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NREL Taps Young to Oversee Geothermal Energy Program

Young has been with NREL since 2008, working as a senior geothermal analyst and engineer in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. In her new role, Young will work closely with NREL management to establish the lab’s geothermal energy portfolio, including research and development geared toward advancing the use of geothermal energy as a renewable power source. She also will guide discussions with the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office to reduce the cost of developing geothermal energy.

2016 Data Book Shows Continued Growth of Renewable Electricity

The 2016 Renewable Energy Data BookPDF shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 18.3 percent of total installed capacity and 15.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2016. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

NREL, University of Texas Scientists Determine Critical Factor for Improving Performance and Durability of...

A microscopic analysis of perovskite solar cells reveals new insight into how the devices degrade—information necessary for moving the technology closer to commercialization. The research was conducted by scientists at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and at the University of Texas at Austin and was published in 

Multi-model Effort Highlights Progress, Future Needs in Renewable Energy Modeling

Models of the U.S. 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. Four agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window

NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window

Demonstration device dynamically responds to sunlight by transforming from transparent to tinted while converting sunlight into electricity. Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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. While high-efficiency multijunction solar cells are commonly used for space satellites, researchers have continued to look for ways to improve cost and performance to enable a broader range of applications. The IMM technique licensed by MicroLink Devices enables multijunction III-V solar cells to be grown with both higher efficiencies and lower costs than traditional multijunction solar cells by reversing the order in which individual sub-cells are typically grown

NREL Evaluates National Charging Infrastructure Needs for Growing Fleet of Plug-In Electric Vehicles

A new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies how much charging infrastructure would be needed in the United States to support various market growth scenarios for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).

NREL, Johns Hopkins SAIS Develop Method to Quantify Life Cycle Land Use of Electricity...

A case study of the Barnett Shale region in Texas, where hydraulic fracturing was first implemented, for the first time provides quantifiable information on the life cycle land use of generating electricity from natural gas based on physical measurements instead of using assumptions and averages that were previously used for evaluation.

Keeping storage tank corrosion rates to a minimum considered vital for use of molten...

Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those high temperatures, however, the molten salts eat away at common alloys used in the heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of CSP systems.

NREL Report Shows Utility-Scale Solar PV System Cost Fell Nearly 30% Last Year

The installed cost of solar power fell to record lows in the first quarter of 2017 because of the continuing decline in photovoltaic (PV) module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower labor costs, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

NREL, Swiss Scientists Power Past Solar Efficiency Records

Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.

NREL Updates Baseline Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2017 Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), updating a key source of reliable electricity generation technology cost and performance data used to support and inform electric sector analysis in the United States. Now in its third year, the ATB documents technology-specific information on a broad spectrum of electricity generation technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, coal, natural gas, and nuclear.

NREL Analysis Identifies Where Commercial Customers Might Benefit from Battery Energy Storage

Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Researchers Validate UV Light’s Use in Improving Semiconductors

A discovery by two scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could aid the development of next-generation semiconductor devices. The researchers, Kwangwook Park and Kirstin Alberi, experimented with integrating two dissimilar semiconductors into a heterostructure by using light to modify the interface between them.

NREL Names Roderick Jackson as Laboratory Program Manager for Buildings Research

Roderick Jackson is the new laboratory program manager for buildings-related research at the Energy Department's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Jackson comes to NREL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he was the group manager for Building Envelope Systems Research.

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Kamran Charmsaz Becomes Shareholder of KTGY Architecture + Planning

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Kamran Charmsaz, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP, as a shareholder. Charmsaz, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Charmsaz is based in the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office and joins other KTGY Tysons shareholders: Rohit Anand, AIA, NCARB, principal; and Smita Anand, AIA, principal

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New Bill Aims to Give Calif. Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits More...

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended legislation filed in the California Legislature on Friday that would make it easier for businesses, schools, nonprofits and municipalities to access solar energy. In turn, this will help generate thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars of investment in the state.