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Nov. 16, 2023

News Release: NREL's Community-Driven Analysis Identifies Strategies To Improve Equity in LA's Clean Energy Transition

After two years of robust modeling and gathering input from over 100 community members, 14 community-based organizations, and 31 additional stakeholder organizations in Los Angeles, NREL has synthesized its findings into equitable clean energy transition strategies for the city.

Nov. 1, 2023

News Release: Deep Decarbonization Scenarios Reveal Importance of Accelerating Zero-Emission Vehicle Adoption

The rapid adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles will move the nation close to an 80% or more drop in transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from the 2019 level according to NREL.

Oct. 24, 2023

News Release: New Database Shines Spotlight on Decades of Solar Mirror Research

NREL is preparing to unveil a publicly available Solar Mirror Materials Database (SMMD) database containing the results of exposure experiments on solar reflectors conducted over more than four decades.

Oct. 9, 2023

News Release: NREL Analysis Identifies Drivers of Offshore Wind Development

As much as 20% of regional power needs along the Atlantic coast could be served by offshore wind farms by 2050, according to NREL.

Sept. 18, 2023

News Release: Predictive Model Could Improve Hydrogen Station Availability

Consumer confidence in driving hydrogen-fueled vehicles could be improved by having station operators adopt a predictive model that helps them anticipate maintenance needs, according to researchers at NREL and Colorado State University.

Sept. 11, 2023

News Release: Combination of Stressors Key to Testing Perovskite Solar Cells

Perovskite solar cells should be subjected to a combination of stress tests simultaneously to best predict how they will function outdoors, according to researchers at NREL.

Aug. 22, 2023

News Release: R&D 100 Awards Honor NREL Innovations

R&D World magazine presented NREL with two of its annual R&D 100 Awards for research innovations.

Aug. 17, 2023

News Release: NREL Analysis Reveals Benefits of Hydropower for Grid-Scale Energy Storage

Closed-loop pumped storage hydropower systems rank as having the lowest potential to add to the problem of global warming for energy storage when accounting for the full impacts of materials and construction, according to analysis conducted at NREL.

Aug. 3, 2023

News Release: NREL Analysis Quantifies Impacts of Setback Ordinances on Land Available for Renewable Energy Deployment

The number of local zoning ordinances governing renewable energy deployment is growing in the United States, according to new research by NREL. The amount of land available to deploy renewables depends on the characteristics of the ordinances.

July 17, 2023

News Release: Bifacial Perovskite Solar Cells Point to Higher Efficiency

A bifacial perovskite solar cell, which allows sunlight to reach both sides of the device, holds the potential to produce higher energy yields at lower overall costs, according to scientists at NREL.

June 29, 2023

News Release: Two NREL Researchers Named Fellows of Electrochemical Society

The Electrochemical Society has selected two researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's NREL among this year's class of its fellows: Bryan Pivovar and Jeff Blackburn.

June 22, 2023

News Release: NREL Awards $2 Million in Contracts To Support Development of Cheaper, More Efficient Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells

NREL has awarded $2 million to fund six projects to support the Cadmium Telluride Accelerator Consortium (CTAC).

June 14, 2023

News Release: NREL Announces Participants for the 2023 Executive Energy Leadership Program

Eighteen leaders from around the country have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's NREL to participate in the 2023 Executive Energy Leadership program.

June 1, 2023

News Release: Heliostat Consortium Announces Funding Awards Aimed at Lowering Costs and Barriers to Widespread Heliostat Deployment

NREL and Sandia National Laboratories announced seven awardees from a request for proposals aimed at achieving DOE's goals for heliostat cost reduction, sustained multifaceted innovation, and improved solar field performance.

May 22, 2023

News Release: Inflation Reduction Act Invests $150 Million in NREL Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that NREL will begin work 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 (IRA).

May 3, 2023

News Release: 6 Earn Top Awards at 2023 NREL Industry Growth Forum

NREL gave awards to six top cleantech innovators at the sold-out 2023 NREL Industry Growth Forum on May 1–3, 2023. In its 28th year, the event provides a forum for cutting-edge technologies aiming to catapult the world forward with clean energy solutions.

April 6, 2023

News Release: Next Decade Decisive for PV Growth on the Path to 2050

Global experts on solar power strongly urge a commitment to the continued growth of photovoltaic manufacturing and deployment to power the planet, arguing that lowballing projections for PV growth while waiting for a consensus on other energy pathways or the emergence of technological last-minute miracles "is no longer an option."

March 6, 2023

News Release: Fossil Ridge Wins 33rd Colorado High School Science Bowl

Students from Fossil Ridge will represent the state of Colorado at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., to compete for the national title.

Feb. 23, 2023

News Release: 2023 NREL Industry Growth Forum Presenters Set To Pitch to Interested Cleantech Investors

NREL announced the list of 40 presenters for the 2023 NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF). The selected companies represent a wide range of clean and sustainable technology startups from around the world.

Feb. 9, 2023

News Release: Perovskite-Based Thermochromic Windows Reduce Energy Load and Carbon Emission in Buildings

The use of thermochromic windows in office buildings improves energy efficiency across all climate zones in the United States by modulating the temperature inside, leading to a massive savings, according to a research effort led by NREL.

Jan. 26, 2023

News Release: Thin, Lightweight Layer Provides Radiation Barrier for Perovskites in Space, Protection From Elements on Earth

An ultrathin protective coating proves sufficient to protect a perovskite solar cell from the harmful effects of space and harden it against environmental factors on Earth, according to newly published research from NREL.

Jan. 17, 2023

News Release: NREL Develops Systematic Framework To Compare Performance of Plastics Recycling Approaches

Researchers at NREL examined the benefits and trade-offs of current and emerging technologies for recycling certain types of plastics to determine the most appropriate options.


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