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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

These Wild New Floors Will Harvest Energy From Your Footsteps

The road to renewable energy requires one step at a time. Well, actually, it requires quite a few steps. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin and Forest Products Laboratory in Madison believe they can harness the mechanical energy generated by people walking across the ground using a common component of flooring. Show More Summary

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2016

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Mixing lignin with rubber yields better renewable thermoplastics; scientists can 'squeeze' more fuel from shale; ORNL hosts and Buildings 13 conference to discuss building envelope issues.

Researchers discover how a bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, utilizes both CO2 and cellulose

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable of breaking down and fermenting cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels including hydrogen and hydrocarbons.

NREL researchers discover how a bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, utilizes both CO2 and cellulose

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Scientists at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable of breaking down and fermenting cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels including hydrogen and hydrocarbons.

U.S. Ups the Ante on Renewable Hydrogen Production

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory plans to lead a collaborative effort to accelerate the development of renewable hydrogen. It's just one part of the U.S. DOE's big bet on the hydrogen economy.

NREL to lead new consortium to improve reliability and performance of solar modules

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,...Show More Summary

Three NREL technologies named as finalists for R&D 100 Awards

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Two technologies developed by researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a third developed through a collaboration between Wolfspeed, NREL, Toyota, and the...Show More Summary

NREL report shows US solar photovoltaic costs continuing to fall in 2016

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) The modeled costs to install solar photovoltaic systems continued to decline in the first quarter of 2016 in the US residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors, according to updated benchmarks from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Show More Summary

Nanoscale confinement leads to new all-inorganic perovskite with exceptional solar cell properties

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency.

NREL to lead one exascale computing project, support three others

Scientists at the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will lead an effort to model the complex and turbulent flow of wind through large wind plants as part of DOE's Exascale Computing Project (ECP), which is gearing up U.S. Show More Summary

NREL to lead one exascale computing project, support three others

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead an effort to model the complex and turbulent flow of wind through large wind plants as part of DOE's Exascale...Show More Summary

Nanoscale confinement leads to new all-inorganic perovskite with exceptional solar cell properties

Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency.

Clean Energy & Transport News Roundup (Chevrolet’s Fuel Cell Truck, Solar At Brooklyn Navy Yard, 3D-Printed Electric Hondas, Tesla Hearse…)

For this clean energy and transport news roundup, we’ve got stories about a solar install at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a potential low-income solar settlement, Underwriters Laboratory buys a renewables engineering firm, Indian and Egyptian...Show More Summary

Report: Solar PV Costs Continue to Fall in 2016

According to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar costs continued to drop in 2016. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

UL Courting Solar Market With New Acquisition

Independent global testing and certification body UL (Underwriters Laboratory) has acquired renewable energy engineering services and support firm, AWS Truepower for an unspecified sum. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) announced its AWS Truepower acquisition will strengthen its full lifecycle solutions. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: What Utilities Are Planning For Solar

Planning for a Distributed Disruption: Innovative Practices for Incorporating Distributed Solar into Utility Planning Andrew Mills, Galen Barbose, et al, August 2016 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Abstract The rapid growth of distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) has critical implications for U.S. Show More Summary

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

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