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December 31, 2013

NREL Electrode Innovation Poised to Shake Up the Lithium-Ion Battery Industry

NREL's groundbreaking manufacturing process uses a special kind of carbon nanotube to increase the volume of active material that can be stored within an electrode.

December 23, 2013

NREL and Thought Leaders Gather at Electric Vehicle Battery Management Summit

NREL researchers will gather with U.S. Department of Energy program directors and technology managers, and other thought leaders to exchange strategies for maximizing the performance, safety, and lifespan of electric-drive vehicle batteries.

December 20, 2013

NREL Helps the Navy with Renewable Energy Site Assessment at Indian Ocean Base

NREL staff, along with members of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, conducted a net-zero renewable energy site assessment in November at the Diego Garcia atoll in th eIndian Ocean.

December 2, 2013

Global Wind Ambassador Visits the National Wind Technology Center

Steve Sawyer has been a pillar of the environment and energy field since 1978, with a focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. His awareness of the cost of energy and its impacts began when he was 16. By perusing the family utility bill, Sawyer started to question certain charges requiring ratepayers to help pay for a new power plant in a neighboring town. It was that inquisitiveness?and ongoing concern for the environment?that would lead him to one day become a global ambassador for the renewable wind energy industry.

December 2, 2013

NWTC and Industry Partners Design a Leading-Edge Drivetrain

The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)? along with CREE, DNV GL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, GE Wind, Romax Technology, and Vattenfall Windpower?are developing an innovative, medium-speed, medium-voltage wind turbine drivetrain design. Tapping into unparalleled expertise, the team created a drivetrain that can increase reliability, decrease mass, improve efficiency, and reduce the cost of wind energy. In addition, the drivetrain design can scale up to ratings as high as 10 megawatts (MW) while maintaining the lowest possible cost of energy.

December 2, 2013

New NREL Modeling Tool Estimates Economic Benefits of Offshore Wind Plants

To help developers more readily estimate the economic benefits of offshore wind plants, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released a new version of the Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) modeling tool. The original tool was developed to estimate the economic impacts of constructing renewable power plants. The updated version allows users to better understand the potential regional economic impacts of offshore wind development.

December 2, 2013

NREL Researchers Assess Where to Gear Up U.S. Manufacturing and Supply Chain Capabilities for Advanced Drivetrain Technologies

To better understand the impact of advanced drivetrain technologies on the U.S. wind industry’s manufacturing and supply chains, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted a study, An Assessment of U.S. Manufacturing Capability for Next-Generation Wind Turbine Drivetrains, for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The analysis involved a comprehensive literature review, industry expert interviews, and manufacturing facility tours to define possible areas of improvement and growth.

December 2, 2013

NREL and EPRI Actively Embrace Active Power Control Systems for Wind Power

The Second Workshop on Active Power Control (APC) cohosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Broomfield, Colorado, last May drew more than 60 industry experts from around the world to participate in a comprehensive discussion about the need for and impacts of active power controls from wind plants.

December 2, 2013

NREL Analysis Enables BOEM to Hold Its First Commercial Offshore Lease Sale in the United States

When the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) needed a process to delineate the bureau’s proposed offshore Wind Energy Areas (WEA) into auctionable leasing areas, the agency turned to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

November 12, 2013

Brilliant White Light with Amber LEDs; NREL Licensing Webinar December 10th

NREL’s Amber LED technology, when combined with red, green and blue LEDs, produces a broad-spectrum white light more efficiently than current LEDs. This new technology, which is available for licensing from NREL, results in a low-cost, easy-to-manufacture white LED, with improved luminosity.

November 8, 2013

NWTC to Debut a Dynamic 5-Megawatt Dynamometer

Opening on November 19, 2013, the NWTC’s new dynamometer test facility simulates operating field conditions to assess the reliability and performance of wind turbine prototypes and commercial machines, thereby reducing deployment time, failures, and maintenance or replacement costs. Funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, the 5-MW dynamometer will provide the ability to test wind turbine drivetrains and connect those drivetrains directly to the electricity grid or through a controllable grid interface (CGI). The CGI tests the low-voltage ride-through capability of a drivetrain as well as its response to faults and other abnormal grid conditions.

