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Dec. 16, 2019

News Release: NREL, Co-Optima Research Yields Potential Bioblendstock for Diesel Fuel

A novel oxygenate molecule that can be produced from biomass shows promise for use as a blend for diesel fuel, according to researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Nov. 14, 2019

News Release: Waves to Water Prize Concept Winners Announced; Ocean Observing Prize Accepting Applications

NREL administers and executes both prizes on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office.

Oct. 30, 2019

News Release: NREL Selected for Series of Offshore Wind Turbine Research Projects

NREL was named prime contractor for three projects within ARPA-E's Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) program.

Oct. 29, 2019

R&D 100 Awards Honor Two NREL Innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today won two R&D 100 Awards from R&D World magazine.

Oct. 8, 2019

News Release: NREL Names FAST Competition Grand Prize Winners

The FAST Prize competition sought ideas to reduce the time to commission pumped-storage hydropower.

Sept. 23, 2019

News Release: NREL Joins Forces with Other National Labs on $100M Clean Water Hub

Its mission is to focus on early-stage research and development (R&D) for energy-efficient, cost-competitive desalination technologies.

Sept. 18, 2019

News Release: NREL Supports Prize for Innovations in Ocean Observing Platforms

The Powering the Blue Economy: Ocean Observing Prize will provide a new opportunity for industry and technology developers to develop marine energy technologies at a scale that is more attainable than utility-scale power.

July 23, 2019

News Release: NREL Names FAST Prize Concept Stage Winners

The nine winners of the Concept Stage were selected from a field of 22 finalists. They will now move on to the "incubation stage" of the competition, which will culminate in pitch presentations on Oct. 8.

July 16, 2019

NREL/Volvo Partnership Demonstrates Approach to Quantify Automated Vehicle Fuel Savings

The researchers leveraged on-road data from Volvo vehicles driving around Gothenburg, Sweden, and compared fuel efficiency for cars that used adaptive cruise control to those that did not.

June 12, 2019

News Release: NREL Announces Participants for 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program

The four-month program offers executive decision-makers an in-depth opportunity to learn from some of our laboratory's most prominent scientists, engineers and professionals, tour our research facilities, and visit local renewable energy installations.

June 7, 2019

NREL Announces Finalists in Round 1 of American-Made Solar Prize

The range of innovations represented by the competitors include cell and device-related concepts as well as module and application hardware.

May 30, 2019

News Release: Solar District Cup Challenges College Students to Reimagine How Energy is Generated, Managed, and Used

The Solar District Cup challenges student teams across the U.S. to design and model the most reliable, resilient, and cost-effective distributed energy system possible for campuses, urban areas, and other developments in a common electrical distribution network.

May 28, 2019

$3M Solar Prize Round 2 Plans to Drive Innovation in U.S. Solar Manufacturing

The Solar Prize program supports entrepreneurs as they develop transformative technology ideas into concepts and then into early-stage prototypes ready for industry testing.

March 16, 2019

News Release: Fort Collins High School Reigns Supreme at the 29th Colorado High School Science Bowl

This marks the third consecutive year students from Fort Collins High School won the Colorado competition.

March 13, 2019

News Release: NREL's Economic Impact Tops $1 Billion

The new study estimates NREL's impact on Colorado's economy at nearly $748 million.

March 11, 2019

News Release: Tenth Edition of Data Book Reveals Trends in U.S. and Global Renewable Energy Growth

This year's edition is the first to include data and trends for electric vehicles and energy storage technologies, in addition to data-centric charts for wind, solar, hydropower, and alternative fuels.

March 6, 2019

News Release: NREL Announces New Projects to Advance Medium- and Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Technologies

The selected projects will focus on reducing the total cost of ownership of NGVs, increasing vehicle efficiency, decreasing local air pollution, and advancing technology development to increase the use of more affordable medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engines and vehicles.

Feb. 27, 2019

News Release: NREL Pioneers Cleaner Route to Upcycle Plastics into Superior Products

The NREL team chemically combined reclaimed polyethylene terephthalate plastic, in the form of single-use beverage bottles, with bio-based compounds to produce higher-value fiber-reinforced plastics that can be used in products from snowboards to vehicle parts to wind turbines.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Emerging Markets Day Announces 2019 Presenting Start-up Companies

On May 8, investors, start-up companies, and industry leaders from around the world will convene in Denver, Colo., for the third Emerging Markets Day, a forum to discuss the most promising cleantech solutions to the pressing energy challenges faced by emerging economies.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Industry Growth Forum Announces 2019 Presenting Start-Ups

The 30 companies were selected after a competitive application and review process from more than 150 applicants.

Jan. 23, 2019

News Release: NREL Seeks Participants for 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program

Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits, and government are eligible to participate in the program


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