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November 22, 2017

Scientific Society AAAS Honors NREL's Tumas as Fellow

William Tumas, an associate laboratory director for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected a fellow by the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

October 27, 2017

NREL, University of Washington Scientists Elevate Quantum Dot Solar Cell World Record to 13.4 Percent

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) established a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent.

October 24, 2017

NREL Inks Technology Agreement for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cells

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has entered into a license agreement with MicroLink Devices, Inc. (Niles, IL) to commercialize NREL's patented inverted metamorphic (IMM) multijunction solar cells.

October 24, 2017

NREL Findings Could Lead to More Reliable Solar Cells

New research shows how to increase reliability of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells. Key to the improvement is the use of photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy to identify defects in the solar cell that lower its efficiency and cause degradation.

October 23, 2017

Driving Down PV Costs by Streamlining Project Data

NREL is teaming with a range of stakeholders on the Orange Button initiative to drive the creation and adoption of industry-led, open data standards for seamless data exchange across the solar industry.

October 13, 2017

At NASEO Meetings, NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team Gains States' Perspectives

NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team attends meetings of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) to stay up-to-date with the needs and concerns of state officials.

October 2, 2017

New REopt Lite Tool Allows Building Owners to Optimize PV and Battery System Sizes

The REopt Lite web tool helps building owners evaluate the economics of grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage at commercial sites.

September 26, 2017

NREL Charts the Emergence of Corporate Procurement of Utility-Scale PV

Corporations and other institutions have contracted for more than 2,300 megawatts of off-site solar, using power purchase agreements (PPAs), green tariffs, or bilateral deals with utilities.

September 18, 2017

NREL Investigates Coatings Needed for Concentrating Solar Power

Keeping storage tank corrosion rates to a minimum considered vital for use of molten salts

September 12, 2017

NREL Report Shows Utility-Scale Solar PV System Cost Fell Nearly 30% Last Year

The installed cost of solar power fell to record lows in the first quarter of 2017 because of the continuing decline in photovoltaic (PV) module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower labor costs, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

September 7, 2017

A New Theory on Crystal Symmetry May Lead to Advanced Applications

Angelo Mascarenhas and Brian Fluegel, scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), have published a theory for crystal lattices with a tensor periodicity that may inspire a new generation of techniques for growing materials with properties that can be exploited for electronic, photonic, and optical energy-storage applications.

August 25, 2017

International Experts to Share Technical Progress and Solutions at 2017 International PV Soiling Workshop

The workshop will be October 23-25, 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Center. Three days of technical presentations will cover topics such as soiling losses in harsh climates, modeling and predicting soiling losses, procedures and equipment for measuring soiling losses, robotic cleaning machines, antisoiling coatings, and International Electrotechnical Commission standards in connection to photovoltaic soiling.

August 25, 2017

NREL, Swiss Scientists Power Past Solar Efficiency Records

Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.

August 24, 2017

NREL Analysis Identifies Where Commercial Customers Might Benefit from Battery Energy Storage

Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

August 10, 2017

Graduate Students Gain Hands-On PV Experience from NREL Researchers

The Hands-On PV Experience gave thirteen graduate students a chance to spend one week at NREL, deepening their knowledge of photovoltaics and learning from top solar scientists.

July 31, 2017

NREL Analysis Shows Clear-Sky Probabilities for the August Solar Eclipse

Detail of NREL analysis showing clear-sky versus cloudy-sky probabilities for the August solar eclipse.

July 14, 2017

Announcing the Solar Energy Innovation Network

The Solar Energy Innovation Network is a new three-year program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, designed to remove soft cost (non-hardware) barriers to wide-scale integration of distributed solar photovoltaics within the U.S. electricity system.

July 5, 2017

NREL at 40: It All Started With a Desire to Harness the Sun

Groundbreaking work in advanced energy research sprang from lab's 1977 start as SERI.

July 5, 2017

STEM Knowledge Puts Middle Schoolers in Driver's Seat

Student teams from across Colorado enjoy a day racing model electric cars at NREL

July 3, 2017

Webinar July 20: Using Machine Learning and Data Analysis to Improve Customer Acquisition and Marketing in Residential Solar

A free webinar on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 1–2 p.m. ET, will share exciting new research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories, and Vanderbilt University on how data analytics, machine learning, and social science can improve marketing and customer acquisition processes for residential solar.

June 1, 2017

NREL Brings Midmarket Solar PV Technical Assistance to 36 Universities and Colleges

NREL has offered no-cost technical assistance to American universities seeking to go solar. The program, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot initiative, is designed to increase the deployment of mid-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at universities, engage stakeholders to develop deployment solutions, and empower decision makers.

June 1, 2017

NREL's III-V Team Demonstrates Record Efficiency Dual-Junction Solar Cell

NREL scientists recently demonstrated a dual-junction solar cell with a record one-sun, certified efficiency of 32.6% (±1.4%), surpassing the previous record by a full percentage.

May 16, 2017

NREL's Quantum Dot Research Yields Greater Control

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed new designer quantum dot systems with greater control over beneficial properties for photoelectrochemical and photovoltaic solar applications.

April 24, 2017

NREL Tests Energy Storage System to Fill Renewable Gaps

NREL and Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Americas are testing an energy storage system to help renewable energy resources provide more consistent power.

April 18, 2017

Experts Outline Pathway for Generating Up to Ten Terawatts of Power from Sunlight by 2030

The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world’s energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized.

April 14, 2017

NREL's New Perovskite Ink Opens Window for Quality Cells

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a new perovskite ink with a long processing window that allows the scalable production of perovskite thin films for high-efficiency solar cells.

April 13, 2017

NREL Researchers Capture Excess Photon Energy to Produce Solar Fuels

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat.

April 12, 2017

NREL Establishes World Record for Solar Hydrogen Production

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.

April 10, 2017

Researchers at NREL Find Fewer Failures of PV Panels and Different Degradation Modes in Systems Installed after 2000

Overall failure rates for photovoltaic (PV) solar panels have fallen dramatically when compared to installations prior to 2000, according to a comprehensive review by researchers from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

March 28, 2017

New Report Shines Light on Installed Costs and Deployment Barriers for Residential Solar PV with Energy Storage

Learn about how NREL researchers are making detailed component and system-level cost breakdowns available for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar systems for the first time.

March 28, 2017

More Than 200 Attend NREL/SNL/BNL Photovoltaic Reliability Workshops

NREL, Sandia National Laboratories, and Brookhaven National Laboratory partnered to host two coordinated workshops on PV Reliability, which ran from Feb. 28 to March 2.

February 14, 2017

NREL, SLAC Determine Ideal Conditions for Making Perovskite Photovoltaic Absorbers

Researchers at NREL and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have mapped the processing phase space where ideal conditions exist to create perovskite photovoltaic absorbers.


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