November 4, 2013

New Book Sheds Light on Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

A new book, published as a “Springer Brief in Energy,” serves as a how-to guide for researchers engaged in the rapidly growing field of photoelectrochemical water splitting, a promising renewable hydrogen production technology.

October 30, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program Initiates Regional Resource Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified organizations to partner with DOE and NREL in facilitating collaboration and best practices in regional stakeholder engagement.

October 28, 2013

Collaboration Focuses on Cost Effectively Boosting the Performance of Methanol Fuel Cells

The results of a collaboration between scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines are featured in the October edition of the journal Energy and Environmental Science. The article—titled “Nitrogen: unraveling the secret to stable carbon-supported Pt-alloy electrocatalysts”—explains why fuel cell performance can be significantly boosted by doping nitrogen into the carbon-supported electrocatalysts that are typically used in these devices.

October 14, 2013

The Evolution of a Wind Expert

From her first role at NREL conducting field experiments and collecting data to becoming an internationally recognized expert in wind engineering and cost analysis, Maureen Hand’s journey has been one of acquiring knowledge, critical thinking, and looking forward.

October 11, 2013

NWTC Wind Researcher’s Article Named in “Top 25” List by ScienceDirect

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) post-doctoral researchers have a reputation for doing some incredible, high-caliber work. One name in particular has been circulating around the research world like wildfire: Yi Guo.

September 30, 2013

Demo Projects Introduce New Class of Natural Gas Vehicles

NREL—supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and industry partners—launched a program to develop high-efficiency, low-emission natural gas engines for commercialization, integrate the engines into a range of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and assess performance of these vehicles with on-road demonstrations.

September 12, 2013

Energy Department Launches National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center to Advance Fuel Cell Technologies

The Energy Department today announced the unveiling of a one-of-its-kind national secure data center dedicated to the independent analysis of advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Housed at NREL, the National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center allows industry, academia, and government organizations to submit and review data gathered from projects to advance cost-effective fuel cell technology.

September 12, 2013

Webinar September 12: Fuel Cell Buses

On September 12, the Energy Department presented a webinar on fuel cell buses, which are showing significant improvements in fuel economy over conventionally powered buses.

September 10, 2013

NREL Teams with LBNL to Analyze PV Pricing Trends

The lead authors of the briefing, Photovoltaic (PV) Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections (2013 Edition), David Feldman (NREL) and Galen Barbose (LBNL), will be discussing at a webinar hosted by Vote Solar on September 11, 2013, from 10 AM - 11 AM PDT

August 28, 2013

NREL Battery Calorimeters Win R&D 100 Award

The award-wining Isothermal Battery Calorimeters, developed by NREL in collaboration with NETZSCH, are the only calorimeters in the world capable of performing the precise thermal measurements needed to make safer, longer-lasting, and more cost-effective lithium-ion batteries.

August 26, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Funding Case Studies

This case study look at the project funding model for Thomas Harrison Middle School in Virginia.

August 22, 2013

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: Paving the Way to Commercial Success

Research focuses on boosting reliability, reducing costs, and designing infrastructure of the future.

August 21, 2013

Electric Vehicle Battery Development Gains Momentum

CAEBAT collaboration targets EDV batteries with longer range and lifespan, at a lower cost.

August 21, 2013

Putting On the Brakes to Protect America's Natural Treasures

National Parks Initiative greens roads and preserves once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

August 21, 2013

The Key to Greener Fleets

Leveraging state-of-the-art technology to revolutionize fleet sustainability and energy efficiency.

August 21, 2013

A Closer Look: Continuum Slideshow

NREL research, development, and deployment accelerate efforts to put energy-efficient, low-emission cars and trucks on the road.

August 21, 2013

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Thermal management technologies increase vehicle energy efficiency and performance while reducing costs.

August 21, 2013

U.S. DOE Releases First Market Report Focusing on Distributed Wind

Alice Orrell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory energy analyst, talks about what distributed wind energy is and why it's important in the United States.

August 21, 2013

Can "Drop-In" Biofuels Solve Integration Issues?

