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NREL is the US Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.


Clean energy alliance to expand NREL's Business Assistance Model
25 October, 2006
The National Alliance of Clean Energy Business Incubators begun in 2000 by U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has become the Clean Energy Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of clean energy businesses.
Collaboration to focus on next-generation production technologies for renewable fuels
04 October, 2006
Chevron Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, headquartered in Golden, Colo., today announced a strategic research alliance to advance the development of renewable transportation fuels.
NREL selects contractor for new research support facility
02 August, 2006
The U.S. Department of Energy
NREL takes Green Powered to next level
28 June, 2006
By installing on-site solar and wind power systems and purchasing renewable energy certificates, the U.S. Department of Energy
NREL, Universities hail renewable energy Collaboratory bill
08 June, 2006
Leaders of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado welcomed Governor Owens' signature on House Bill 1322, legislation that provides funding to a new Colorado renewable energy research collaboration.
New truck stop electrification station maps help truckers reduce idling
21 April, 2006
A new internet-based mapping program is helping truckers find truck stops with idle reduction facilities, on-site systems that can substantially cut fuel use while reducing air emissions.
NREL to build research support facility
19 April, 2006
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory issued a request for proposals for design and construction of a state-of-the-art office building for the laboratory's South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colo.
NREL highlights leading utility green power programs
15 March, 2006
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory released its annual ranking of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as solar and wind. More than 600 utilities across the United States now offer these programs.
Research shows ventilated auto seats improve fuel economy
02 March, 2006
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has demonstrated that ventilated automotive seats not only can improve passenger comfort but also a vehicle's fuel economy. That's because ventilated seats keep drivers and passengers cooler, so they need less air conditioning to be comfortable.
Laboratory licenses hydrogen sensor technology
23 February, 2006
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced that Nuclear Filter Technology has been awarded licenses to manufacture Fiber Optic Hydrogen Sensors.
Agreement establishes energy-efficient home collaboration
31 October, 2005
A partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District will move forward energy-efficient home construction in California while advancing energy-efficient home research at NREL.
NREL supports development of world's largest solar electric power plant project in 14 years
19 October, 2005
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have collaborated with Solargenix Energy on the solar collector technology to be used in the development of Nevada Solar One, a 64-megawatt Solar Thermal Electric Generating Plant in Boulder City, Nev.
NREL, Xcel Energy sign Photovoltaic Development Agreement
29 September, 2005
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Xcel Energy announced a first-of-a-kind agreement today to develop software to evaluate siting options for off-grid and grid-connected, commercial rooftop solar electricity systems in Colorado.
Solar-powered charging systems to help hurricane recovery efforts
23 September, 2005
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, working in partnership with the Florida Solar Energy Center, is providing solar electric charging stations to help residents of Kiln, Miss., recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The systems will provide much needed power to this town of about 2,000 people, located 13 miles north of Bay St. Louis, Miss., and the Gulf of Mexico.
New cost tool helps fleet managers evaluate hybrid vehicles
03 August, 2005
A new software tool that compares the costs and emissions of hybrid electric vehicles to conventional vehicles is now available for government and business fleet managers interested in reducing fuel costs and protecting air quality. The tool, called the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Fleet Cost and Benefits Calculator Tool, was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Center for a New American Dream, and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy with funding from DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Clean Cities activity. It is available for free at www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/hev/cost_calc.html or www.newdream.org/hev/
NREL wind turbine design codes certified
02 August, 2005
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced today that its wind turbine design codes, termed FAST and ADAMS, can now be used for worldwide turbine certification.
Cost competitive electricity from photovoltaic concentrators called Imminent
13 July, 2005
Solar concentrators using highly efficient photovoltaic solar cells will reduce the cost of electricity from sunlight to competitive levels soon, attendees were told at a recent international conference on the subject. Herb Hayden of Arizona Public Service and Robert McConnell and Martha Symko-Davies of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory organized the conference held May 1-5 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Quantum Dot Materials can reduce heat, boost electrical output
23 May, 2005
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have shown that nanotechnology may greatly increase the amount of electricity produced by solar cells.
New lab delves into plants for fuels
19 January, 2005
A new integrated facility designed to give scientists unprecedented insights into the chemical and biological reactions which can transform renewable plant and waste materials into useful sources of energy was dedicated yesterday at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
NREL releases new version of energy evaluation software
04 January, 2005
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently released Version 2.1 of HOMER, a micropower optimization software model that simplifies the task of evaluating design options for both off-grid and grid-connected power systems.
NREL praised for efforts in sustainable pollution prevention
26 August, 2004
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory received three 2004 DOE Pollution Prevention Best-In-Class awards for its work through the Sustainable NREL program on new buildings, recycling, and education, outreach and information sharing. The awards recognize accomplishments and innovative activities in pollution prevention and environmental stewardship.
FLC recognizes laboratory's technology transfer activities
19 August, 2004
The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer has recognized the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory with three regional awards for technology transfer activities.
New research facility holds promise for nation's energy future
27 July, 2004
Ground was broken today on a new facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, designed to increase collaboration among researchers and speed the time it takes for new technologies to move from the laboratory bench to commercial manufacturing.
