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NREL Names New Executives to Lead Scientific Research and Lab Operations

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 03:00
The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently made two key hires to lab leadership positions. NREL has named Peter Green as the new Deputy Laboratory Director for science and technology and Julie Baker as Associate Laboratory Director for facilities and operations.

NREL’s Kurtz, Tegen Honored for Clean Energy Leadership

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 03:00
The U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) program has honored Sarah Kurtz and Suzanne Tegen of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for their leadership and achievement in the field of renewable energy.

NREL Announces Innovation Challenge for Crowdsourced Ideas for Energy-Efficiency in Residential Buildings

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:00
The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with industry partner CLEAResult, will launch a Call for Innovation as part of the DOE JUMP initiative during the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif., on May 22.

NREL Helps DOE Assess Progress “On the Path to SunShot”

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 03:00
Analysts and researchers at the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) played a significant role in a suite of studies released today by DOE’s SunShot Initiative that identify the progress made by the U.S. solar energy industry toward SunShot’s goal of achieving cost parity with traditional energy sources by 2020.

Winners for NREL’s 26th Solar and Lithium-Ion Car Races

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 03:00
Fifty-seven teams from 15 Colorado middle schools gathered at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton today for the 26th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium-Ion Battery car competitions. The day’s event drew nearly 200 students ready to compete and race the solar- and lithium-ion battery-powered vehicles they designed and built. Ken Caryl Middle School (Littleton) swept the top speed awards winning trophies for the fastest solar-powered model car and the fastest lithium-ion battery-powered model car.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Checkered Flags Ready as Colorado Middle School Students Head to the Racetrack Saturday

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 03:00
On Saturday, May 14, nearly 200 middle school students from around Colorado will participate in the Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dakota Ridge High School, 13399 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton.

NREL Distributes Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Round Four Funding

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 03:00
The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is awarding four subcontracts under the fourth round of funding through DOE’s Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP).

Energy Department Selects NREL Scientist for Exclusive Award

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:00
Scientist Adele Tamboli of the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been awarded additional funding as part of a select group of scientists in the early stage of their careers.

NREL Scientists and Engineers Recognized for Top Innovations as Lab Celebrates another Record-Breaking Year of Inventions

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:00
Today during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recognized researchers and staff for 169 new innovations, a record-breaking number of scientific and engineering inventions in fiscal year 2015 (FY15). This is a 33 percent increase from last year.

NREL’s Romero Chosen Top Young Professional in U.S.

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:00
Rachel Romero, a building systems engineer at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a 2016 New Faces of Engineering recipient by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

MEDIA ADVISORY: NREL Hosts Energy Department’s National Lab Impact Summit

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 03:00
On May 4, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will host an event at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to bring together the nation’s public- and private-sector energy leaders to formulate the next stage of clean energy technology innovation.

NREL Finds Nanotube Semiconductors Well-suited for PV Systems

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 03:00
Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered single-walled carbon nanotube semiconductors could be favorable for photovoltaic systems because they can potentially convert sunlight to electricity or fuels without losing much energy.

NREL Theory Establishes a Path to High-Performance 2D Semiconductor Devices

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 03:00
Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic devices.

NREL Demonstrates Light-Driven Process for Enzymatic Ammonia Production

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 03:00
A new process using light to reduce dinitrogen into ammonia, the main ingredient in chemical fertilizers could inspire development of new, more sustainable processes that eliminate the energy-intensive, lengthier processes now commonly in use. According to researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), photochemical (photon) energy can serve as a substitute for the adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP)-dependent electron transfer mechanism typically used in biology to drive nitrogenase to reduce dinitrogen (N2) to ammonia (NH3).