Lab works to create biofuels indistinguishable from conventional petroleum-based fuels.

August 21, 2013

Putting On the Brakes to Protect America's Natural Treasures

National Parks Initiative greens roads and preserves once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

August 21, 2013

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: Paving the Way to Commercial Success

Research focuses on boosting reliability, reducing costs, and designing infrastructure of the future.

August 21, 2013

At $2.15 a Gallon, Cellulosic Ethanol Could Be Cost Competitive

DOE challenge met—research advances cut costs to produce fuel from non-food plant sources.

August 19, 2013

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Technologies in the Media Spotlight

A recent newspaper article highlights the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s contribution to the progress that automakers have made in getting their fuel cell electric vehicles ready for production.

August 15, 2013

USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

Projects will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs, use renewable energy technologies in their operations, and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects.

August 12, 2013

New Reports Provide Economic Analyses of Potential Wind Development in Utah

Researchers at Utah State University's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business have published a series of reports that provide an overview of Utah's potential for wind energy development used for electricity generation as well as an economic analysis of this potential development.

August 12, 2013

Re-Powering a Wind Farm: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Neil Habig, senior developer at Iberdrola Renewables; Don Bain, president of Aeropower Services; and Mark Jacobson, senior project leader at NREL and former director of business development at Invenergy LLC share the following lessons learned regarding the re-powering of wind farms.

August 6, 2013

Wind Powering America – A Credible Source for Information

The goal of the Wind Powering America (WPA) initiative, established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1999, was to facilitate a rapid increase in U.S. wind power capacity by engaging in activities that address barriers to deployment on national, regional, and state levels. For more than a decade, the WPA team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) worked with industry members and regional stakeholder groups to help DOE achieve its WPA goal, focusing its efforts on states with good wind resource potential but little wind energy deployment. On a state level, team members worked with community members to form wind working groups, providing technical support and objective information on wind energy policy, siting, environmental effects and the economic benefits of wind development.

July 29, 2013

Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker Tool Facilitates State Energy Legislation Research

Colorado State University's Center for the New Energy Economy and the Advanced Energy Economy Institute published the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker, a free online tool that allows users to easily research state energy legislation.

July 22, 2013

Analyzing Economic Development Through Wind Power

Eric Lantz talks about the economic opportunities of using Wyoming's wind power in Colorado and the ways that wind power could help the manufacturing industry.

July 18, 2013

July 24 Webinar: DOE Analysis Related to H2USA

The U.S. Department of Energy will present a live webcast titled "DOE Analysis Related to H2USA" on July 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

July 15, 2013

Updated Solar Resource Maps Available for India

Through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of State, and in collaboration with India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, NREL has updated its 10-kilometer solar resource maps for India.

July 9, 2013

XZERES Acquires Southwest Windpower's Skystream Product Line

XZERES Corporation, a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of small wind turbines, has acquired the assets of Southwest Windpower.

July 3, 2013

Collaborate and Share Knowledge at the North American Wind Energy Academy Symposium

The purpose of NAWEA’s symposium is to bring together industry, academia, and research institution stakeholders to engage in an open forum dialogue about wind energy technologies and high penetration of those technologies throughout the U.S. electricity sector.

July 2, 2013

NREL Joins Public-Private Partnership to Deploy Hydrogen Infrastructure

NREL recently joined a new partnership designed to promote the widespread adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles by overcoming the hurdle of establishing a hydrogen infrastructure.

July 1, 2013

NREL to Showcase Two Advanced Vehicles at Estes Park Coolest Car Show on July 4

NREL will showcase two advanced Toyota vehicles -- a Highlander fuel cell hybrid vehicle and a plug-in Prius hybrid electric vehicle -- at The Coolest Car Show in Colorado in Estes Park on July 4.

July 1, 2013

KidWind Project and Wind Education in the Classroom: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Dan Whisler, a 29-year environmental science instructor at Sterling High School in Kansas, and Michael Arquin, director of the KidWind Project, share their lessons learned for anyone interested in bringing wind energy education to a school.

