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December 2015

December 21, 2015

News Release: NREL Research Advances Hydrogen Production Efforts

Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have made advances toward affordable photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen.

December 17, 2015

Inventive Thinkers at NREL Reach Record Number

Researchers register ideas on everything from wave power to methane use.

December 17, 2015

NREL Records Progress Toward Understanding of Nanotubes

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have made progress towards answering a fundamental question about single-walled carbon nanotubes: do absorbed photons create only neutral excitations (excitons) or are some free charges created also?

December 16, 2015

Helping Electric-Drive Vehicle Power Electronics Keep Their Cool

Conventional thermal interface materials can pose a significant bottleneck to heat removal from power electronics packages. High-performance thermal interface materials are a critical enabler to compact, high-performance, low-cost power electronics components for transportation and other applications.

December 11, 2015

NREL Reveals Benefits of O2 Contact with Defects in 2D Semiconductors

Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have explained the unusual behavior that stems from oxygen molecules interacting with defects in two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors.

December 11, 2015

News Release: A Metabolic Pathway in Cyanobacteria Could Yield Better Biofuels and Bioproducts from Photosynthesis

Scientists from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds.

December 9, 2015

NREL's Min Zhang Keeps Her "Bugs" Happy, Leading to Biofuel Breakthroughs

NREL researcher's partnership with a sugar-eating bacterium has enabled her to make breakthroughs in biofuels.

December 9, 2015

News Release: 2014 Data Book Shows Increased Use of Renewable Electricity

The 2014 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 15.5 percent of total installed capacity and 13.5 percent of total electricity generation. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends.

December 4, 2015

From the EERE Blog: Colorado Joins the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Race

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently posted a blog about how the state of Colorado is quickly gaining momentum in the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies race.

December 3, 2015

News Release: NREL Research Advances Understanding of Photoelectrodes

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new probe that could lead to a better photoelectrochemical cell.

November 2015

November 25, 2015

Industry Growth Forum Fosters Cleantech Companies

Innovations showcased as entrepreneurs network, pitch for funding.

November 19, 2015

News Release: NREL Estimates Economically Viable U.S. Renewable Generation

Analysts at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are providing, for the first time, a method for measuring the economic potential of renewable energy across the United States.

November 17, 2015

New Geothermal Lab Manager Joins NREL

Henry (Bud) Johnston joined NREL on October 12 as the new Laboratory Program Manager for the Geothermal Technologies Program.

November 17, 2015

NREL Efforts Push Hydrogen Vehicles Further Along

New fast-filling fuel station dedicated as part of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.

November 16, 2015

NREL Research Honored With R&D 100 Awards

A technology developed at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been honored by R&D Magazine as a winner of a coveted R&D 100 award as well as an Editor's Choice award.

November 16, 2015

News Release: NREL Research Honored With R&D 100 Awards

A technology developed at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been honored by R&D Magazine as a winner of a coveted R&D 100 award as well as an Editor’s Choice award.

November 5, 2015

News Release: NREL Growth Forum Brings Together Clean Energy Innovators

The Industry Growth Forum, hosted by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this week attracted more than 400 investors, entrepreneurs, technologists and thought leaders to Denver. At the conclusion of the event three companies were honored with Best Venture and Outstanding Venture Awards.

October 2015

October 30, 2015

News Release: NREL Research Identifies Increased Potential for Perovskites as a Material for Solar Cells

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a way to significantly increase the efficiency of perovskite solar cells by reducing the amount of energy lost to heat.

October 30, 2015

NREL Innovation Improves Safety of Electric Vehicle Batteries

Newly patented Internal Short Circuit device offers manufacturers a groundbreaking tool.

October 26, 2015

NREL's Battery Life Predictive Model Helps Companies Take Charge

Companies that rely on batteries for enhanced energy efficiency-including electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, solar and wind energy generation companies, and utilities-need to know how to use batteries most effectively. As investment in large-scale battery energy storage grows, it is also vital to know how long batteries will last in the field.

October 23, 2015

News Release: NREL Releases Report Card on Environmental Efforts

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) continued to improve its environmental protection efforts at its South Table Mountain and National Wind Technology Center sites during 2014 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adding bird-safety features to campus structures, and assessing environmental impacts of potential laboratory development.

October 21, 2015

News Release: “Little Box Challenge” Inverters Arrive at NREL

Today, 18 finalist teams for the Little Box Challenge, presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society, converged at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to have their power inverters tested as part of a $1 million competition to build smaller devices for use in solar power systems.

October 20, 2015

News Release: Dr. Martin Keller Named Director of National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Alliance for Sustainable Energy (Alliance) today announced the appointment of Dr. Martin Keller as director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and president of the Alliance which manages the laboratory for the Department of Energy.

October 19, 2015

News Release: NREL’s Enhanced Scenario Framework for Electricity Sector Analysis Provides Cost, Performance Data

Projections of potential energy futures are highly dependent on the assumptions associated with specific technologies, market conditions, and energy policies. A new framework from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that includes generation technology cost assumptions and an ensemble of future scenarios is being used to improve the robustness and comparability of electric sector analysis by the lab, academia and other entities in the energy analysis community.

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