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NREL: Solar Cell Defects Might Improve Solar Cells

Originally published on CleanTechnica The time-honored adage that we sometimes learn best by the mistakes we’ve made is now being applied by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in their study of defects in solar cell defects, stating the results may lead to improved performance. Show More Summary

NREL: Solar Cell Defects Might Improve Solar Cells

The time-honored adage that we sometimes learn best by the mistakes we’ve made is now being applied by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in their study of defects in solar cell defects, stating the results may lead to improved performance. Show More Summary

NREL theorizes defects could improve solar cells

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are studying what may seem paradoxical - certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance. The findings run counter to conventional wisdom, according to Pauls Stradins, the principal scientist and a project leader of the silicon photovoltaics group at NREL. read more

NREL's Min Zhang keeps her 'hugs' happy, leading to biofuel breakthroughs

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Senior Scientist Min Zhang has a special relationship with Zymomonas mobilis, a rod-shaped bacterium that has bioethanol-producing capabilities. Of her 80 peer-reviewed papers and 21 U.S. patents in the field of biochemistry and biofuels, many reference this sugar-eating 'bug.' read more

Inventive thinkers at NREL reach record number

The eureka moments can come fast and furious at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which last fiscal year racked up a record 169 inventions. Chris Deline's idea came to him while jogging, and from that...Show More Summary

NREL and CSEM jointly set new efficiency record with dual-junction solar cell

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have jointly set a new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell. read more

NREL research advances hydrogen production efforts

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have made advances toward affordable photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen. read more

A metabolic pathway in cyanobacteria could yield better biofuels and bioproducts from photosynthesis

Scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable...Show More Summary

NREL research advances understanding of photoelectrodes

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new probe that could lead to a better photoelectrochemical cell. A paper on the discovery, 'Semiconductor interfacial carrier dynamics...Show More Summary

NREL estimates economically viable US renewable generation

Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are providing, for the first time, a method for measuring the economic potential of renewable energy across the United States. A study applying this newShow More Summary

NREL research identifies increased potential for perovskites as a material for solar cells

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a way to significantly increase the efficiency of perovskite solar cells by reducing the amount of energy lost to heat. A paper on the...Show More Summary

30 Clean Energy Startups To Present At NREL Forum

A whole slew of clean energy companies are assembling in Denver on November 3-4 for the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) annual Industry Growth Forum. They will present their business ideas in a competition to try to get support. Show More Summary

New NREL Data Suggests Wind Could Replace Coal as Nation’s Primary Generation Source

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released data showing that the Capacity Factor (CF) for wind power can reach 65% which is comparable to that of fossil fuel based generation. While the headlines aren’t as sexy as Tesla's 'Ludicrous mode,' the transformative implications for climate change dwarf Elon Musk's latest accomplishment. read more

Wind Could Replace Coal As US’ Primary Generation Source, New NREL Data Suggests

Originally published on The Handleman Post. By Clayton Handleman The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released data showing that the Capacity Factor (CF) for wind power can reach 65%, which is comparable to that of fossil fuel based generation. Show More Summary

EV Battery Second Use Can Improve Grid Stability, NREL Reports

Originally published on Kompulsa. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has recommended battery second use (B2U) as a way to offset the cost of electric vehicles and improve electricity grid stability. What is B2U? Battery second use is just another term for battery repurposing. Show More Summary

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Selects Smarter Grid Solutions Active Network Management Technology for Ground Breaking INTEGRATE Project.

8 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

NRELs Integrated Network Testbed for Energy Grid Research and Technology Experimentation (INTEGRATE) will address specific grid integration challenges that allow clean energy technologies to be deployed at scale. The program will demonstrate the use of clean energy technologies to increase the hosting capacity of the grid by providing grid services in a holistic manner and […]

NREL Supports China PV Investment And Financing Alliance To Open Capital For Solar Deployment

Originally published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the China PV Investment and Finance Alliance (CPVFA) have formed a collaboration with the goal of opening wide-scale and diverse sources of investment for solar photovoltaic (PV) asset development in China. Show More Summary

Shared Solar Could Be 49% Of Distributed PV Market By 2020

Originally published on NREL. Analysis from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site photovoltaic (PV) systems shared solar could represent 32 to 49 percent of the distributed photovoltaic market in 2020. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, April 28: THE NEED FOR COMMUNITY SHARED SOLAR; FIRST U.S. OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT BEGINS CONSTRUCTION; $102 BIL ROBOT CAR MRKT BY 2030

THE NEED FOR COMMUNITY SHARED SOLAR NREL Report Estimates Market Potential of Shared Solar and Discusses Relevant Securities Regulations April 27, 2015 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) “Analysis from the Energy Department's National...Show More Summary

Raytheon, NREL test microgrid technology that utilizes off-grid sources

11 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Raytheon Company, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Primus Power, and Advanced Energy have completed a test of a microgrid system that is capable of off-grid operation “using stored and high-penetration...Show More Summary

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