June 27, 2013

Clean Cities Celebrates Two Decades of Success

Clean Cities celebrates two decades of success in the deployment of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy improvements, and idle reduction.

June 25, 2013

President Obama Unveils Climate Action Plan

On June 25, President Obama presented his Climate Action Plan, a blueprint for steady, responsible national and international action to slow the effects of climate change.

June 17, 2013

Small Wind Site Assessment: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Author Frank Oteri compiled the following lessons learned from recent interviews he conducted with small wind turbine installers and developers regarding site assessments.

June 12, 2013

Wind Power Development's Economic Impact on Rural Communities

Jason Brown, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank economist, discusses their new study on the effects of wind power development on county-level income and employment in 12 states.

June 3, 2013

DOE Releases Wind Powering America Impact Study

DOE released an independent review of Wind Powering America that assessed the impacts of the WPA activity both in general and in the states where the initiative was active.

June 3, 2013

Wind Powering America Case Study: Town of Hempstead Wind Turbine

Wind Powering America interviewed Tara Schneider Moran, a conservation biologist for the Department of Conservation & Waterways in the Town of Hempstead, New York, to learn more about the wind turbine project in this community.

June 3, 2013

University of Maine Launches First U.S. Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine

DOE has recognized the nation's first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine prototype off the coast of Castine, Maine.

May 21, 2013

Wind Powering America Hosts 12th Annual All-States Summit: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Presenters at Wind Powering America's Annual All-States Summit focused on wind energy in a troubled market, discussing how the current uncertainty in the market regarding energy costs, renewable energy policy, and climate debate are impacting the wind market.

May 21, 2013

Energy Department Awards NREL Staff for Exceptional Achievement

At this year's Annual Merit Review, the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program honored four NREL staff for their outstanding achievements and technical contributions.

May 20, 2013

Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Promote Clean Energy in Tribal Communities

The Energy Department recently announced up to $7 million to deploy clean energy projects in tribal communities.

May 20, 2013

Baring-Gould Receives Champion Award from Women of Wind Energy

The award honors "an individual who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the field of renewable energy…as well as advocating for workplace practices that support women in a manner that fosters a path forward."

May 20, 2013

Wind Powering America Announces Outstanding Partner Awards

Ten awards were announced during the Wind Powering America All-States Summit in Chicago on May 9.

May 20, 2013

NREL Launches Renewable Energy Optimization Tool Website

The tool provides a ranked list of renewable energy projects for different potential scenarios and identifies the technology sizes that meet the defined goals at minimum cost, along with the optimal deployment strategies.

May 9, 2013

Wind Powering America 12th Annual All-States Summit Simulcast

An audiovisual file and transcript of the Summit are available.

May 8, 2013

FEMA Engages NREL in Hurricane Sandy Recovery Effort

NREL was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to participate in disaster recovery strategic planning efforts between federal, state, and local agencies. Two NREL teams were dispatched to New York and New Jersey in February-April to support FEMA's implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework—a guide for Federal support that promotes effective recovery efforts and provides a flexible structure for disaster recovery managers at all levels to operate in a unified and collaborative manner.

May 6, 2013

Illinois Wind for Schools Program Selects Partner Schools

The Illinois Wind for Schools program has selected six partner school districts for the 2013-2014 school year.

May 6, 2013

Wind Powering America Case Study: Port of Milwaukee Wind Turbine

Commissioned in February 2012, the wind turbine provides more than 100% of the electricity needs of the administration building with its excess energy sold to We Energies.

May 1, 2013

Small Wind Certification Council Works to Ensure Wind Industry's Credibility

Brent Summerville, technical director of the Small Wind Certification Council, discusses the benefits of wind turbine certification for farmers.

April 26, 2013

Webinar: Overview of the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide (AERG) for Grocery Stores

Register now for this May 7, 2013, webinar that will provide an overview of the Grocery Store AERG, which offers measures for improving energy efficiency of grocery stores.

April 25, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard Sees Reduced Energy Costs and Usage After NREL’s Energy Assessment Training

From fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2012, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam reported an energy use reduction of 24% and a 42% decrease in energy costs. Those figures they directly attribute to the NREL-led energy assessment trainings they participated in and the subsequent implemented energy-saving retrofits.

