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  1. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - NREL Handbook Helps...

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    NREL Handbook Helps Industry Collect and Interpret Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications Comprehensive handbook is a valuable resource for the solar industry on the ...

  2. NREL Examines Solar Policy Pathways for States - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Examines Solar Policy Pathways for States February 26, 2014 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, the NREL research team was able to contextualize the impact of various solar policies on photovoltaic (PV) installations. "Although it is widely accepted that solar

  3. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News

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    February 24, 2015 NREL Handbook Helps Industry Collect and Interpret Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications Comprehensive handbook is a valuable resource for the solar ...

  4. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research Home Page

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    industry to further the research and development (R&D) of concentrating solar power (CSP) plant and solar thermal technologies. NREL's projects in concentrating solar power focus...

  5. NREL: Technology Deployment - Solar Decathlon

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    Solar Decathlon Photo of a woman assembling the Team Alberta solar-powered house at the Solar Decathlon, with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background. Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. NREL has provided technical expertise for this U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) event since its conception in 1999. Considered one of DOE's most successful

  6. Research | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Research Research and development (R&D) capabilities in concentrating solar power (CSP) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) span the entire electricity system-from generation to transmission and distribution to the end user. NREL scientists and engineers pursue R&D and provide assistance in the following four areas. Materials Science Optical, thermal, and containment materials are critical to CSP systems, and their performance directly affects system-wide cost and

  7. Research Staff | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Learn more about the expertise and technical skills of concentrating solar power (CSP) ... Systems R&D group at NREL, which includes the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program. ...

  8. Spectral Solar Radiation Data Base at NREL

    DOE Data Explorer [Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

    *In September 1991 the Solar Energy Research Institute became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [Description taken from http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/spectral/

  9. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Staff Biographies

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    Learn more about the expertise and technical skills of NREL's concentrating solar power ... Victor primarily works with the Concentrated Solar Power group but also works with several ...

  10. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Laboratory Capabilities

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    To research, develop, and test a variety of concentrating solar power technologies, NREL features the following laboratory capabilities: Concentrated Solar Radiation Facility Large ...

  11. 2006 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    December 6, 2006 CSP's Promise in Colorado Colorado's San Luis Valley picked as potential spot for concentrating solar power project. July 21, 2006 NREL Solar Researcher Honored ...

  12. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    2 December 28, 2012 Award-Winning PV Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar cell. December 4, 2012 NREL Teams with Berkeley Lab to Analyze Solar Pricing Trends and Benchmark "Soft" Costs for PV Systems The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) jointly released two reports examining solar photovoltaic (PV)

  13. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Abengoa Solar

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    Abengoa Solar Photo of a person standing in front of a large 3D visualization screen. Abengoa Solar is leveraging the 3D visualization capabilities of the ESIF Insight Center to develop a new assembly method that could lower the cost of solar technologies. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL NREL is partnering with solar power company Abengoa Solar on several projects. Phase One NREL is working with Abengoa to provide reliable thermophysical property data over a temperature range for two mixtures of

  14. NREL: Solar STAT Blog -

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    Outreach Policy Basics Publications Request Assistance Technical Assistance Project Map Solar STAT Blog The Solar STAT blog discusses state and local efforts to develop solar...

  15. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    1 December 20, 2011 NREL Licenses Technology to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that Natcore Technology Inc. has been granted a patent license agreement to develop a line of black silicon products. December 15, 2011 NREL Scientists Report First Solar Cell Producing More Electrons In Photocurrent Than Solar Photons Entering Cell Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy

  16. NREL: Innovation Impact - Solar

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    Solar Energy Menu Home Home Solar Solar Wind Wind Analysis Analysis Bioenergy Bioenergy Buildings Buildings Transportation Transportation Manufacturing Manufacturing Energy Systems Integration Energy Systems Integration What is a quantum dot? Close Quantum dots are tiny spheres of semiconductor material measuring only about 2-10 billionths of a meter in diameter. Quantum dots are a leading candidate for a third generation of solar-cell technologies. Close Achieving significant gains in solar

  17. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Projects

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    in its CSP deployment efforts in the following areas: Collectors Receivers Power block Thermal energy storage Analysis. NREL received funding from DOE for concentrating solar...

