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NREL to Lead New Consortium to Improve Reliability and Performance of Solar Modules

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 03:00
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will form a new consortium intended to accelerate the development of module materials for photovoltaics (PV) and lower the cost of electricity generated by solar power.

NREL to Lead One Exascale Computing Project, Support Three Others

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 03:00
Scientists at the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will lead an effort to model the complex and turbulent flow of wind through large wind plants as part of DOE's Exascale Computing Project (ECP), which is gearing up U.S. computational capabilities to prepare for the next generation of supercomputers. NREL will also provide support to three projects related to combustion science, urban systems, and power grid dynamics.

Survey Reveals Projections for Lower Wind Energy Costs

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 03:00
The cost of producing electricity via wind power is expected to fall 24-30 percent by 2030 and 35-41 percent by 2050, according to a survey of the world’s foremost wind power experts. Cost reductions are anticipated as a function of continued advancements in wind energy technology.

NREL Releases Updated Baseline of Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 03:00
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2016 Annual Technology Baseline. In addition to updated data for utility-scale renewable and conventional energy technologies, this year’s version includes cost and performance data for residential and commercial rooftop photovoltaics (PV) systems.

NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar Generation in the Eastern Power Grid

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 03:00
A new study from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how the power grid of the eastern United States could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. The analysis considered scenarios of up to 30 percent annual penetration of wind and solar.

NREL Discovery Creates Future Opportunity in Quantum Computing

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 03:00
Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a use for perovskites that runs counter to the intended usage of the hybrid organic-inorganic material.

NREL Announces Round Two Selections for the DOE Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 03:00
The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will help 12 companies advance their technologies under the second round of DOE’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Call with U.S. Department of Energy Leadership

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 03:00
David Friedman, acting assistant secretary for the Energy Department’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Office, and Zack Baize, deputy director of the Lab Impact Initiative, will share the 43 businesses selected to participate in round two of EERE’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. A call with reporters, editors, and producers will take place on Thursday, August 18, from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. (EDT).

Companies Can Reduce Carbon Footprint by Giving Consumers Green Choices

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 03:00
Companies can reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chains and improve customer satisfaction by giving consumers information and tools to make green choices, according to research conducted by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Johney Green to Lead NREL Mechanical and Thermal Systems Engineering Research

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 03:00
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has named Dr. Johney Green Jr. as Associate Laboratory Director for Mechanical and Thermal Systems Engineering. He will oversee the laboratory’s transportation, buildings, wind, water and geothermal research programs.

NREL Assesses Strategies Needed for Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 03:00
The White House wants to cut U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2050, but the goal raises questions about one of the greatest sources of those pollutants, light-duty vehicles (LDVs). The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has taken a close look at what specific combination of measures national experts have determined is needed to slash LDV emissions from 1,514 million metric tons (MMTs) to 303 MMTs of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year and meet this larger emissions-reduction goal.

NREL/DOE Launch Energy Profiles for Every U.S. City and a Toolbox for City Energy Actions

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 03:00
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched two new tools as part of its Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project. Created by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the tools are designed to help cities nationwide make more strategic energy decisions based on actual and estimated data and analysis.

NREL Technique Leads to Improved Perovskite Solar Cells

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 03:00
Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility.