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April 18, 2019

Perovskite Breakthrough Shows Importance of Added Chemical Compound in Boosting Efficiency

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory report making a significant breakthrough by producing a tandem perovskite solar cell that pushes the technology closer to its maximum efficiency.

April 1, 2019

Beneath Solar Panels, the Seeds of Opportunity Sprout

Low-impact development of solar installations can shelter vegetation and boost energy production, creating a win-win-win for food, water, and renewable energy.

March 15, 2019

NREL Unveils Look at Most Efficient Solar Modules

The initial Champion Module Efficiencies chart contains 73 data points, dating to 1988, and broken out into 19 different technologies.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Emerging Markets Day Announces 2019 Presenting Start-up Companies

On May 8, investors, start-up companies, and industry leaders from around the world will convene in Denver, Colo., for the third Emerging Markets Day, a forum to discuss the most promising cleantech solutions to the pressing energy challenges faced by emerging economies.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Industry Growth Forum Announces 2019 Presenting Start-Ups

The 30 companies were selected after a competitive application and review process from more than 150 applicants.

Feb. 25, 2019

Little Uncertainty Remains at NREL, Thanks to Improvements in PV Performance Measurement

NREL achieves the world's most accurate method to measure PV performance, with an uncertainty rate of only 1.1%.

Jan. 23, 2019

News Release: NREL Seeks Participants for 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program

Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits, and government are eligible to participate in the program

Jan. 21, 2019

Concentrating Solar Power's Role Could Grow if 2030 Cost Targets Realized

Concentrating solar power (CSP) could play an increasingly significant role in generating electricity in the contiguous United States by 2050 if the technology's levelized cost of electricity can be lowered to goals set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2016.

Jan. 17, 2019

NREL Research Proves Switchable Solar Window Works, Now Focus Moves to Making it Work Better

A year after NREL Researcher Lance Wheeler attracted international attention for his research detailing a window that could both darken and generate electricity, he's starting over--almost from scratch.

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