April 22, 2013

Middle School Students Compete in Second Annual Pennsylvania KidWind Challenge

The Pennsylvania KidWind Challenge, sponsored in part by the Wind Powering America initiative and administered by Penn State, allowed students to apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to create turbine designs.

April 18, 2013

NREL to Showcase Renewable Electricity Generation Systems and Advanced Vehicles at Denver Earth Day Fair

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will showcase two mobile renewable electricity generation systems and three advanced vehicles--a Toyota Highlander fuel cell electric vehicle, a plug-in Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle, and a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle--at the Denver Earth Day Fair on April 22.

April 14, 2013

Small Wind Certification Important For Wind Industry

Brent Summerville, technical director of the Small Wind Certification Council, talks about the importance of small wind turbine certification and testing.

April 11, 2013

DOE Announces Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition Teams

The elite educational programs have committed to formulating an interdisciplinary team, integrating the three principal competition contests into students' coursework and senior design projects.

April 8, 2013

Sen. Udall Experiences View from the Top During Stop at NWTC

U.S. Senator Mark Udall and NREL Director Dan Arvizu got an up-close look at the type of technology available at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) when they climbed 80m up to the nacelle of a Siemens 2.3 MW, 101-meter diameter wind turbine late last month.

April 8, 2013

Developing Wind Energy Projects in Alaska: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Rich Stromberg, wind program manager for the Alaska Energy Authority, shares lessons learned from wind development in his state.

April 8, 2013

Senator Introduces Legislation to Fund Nebraska Wind for Schools Project

Nebraska Senator Ken Haar introduced a bill that would appropriate $50,000 annually in fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents for the Nebraska Wind Applications Center in Lincoln.

April 8, 2013

New U.S. Offshore Wind Supply Chain Development Resources Available

The U.S. Department of Energy funded the State-Specific Offshore Wind Supply Chain Opportunities site, which analyzes supply chain development opportunities in 24 coastal states.

April 2, 2013

NREL Teams with concept3D to Develop State-of-the-Art Energy Auditing Tool

NREL is working with concept3D on a state of the art energy auditing tool that currently is being field tested at various Department of Defense sites.

April 1, 2013

Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals: Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades Now Available Via Online Tool

After several years of development and industry review, NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy are pleased to announce that the Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades are now available via a user-friendly online tool.

March 29, 2013

USDA Announces Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

March 29, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Enters 2013 with 124 Turbine Installations

NREL recently hosted the Sixth Annual Wind for Schools Summit with 46 attendees to to discuss ways to improve the Wind for Schools network and increase the program's overall impact.

March 27, 2013

2013 Vehicle Buyer's Guide Now Available

The 2013 guide features a comprehensive list of this year’s light-duty lineup, with model-specific information on engine size, price, fuel economy, and emissions.

March 25, 2013

U.S. Virgin Islands Begins Collecting Wind Resource Data: A Wind Powering America Success Story

With technical assistance from the U.S Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Office is preparing to develop the territory's first commercial wind farm.

March 25, 2013

Milestone Cleared for Offshore Wind Energy Research Lease in Virginia

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced an important step toward issuing a wind energy research lease to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Mines Minerals and Energy.

March 22, 2013

DOE Kicks Off Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently issued a request for proposals to participate in DOE's inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition.

March 22, 2013

Shedding Light on Offshore Wind Resources

The Chesapeake Bay light tower, which is located offshore approximately 13 miles east of Virginia near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, is being considered for use as a Reference Facility for Offshore Renewable Energy.

March 22, 2013

Minimal Impacts Could Mean More Deployment for Wind and Solar

The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study, one of the largest regional wind and solar integration studies to date, found no technical barriers to the integration of high penetrations of wind and solar power if certain operational changes could be made.

March 22, 2013

NREL's System Advisor Model: New Features Improved Capabilities

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's System Advisor Model includes dynamic new features for modeling wind, photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, geothermal, and biopower systems.

March 22, 2013

NREL Study Finds Barotrauma Not Guilty

According to a recent National Renewable Energy Laboratory study, it appears unlikely that the pressure changes around operating wind turbine blades are large enough to cause fatal barotrauma.

