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 2023

Feb. 8, 2023

SLOPE Platform Puts Clean Energy Job Growth Insights Into Hands of Decision Makers

Did you know there is potential for more than 1.6 million new jobs to be created across America by the year 2030 to help build the country's clean energy future? Insights such as this are now available through NREL's State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform.

Feb. 8, 2023

Toolkit Helps Tallahassee Ready for Clean Energy Implementation

The city of Tallahassee, Florida, has a long history of environmental stewardship and in 2019 set a goal to achieve 100% net clean, renewable energy by 2050. To assist in its planning efforts, the city sought insights from NREL.

Feb. 2, 2023

Q&A With Mou Paul: Artist Making Better Fuel Cells, Water Treatment Systems, and Cheese

As part of the Manufacturing Masterminds Q&A profile series, NREL senior staff scientist Mou Paul shares how she wanted to be a "great writer and a great scientist, too." Today, Paul has published fictional short stories as well as more than 40 scientific publications, won several high-profile awards, and earned more than 50 patents.

Feb. 2, 2023

NREL Patent Activity Climbed in FY 2022 as Researchers Recognize More Eureka Moments

NREL files an average of about 170 patent applications annually and releases roughly 48 open-source software titles.

Feb. 1, 2023

NREL Removes Initial Barrier to Distributed Wind Turbine Certification

By funding the cost of preliminary reviews for certification applicants, NREL is helping ensure that small- and medium-sized turbine designs can be certified for use in homes, schools, farms, and remote communities.

Feb. 1, 2023

Leader in Geospatial Data Science Named Most Promising Scientist

From geospatial modeler to role model, Anthony Lopez shines in the STEM community.

Feb. 1, 2023

Matthew Beard and Garry Rumbles Elected Fellows of AAAS

This week, NREL researchers Garry Rumbles and Matthew Beard were announced as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

January 2023

Jan. 31, 2023

NREL Launches Synthetic Biology Project To Advance Biofuel Discovery Technologies With LanzaTech, Northwestern, and Yale

Carbon-negative production of biofuels and biochemicals will be the focus of a recent biosystems design project launched by NREL, LanzaTech NZ Inc., Northwestern University, and Yale University.

Jan. 31, 2023

Solar District Cup Finalist Teams Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition announced today that 45 teams from 39 schools are advancing as finalists in the class of 2022–2023.

Jan. 31, 2023

Road Map Defines Path to a U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Supply Chain

A pair of NREL reports evaluates how the U.S. supply chain can evolve to support the national offshore wind energy target and position the industry for sustainable growth beyond 2030.

Jan. 30, 2023

NREL Leads the Charge to Electric Trucks at Port of New York and New Jersey

A team of NREL researchers collected detailed vehicle analysis to show how drayage trucks operating at the Port of New York and New Jersey could be strong candidates for electrification. Each electrified truck would help slash 76 tons of carbon emissions per truck each year.

Jan. 30, 2023

Electric Aviation Is Arriving, and Cybersecurity Is High Priority

A new NREL report assesses potential cyber needs for electrifying aviation infrastructure and how key stakeholders like airlines, utilities, equipment suppliers, and regulators may implement a cybersecurity approach.

Jan. 30, 2023

Paul Denholm Distinguished as IEEE Fellow for Extraordinary Work in Renewable Energy

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has selected Paul Denholm from NREL to be a 2023 fellow based on his contributions to energy storage and renewable energy systems.

Jan. 30, 2023

NREL Receives $3.4M in Federal Funding To Evaluate Safety of Next-Generation Electric Vehicle Batteries

Donal Finegan, an energy storage researcher at NREL, will conduct cutting-edge research on next-generation electric vehicle batteries with funding from the ARPA-E Electric Vehicles for American Low-carbon Living (EVs4ALL) initiative.

Jan. 30, 2023

Puerto Rican Voices Propel PR100 Study Forward

The PR100 one-year update on progress made during the first year of this two-year, stakeholder-informed study was presented to the advisory group of stakeholders and then to the public in a webinar on Jan. 23.

Jan. 26, 2023

Department of Energy Honors 12 From NREL

Staffers from NREL were honored for their work in helping move the country further away from the use of fossil fuels. The Secretary of Energy Achievement Award ranks as the highest form of recognition for federal and contractor employees within the department (DOE).

Jan. 26, 2023

News Release: Thin, Lightweight Layer Provides Radiation Barrier for Perovskites in Space, Protection From Elements on Earth

An ultrathin protective coating proves sufficient to protect a perovskite solar cell from the harmful effects of space and harden it against environmental factors on Earth, according to newly published research from NREL.

Jan. 24, 2023

Hydrogen Blending as a Pathway Toward U.S. Decarbonization

To reduce the emissions from natural gas service, blending hydrogen into natural gas pipelines could prove to be a promising, cost-effective pathway.

Jan. 23, 2023

Bring on the Seismic Noise

Ten teams have been named semifinalists in the American-Made Geothermal Geophone Prize, each earning $75,000 in cash prizes and $75,000 in vouchers for technical assistance to advance technologies that will help deploy the renewable energy supplied by the heat of the Earth.

Jan. 19, 2023

IN² Demonstration: Getting V2G Good To Go

For its 10th cohort, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN²) formed an all-demonstration group where each participant would scope and perform a demonstration of their technologies. The key part of NineDot Energy's success is understanding the time and place to improve the grid. During the past summer, NineDot Energy installed a demonstration of its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging system in Brooklyn, New York.

Jan. 19, 2023

Powering the Future: NREL Research Finds Opportunities for Breakthrough Battery Designs

Using ultramodern capabilities and world-class laboratory facilities, NREL's energy storage researchers continue to push battery boundaries with materials development, thermal management, diagnostics, and modeling.

Jan. 18, 2023

NREL Coauthors Landmark National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization

In 2022, the Biden-Harris administration set an audacious goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050—and, in doing so, decarbonize the entire U.S. economy.

Jan. 18, 2023

A Treasure Trove for Rural and Commercial-Scale Solar Projects

Publications from eight teams capture insights for communities seeking to harness the resiliency and economic benefits of solar energy.

Jan. 18, 2023

Clean Energy to Communities Program Launches: Stakeholder-Informed Program Meets Communities Where They Are

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and NREL interviewed 164 stakeholders from 95 communities—representing 40 states and six tribes—to inform the creation of its new community technical assistance program: Clean Energy to Communities (C2C).

Jan. 17, 2023

Prize Winners Design Ways To Make the Most of Hydropower

The winners of the Hydropower Operations Optimization Prize, which launched in early 2022, used complex strategies, models, analytics, and machine learning to help hydropower meet challenges like demand, environmental requirements, flood management, and integration with solar power.


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