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August 17, 2017

Webinar August 22: Permitting Hydrogen Fueling Stations

In this DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will present information to familiarize project developers and other interested parties with the DOE tools available to assist in permit preparation.

August 8, 2017

John Deere Hybrid Electric Vehicles Benefit from NREL's Wide-Bandgap Thermal Management Expertise

Finding new ways to manage fuel costs of heavy-duty off-highway vehicles can go a long way towards reducing overall operating costs in industries such as construction and mining, which can help contractors and operators remain competitive in the marketplace. This requires equipment that can perform optimally, while minimizing expenses.

July 27, 2017

Regional Technical Exchange Centers Connect Fuel Cell Technology Suppliers, Manufacturers

NREL is leading one of four regional technical exchange centers to expand the domestic supply chain of fuel cell and hydrogen components and systems and improve U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.

July 6, 2017

Thermal Measurements of Packed Copper Wire Enables Better Electric Motor Designs

A recently completed study by NREL and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, of the anisotropic thermal conductivity of packed copper wire for electric-drive vehicle (EDV) motor applications, provides a baseline for the assessment of new materials and winding structures.

July 5, 2017

New Class of Thermal Interface Materials Delivers Ultralow Thermal Resistance for Compact Electronics

NREL and Texas A&M University have characterized the thermal performance of new, high-performance thermal interface materials (TIMs) capable of thermal resistance one-third lower than any other state-of-the-art TIM.

June 28, 2017

NREL Staff Recognized by DOE for Outstanding Achievements at 2017 Annual Merit Review

The U.S. Department of Energy recently honored four NREL staff members for their outstanding achievements at the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting.

May 23, 2017

Popular NREL-Developed Transportation Mobile App Launches on Android Platform

A new Android version of the Alternative Fueling Station Locator App was recently released. The NREL-developed mobile application for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program joins the original iPhone version, and allows users to select an alternative fuel—including electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol (E85), propane, and hydrogen—to find the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius.

May 11, 2017

NREL Partners with California Valley Transportation Authority on Electric Bus Grid Integration Project

NREL is partnering with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in California on a new Advanced Transit Bus Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) Project to develop and demonstrate VGI strategies and analytics to inform state-wide opportunities for transit agencies. The California Energy Commission is funding the $2 million project, which will span four years and includes a variety of partners.

May 8, 2017

NREL's Advanced Atomic Layer Deposition Enables Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Forge Nano to commercialize NREL's patented battery materials and systems capable of operating safely in high-stress environments. A particular feature of the technology is the encapsulation of materials with solid electrolyte coatings that can be designed to meet the increasingly demanding needs of any battery application.

May 5, 2017

Webinar May 11: Manufacturing Competitiveness and Supply Chain Analyses for Hydrogen Refueling Stations

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar titled "Manufacturing Competitiveness and Supply Chain Analyses for Hydrogen Refueling Stations" on Thursday, May 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

May 4, 2017

NREL Scientists and Engineers Recognized for Top Innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recognized its innovation and partnering successes and honored the scientists and engineers behind them at the lab's annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony.

April 25, 2017

NREL, NASA, and UCL Team Up to Make Lithium-Ion Batteries Safer on Earth and in Space

NREL has teamed up with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and University College London for a study on lithium-ion battery failure using the lab's newly patented Battery Internal Short Circuit Device. A clear, in-depth understanding of what causes destructive, internal short circuits will set the stage for improved manufacturing processes to make these popular batteries safer in all applications.

April 20, 2017

Co-Optima Highlights Primary Causes of Misfueling and Mitigation Strategies

A newly released report developed under the NREL-led Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative spotlights the primary causes of vehicle misfueling, resulting issues, and potential strategies for mitigation. Researchers want to avert any risk of drivers filling up with the wrong fuel when new Co-Optima high-performance formulas hit the market. The study drives home the need for more effective misfueling mitigation strategies to ensure the successful commercial rollout of any new fuels.

April 20, 2017

Connecting Electric Vehicles to the Grid for Greater Infrastructure Resilience

NREL has managed a variety of studies and partnerships under the Integrated Network Testbed for Energy Grid Research and Technology Experimentation (INTEGRATE) project, which aims to enable the nation's electric grid to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy. As part of this broad-reaching initiative, NREL's transportation team played a leadership role in INTEGRATE's transportation-related efforts, collaborating with industry partners and other national labs across the country.

April 4, 2017

NREL-Led Effort Results in Groundbreaking New ASTM High-Octane Fuel Standard

The release in March of a new ASTM International high-octane fuel standard with guidance from NREL’s research engineer Robert McCormick is expected to impact the development of gasoline products compatible with vehicles that feature high-performance fuel-efficient engines.

March 23, 2017

Computer-Aided Design Speeds Development of Safe, Affordable, and Efficient Batteries

Cutting-edge battery simulation tools developed by NREL and its partners in the Computer-Aided Engineering for Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries (CAEBAT) project are improving battery safety and performance, while driving down cost and development time.

February 6, 2017

Co-Optima Targets Maximum Transportation Sector Efficiency, Energy Independence and Industry Growth

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a new report that spotlights key accomplishments the first year of the U.S. Department of Energy Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

February 6, 2017

NREL Engineer Robert McCormick Named SAE Fellow

Robert L. McCormick, an engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a fellow of SAE International, an association for engineers and other technical experts in automotive, commercial-vehicle, and aerospace industries.

January 10, 2017

Race for a Better Fuel Begins with NREL Researchers

Catalyst converts sustainable carbon sources into fuel for high-performance engines.

January 9, 2017

NREL Awarded $1.6 Million to Accelerate Development of Plug-In Electric and Propane Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced the award of funding to accelerate the development and deployment of alternative vehicle and fuel technologies, including $1.6 million for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support three projects led by industry partners Blossman Services, Blue Bird Body Company, and Odyne Systems, LLC. NREL will support these partners in advancing electric-drive and propane fuel technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.


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