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December 2004

Dec. 1, 2004

NREL — Keeping Up with the Rapidly Growing Wind Industry

Wind energy—it's the fastest growing electricity-generating technology in the world. And thanks to the successful research and development partnerships between industry and DOE's Wind Program at NREL and Sandia National Laboratories, it's breaking U.S. records as well.

November 2004

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August 2004

July 2004

July 1, 2004

New Science and Technology Facility to Combine Energy Efficiency with Research

The future of solar cell, thin film, and nanostructure research will be built on a hill to the east of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Solar Energy Research Facility.

July 1, 2004

Sharing Expertise and Facilities—NREL Assists DOE and Industry with Biomass Technologies of the Future

Biomass conversion is as old as the first wood fires humans ever made—to cook food or maybe just to stay warm during a long, cold night. And like everything old, it's new again—and moving in some exciting new directions at NREL.

June 2004

June 8, 2004

NREL Director Richard Truly Announces Retirement Plans

Vice Admiral Richard H. Truly, director of the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), today announced that he plans to retire in early November 2004 after more than seven years as NREL's director.

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