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Dec. 1, 2022

Air Force Accelerator Adds NREL for Sustainable Aviation Expertise

NREL is enthusiastically supporting development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technologies, and a new collaboration with the U.S. Air Force is taking that research to new heights.

Nov. 23, 2022

Q&A With Stephanie Bostwick: Capacity Building and Energy Sovereignty for Tribal Nations

For Stephanie Bostwick's American Indian partners, the primary concern is energy sovereignty. Bostwick is an NREL project manager in the Energy Security and Resilience Center's Resilient Systems Design and Engineering group who supports technical assistance for tribal nations as well as resilience assessments for federal partners.

Nov. 7, 2022

NREL Develops Cybersecurity Tool To Flag Threats for Grid

Cybersecurity is gaining significant importance on the power grid as more distributed energy resources (DERs) are connecting to operational technology (OT) networks.

Oct. 18, 2022

More Than One Pathway to Energy Resilience

NREL has supported communities with rebuilding and recovery of energy systems for over a decade, assisting before and after disasters and discovering firsthand how communities can invest in effective, affordable, and equitable resilience.

Sept. 13, 2022

What's the Damage? New Customer Damage Function Calculator Estimates Costs of an Electric Grid Outage

Free online calculator helps quantify impacts to support resilience investments.

Aug. 2, 2022

New Cybersecurity Tool Simplifies Site Evaluations

As federal sites invest in distributed energy resources like solar panels and battery backups, investments in cybersecurity must also be considered. More energy resources create more complexity to manage—introducing the potential of new cyber vulnerabilities and added costs down the road.

July 28, 2022

Calling on Cybersecurity Innovators: Help Utilities Improve Authentication for Distributed Energy Systems

Utilities need cybersecurity solutions that are easy to implement and can make a real-world difference immediately. That is why the theme for the first cohort of the new Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator (CECA) is strong authentication for distributed energy resources.

July 20, 2022

Federal Aviation Administration Partners With NREL for a Holistic Look at Energy Needs of Electrified Aircraft

With integrated analysis from NREL, the FAA can create safety standards and recommend efficient and resilient airport infrastructure able to support electrified aircraft designs.

July 15, 2022

NREL Addresses Energy Challenges for Sustainable Aviation

From sustainable fuels to airport infrastructure analysis to next-gen aircraft, NREL offers solutions for lowering emissions in a sector that is among the most difficult to decarbonize.

June 15, 2022

12 New Remote and Island Communities Join the Journey to Energy Resilience

The latest additions to the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) more than double the number of communities advancing local energy goals through this DOE-funded, multi-lab, multi-partner effort.

June 2, 2022

Q&A With Jordan Burns: A Community-Driven Approach to Energy Resilience

Jordan Burns is a risk and resilience researcher helping communities reach their energy goals through the DOE's Energy Transitions Initiative. She uses a community-driven approach to understand placed-based resilience solutions that can be incorporated into local strategic clean energy plans.

May 18, 2022

Autonomous Energy Systems Expand Into Real-World Applications

NREL's Autonomous Energy Systems work has been used commercially, applied in cross-cutting demonstrations, and is continually pushing the scientific edge of controls and optimization.

May 2, 2022

The Building Blocks of Power Sector Security for Utilities Across the Globe

To help electric utilities better understand what a full cybersecurity program looks like, NREL partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of the Resilient Energy Platform, providing assistance to a variety of stakeholders to improve security for the electrical grid.

April 29, 2022

Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Mobilize Behind Charging Cybersecurity at NREL

In early April, members of the electric vehicle industry gathered at NREL to evaluate enhanced cybersecurity for the connections between electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

April 29, 2022

NREL's Cyber Range Offers Eagle-Eye View of Federal Energy Asset Security

To help federal energy managers assess, monitor, and manage cybersecurity, NREL's Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (DER-CF) offers a comprehensive, web-based assessment tool focusing on cyber governance or policies, technical management, and physical security.

April 29, 2022

Building Trust in AI To Ensure Equitable Solutions

Researchers at NREL are leading research to address bias in artificial intelligence and machine learning for clean energy innovation.

April 4, 2022

NREL Scientist Joins United Nations Team in Identifying Opportunities To Slow Climate Change

Rising temperatures and sea levels. More frequent and severe hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and droughts. Deteriorating air and water quality. These trends can be traced back to climate change—with cities facing disproportionate risks due to rapid population growth.

April 4, 2022

NREL Gets Electric Off the Ground With R&D, Analysis on Battery-Powered Aircraft and Seacraft

Some have called 2023 the "year of the electric vehicle (EV)," noting the dozens of new battery-powered models set to come available in the United States across all vehicle classes.

March 23, 2022

DOE Launches Study To Consider Equitable Pathways To Power Puerto Rico With 100% Renewable Energy

An analysis led by NREL is now underway to supply Puerto Rico with options for achieving a renewable, reliable, and equitable electric power system.

March 14, 2022

Collaboration With UL Supports Development of New Requirements for Cybersecurity and Modern Energy Systems

In collaboration with UL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is developing an Outline of Investigation for a cybersecurity certification standard for distributed energy resources (DERs) and inverter-based resource (IBR) devices.

Feb. 2, 2022

Q&A With Jordan Cox: Expect the Unexpected With Resilient Systems

Planning for an unexpected event is a significant challenge, but it is one that NREL's researchers in the Resilient Systems Design and Engineering Group within the Energy Security and Resilience Center are working to address. NREL researcher Jordan Cox describes NREL's innovative approach to analyzing system vulnerabilities, measuring risk, and keeping communities safe.

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