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June 29, 2022

News Release: Scientists Look to the Sky in Effort To Mitigate Carbon Problem

A global research effort spearheaded by NREL has assessed two promising technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. While still in the early stages of development, direct air carbon capture and sequestration--together with other carbon dioxide removal strategies--are considered critical to achieving a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy.

June 27, 2022

News Release: NREL Analysis Highlights Strategies Beyond Recycling To Bolster Circular Economy for Solar and Battery Technologies

In a new comprehensive literature review, researchers at NREL discovered that alternatives to recycling may have untapped potential to build an effective circular economy for solar photovoltaic and battery technologies, such as reducing the use of virgin materials in manufacturing, reusing for new applications, and extending product life spans.

June 23, 2022

News Release: NREL Names Jennifer Logan to Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Logan joins NREL from the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, where she has served as chief financial officer and business/finance director. She will start with NREL on June 27, 2022.

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 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.

May 23, 2022

News Release: Experts Forecast the Wind Plant of the Future To Be Taller and More Economical

Researchers Philipp Beiter and Eric Lantz from NREL, together with collaborators from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, elicited opinions from more than 140 of the world's leading experts about their expectations of future wind plant design in 2035.

May 18, 2022

News Release: NREL Creates Highest Efficiency 1-Sun Solar Cell

Researchers at NREL created a solar cell with a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. This is the highest efficiency solar cell of any type, measured using standard 1-sun conditions.

May 5, 2022

News Release: NREL Scientists Advance Renewable Hydrogen Production Method

Perovskite materials may hold the potential to play an important role in a process to produce hydrogen in a renewable manner, according to an analysis from scientists at NREL.

April 28, 2022

News Release: NREL Calculates Lost Value of Landfilled Plastic in U.S.

Scientists at NREL calculated the energy value of landfilled plastic waste in 2019 was enough to supply 5% of the power used by the country's transportation sector, or 5.5% by the industrial sector.

April 14, 2022

News Release: 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum Awards Cleantech Innovators

NREL gave awards to five top cleantech innovators at the 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF) on April 13-14, 2022.

April 8, 2022

News Release: Waves to Water Prize Announces Grand Prize Winner and Celebrates the DRINK Finale

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office and NREL, East Carolina University's Coastal Studies Institute, and prize competitors celebrated the finale of the Waves to Water Prize--a competition designed to accelerate the development of small, modular, wave-energy-powered desalination systems.

April 7, 2022

News Release: NREL Identifies Abundant Renewable Energy Resources as Key to Mexico's Clean Energy Ambitions

NREL released an in-depth report on the potential for clean energy development in Mexico, finding that Mexico is ideally poised to become a clean energy powerhouse.

March 14, 2022

News Release: Scientists Show Large Impact of Controlling Humidity on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions from air conditioners are expected to climb as economic growth drives efforts to control both temperature and humidity, according to an analysis by scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Xerox PARC.

March 9, 2022

News Release: 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum Presenters Will Pitch to Motivated Cleantech Investors

NREL announced today the list of 40 presenters for the 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF), which is set for April 13-14 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The selected companies represent a wide range of clean and sustainable technology startups from around the world.

Feb. 28, 2022

News Release: NREL Selects Amanda Kolker To Lead Geothermal Energy Program

NREL has named Amanda Kolker as the laboratory program manager for geothermal energy.

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