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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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June 2022

June 15, 2022

American-Made Solar Prize Kicks Off Round 6

The sixth round of competition offers $4.1 million in prizes for those ready to revolutionize the solar industry.

June 15, 2022

Mining and Geothermal Industries Could Strike G.O.L.D. Through Partnership

A partnership between the mining and geothermal industries could lead both toward a more lucrative and greener future.

June 14, 2022

International Standards Are More Important (and Interesting) Than Most People Think

A new strategic business plan for marine energy standards showcases how close the industry is to wide-scale commercial use.

June 14, 2022

News Release: New Additives to Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells Boost Efficiency, Stability

Scientists at NREL have demonstrated a tin-lead perovskite cell that overcomes problems with stability and improves efficiency. The new cell, a tandem design with two layers of perovskites, measured a 25.5% efficiency.

June 14, 2022

Introducing the 2022 Electricity Annual Technology Baseline

Here's What You Need to Know About This Year's Annual Technology Baseline, Including Distributed Wind and Pumped Storage Hydropower Supply Curve Data for the First Time

June 13, 2022

NREL Is Helping Develop Colombia's Next Generation of Renewable Energy Leaders

NREL is building up young energy leaders in Colombia through hands-on training and education. A cohort of early-career energy sector leaders from Colombia traveled to NREL's campus in May 2022 to tour the facilities, learn from NREL's experts, and collaborate in person after nearly three years of working together virtually.

June 9, 2022

An Inventor Retires as His Solar Technology Takes Flight

When Greg Glatzmaier left NREL for the last time after a career that spanned four decades, he was already planning trips to Nevada and Spain. But not to play poker or hang out on the beach.

June 9, 2022

News Release: NREL Announces Participants for the 2022 Executive Energy Leadership Program

NREL has selected 20 leaders to participate in its 2022 Executive Energy Leadership program, which provides nontechnical businesses, governmental, and community leaders an opportunity to learn about advanced energy technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide energy-related decisions and planning.

June 8, 2022

Fast Flow Future for Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Trucks

As the culmination of two years of work on the Innovating High Throughput Hydrogen Stations (IHS) Project, NREL researchers have successfully demonstrated high-flow-rate hydrogen fueling into a heavy-duty (HD) vehicle system.

June 7, 2022

Decarbonizing Windows Takes a Big Step Toward Industry Certification

In our world where windowless buildings rarely exist, the subtle significance of windows can easily be lost. Today, windows are responsible for about 10% of energy use in buildings and influence end uses that comprise 40% of building energy use.

June 7, 2022

How Will Hydropower Bolster a Renewable Energy World?

Energy storage is expected to play a big role in tomorrow's clean energy grid. To help guide future development of pumped storage hydropower facilities in the United States, NREL researchers developed a new interactive map and geospatial dataset to identify potential installation sites and estimate the quantity, quality, and cost of resources available at each.

June 6, 2022

Solar Decathlon Expands, Bringing Zero-Energy Programs to High School Students and Mid-Career Professionals

At the DOE Solar Decathlon 2022 Competition Event, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announced the launch of two Solar Decathlon workforce development programs to bring the collegiate competition's sustainable buildings expertise, experience, and mentorship into high school classrooms and architectural studios across the country.

June 6, 2022

NREL Senior Scientist Steve Johnston Receives American Solar Energy Society Award

NREL Senior Scientist Steve Johnston has been selected as a recipient of the 2022 American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award.

June 6, 2022

A Decade of Transformation: What We Have Learned Since RE Futures Study Showed What Was Possible

Ten years after visionary renewable electricity futures study showed an 80% renewable U.S. Grid was possible, NREL experts recount how they've built on those findings in the decade since—and what is next.

June 2, 2022

Q&A With Jordan Burns: A Community-Driven Approach to Energy Resilience

Jordan Burns is a risk and resilience researcher helping communities reach their energy goals through the DOE's Energy Transitions Initiative. She uses a community-driven approach to understand placed-based resilience solutions that can be incorporated into local strategic clean energy plans.

June 2, 2022

Jerry Davis Named Laboratory Program Manager for ARIES Research Platform and Energy Systems Integration Facility

Jerry Davis has been selected as the new Laboratory Program Manager for two of NREL's leading research capabilities: the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) research platform and the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF).

June 2, 2022

How Not To Short-Circuit the Clean Energy Transition

A new video and report explain why fault protection should be on grid planners' radar as the power system continues to evolve.

June 1, 2022

Giving Vehicles a Safe Green Light

A surprisingly high number of auto accidents—21% of all car crashes—occur at intersections with traffic lights. While these incidents are usually caused by driver error, new technology linked to roadway infrastructure can help prevent crashes resulting from human lapses of judgment.

June 1, 2022

Renewables Become Leader in Grid Resilience

A demonstration of outage recovery using inverter-based resources is showing how renewable energy can lead the way to power system resilience.

June 1, 2022

SAFFiRE Sustainable Aviation Fuel Project Earns Government-Industry Boost

With fuel prices soaring, a new government-industry partnership based at NREL plans to shift the aviation market further away from oil fields and closer to the farmlands.

June 1, 2022

DOE Announces Winners of the 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition

Students from the University of Oklahoma took home first place and $10,000 in prize funding as part of the U.S. Department of Energy 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition, an annual event that prepares students to lead the next generation of geothermal energy development.

May 2022

May 31, 2022

Building Experts Needed To Tackle Critical Challenges for Clean Energy Economy

NREL provides technical support to the residential construction industry through its Subject Matter Experts (SME) program.

May 31, 2022

Celebrating Solar Reliability Pioneer Dick DeBlasio

Deblasio was instrumental in getting the solar photovoltaics and distributed energy industries going. Sadly, he died on April 27 at the age of 80.

May 31, 2022

Getting in the Water With SHARKS

With SHARKS, ARPA-E and NREL could make it possible for marine energy devices to power up in rivers across the country and play a valuable role in combating the climate change crisis.

May 27, 2022

Wind Resources Expand With OpenOA Upgrade and Partner Input

NREL has released version 2.3 of its Open Operational Assessment (OpenOA) software, which helps demystify wind plant operations for wind plant operators.

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