March 22, 2013

NREL's Wind Technology Patents Boost Efficiency and Lower Costs

Wind energy research conducted during the last decade has earned NREL two patents, one for adaptive pitch control and one for a resonance blade test system that will ultimately help its industry partners increase the efficiency of wind technologies and reduce the cost of wind energy.

March 20, 2013

New Report Analyzes Options for Blending Hydrogen into Natural Gas Pipelines

A new report by NREL hydrogen systems analysts explores the issues and opportunities related to blending hydrogen into natural gas pipeline networks. The report, titled Blending Hydrogen into Natural Gas Pipeline Networks: A Review of Key Issues, focuses on using hydrogen both as a fuel and as a means of energy storage.

March 14, 2013

Wind Applications Center Valuable Resource for Wind for Schools Partners

Wind Applications Center Director Jerry Hudgins discusses the Nebraska-based center's successes and challenges.

March 11, 2013

Case Study: Burke Mountain Wind Turbine, East Burke, Vermont

The Burke Mountain ski area operates on 270 acres of mountain terrain and is home to the Burke Mountain Academy. As part of the ski area's environmental sustainability efforts, the resort's owners installed a 100-kilowatt Northwind 100 wind turbine in October 2011.

March 8, 2013

NREL: A Living Laboratory for Energy Systems Integration

NREL is collecting, storing, analyzing, and displaying its building energy performance data to manage and optimize campus energy use.

March 8, 2013

More than a Dream—a Renewable Electricity Future

With improved flexibility, storage, and transmission structure, renewable energy can power the U.S. electric grid.

March 8, 2013

NREL's Energy System Integration Supporting Facilities

Five recently constructed facilities prove clean technology performance for tomorrow's energy systems.

March 8, 2013

Maximizing the Benefits of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Advancing electric vehicle charging options and grid readiness reduces oil consumption and vehicle emissions.

March 8, 2013

Integrated Solutions for a Complex Energy World

Energy systems integration optimizes electrical, thermal, fuel, and data technologies design and performance.

March 8, 2013

High Performance Computing Meets Energy Efficiency

NREL's most powerful energy research tool is also one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world.

March 8, 2013

Sustainability through Dynamic Energy Management

Integrating behavior change with advanced building systems is the new model in energy efficiency.

March 8, 2013

Hydrogen: A Promising Fuel and Energy Storage Solution

Electrolysis-generated hydrogen may provide a solution to fluctuations in renewable-sourced energy.

March 1, 2013

Defense Department Announces Funding Opportunity for Energy Technology Demonstrations

Through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, the U.S. Department of Defense seeks proposals for Fiscal Year 2014 projects that demonstrate installation energy technologies.

February 28, 2013

Wind for Schools Program Impacting Nation's Renewable Energy Future

Program Consultant Dan McGuire talks about the projects in the Nebraska Wind for Schools Program, the goals of the program, and the importance of Wind for Schools programs for Nebraska and the nation.

February 25, 2013

Last Call: Illinois Wind for Schools Program Accepting Applications

Three to five middle and/or high schools are selected each academic year as Illinois Wind for Schools program partners for intensive support through on-site teacher training and classroom resources.

February 25, 2013

Providing Incentives to Help Grow Small Wind: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Wind Powering America asked Mark Mayhew, small wind program manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, to share lessons learned while managing the small wind incentive program in his state (with a $3 million per year budget).

February 25, 2013

Xcel Energy Small Wind Funding Available in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Small wind projects and performance testing of innovative wind technology are eligible for this funding.

February 25, 2013

Last Call for Submissions: NREL Student Design Contest for Fuel Cell Vehicle Decals

NREL is hosting a contest for students to design graphic decals for use on three fuel cell hybrid advanced vehicles. Students enrolled in a graphic design program at a university, community college, or technical school in the Denver Metro area are invited to participate. The submission deadline is March 1, 2012.

