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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December 2022

Dec. 28, 2022

NREL Model Simplifies Hydrogen Production Analysis

Industries transitioning to renewable energy need the ability to analyze economic performance of various hydrogen production pathways. H2A-Lite can help.

Dec. 28, 2022

Top 20 NREL Stories of 2022

NREL researchers and staff reached countless goals and achieved numerous successes in science, partnerships, and commercialization in 2022. Here are just a few of the highlights.

Dec. 22, 2022

News Release: New Method Addresses Problem With Perovskite Solar Cells

A new approach to manufacturing perovskite solar cells has addressed previous problems and yielded devices with high efficiency and excellent stability, researchers at NREL report in the new issue of the journal Science.

Dec. 21, 2022

Scientists Discover Enzymes That Could Make It Cheaper To Recycle Waste Polyester Textiles and Bottles Than Making Them From Petroleum

Using Machine Learning, the NREL-Led Team Discovered Variants of "Plastic-Eating" Enzymes Adapted To Deconstructing all Varieties of PET--Even Durable Crystalline Varieties

Dec. 15, 2022

Beneath the Surface: How Kerry Strout Grantham Negotiates Sustainable Human Growth (and Some Stinky Hikers)

How do we balance both human and environmental needs? This is NREL’s Kerry Stout Grantham’s big question as she helps design the blueprint for coastal, island and remote communities to adopt marine energy.

Dec. 15, 2022

NREL Biofuel Scientist Honored by Colorado Governor for Lifetime of Achievements

Over his 40-plus-year career, Michael E. Himmel has unraveled the complexities of using enzymes to deconstruct lignocellulosic biomass for climate-friendly fuels.

Dec. 15, 2022

NREL Selects Manufacturers of Small- and Medium-Sized Wind Turbine Technology for 2022–2023 Funding

NREL has announced plans to award $2.9 million to 11 manufacturers of small- and medium-scale wind turbine technology through CIP. These awards help manufacturers of wind turbines less than 1 megawatt in capacity, as well as other distributed wind technology.

Dec. 13, 2022

Meet the 2022–2023 JUMP Into STEM Challenge Winners

The 2022–2023 JUMP into STEM Challenge Winners have been announced, featuring six teams of college students with diverse backgrounds and academic majors exploring solutions towards an equitable clean energy future through building science.

Dec. 13, 2022

Singing Inverters Show Electrical Harmony for Renewable Power Systems

The electrical grid is a symphony with each component playing its own tune. NREL researchers have taken such musical principles to heart in designing tools to test grid stability, and they had some fun on the way.

Dec. 13, 2022

News Release: NREL Seeks Applications for 2023 Executive Energy Leadership Program

Energy Execs provides industry and community leaders an opportunity to learn about the latest advanced energy technologies, which will help guide their organizations in future energy-related decisions and planning.

Dec. 12, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Invests $150 Million in NREL Projects

NREL will begin work early next year on a series of additions and improvements to two of its campuses made possible by $150 million in funding provided by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

Dec. 8, 2022

The 2022 Standard Scenarios Are Now Available

NREL has released the 2022 Standard Scenarios, a suite of forward-looking scenarios of the U.S. electricity sector.

Dec. 8, 2022

News Release: First Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator Participants Begin Technical Assessment

The Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator's (CECA's) first cohort of solution providers—Blue Ridge Networks, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and Xage—recently began technical assessment of their technologies that offer strong authentication solutions for distributed energy resources.

Dec. 8, 2022

Future Looks Bright for 20 Teams Selected as Semifinalists in Solar Prize Round 6

The American-Made Solar Prize announced the 20 semifinalist teams in this year's competition, selected for their game-changing solar energy ideas, including concepts to energize solar manufacturing, address obstacles to wider solar adoption, or make installation and maintenance more efficient and cost-effective.

Dec. 7, 2022

Exploring Geothermal Energy Possibilities With the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation

"Let's look to the past and learn so we can figure out what we need to do for the future," said Dr. Monica Mayer, a tribal councilwoman for the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation at a Nov. 5, 2022, panel discussion focused on geothermal energy possibilities for the tribal nation.

Dec. 6, 2022

Transit Data Shed Light on Ridership Trends, Service Impacts

Transit agencies across the country conduct detailed passenger studies and surveys to better understand transit passenger trends. The data from many of these studies are now housed in the transit passenger data section of NREL's Transportation Secure Data Center.

Dec. 6, 2022

Partnership Receives Funding To Commercialize NREL's 2,3-Butanediol Fermentation Process

NREL and BioPrincipia, a Georgia-based bioprocess technology company, are partnering to scale NREL's fermentation process for producing 2,3-butanediol.

Dec. 6, 2022

What Is the Recipe for First Commercial Success for Clean Energy Technologies?

Analysts at the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis and National Renewable Energy Laboratory studied lab-to-market pathways for clean energy technologies.

Dec. 5, 2022

The Caribbean Is Swimming in Seaweed. Scientists Aim To Turn It Into Jet Fuel and Batteries

It was not even close. In 2022, seaweed levels floating in the Caribbean smashed the record set in 2018 by 20%. You could see the consequences drifting up on shorelines from Puerto Rico to the Florida coast.

Dec. 2, 2022

Two NREL Scientists Recognized for Their Contributions to Coating Science and Technology

Scott Mauger and Michael Ulsh received awards at this year's International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST) Symposium.

Dec. 1, 2022

Air Force Accelerator Adds NREL for Sustainable Aviation Expertise

NREL is enthusiastically supporting development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technologies, and a new collaboration with the U.S. Air Force is taking that research to new heights.

November 2022

Nov. 30, 2022

NREL Tracks PV and Energy Storage Prices in Volatile Market

NREL has released its annual cost breakdown of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage systems.

Nov. 30, 2022

Reasons Behind Wind Energy Workforce Gap Identified

Two NREL studies analyze the causes of the wind energy workforce gap and offer solutions to connect industry employers and potential workers.

Nov. 30, 2022

SolarAPP+ Prize Helps Communities Adopt Automated Solar Permit Processing

NREL announced 12 communities as winners of Step 1 of the American-Made Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus (SolarAPP+) Prize—a two-step competition to help communities adopt automated processing of residential solar permits, lowering costs and making solar more accessible for homeowners.

Nov. 28, 2022

Enzymes and Bacteria Sent on Mission To Upcycle Plastics

A plastic-degrading enzyme and an engineered bacterial strain have just been launched into space with an important mission: to convert waste plastics to upcycled materials during spaceflight.


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