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June 2021

June 1, 2021

Grid-Scale U.S. Storage Capacity Could Grow Five-Fold by 2050

The latest report in NREL's multiyear Storage Futures Study finds reaching full market potential of diurnal grid-scale energy storage hinges on system flexibility and solar photovoltaics penetration.

May 2021

May 27, 2021

Industry Growth Forum Creates Impact in Virtual Setting for Second Straight Year

Even in its 26th year, amidst a pandemic, the NREL Industry Growth Forum--the premiere cleantech commercialization-acceleration event that aligns promising, preselected startups with venture capitalists looking for their next great investment--set new records.

May 27, 2021

Gesick Embeds With Defense Innovation Unit To Expand NREL’s Support To Department of Defense

NREL researcher Josh Gesick joins the Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit Advanced Energy and Materials team to assist DOD with partner-related initiatives and adoption of commercial technologies.

May 26, 2021

Researchers Take a Practical Look Beyond Short-Term Energy Storage

An article in Nature Energy by NREL research engineer Omar J. Guerra describes research needs for longer-duration and seasonal energy storage solutions and opportunities to develop a stronger understanding of how long-term and seasonal storage technologies can become cost-effective and grid-supportive energy solutions.

May 25, 2021

Flexible Loads and Renewable Energy Work Together in a Highly Electrified Future

The multiyear Electrification Futures Study concludes with first-of-its-kind national-scale modeling of power systems with widespread electrification, demand-side flexibility, and high renewable energy.

May 20, 2021

Wave Hello to the 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Teams

Seventeen teams were selected to participate in the 2022 MECC to offer a new wave of innovation in the third year of the competition.

May 19, 2021

What We Know—and Do Not Know—About Achieving a National-Scale 100% Renewable Electric Grid

Published in the journal Joule, "The Challenges of Achieving a 100% Renewable Electricity System in the United States" offers important insights into the technical and economic challenges that would need to be overcome to achieve 100% renewable electric power across the United States.

May 18, 2021

New Combustion Strategies Plus Biofuels Add Up to Cleaner, More Efficient Cars and Trucks

A report released this month highlights the most significant breakthroughs of the last year in the U.S. Department of Energy's Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, with details on findings that could translate into significant greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions reductions.

May 17, 2021

News Release: Environmental Concerns Propel Research Into Marine Biofuels

A global effort to reduce sulfur and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships has researchers from NREL and other Department of Energy facilities investigating the potential use of marine biofuels.

May 13, 2021

Expanded Data Sets and a Smooth-Sailing User Experience: Meet Marine Energy Atlas

Marine Energy Atlas features expanded data sets and offers a streamlined user experience.

May 13, 2021

NREL's Partner Institution, the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, Launches Catalyzers Initiative

The JISEA Catalyzers initiative will incubate research capabilities for 1–2 years before being launched into a new NREL-led program.

May 5, 2021

News Release: NREL Announces Participants for 2021 Executive Energy Leadership Program

NREL selected 18 leaders to participate in its 2021 Executive Energy Leadership program, which provides nontechnical business, government, and community leaders an opportunity to learn about advanced energy technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related planning.

May 4, 2021

News Release: NREL Announces Plans To Collaborate With UL Toward Commercialization of SolarAPP+ Automated Permitting Tool

NREL today announced a new initial memorandum of understanding with the global company UL to work toward further developing and commercializing the Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus (SolarAPP+) software that will automate the permitting process for residential solar systems.

April 2021

April 30, 2021

Three Winners Claim Top Honors at 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition

Three winners of the 2021 MECC were announced by DOE’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office during a virtual ceremony this week.

April 30, 2021

NREL Study Explores the Security Benefits of 5G for Distributed Energy Operations

New research from NREL explores the security features of 5G, highlighting network-slicing characteristics that can provide enhanced control, protection, and monitoring of distributed energy systems.

April 30, 2021

NREL Chemist Wins Award for Electron Bifurcation Research Article

Cara Lubner, a chemist at NREL, coauthored a research article on electron bifurcation that was awarded the Class I: Physical and Mathematical Sciences 2020 Cozzarelli Prize on April 25.

April 29, 2021

NREL Joins Industry in Leading Cybersecurity Threat Evaluation for the U.S. Wind Fleet

NREL and six leading industry organizations have joined forces in developing a national Wind Cybersecurity Consortium. The consortium aims to improve the cybersecurity of the U.S. wind fleet through collaborative analysis, development, and information sharing.

April 29, 2021

LA Is Prioritizing Environmental Justice on Path to 100% Renewables: Q&A with LA100 Study Lead Jaquelin Cochran

Prioritizing environmental justice was a crucial component of the recently released Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study (LA100).

April 28, 2021

News Release: Scientists at NREL Report New Synapse-Like Phototransistor

Researchers at NREL developed a breakthrough in energy-efficient phototransistors. Such devices could eventually help computers process visual information more like the human brain and be used as sensors in things like self-driving vehicles.

April 28, 2021

The Curtailment Paradox in a High Solar Future

A new NREL study uncovers counterintuitive relationship between flexibility options and curtailment in power systems with high solar penetration.

April 27, 2021

Pilot Program Sheds Light on E-Bike Use Patterns, Energy-Efficiency Benefits

NREL partnered with the Colorado Energy Office to assess the travel-behavior impacts of providing low-income essential workers with e-bikes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysis shows e-bikes are an effective, energy-saving alternative to other travel modes.

April 26, 2021

International Power System Leaders Signal Commitment to Decarbonization Solutions During Launch Event

System operator CEOs and energy leaders from around the world discussed paths to net-zero-emissions during the launch event for the Global Power System Transformation Consortium.

April 26, 2021

News Release: NREL Employees Pledge Record-Breaking Donations To Support Local Communities

In an annual giving campaign held virtually for the first time ever, employees of NREL along with its managing contractor, the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, pledged a record $616,000 to support local charities in Denver, Washington D.C., and Fairbanks, Alaska, all of which are home to NREL offices.

April 22, 2021

Rethinking Hydropower for Energy and Environmental Sustainability

NREL is working with Natel Energy to investigate the revenue and downstream flow trade-offs for a hypothetical series of small, cascading hydropower installations.

April 22, 2021

NREL Research Illuminates Optimistic Future for Vehicle Electrification

With decreasing purchase prices, charging improvements, cleaner electricity, and consumer and industry support, the future of EVs has never been brighter.

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