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December 14, 2006

NREL and Xcel Energy Dedicate Wind-Powered Hydrogen Generator

DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Xcel Energy dedicated a new system to convert wind power into hydrogen on December 14th. The system, located at NREL's National Wind Technology Center, links two wind turbines to devices called electrolyzers, which pass the electricity through water to split the liquid into hydrogen and oxygen.

December 6, 2006

CSP's Promise in Colorado

Colorado's San Luis Valley picked as potential spot for concentrating solar power project.

November 15, 2006

NREL Teams with Habitat for Humanity to Build Zero Energy Home

This three bedroom home in Denver is not only affordable, it's a zero energy home!

November 7, 2006

Southwest Windpower Receives Best of What's New Award

Southwest Windpower recently received a 2006 Best of What's New Award from Popular Science for its newest product, the Skystream 3.7 wind generator. The Skystream was developed in collaboration with DOE/NREL and is designed to be a quiet and affordable way to protect homeowners from rising electricity costs.

November 2, 2006

DOE Research Project Yields New Low-Speed Wind Turbine Blade

Knight & Carver has produced the first in a series of wind turbine blades that, according to the company, "ranks among the industry's most innovative advances in wind energy production." The 90-foot "STAR" blade is curved to relieve pressure on both the blade and the turbine, and features a gently curving tip to capture low-speed winds.

October 12, 2006

Energy Secretary Announces $13 Million to Expand Solar Energy Technologies

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today announced more than $13 million to fund new research in solar technologies. This funding, part of President Bush's $148 million Solar America Initiative, will support the development of more efficient solar panels, known as photovoltaic devices.

September 15, 2006

NREL Supplies WAPA with Wind Farm Training Simulator

To enable WAPA to integrate wind energy into its training program, NREL supplied WAPA with a wind farm simulator that successfully simulated power delivery to the MPS grid from a time-series file of real wind farm data.

September 8, 2006

Deadline Extended for Blade Test Facility CRADA Applicants

In response to requests by potential applicants for an NREL Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for a new blade test facility, the proposal application deadline has been extended until November 10, 2006.

September 1, 2006

NREL Study Shows Energy Analysts the "Least-Cost" Path to Zero Energy

A study by NREL building researchers gives energy analysts and other building professionals the most cost effective path to zero energy consumption.

August 23, 2006

U.S. Department of Energy Advances Solar with Solar America Initiative

The Solar America Initiative will accelerate the development of advanced solar electric technologies, including photovoltaics and concentrating solar power systems, with the goal of making them cost-competitive with other forms of renewable electricity by 2015.

July 1, 2006

NREL Completes Highly Successful Partnership with NPS

NREL completed a subcontract with Northern Power Systems entitled, "Advanced Power Electronics for Low Wind Speed Turbine Applications." This represents a highly successful partnership meeting all of the objectives of a Low Wind Speed Technology Project.

April 1, 2006

Economic, Energy, and Environmental Benefits of Concentrating Solar Power in California

April 2006 Black and Veatch, under subcontract to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), completed an assessment of the benefits of large-scale deployment of concentrating solar power (CSP) within the state of California.

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