News and Feature Stories

The following news stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.


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February 2022

Feb. 2, 2022

REopt Is Not Lite Anymore

REopt, a free, techno-economic decision support model, helps users optimize energy systems for buildings, campuses, communities, and microgrids. Once called REopt Lite, the REopt tool is dropping the "Lite" in 2022 to better reflect its true status as a heavy-hitting and comprehensive optimization tool.

Feb. 1, 2022

NREL-Led Solar Permitting Software Reduces Review Times by 12 Business Days

A pilot study demonstrates SolarAPP+ ability to expedite solar installs.

January 2022

Jan. 31, 2022

Solar Veteran Selected To Lead NREL CSP Program

Math, mentors, and Mother Nature all had a hand in leading Craig Turchi toward his new role as the manager of NREL's Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program.

Jan. 27, 2022

Plant-Based Epoxy Enables Recyclable Carbon Fiber, Improves Economics for Mass Market Electric Vehicles

Ten times stronger than steel, nearly half the weight of aluminum, far stiffer than fiberglass—carbon fiber carries a package of advantages, making it a preferred material for use in luxury sedans and Formula One racecars alike.

Jan. 25, 2022

Advanced Air Mobility Takes Flight With New Partnership

The next frontier of mobility aims to ascend to new heights with on-demand air travel integrated with existing transit. This vision is backed by new research, which shows aerial mobility options are nearly ready for takeoff and poised to transform public transit in cities worldwide.

Jan. 25, 2022

Code Fit for the Stars

Wave energy developers can bring the ocean to the laptop thanks to the Wave Energy Converter SIMulator (WEC-Sim), a tool built by researchers at NREL and Sandia National Laboratories.

Jan. 25, 2022

Joint Workforce Development Initiative To Advance Leadership Opportunities for Women in Power System Operations

Women in Power System Transformation initiative seeks to increase women’s representation and leadership in global transition to clean energy through targeted academic and workforce training.

Jan. 24, 2022

Reducing Wind Turbine Wakes Could Save Wind Farms Millions

Researchers are collecting the most comprehensive data on how winds move through wind plants to help design more efficient plants and reduce wind energy costs.

Jan. 18, 2022

10 Significant Water Power Accomplishments From 2021

In the last year, NREL researchers helped advance water power, which provides renewable energy from oceans and rivers and is critical to build a clean energy future.

Jan. 18, 2022

REopt Targets Emissions for Tomorrow's Cleaner, Healthier Built Environment

The REopt® web tool is a techno-economic decision support platform used by researchers to optimize energy systems for buildings, campuses, communities, microgrids, and more, helping users determine the optimal size and combination of energy systems to maximize cost savings while meeting resilience or energy performance goals.

Jan. 14, 2022

Landmark Demonstration Shows How Common Wind Turbine Can Provide Fundamental Grid Stability

NREL uses advanced grid research environment for first-ever example of type-3 turbines using grid-forming controls.

Jan. 14, 2022

American Chemical Society Recognizes NREL Women at the Forefront of Energy Research

Since 2019, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has published an annual series, titled "Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research," to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the energy science field.

Jan. 13, 2022

Kentucky Community Partners With NREL To Meet 100% Clean Goals

The community of Louisville, Kentucky, is partnering with NREL to achieve a goal of 100% clean electricity for municipal government operations by 2030.

Jan. 13, 2022

DOE Launches AlgaePrize for Student Innovators—Competition Will Culminate at NREL in Spring 2023

A new competition from the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office encourages students to imagine and develop innovative technology solutions using algae as a potent and flexible energy resource.

Jan. 12, 2022

Happy Hours: Energy Storage Could Support the Grid Every Hour of the Day, All Year Long

The latest phase of the Storage Futures Study finds the grid operates more efficiently with high levels of energy storage across all studied system configurations and grid mixes.

Jan. 11, 2022

NREL Scientists Dive Into Data in Search of Answers

In NREL's Insight Center, models come to life, illuminating pathways to a clean energy future.

Jan. 10, 2022

A Year in Review: Advancing Energy Storage and Conversion Research

Over the past year, NREL researchers have pioneered innovative, interdisciplinary, and integrated research and development for technology advancements in electrochemical, molecular, thermal, and mechanical energy storage systems.

Jan. 10, 2022

Aligning Utilities and Electric Vehicles, for the Greater Grid

A team at NREL completed a literature review on the potential value of electric vehicle (EV) managed charging. Findings provide a complete look at how EVs and the grid could work together as the electric and transportation sectors become intertwined.

Jan. 10, 2022

REopt Goes Underground To Elevate Facility Energy Savings and Resilience

A new geothermal heat pump module enables the REopt web tool to evaluate individual facility energy, cost, and emissions impacts of converting conventional heating and cooling systems to ground-source heat pumps.

Jan. 5, 2022

Python Opens Up New Applications for EnergyPlus Building Energy Simulation

Buildings account for more than 40% of U.S. energy use and 70% of U.S. electricity use. Reducing that consumption and "shaping" it to match renewable generation requires us to design and operate buildings to be more efficient, flexible, and responsive. To do that, we must be able to better predict and model building energy use.

Jan. 3, 2022

Understanding the Impact of Wind Conditions on Concentrating Solar Power Structures

High wind loads increase structural design costs of concentrating solar power collector structures, such as heliostats and parabolic troughs.


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