  18. 2013 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    New research from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the ...

  19. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Publications

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    Authors: Denholm, P.; Hummon, M. Publication Date: February 2013 The Potential Role of Concentrating Solar Power in Enabling High Renewables Scenarios in the United States NREL ...

  20. Facilities | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Facilities The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides industry, government, and university staff who are researching concentrating solar power (CSP) with access to state-of-the-art equipment that can be used to Develop materials in the Thin-Film Deposition Laboratory, as well as thermal storage and heat-transfer materials in the Advanced Thermal Storage Materials Laboratory. Analyze and characterize parabolic-trough receivers in the Receiver Test Laboratory, and test concentrators

  1. NREL Recognizes Solar Pioneer with National Honor - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Recognizes Solar Pioneer with National Honor Annan Directed Federal Research Efforts for More Than Two Decades November 23, 2004 Golden, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has presented the 2004 Paul Rappaport Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Award to Robert "Bud" Annan, who oversaw government-sponsored research into solar energy for more than 20 years. Annan is credited with conceiving and directing research programs that

  2. NREL Theorizes Defects Could Improve Solar Cells - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Theorizes Defects Could Improve Solar Cells January 12, 2016 Drawing of of a good defect. Schematic of a 'good' defect (red cross), which helps collection of electrons from photo-absorber (n-Si), and blocks the holes, hence suppresses carriers recombination. Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are studying what may seem paradoxical - certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance. The findings run counter to

  3. NREL: Solar Research - News

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    News The following news stories highlight solar research, technologies, and resources. Subscribe to the RSS feed RSS . Learn about RSS. May 11, 2016 New Partnerships Help Utilities Break Down Solar Barriers The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network launched its first program of technical assistance to electric utilities and announced three new efforts to provide direct support to utility partners. The activities range from providing interconnection training to conducting detailed

  4. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    4 December 16, 2014 NREL Demonstrates 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies achieved across all types of solar cells. December 11, 2014 NREL Compares State Solar Policies to Determine Equation for Solar Market

  5. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    8 November 13, 2008 NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES have jointly deployed the first of several solar resource measuring stations as part of a planned instrumentation network throughout the United States. October 30, 2008 NREL's Clean Energy Forum Attracts National Investment Community The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) convened

  6. Insolation integrator

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Dougherty, John J.; Rudge, George T.

    1980-01-01

    An electric signal representative of the rate of insolation is integrated to determine if it is adequate for operation of a solar energy collection system.

  7. 2014 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    4 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. September 16, 2014 NREL Forges Foundation for Advanced Concentrating Solar Power Receivers NREL's Thermal Systems Group is performing research and development on components for high-temperature concentrating solar power (CSP) receivers as part of DOE's SunShot effort. DOE supports R&D of CSP technologies in order to achieve SunShot Initiative cost targets with systems that can supply solar power on

  8. Data and Tools | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Data and Tools The following data and tools with respect to concentrating solar power (CSP) include databases, maps, and tools produced almost exclusively by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Data SolarPACES Database of CSP Projects Around the World NREL, in conjunction with the Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES), maintains a database of CSP projects around the world with plants that are either operational, under construction, or under development. CSP

  9. NREL: Technology Deployment - Solar Technical Assistance Team

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    Leading Clean Energy Innovation About About NREL Mission & Programs Impact Leadership Community Visiting NREL Newsroom Contact Us Research Research Highlights Working With Us Working With Us Partnerships Facilities Licensing Commercialization Procurement Energy Education FAQs Contact Us Careers Careers Find a Job Your Career at NREL Interns & Postdocs State and Local Governments Technology Deployment Technical Assistance Project Map Through the Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT),

  10. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News Release Archives

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    4 September 16, 2014 NREL Forges Foundation for Advanced Concentrating Solar Power Receivers NREL's Thermal Systems Group is performing research and development on components for ...

  11. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Collector R&D

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    Thermal energy storage (TES) research at NREL focuses on reducing the costs of thermal storage and electricity from concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. NREL's TES effort ...

