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Dec. 4, 2007

Energy Lab Sets Aggressive Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent from 2005 to 2009. The new goal is part of NREL's participation in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Leaders program.

Nov. 8, 2007

Wakonda Technologies is the Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year

A small company commercializing a novel solar energy technology has been named the Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year at the 20th Industry Growth Forum sponsored by NREL.

Oct. 31, 2007

Chevron and NREL to Collaborate on Research to Produce Transportation Fuels using Algae

Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and NREL announced today that they have entered into a collaborative research and development agreement to study and advance technology to produce liquid transportation fuels using algae.

Oct. 30, 2007

Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab to Dramatically Increase Use of Clean, Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a highly efficient and “green” Research Support Facility, and announced two major renewable power projects at the Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Oct. 25, 2007

Web Sites Show Petroleum Reduction Options

Handy new tools on the U.S. Department of Energy's redesigned Web sites for the Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center and the Clean Cities Program allow fleet managers and communities to make informed choices among strategies for reducing petroleum use.

Sept. 28, 2007

Clean Cities Program saves 375 million gallons of gas in 2006

Clean Cities coalitions around the nation displaced the equivalent of 375 million gallons of gasoline in 2006, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Aug. 23, 2007

Energy Lab to Evaluate Performance of UPS Hybrid-Electric Vans

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is collecting and analyzing maintenance, fuel economy and other vehicle performance data from 50 UPS hybrid diesel step delivery vans powered by an Eaton Corp. electric hybrid propulsion system.

July 24, 2007

Unique Quantum Effect Found in Silicon Nanocrystals

Researchers at NREL, collaborating with Innovalight, Inc., have shown that a new and important effect called Multiple Exciton Generation occurs efficiently in silicon nanocrystals.

July 20, 2007

NREL/Boeing Spectrolab Team Wins Research and Development Award

A solar cell produced by Boeing Spectrolab under a subcontract with NREL is among this year's most significant innovations, as judged by Research & Development Magazine.

June 27, 2007

U.S., Danish laboratories to cooperate on wind energy research

NREL and Denmark's Risø National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), have signed an agreement to cooperate closely on improving wind energy technologies.

June 26, 2007

Bioenergy Science Center to Develop Better Ways of Making Fuel From Plants

A team that includes NREL has won a bid from the Department of Energy for a $125 million bioenergy research center that will seek new ways to produce biofuels.

June 25, 2007

Large Wind Turbine Blade Test Facilities to be in Mass., Texas

NREL will work with consortiums from Texas and Massachusetts to design, build and operate new facilities to test the next generation of giant wind turbine blades.

June 20, 2007

NREL Estimates U.S. Hybrid Electric Vehicle Fuel Savings

Hybrid electric vehicles have saved close to 230 million gallons – or 5.5 million barrels – of fuel in the United States since their introduction in 1999, according to a recent analysis conducted at NREL.

May 25, 2007

NREL Updates National Solar Radiation Database

NREL has updated the National Solar Radiation Database, a planning tool that provides critical information about the amount of solar energy that is available at any given location.

May 16, 2007

Community Leaders to Address Energy Solutions Through Leadership Program

Thirteen local community leaders were chosen to join NREL's Executive Energy Leadership program.

May 12, 2007

Students Recognized for Creativity and Skill in Energy Education Event

Sixty-seven teams from 25 Colorado schools participated in today's Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions hosted by NREL.

April 4, 2007

Science & Technology Facility Is First LEED Platinum Federal Building

A research facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been designated as one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly places to work in the United States by the U.S. Green Buildings Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building program.

April 3, 2007

NREL Ranks Leading Utility Green Power Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual ranking of leading utility green power programs.

March 19, 2007

Research Institutions, Businesses Launch Renewable Fuels Venture

A joint venture among businesses and Colorado research institutions to further develop renewable fuels was announced today at the state capitol in Denver.

March 6, 2007

NREL Scientists Win Dan David Prize in Future Category

Two scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been named Dan David Prize Laureates for 2007.

Feb. 28, 2007

NREL and PrimeStar Solar Sign $870,000 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

NREL and PrimeStar Solar, Inc. announced they have signed an $870,000 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to transition NREL's leading cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) technology to commercial module production.

Feb. 21, 2007

Xcel/NREL study: With a smart grid, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles could have system benefits

Xcel Energy announced the results of a six-month study related to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and how an increase in their popularity may affect Colorado.

Feb. 21, 2007

Congressional, State and Higher Education Leaders Kickoff and Sign Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory Agreement

Leaders from NREL, CSU, CSM and CU at Boulder solidified the Renewable Energy Collaboratory Agreement today at a signing ceremony in the west foyer of the State Capitol.

Feb. 3, 2007

Students from Pueblo Centennial High School Triumph in Colorado High School Science Bowl

Students from Pueblo Centennial High School won top honors at the Colorado High School Science Bowl today.

Jan. 29, 2007

Appointments Announced for NREL Advisory Group

Thirteen prominent national leaders have accepted invitations to join the National Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Jan. 10, 2007

NREL Senior Research Fellow Honored by The Journal of Physical Chemistry

The American Chemical Society recently honored Arthur Nozik with a special publication of the The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.


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