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Experts outline pathway for generating up to 10 terawatts of power from sunlight by 2030

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized.

NREL's new perovskite ink opens window for quality cells

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Scientists at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a new perovskite ink with a long processing window that allows the scalable production of perovskite thin films for high-efficiency solar cells.

NREL researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Scientists at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat.

NREL establishes world record for solar hydrogen production

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Scientists at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.

Researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat.

Americans use more clean energy in 2016

(DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consumption was nearly flat.

Crystalline material could replace silicon to double efficiency of solar cells

A new material has been shown to have the capability to double the efficiency of solar cells by researchers at Purdue University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

NREL Publishes Landmark Residential Solar PV + Energy Storage Cost Breakdown

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory has published a landmark report extensively detailing component and system-level cost breakdowns for residential PV solar systems equipped with energy storage. NREL Publishes Landmark Residential...Show More Summary

New report shines light on installed costs and deployment barriers for residential solar PV with energy storage

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are making available the most detailed component and system-level cost breakdowns to date for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar systems equipped with energy storage-and quantifying previously unknown soft costs for the first time.

TODAY’S STUDY: What Utility Bill Demand Charges Are And What They Do

Exploring Demand Charge Savings from Residential Solar Naïm Darghouth, Galen Barbose, Andrew Mills, Ryan Wiser, Pieter Gagnon, Lori Bird, January 2017 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Overview This...Show More Summary

Research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

A team of scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells.

Scientists Develop a "Better Way" to Produce Renewable Hydrogen

Scientists at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed a “better way” to make hydrogen using renewable energy, according to a paper published this... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

NREL pioneers better way to make renewable hydrogen

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Scientists at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices.

Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy

(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) A new streamlined process could quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel.

Wind And Solar Go Together Like Cake & Ice Cream

Most people think wind power and solar power are competitors, but Sarah Kurtz of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory says that the opposite is true Wind And Solar Go Together Like Cake & Ice Cream was...Show More Summary

NREL 2016 Standard Scenarios outlook shows continued growth in renewables and gas

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2016 Standard Scenarios: A US Electricity Sector Outlook. The outlook shows significant projected growthShow More Summary

High renewable electricity growth continued in 2015

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that US renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past yea...

TODAY’S STUDY: The Power Potential Of Personal Wind

Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects Eric Lantz, Benjamin Sigrin, Michael Gleason, Robert Preus, and Ian Baring-Gould, November 2106 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary Wind power is one of the fastest growing sources of new electricity generation in the United States. Show More Summary

NREL adds solar array field to help inform consumers

Solar panels at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are ubiquitous to the point of practically being invisible, but new rows of photovoltaic (PV) modules installed on the southern edge of campus are intended to attract attention.

US Renewable Electricity Generation Reached 13.8% In 2015, Says NREL

New figures from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory show that US renewable electricity grew to 16.7% of total installed capacity and 13.8% of total electricity generation during 2015. US Renewable Electricity Generation Reached...Show More Summary

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