  12. NREL: Technology Deployment - Solar Screenings and Implementation

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    Assistance for Universities Solar Screenings and Implementation Assistance for Universities In support of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot initiative, NREL is offering no-cost technical assistance to universities seeking to go solar. The program is designed to increase the deployment of mid-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at universities, engage stakeholders to develop deployment solutions, and empower decision makers. NREL will provide universities with screenings and

  13. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    The 2014 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 15.5 ... NREL Research Identifies Increased Potential for Perovskites as a Material for Solar ...

  14. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    Largest Piece of Solar Installation Total Cost Two reports offer more in-depth look at non-hardware costs November 21, 2013 NREL Releases Renewable Energy Data Book Detailing ...

  15. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    6 November 30, 2006 More Than Pretty Maps-NREL Uses GIS to Find Workable Energy Solutions NREL's geographic information systems (GIS) team produces maps of renewable energy resources that demonstrate which technologies, whether solar, wind, hydrogen or biomass, are the best, most workable energy solutions. But that's not all. October 12, 2006 Energy Secretary Announces $13 Million to Expand Solar Energy Technologies U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today announced more

  16. Work with Us | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Work with Us The interaction of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with industrial, university, and government partners is the key to moving advanced concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies into the marketplace and the U.S. economy. We provide opportunities to use our facilities, develop technology partnerships, and license our technology. On the NREL campus, South Table Mountain (upper right) provides testing with the High-Flux Solar Furnace and the Outdoor Optical Efficiency

  17. 2015 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    5 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. November 19, 2015 NREL Estimates Economically Viable U.S. Renewable Generation Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are providing, for the first time, a method for measuring the economic potential of renewable energy across the United States. May 4, 2015 Report Targets Data on Avian Issues at Solar Energy Facilities Understanding how birds are affected by

  18. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Data and Resources

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    Data and Resources For concentrating solar power technologies, NREL features the following online solar radiation resource data and solar resource maps, as well as data for ...

  19. NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future for Solar Energy | NREL

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    NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future for Solar Energy In this video, NREL Principal Scientist Gary Jorgensen and SkyFuel Chief Technology Officer Randy Gee talk about their partnership to develop a thin film to substitute for bulkier glass mirrors on solar-collecting parabolic troughs. Learn more about NREL's Concentrating Solar Power Research

  20. NREL: Energy Analysis - Solar Technology Analysis

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    Solar Technology Analysis NREL conducts analysis to support research and development done by the Solar Energy Technologies Program in three major technology areas: concentrating solar power; solar electricity, also known as photovoltaics or PV; and solar heating and lighting. For example, in the area of photovoltaics, EERE's systems modeling and analysis activity rigorously assesses the performance, reliability, installed costs, and levelized energy costs (LECs) of a wide variety of flat-plate

  1. Materials Science | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Materials Science National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers develop and support others in developing materials for use in concentrating solar power (CSP). These materials include higher-reflectivity mirrors, better thermal-absorbing receivers, and more corrosion-resistant materials. Researchers also test the durability of these materials. NREL researchers are working to under-stand the fundamental corrosion mechanisms of materials when exposed to high-temperature fluids. Learn more

  2. NREL Helps Consumers Tap Into Solar Energy

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    Consumers Tap Into Solar Energy For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., March 26, 1999 — Two new publications by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) make it easier for people to purchase solar energy systems and tap into energy from the sun. The Colorado Consumer's Guide to Buying a Solar Electric System provides basic information about the who, what and why of financing, purchasing and installing photovoltaic (solar electric)

  3. 2008 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    8 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. November 13, 2008 NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES have jointly deployed the first of several solar resource measuring stations as part of a planned instrumentation network throughout the United States. September 19, 2008 DOE to Invest $35 Million in Concentrating Solar Power

  4. NREL: Solar Research - NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team to Partner with

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    Illinois, Nevada, and New York NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team to Partner with Illinois, Nevada, and New York April 21, 2016 Three organizations were selected to receive expertise from the Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network to address critical questions and challenges to making their states more solar friendly. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), as a member of the STAT Network, will be partnering with the Illinois Office of Energy & Recycling, the New York

  5. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Modeling and Analysis

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    NREL has the following capabilities, which include software development, for modeling and analyzing a variety of concentrating solar power technologies: Solar Resource Maps Optical ...