Energy Department Science Education initiative launched
08 July, 2004
U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories are launching an initiative to promote science literacy and help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Improving batteries for electric vehicle use is common goal
11 May, 2004
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will collaborate with the Korea Automotive Research Institute on a project to test advanced battery systems that could be used in future generations of electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.
Renewable energy a smart choice for farmers and ranchers
22 December, 2003
For many rural families, the cost of extending a power line to a home or other facility can be time consuming and costly. By using alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass, farmers, ranchers, business owners and homeowners can reduce their utility bills, stabilize electricity supplies and help reduce America's dependence on foreign energy supplies.
NREL and company researchers team up on thin-film solar cells
12 November, 2003
An Austin, Tex.-based company is moving toward commercial production of advanced solar cells by using unique facilities and capabilities of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Research to develop both fuels and value-added chemicals from corn & other renewable resources
06 October, 2003
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and DuPont today announced a joint research agreement leading toward the development of the world's first integrated 'bio-refinery' that uses corn or other renewable resources, rather than traditional petrochemicals, to produce a host of valuable fuels and value-added chemicals.
Energy Lab reduces impact on environment
18 April, 2003
Employees at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are 'walking the talk' by reducing their impact on the environment at work through the Laboratory's 'Sustainable NREL' program.
DOI & DOE announce availability of new report that evaluates renewable energy resources on public lands
21 February, 2003
As part of efforts to advance the President's National Energy Policy, the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory today announced the availability of a new report that identifies and evaluates renewable energy resources on public lands.
Scientific American' recognizes solar cell research
11 November, 2002
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been named by Scientific American magazine as one of the Scientific American 50, the noted magazine's first list recognizing annual contributions to science and technology that provide a vision of a better future.
UPS fleet study quantifies the reliability, low emissions of CNG trucks
29 October, 2002
A large study comparing trucks fueled by natural gas with others fueled by diesel found the natural gas vehicles produced only a quarter of the carbon monoxide emissions and half the oxides of nitrogen emissions of their diesel counterparts.
New design tool analyzes cost of operating a building over its lifetime
02 August, 2002
Imagine being able to estimate the energy life-cycle costs of a new building by simply entering numbers into a software program. Thanks to the new Energy-10 design tool, this is now possible.
Hybrid buses operate with lower emissions, greater fuel efficiency
01 August, 2002
A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory concludes that hybrid buses operate with lower emissions and greater fuel efficiency than conventional diesel buses.
NREL launches fuel research lab in Denver
16 July, 2002
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will dedicate a new a research facility in Denver on July 19 that will develop cleaner fuels for trucks and buses, part of a broader DOE effort to find domestically produced alternatives to petroleum and improve the nation's air quality.
Prototype low-emissions natural gas engine saves fuel
25 April, 2002
Using a unique fuel system design, researchers have developed a prototype natural gas engine that significantly improves fuel efficiency without increasing emissions.
New energy systems enhance national security
14 March, 2002
Experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have identified key renewable energy technologies that can be used to strengthen U.S. energy security.
Customer choice would advance renewable energy
31 October, 2001
Giving consumers a greater choice of how their electricity is generated could boost solar, wind and other 'green power' sources 40 percent by the end of the decade, according to a new study by two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories.
New technology could spur growth in photovoltaic panels
24 April, 2001
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have surpassed a record for electricity produced by solar cells made from cadmium telluride, a development that could help meet expanding demand for solar systems.
NREL transportation project to reduce fuel usage
23 March, 2001
The Jefferson County Seniors Resource Center Paratransit Service has become an important part of Eulalia Gaillard's life since her stroke in 1996. She calls on SRC to drive her to cardiologist, neurologist and chiropractor appointments each week.
NREL incubator alliance helps entrepreneurs build clean energy solutions
23 February, 2001
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced the addition of six incubators to the National Alliance of Clean Energy Business Incubators, formed by NREL in April 2000. Alliance member incubators will focus on accelerating the growth and development of U.S. technology-based start-up companies in the clean energy sector.
Changing electricity market demands greater flexibility and new solutions
08 January, 2001
The nation's straining electrical generation system can be enhanced by moving away from an historic reliance on 'mega' power plants and toward a network of dispersed, smaller-scale generation facilities.
Report outlines promising opportunities for addressing climate change
15 November, 2000
Researchers from five U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, have issued a major report that finds the United States can make impressive strides toward addressing climate change through smart policies and technologies.
NREL and California Air Agency to test clean diesel fuels
04 October, 2000
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will test Fischer-Tropsch synthetic diesel fuel for California's South Coast Air Quality Management District to determine if using the fuel can help reduce air pollution.
Largest Ever wind power commitments sets clean energy example for nation
27 April, 2000
In a ceremony today attended by several hundred Federal government employees, Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson announced the largest ever commitment to purchase electricity generated by the wind. Federal government agencies along the Colorado Front Range have committed to the purchase of electricity from 10 megawatts of wind turbines through Public Service Co. of Colorado's Windsource program, and through other local utilities' wind energy programs, over the next several years.
 
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