February 21, 2013

Energy Department Honors South Dakota and Alaska Electric Cooperatives with 2012 Wind Cooperative of the Year Awards

The Energy Department recognized the East River Electric Power Cooperative of South Dakota and the Golden Valley Electric Association of Alaska for their leadership in wind power.

February 13, 2013

2013 Public Power Wind Award Nominations

The award will honor one public power utility for its leadership in wind power.

February 11, 2013

White Earth Nation Installs Turbines: A Wind Powering America Success Story

The White Earth Nation recently completed the installation of two small wind turbines that will help offset energy costs for Minnesota's largest and most populous Native American reservation.

February 5, 2013

Solar Policy and Program Technical Assistance in 2013

This year, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Program will offer four rounds of technical assistance opportunities through NREL for cities and states targeting policy and programmatic improvements that will help open and develop markets for distributed generation photovoltaics, specifically rooftop solar.

February 4, 2013

Automakers Drive toward Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

A recent Science Friday segment on National Public Radio featured NREL's Jen Kurtz discussing the current state of fuel cell electric vehicles.

January 30, 2013

NREL Designing Microgrid to Back Up USAFA Critical Loads

NREL grid and dispatchable power experts are helping the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, develop a system to maintain power to critical loads when power is unavailable from the local utility.

January 30, 2013

Responses Posted to DOE Inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition RFP Questions

The RFP and responses to technical questions (Amendment 1) are available on the Federal Business Opportunities website, solicitation number RFC-3-23003. The deadline is February 19 at 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

January 30, 2013

Marine Corps Taps NREL to Help Replace Aging Steam Plant with Efficient Biomass Cogeneration

The Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD) on Parris Island, seven miles south of Beaufort, South Carolina, has far exceeded its projected life and is no longer cost-effective to operate. MCRD staff tasked NREL to help replace this artifact with an efficient biomass cogeneration facility.

January 29, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Gains Traction in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is one area where the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America Wind for Schools project is seeing big impact thanks to several projects including Northwestern High School.

January 29, 2013

Kansas State University Videos Explore Wind Energy

The video, "Students Learn that Speed Doesn't Always Equal Power" documents how wind turbines produce energy. "The Power Behind Wind Farms" explains how fast wind turbine blades can spin and what's inside of those turbines

January 28, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Enters 2013 with 124 Turbine Installations and Lessons to Share: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Forty-six attendees representing the 11 official Wind for Schools states and various stakeholders met to discuss ways to further improve the Wind for Schools network in the established states and to increase the overall impact of the program.

January 28, 2013

Landing a Job in the Wind Industry: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Wind Powering America interviewed Marilla Lamb, a 2012 Northern Arizona University (NAU) graduate with a B.S. in environmental engineering, about her work with the Arizona Wind for Schools project while attending NAU and how she found a job in the wind energy industry.

January 25, 2013

Wind Energy PTC Extension Essential, Beneficial for Rural America, Entire U.S.

Environmental Law and Policy Center Executive Director Howard Learner discusses the wind power Production Tax Credit that was extended by Congress on January 1, 2013.

January 24, 2013

10 Questions for Materials Scientist Brian Larsen

The U.S. Department of Energy blog features an interview with NREL Materials Scientist Brian Larsen, who works on developing next generation fuel cell catalysts.

January 22, 2013

NREL's Federal Fueling Station Data Supports Superstorm Sandy Recovery

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, millions of Americans remained without electricity as emergency responders, security officials, and regular citizens all experienced a lack of access to vehicle fuels. As fuel shortages spread and lines grew at the few fueling stations that had electricity, officials from General Services Administration Fleet and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate contacted the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) hoping to locate additional fuel provisions from private and federal facilities. FEMP then tapped NREL to provide data on the locations of federally owned fueling infrastructure in the area to locate additional fuel provisions from private and federal facilities.

January 17, 2013

Webinar Focuses on Wind-to-Hydrogen Project

This NREL-hosted webinar provides information about the Wind-to-Hydrogen Project.

January 14, 2013

Wind Energy and Public Health: Research, Discussion, and the Future

As wind energy has become more prevalent throughout New England, one of the issues attracting the most attention as new projects are built in the region is wind turbines' impact on public health.

