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Nov. 17, 2022

Collaborative Database Maps Lithium-Ion Supply Chain Landscape

Developing a secure supply chain—from material extraction to manufacturing battery cells and packs—is essential for a competitive edge in lithium-ion domestic and global markets.

Nov. 15, 2022

News Release: National Laboratories Launch Buildings Consortium Leveraging Benefits of Thermal and Electrochemical Energy Storage for All Americans

Stor4Build is a new consortium on energy storage for buildings that will accelerate the growth, optimization, and deployment of storage technologies. The consortium will be co-led by NREL, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Oct. 19, 2022

A Vision for the Future: Flexible Data Sharing Could Accelerate Battery Breakthroughs

In response to daunting climate challenges, battery researchers are mobilizing to increase collaboration and data sharing. Top battery researchers across the globe—including at NREL—are joining an ambitious movement to spur technology development through a shared Battery Data Genome.

Oct. 11, 2022

Participating Teams Revealed for Full-Year Solar District Cup Class of 2022-2023

As part of continuing efforts to address energy industry workforce needs, the DOE-sponsored Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition empowers students to embrace the challenge and bring their most innovative solutions to real-world applications.

Sept. 29, 2022

First Cohort of Innovators Enter West Gate

West Gate is a program that embeds innovators at NREL and pairs them with national laboratory scientists and capabilities over a period of two years, during which they have prime access to world-class national laboratory capabilities and expertise to significantly advance the development of their clean-energy technologies.

Sept. 19, 2022

Electric Vehicle Battery Models Inform Crash Simulation Evaluations To Improve Real-World Safety, Reliability

As electric vehicle (EV) adoption increasingly gains momentum, NREL is collaborating with Hyundai Motor Company to ensure EV batteries can safely and reliably go the distance.

Aug. 30, 2022

Exploring the Big Challenge Ahead: Insights on the Path to a Net-Zero Power Sector by 2035

NREL study identifies the opportunities and challenges of achieving the U.S. transformational goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035.

Aug. 30, 2022

International Collaboration Strengthens Sustainable Battery Research

Researchers from NREL and various DOE national laboratories recently participated in a collaborative electrochemical energy storage workshop hosted by the United Kingdom's Faraday Institution.

Aug. 24, 2022

New Research Collaboration To Advance Megawatt-Scale Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems

A cooperative research project with Toyota will study the scaling and integration of fuel cell systems for stationary power generation.

July 28, 2022

Scientist Maps Battery Data for Optimized Energy Storage Solutions

In recognition of his work, NREL recently named Kandler Smith a Distinguished Member of Research Staff for his world-class contributions in battery lifetime modeling, prediction, optimization, and design.

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.

July 1, 2022

DOE Recognizes NREL Hydrogen Researchers at 2022 Annual Merit Review Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program recently honored three NREL researchers for their outstanding achievements at the 2022 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting.

June 27, 2022

News Release: NREL Analysis Highlights Strategies Beyond Recycling To Bolster Circular Economy for Solar and Battery Technologies

In a new comprehensive literature review, researchers at NREL discovered that alternatives to recycling may have untapped potential to build an effective circular economy for solar photovoltaic and battery technologies, such as reducing the use of virgin materials in manufacturing, reusing for new applications, and extending product life spans.

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 8, 2022

Fast Flow Future for Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Trucks

As the culmination of two years of work on the Innovating High Throughput Hydrogen Stations (IHS) Project, NREL researchers have successfully demonstrated high-flow-rate hydrogen fueling into a heavy-duty (HD) vehicle system.

May 25, 2022

NREL Pledge Curbs Emissions as Part of Larger DOE Initiative

Martin Keller, director of NREL, said he expects the Flatirons Campus near Boulder, Colorado, will reach net zero emissions annually by the end of fiscal year 2023 and the South Table Mountain Campus outside Golden, Colorado, to hit that achievement three years later.

May 19, 2022

ARPA-E Funding Drives Innovation, Industry Partnerships at NREL

Among NREL's many funding agencies, the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funds what is perhaps some of NREL's most innovative work.

May 16, 2022

Expanded Nanoscale Imaging Lends a Clearer Vision for the Future of Batteries

At NREL, there is a common consensus that X-ray imaging techniques hold the key to unlocking critical information about the performance of energy storage systems.

May 11, 2022

Laboratory Partnerships Bolster Battery Recycling Prize Solutions

The Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize allows entrepreneurs to access state-of-the-art research facilities as technical partners in collaboration within the American-Made Network.

May 4, 2022

Department of Energy Announces Solar District Cup Class of 2021–2022 Winners

On Monday, April 25, DOE announced the top division winners and Project Pitch Champion in the Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition Class of 2021–2022. A total of nine student-led teams won first, second, or third place across the three divisions, plus four honorable mentions.

April 13, 2022

Storage Futures Study: Key Learnings for the Coming Decades

Energy storage will likely play a critical role in a low-carbon, flexible, and resilient future grid, the Storage Futures Study (SFS) concludes.

April 8, 2022

NREL Researchers Plot Energy Storage Under Our Feet

Computer modeling done by scientists at NREL and Colorado School of Mines confirmed the feasibility of using depleted oil and gas wells as a space for energy storage.

March 24, 2022

Battery Research Tackles New Challenges for Behind-the-Meter Stationary Storage Systems

Researchers at NREL are leading the development of new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery designs specific to stationary storage requirements.

Feb. 14, 2022

Contaminant Identification Refines Recycling for Lithium-Ion Batteries

As the predominant choice for high-powered personal electronics, electric vehicles, and grid-scale storage solutions, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries continue to dominate the marketplace. To meet clean energy goals of the future, researchers must develop safe and sustainable recycling processes for these batteries.

Feb. 2, 2022

REopt Is Not Lite Anymore

REopt, a free, techno-economic decision support model, helps users optimize energy systems for buildings, campuses, communities, and microgrids. Once called REopt Lite, the REopt tool is dropping the "Lite" in 2022 to better reflect its true status as a heavy-hitting and comprehensive optimization tool.

Jan. 12, 2022

Happy Hours: Energy Storage Could Support the Grid Every Hour of the Day, All Year Long

The latest phase of the Storage Futures Study finds the grid operates more efficiently with high levels of energy storage across all studied system configurations and grid mixes.

Jan. 10, 2022

A Year in Review: Advancing Energy Storage and Conversion Research

Over the past year, NREL researchers have pioneered innovative, interdisciplinary, and integrated research and development for technology advancements in electrochemical, molecular, thermal, and mechanical energy storage systems.

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