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NREL launches electrification futures study series

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all U.S. economic sectors—commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry. Show More Summary

Multi-model effort highlights progress, future needs in renewable energy modeling

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Models of the US electricity sector are relied upon by sector stakeholders and decision makers, but the recent surge in variable renewable energy (VRE), such as wind and solar, led a team of modeling experts to examine how these models would represent scenarios with high penetrations of VRE.

NREL launches electrification futures study series

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all US economic sectors -- commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry.

TODAY’S STUDY: The States At Work On New Energy

U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards; 2017 Annual Status Report Galen Barbose, July 2017 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Evolution of state RPS programs Evolution of state RPS programs: Significant RPS-related policy revisions...Show More Summary

Hot electron research could open up greater efficiencies for solar energy

Hot electron research is heating up solar and renewable energy research, according to the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. Nanoscientists there uncovered quicker ways to convert power from light to energetic or hot electrons - and their methods could allow for higher efficiencies for solar power.[...]

Middle School Students Test Their Designs in 27th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races

This month 53 teams (around 170 middle school students) gathered at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to spend the day racing vehicles that they designed and built -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

WePower takes its blockchain-powered green energy platform to Australia

EXCLUSIVE: A comprehensive study by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that the U.S. can generate most of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050. The Renewable Electricity Futures Study found that an 80 percent renewables future is feasible with currently available technologies. Show More Summary

'Hot' electrons heat up solar energy research

Solar and renewable energy is getting hot, thanks to nanoscientists—those who work with materials smaller than the width of a human hair—at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory who have discovered new, better and faster ways to convert energy from light into energetic electrons. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: Don’t Blame New Energy – It Has High System Value

Impacts of Variable Renewable Energy on Bulk Power System Assets, Pricing, and Costs Ryan Wiser, Andrew Mills, Joachim Seel, Todd Levin, Audun Botterud, November 2017 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory) Executive...Show More Summary

NREL research finds a sweet spot for engineering better cellulose-degrading enzymes

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Researchers from the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have gained new insights into how glycosylation--the natural attachment of sugars to proteins--affects a key cellulase enzyme. Show More Summary

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. Show More Summary

Team develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. Show More Summary

Research finds a sweet spot for engineering better cellulose-degrading enzymes

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. This work...Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: All The New Ways To Buy New Energy

Status and Trends in the U.S. Voluntary Green Power Market (2016 Data) Eric O'Shaughnessy, Jenny Heeter, Jeff Cook, and Christina Volpi October 2017 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary Green power—for the purposes of this report—refers to renewable electricity voluntarily purchased by retail electricity customers. Show More Summary

NREL's solar-powered window breaks new ground with 11% efficiency

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just revealed a new prototype of a solar-powered "smart window" that could provide 80 percent of electricity needs in the United States. The NREL smart window has an efficiency rating of 11%, and it's actually able to lower building temperatures by changing tint. Show More Summary

NREL develops switchable solar window

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Competition / U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) / U.S. Department of Energy

Collegiate institutions can start planning for the U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero), which is at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, April 21–22, 2018. The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any interested collegiate institution. Show More Summary

Research yields significant thermoelectric performance

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reported significant advances in the thermoelectric performance of organic semiconductors based on carbon nanotube thin films that could be integrated into fabrics to convert waste heat into electricity or serve as a small power source.

NREL inks technology agreement for high efficiency multijunction solar cells

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has entered into a license agreement with MicroLink Devices, Inc. (Niles, IL) to commercialize NREL's patented inverted metamorphic (IMM) multijunction solar cells. Show More Summary

NREL, University of Washington scientists elevate quantum dot solar cell world record

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Researchers at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory established a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent.

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