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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. 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

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.

Nov. 15, 2022

News Release: National Laboratories Launch Buildings Consortium Leveraging Benefits of Thermal and Electrochemical Energy Storage for All Americans

Stor4Build is a new consortium on energy storage for buildings that will accelerate the growth, optimization, and deployment of storage technologies. The consortium will be co-led by NREL, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Oct. 31, 2022

News Release: Efficiency and Stability Best-Practices Proposed for Solar Water-Splitting To Make Hydrogen

Scientists from NREL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are providing researchers with a guide to how to best measure the efficiency of producing hydrogen directly from solar power.

Oct. 24, 2022

News Release: NREL Elevates Three to Prestigious Senior Research Fellow Roles

Among the more than 3,000 people who work at NREL, only 15 are current senior research fellows. Along with the current research fellows, Paul Denholm, Vahan Gevorgian, and Joey Luther will advise NREL executive management on the strategic direction of science and technology research.

Oct. 13, 2022

News Release: BOTTLE Project Outlines New Strategy for Valorization of Mixed Plastic Waste

Combining chemical and biological processes is a promising new strategy for the valorization of mixed plastic waste, according to researchers with the Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) Consortium.

Sept. 27, 2022

News Release: International Heliostat Consortium Releases Roadmap and Solicitation To Improve Commercial Viability of Heliostats

NREL, joined by partners at Sandia National Laboratories and the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute, released its multiyear heliostat roadmap, which identifies research and deployment gaps in heliostat technologies as well as the strategies to overcome them during the next five years.

Sept. 22, 2022

News Release: Catalytic Process With Lignin Could Enable 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Researchers at three institutions—NREL, MIT, and Washington State University—report success in using lignin as a path toward a drop-in 100% sustainable aviation fuel. Other parts of plants are used for biofuels, but lignin has been largely overlooked because of the difficulties in breaking it down chemically and converting it into useful products.

Sept. 1, 2022

News Release: NREL-Led Breakthrough Pushes Perovskite Cell to Greater Stability, Efficiency

A unique architectural structure enabled the researchers to record a certified stabilized efficiency of 24% under 1-sun illumination, making it the highest reported of its kind. The highly efficient cell also retained 87% of its original efficiency after 2,400 hours of operation at 55 degrees Celsius.

Aug. 22, 2022

News Release: R&D 100 Awards Honor NREL Innovation

R&D World magazine today presented NREL with one of its annual R&D 100 Awards for research innovations. The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform, developed in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is a data management and analysis tool that helps cities improve their building stock and reduce carbon emissions.

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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