January 14, 2013

Towns throughout New England Acting to Exert Local Control over Wind Siting

The towns' activities span a wide range of issues, including sound and setback requirements, and have included new ordinances, zoning regulations or bylaws, and temporary moratoriums.

January 14, 2013

State Regulatory and Legislative Updates

During the 2012 legislative session, the region's state legislatures took on issues important to wind power spanning siting reform, renewable energy procurement, net metering, and reform of existing program targets.

January 14, 2013

New England Offshore Wind Advances on Several Fronts

At the end of 2012, New England's first two offshore wind projects, Cape Wind and the Block Island Wind Farm, each moved steps closer to fruition.

January 14, 2013

Wind Project Development Updates

As a result of the uncertainty caused by the delay in federal incentives for wind power, developers of commercial-scale wind farms throughout the region focused on pushing a number of large projects across the finish line, while slowing their investment in longer-term projects.

January 14, 2013

New England Wind Forum Publishes Newsletter, Website Updates

This issue features state regulatory and legislative updates; wind project development updates; ISO New England updates; events; an interview with Stephan Wollenburg, Green Energy Program Director of Energy Consumers Alliance of New England; and more.

January 14, 2013

ISO New England Updates

Regional system operator ISO New England (ISO-NE) is working on a series of wholesale market reforms that pertain to or impact wind power in New England.

January 14, 2013

Small Wind Guidebook Now Available in OpenEI

This guide and the state-specific versions are some of the most successful communications products ever produced by Wind Powering America, with tens of thousands of copies printed and downloaded.

January 14, 2013

New England Interview: Stephan Wollenburg, Green Energy Program Director of Energy Consumers Alliance of New England

Mr. Wollenburg discusses how ECANE members' long-term commitments help support the development and financing of local wind projects, and the importance and viability of community-scale wind projects in New England.

January 14, 2013

New England Wind Energy Education Project Conference and Webinar Materials Available Online

By collecting and disseminating accurate, objective, up-to-date information on critical wind energy issues impacting market acceptance of the hundreds of land-based and offshore wind development projects proposed in the region, NEWEEP sought to support good decision-making based on good information.

January 14, 2013

New England Wind Forum Helps You Follow Wind-Related Events

A sampling of three organizations hosting recurring events.

January 11, 2013

Solar Decathlon Heads to California for 2013 Event

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon will be held outside of Washington, D.C. This fall, 20 collegiate teams will head to the Orange Country Great Park in Irvine, Calif., to compete in this award-winning showcase of energy-efficient and solar-powered houses.

January 10, 2013

NREL Helps U.S. Virgin Islands Install Wind Testing Equipment

With the help of NREL, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) recently marked a major milestone on the way toward its goal of a 60% reduction in fossil fuel use by 2025.

January 10, 2013

Upgrade to REopt Tool Means a More Robust Resource

During the last half of 2012, NREL experts worked to improve the lab's renewable energy optimization tool, which is used to identify and prioritize renewable energy projects for clients who operate multiple properties. The tool uses renewable energy databases with standard client data such as site location, energy consumption, energy rates, and the space available for renewable energy projects to narrow down the best possible options for renewable energy projects that meet client goals.

January 8, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy, Wind Program Initiates Inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition

The National Collegiate Wind Competition is a forum for undergraduate college students of multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers. Successful teams will gain and then demonstrate knowledge of technology, finance, accounting, management, and marketing, providing lifelong technical and business skills.

January 8, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy, Wind Program Initiates Inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition

The competition is a forum for students to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers.

January 2, 2013

Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper and More Efficient

A new design that calls for wrapping architectural fabric around metal wind turbine blades—instead of the traditional fiberglass—could be the latest revolution in dramatically reducing the cost of wind-produced power.

January 1, 2013

Production Tax Credit Extended by Congress

The Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credits (ITC) will be extended until January 1, 2014 under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress on January 1, 2013.

January 1, 2013

Analysis Indicates Fuel Economy of Fuel Cell Buses About Twice as High as Diesel Buses

A recently published NREL report indicates that the fuel economy of fuel cell buses is 1.8 to 2 times higher than conventional diesel buses and compressed natural gas buses.


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