Energy Storage News

Dec. 13, 2023

New Wave Energy Testing Platform Could Save Developers Time and Money 

NREL built a new testing platform that blends virtual simulation and physical hardware to help wave energy technology developers quickly and inexpensively hone their designs.

Dec. 6, 2023

NREL Will Lead Two $19M Research Centers To Spur Decarbonization Efforts as Part of DOE's Energy Earthshots Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science has announced $264 million in funding for 29 projects to develop clean-energy solutions that will pave the way to achieving a net-zero-carbon economy by 2050.

Nov. 28, 2023

NREL-Led Effort Addresses Problem of Plastic in Rivers

WaterPACT involves collecting samples of plastics in waterways, gathering data about the size and scope of the problem, and eventually coming up with a solution.

Nov. 15, 2023

Coming Soon to a Grid Near You: Clean Energy (Batteries Not Included)

NREL's far-reaching research on batteries helps ensure their safety, longevity, and sustainability through reuse and recycling, minimizing the environmental impact of recycling processes, and investigating how to scale up recycling from benchtop testing to industrial scenarios.

Nov. 10, 2023

NREL Water Power Research Flourishes Under Seedlings Program

The program provides funding to national laboratory researchers, empowering them to think outside the box when it comes to their water power research—and to fine-tune their ideas so they have real-world applications.

Oct. 19, 2023

NREL's Phil Parilla Named Fellow of American Physical Society

The American Physical Society honored Phil Parilla of NREL by naming him a fellow of the 124-year-old organization.

Oct. 18, 2023

New Collaboration Balances Sustainability and Profitability of Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling

A new collaboration between NREL and ACE Green Recycling aims to develop and optimize recycling techniques that will bridge the gap between sustainability and profitability, specifically for lithium iron phosphate batteries.

Oct. 12, 2023

Electric Vehicles Play a Surprising Role in Supporting Grid Resiliency

Widespread electrification initiatives are increasing the demands on America's aging power grid, but utilities and consumers may have an unlikely ally in electric vehicles.

Oct. 10, 2023

Exploring Thermal Energy Storage Solutions for Energy-Efficient Buildings

Picture yourself 200 years ago, only able to cool a space or chill perishable food with ice blocks cut from frozen lakes and then transported cross-country by insulated rail cars to your home.

Oct. 5, 2023

NREL-Supported Projects Receive Nearly $6 Million in Funding To Advance Building Decarbonization Efforts

As a sub-recipient on nine awards through the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) funding opportunity, NREL will be diligently working with a variety of partners to advance building technologies and retrofit practices that enable healthier households and communities.

Sept. 20, 2023

Beneath the Surface: Black Boxes, Robot Arms, and a Beloved Wave Tank

Charles Candon and Rebecca Fao are part of NREL’s testing team, which helps test and hone water power technologies as they journey from model to market. We spoke to them about their career origins and their day-to-day work.

Sept. 18, 2023

A (Virtual) Deep Dive Into Marine Energy's Capabilities

Visit Renewable Energy Discovery (REDi) Island to virtually see cutting-edge marine energy technologies in action.

Sept. 13, 2023

Does Hydropower Have an Invisibility Problem?

Hydropower is an often overlooked and misunderstood form of clean energy, but the Spark Squad is here to change all that.

Sept. 12, 2023

New Prize Doubles Down on Success of Earlier Community-Based Prizes

DOE is launching a new challenge that combines the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize and the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize, this time expanding the reach to community organizations, manufacturers, nonfederal government entities, and college students.

Sept. 8, 2023

Wave Energy Gets Ready for a Big First

Find out how researchers are helping four marine energy industry partners prepare their devices to face the waves at Oregon's PacWave South.

Aug. 30, 2023

How Much Wave Energy Is In Our Oceans?

In a recent study published in Renewable Energy, NREL and PNNL researchers presented a more comprehensive and accurate methodology to measure the wave energy available in ocean sites around the world.

Aug. 17, 2023

News Release: NREL Analysis Reveals Benefits of Hydropower for Grid-Scale Energy Storage

Closed-loop pumped storage hydropower systems rank as having the lowest potential to add to the problem of global warming for energy storage when accounting for the full impacts of materials and construction, according to analysis conducted at NREL.

July 18, 2023

Full Speed Ahead: Modeling a Faster Future for Lithium-Ion Batteries

From race car drivers to battery engineers, human nature drives us to push the boundaries of speed, performance, and efficiency in pursuit of excellence. Researchers are applying this determination and focus to optimize lithium-ion batteries for faster electric vehicle charging.

