchers.

Jan. 8, 2019

Advancements in Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Give Biofuels a Boost

Researchers from NREL and two other national labs have discovered an alternative catalytic fast pyrolysis approach--using fixed-bed reactors and bifunctional catalysts--that significantly improves bio-oil yields and the overall economics of the process to turn biomass into biofuels and bioproducts.

Jan. 8, 2019

NREL's New Supercomputer, Eagle, Takes Flight

Now in production use, the ultra-efficient Eagle high-performance computer will power scientific insights to accelerate our energy system transformation.

Jan. 8, 2019

Webinar January 9: Learn About HyMARC, a Multi-Lab Collaboration Addressing Key Challenges to Hydrogen Storage in Advanced Materials

In this DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories will expand on the Hydrogen Materials-Advanced Research Consortium's (HyMARC's) mission to accelerate the development of innovative hydrogen storage materials.

Jan. 8, 2019

New Substation Will Double Generating Capacity at National Wind Technology Center

This upgrade will enable megawatt-scale research that generates nearly twice that amount of power to occur at the same time--increasing opportunities for more grid-connected technologies, including solar panels, batteries, and additional wind turbines.

Jan. 4, 2019

From Intern to Engineer, Nick Johnson Follows the Wind to NREL

Former tribal energy intern follows the wind to a career at NREL.

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