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Sept. 15, 2021

Researchers Bolster Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Infrastructure To Improve Florida's Hurricane Resilience

When events like tropical storms or other unforeseen crises disrupt a state's primary supply of gasoline and diesel, emergency fleet efforts can become hampered as access to fuel is restricted or completely unavailable.

Sept. 2, 2021

Webinar Series Presents the Building Blocks of Cybersecurity

A new webinar series from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) aims to raise awareness about all aspects of security and help utilities develop a well-rounded cybersecurity program.

Sept. 1, 2021

NREL Researchers Study Synergistic Value Streams in Hybrid Power Plants

NREL is collaborating with Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories to develop FlexPower, a colocated, variable generation hybrid power plant enhanced with energy storage, stationed at the Flatirons Campus.

July 30, 2021

Advancing NREL's Capabilities in Cybersecurity and Grid Communications

As group manager of NREL's Secure Cyber-Energy Systems group, Dane Christensen is seeking to mitigate the impact of cyberattacks and severe weather events on the grid.

July 30, 2021

Workshop Presents New Approaches to Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Supply Chains

A workshop hosted by the DOE Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) and NREL brought speakers from the counterintelligence community, national laboratories, and renewable energy industry to share their perspectives on securing power systems of renewables and distributed energy resources.

July 27, 2021

'Fort Renewable' Shows Benefits of Batteries and Microgrids for Military and Beyond

Early-stage companies used microgrid validations at NREL to size-up commercial systems, and the results have high-impact lessons for the larger grid.

July 21, 2021

Using Direct Lithium Extraction To Secure U.S. Supplies

NREL is driving innovation in geothermal lithium extraction through research, expertise, and prize incentives.

June 16, 2021

CCHRC Marks One Year as NREL's Subarctic Laboratory

In June 2020, NREL expanded from its sunny campus in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, to the frozen tundra of Fairbanks, Alaska, by adding the Cold Climate Housing Research Center to its team. The inaugural year saw several notable collaborations, including a project to create affordable prefabricated housing, advice on improvements to military housing, and construction of demonstration homes in marginalized communities.

April 30, 2021

NREL Study Explores the Security Benefits of 5G for Distributed Energy Operations

New research from NREL explores the security features of 5G, highlighting network-slicing characteristics that can provide enhanced control, protection, and monitoring of distributed energy systems.

April 29, 2021

NREL Joins Industry in Leading Cybersecurity Threat Evaluation for the U.S. Wind Fleet

NREL and six leading industry organizations have joined forces in developing a national Wind Cybersecurity Consortium. The consortium aims to improve the cybersecurity of the U.S. wind fleet through collaborative analysis, development, and information sharing.

April 21, 2021

Eleven Communities to Chart Paths to a More Resilient and Equitable Energy Future

NREL will bring cross-cutting technical assistance to remote and island communities seeking resilient energy solutions as part of the DOE-funded, multi-lab, multi-partner Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP).

March 4, 2021

Cyber-Energy Emulation Platform Offers Insights into EV Fast-Charging Station Cybersecurity, Mitigation Strategies

Leveraging the newly developed Cyber-Energy Emulation Platform, NREL researchers evaluated a 50-kW fast-charge station in the ESIF to identify risks and challenges that fast-charge stations could potentially introduce to charging infrastructure.

Jan. 11, 2021

NREL Positions for Growth in Cybersecurity for Renewables, Launches New Program Office

NREL recently announced the launch of the new Cybersecurity Program Office, established to accelerate NREL's leadership in securing renewable energy technologies and distributed energy systems.