June 22, 2023

Hydrogen to the Rescue: Delivering Power to Disaster Recovery Sites with Zero Emissions

Imagine an emergency vehicle that can provide reliable power to disaster recovery sites, operating in near silence and emitting only water vapor. H2Rescue is just that.

June 15, 2023

Beneath the Surface: The 'Spark Squad' Behind the Spark Squad

Learn about the "spark squad" behind the Spark Squad comics, a series created to inspire today's kids to become tomorrow's clean energy champions.

June 12, 2023

Take a Trip to Renewable Energy Discovery Island

Get a sneak peek into a virtual world where water power has huge potential.

June 8, 2023

How Deep Is Your Ocean Love?

To celebrate National Ocean Month, we spoke to three water power researchers whose lives and work revolve around the 70% of our planet that is covered in ocean.

May 24, 2023

Q&A With Andriy Zakutayev: Materials Architect Builds New Energy-Efficient Devices One Atom at a Time

As a materials scientist at NREL, Andriy Zakutayev manufactures materials to find new ways to control electrons, helping them carry electricity inside computers, solar panels, and smartphones.

May 10, 2023

Meet the Researcher: Katherine Hurst, Hydrogen

Katherine Hurst's career is dedicated to investigating how to make hydrogen more affordable and accessible to use across multiple energy sectors.

April 27, 2023

NREL Researchers Reveal Concept To Curb Need for Battery Storage

A delicate balancing act between the generation of renewable energy and the demand for that power could reduce the need for as much short-duration storage, according to a new proof-of-concept paper authored by researchers at NREL.

April 6, 2023

LIBRA Model Guides Development of Sustainable Battery Supply Chain

LIBRA uses powerful system dynamics modeling to analyze the supply chain and evaluate the economic viability of Li-ion battery manufacturing, reuse, and recycling.

March 30, 2023

Combined 'SuperLab' Demonstrates Unique Hybrid Power Plant

For a 60-minute period in January 2023, a power plant like no other existed in the U.S. Mountain West.

March 17, 2023

How To Be a 'Good Ancestor'

NREL's Tessa Greco presented twice at New Zealand's inaugural clean energy conference, where technology experts and government and community leaders strategized how to reach global clean energy goals.

March 15, 2023

Beneath the Surface: From Holes to Coal to Tides: Patrick O'Byrne's Journey to Clean Energy

Patrick O'Byrne is helping NREL hone tidal energy technologies—by working through complex underwater engineering challenges as a water power intern.

March 7, 2023

Full Steam Ahead: Unearthing the Power of Geothermal

While geothermal power plants have delivered renewable power for more than 100 years, recent research and advancements have shown that geothermal is more than a 24/7 clean power source.

Feb. 14, 2023

Top 3 Reasons Why Our Researchers Love Water Power (And You Should, Too)

This Valentine's Day, dive into all the reasons to love water power. NREL researchers share their top reasons to adore one of the oldest forms of renewable energy.

Feb. 2, 2023

NREL Patent Activity Climbed in FY 2022 as Researchers Recognize More Eureka Moments

NREL files an average of about 170 patent applications annually and releases roughly 48 open-source software titles.

Jan. 31, 2023

Solar District Cup Finalist Teams Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition announced today that 45 teams from 39 schools are advancing as finalists in the class of 2022–2023.

Jan. 30, 2023

NREL Receives $3.4M in Federal Funding To Evaluate Safety of Next-Generation Electric Vehicle Batteries

Donal Finegan, an energy storage researcher at NREL, will conduct cutting-edge research on next-generation electric vehicle batteries with funding from the ARPA-E Electric Vehicles for American Low-carbon Living (EVs4ALL) initiative.

Jan. 24, 2023

Hydrogen Blending as a Pathway Toward U.S. Decarbonization

To reduce the emissions from natural gas service, blending hydrogen into natural gas pipelines could prove to be a promising, cost-effective pathway.

Jan. 19, 2023

IN² Demonstration: Getting V2G Good To Go

For its 10th cohort, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN²) formed an all-demonstration group where each participant would scope and perform a demonstration of their technologies. The key part of NineDot Energy's success is understanding the time and place to improve the grid. During the past summer, NineDot Energy installed a demonstration of its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging system in Brooklyn, New York.

Jan. 19, 2023

Powering the Future: NREL Research Finds Opportunities for Breakthrough Battery Designs

Using ultramodern capabilities and world-class laboratory facilities, NREL's energy storage researchers continue to push battery boundaries with materials development, thermal management, diagnostics, and modeling.


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