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TODAY’S STUDY: Getting The Most New Energy On The Nation’s Wires

Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study Aaron Bloom, Aaron Townsend, et al, August 30, 2016 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary Purpose: Aid in Planning for a Cleaner Energy Future The U.S. Department of Energy commissioned the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to answer a question: What conditions might system operators face if the Eastern

NREL releases updated baseline of cost and performance data for electricity generation technologies

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. read more

NREL discovery creates future opportunity in quantum computing

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. read more

NREL supercomputing provides insights from higher wind & solar generation in eastern grid

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...Show More Summary

NREL discovery creates future opportunity in quantum computing

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) 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 supercomputing provides insights from higher wind & solar generation in eastern grid

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) 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...Show More Summary

NREL releases updated baseline of cost and performance data for electricity generation technologies

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) 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 Models The Increasing Use Of Wind & Solar On Eastern US Power Grid

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory has modeled in “unprecedented detail” how the US eastern power grid could accommodate higher levels of wind and solar PV electricity generation. Many have been the claims that existing power...Show More Summary

The Eastern US Grid Can Handle More Renewables Than You Think

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found that the Eastern Interconnection, one of the largest power systems in the world, could accommodate a yearly average of 30 percent renewables, an additional 400 gigawatts, with the grid...Show More Summary

How Much Energy Storage Would Be Needed for California to Reach 50 Percent Solar?

If California wants to continue increasing its share of solar power on the grid, it will need a greater capacity to store it. The question remains: how much? A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory attempts to quantify the answer. Show More Summary

NREL technique leads to improved perovskite solar cells

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. read more

TODAY’S STUDY: The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Lots of Solar

On the Path to SunShot: The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Achieving High Penetrations of Solar Energy in the United States Wiser, et. al., May 2016 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Executive Summary The U.S. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: What’s Good And What’s Challenging In Solar’s Boom

Emerging Issues and Challenges in Integrating High Levels of Solar into the Electrical Generation and Transmission System Paul Denholm, Kara Clark, and Matt O’Connell, May 2016 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary Achieving the U.S. Show More Summary

NREL & CLEAResult Launching Innovation Challenge For Residential-Building Energy-Efficiency

A new “Call for Innovation” — for ideas relating to energy efficiency in residential buildings — is being launched by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and industry partner CLEAResult as part of the JUMP initiative. Show More Summary

United States 70% “On The Path To SunShot”

The United States is 70% on the way to achieving the country’s SunShot Initiative 2020 goals, according to analysts and researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Earlier this month, a suite of studies...Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: On The Path To SunShot – Utilities And Distributed Solar

On The Path To SunShot – Utility Regulatory and Business Model Reforms for Addressing the Financial Impacts of Distributed Solar on Utilities Galen Barbose, et. al., May 2016 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary Net-energy...Show More Summary

Researchers Develop Method Of Producing Ammonia From Sunlight

Originally published on PlanetSave. A group of scientists led by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado-Boulder has developed a new, eco-friendly method to produce ammonia, the main ingredient of fertilizers, using light. Show More Summary

Million Solar Strong

Photo: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Perhaps it was on the rooftop of a superstore in a suburb of my home state of Massachusetts. Maybe it was on a high school in New Jersey, or a home in a small North Carolina town. It could have been a solar carport project in California, believed to be the largest of its kind. Show More Summary

NREL finds nanotube semiconductors well-suited for PV systems

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. read more

NREL theory establishes a path to high-performance 2-D semiconductor devices

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. read mor...

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