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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

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

GRID Alternatives & UC–Berkeley RAEL Partnering For Community Solar Energy Access Research

The solar energy project developer GRID Alternatives will be partnering with the University of California, Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) in order to investigate the approaches used in off-grid solar energy projects installed by the former. Show More Summary

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

DNV GL Commissions OVRT Test Unit for Wind Turbines

 DNV GL adds to its service offering  offers in the field of electrical measurement for renewable energy producers with a mobile test laboratory for carrying

Uranium Seawater Extraction Makes Nuclear Power Completely Renewable

New technological breakthroughs from U.S. Department of Energy laboratories have put removing uranium from seawater within economic reach. Nuclear fuel made with uranium extracted from seawater would make nuclear power as renewable as solar, hydro and wind.

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

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