  6. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    0 December 21, 2010 DOE Finalizes $1.45 Billion Loan Guarantee for One of the World's Largest Solar Generation Plants A $1.45 billion loan guarantee has been finalized for Abengoa Solar Inc.'s Solana project, the world's largest parabolic trough concentrating solar plant. December 2, 2010 Scientists Generate Two Energetic Electronic States from One Photon - Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (UCB),

  7. NREL Achieves Solar-Electric Record

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    NREL Achieves Solar-Electric Record New Technology Could Spur Growth in Photovoltaic Panels For more information contact: Gary Schmitz, 303-275-4050 email: Gary Schmitz Golden, Colo., Apr. 24, 2001 - Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have surpassed a record for electricity produced by solar cells made from cadmium telluride—a development that could help meet expanding demand for solar systems. The measurement of 16.4 percent efficiency bested

  8. 2012 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    2 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. November 30, 2012 NREL Analysis Calculates Value of Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an analysis of concentrating solar power integrated with thermal energy storage, using simulations created by recognized, commercially available software. The analysis quantifies the incremental operational value of CSP with TES in multiple

  9. SolTrace | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    SolTrace SolTrace is a software tool developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to model concentrating solar power (CSP) systems and analyze their optical performance. Although ideally suited for solar applications, the code can also be used to model and characterize many general optical systems. The creation of the code evolved out of a need to model more complex solar optical systems than could be modeled with existing tools. More information is available. Background Download

  10. NREL Joins Global Alliance of Solar Research Institutes - News Releases |

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    NREL NREL Joins Global Alliance of Solar Research Institutes July 10, 2012 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has joined the newly-formed Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes comprising three internationally renowned research institutions. As part of the opening session of Intersolar North America in San Francisco today, NREL Director Dan Arvizu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for

  11. NREL Licenses Technology to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency - News Releases

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    | NREL NREL Licenses Technology to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency Natcore to develop 'black silicon' solar cells based on award-winning innovation December 20, 2011 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that Natcore Technology Inc. has been granted a patent license agreement to develop a line of black silicon products. Natcore and NREL also will enter a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to develop commercial

  12. NREL Researchers Test Solar Thermal Technology

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    A prototype heliostat which could take solar technology a step into the future is being tested at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It was developed by Science Applications International Corporations (SAIC) Golden office. The heliostat is a large tracking mirror for use in solar thermal power plants. SAIC's prototype heliostat incorporates a number of design and manufacturing modifications that could lead to significant cost reductions. The major

  13. Field Characterization | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Field Characterization Various techniques used in the field help to characterize the optical performance of point- and line-focus optical concentrators. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) also uses its high-flux solar furnace to test and evaluate concentrating solar power (CSP) components and investigate advanced material processes. Learn more about the capabilities discussed below by contacting the CSP Research Staff. An 8-meter-long parabolic trough undergoing testing on the

  14. NREL to Help California Tackle Solar Energy Grid Integration - News

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    Releases | NREL to Help California Tackle Solar Energy Grid Integration Renewable Energy Laboratory Picks Up $2.7 Million in Grants March 30, 2010 The California Public Utilities Commission has tapped experts at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help the state stimulate solar energy research and build a sustainable solar industry. The commission awarded NREL $2,785,000 in California Solar Initiative (CSI) Research, Development, Deployment and

  15. NREL, German Solar Energy Researchers to Work Together - News Releases |

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    NREL NREL, German Solar Energy Researchers to Work Together Scientists from the two nations to collaborate on next-generation PV and fuels June 23, 2011 German and American researchers will work together more closely on solar energy topics as a result of today's signing of a Memo of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the German Helmholtz Association. The MOU identifies several key solar energy topics to explore for

  16. NREL, SLAC Scientists Pinpoint Solar Cell Manufacturing Process - News

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    Releases | NREL NREL, SLAC Scientists Pinpoint Solar Cell Manufacturing Process April 1, 2016 Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have been able to pinpoint for the first time what happens during a key manufacturing process of silicon solar cells. Their paper, "The formation mechanism for printed silver-contacts for silicon solar cells," appears in the journal Nature Communications. The paper was

  17. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News Release Archives

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    2 November 30, 2012 NREL Analysis Calculates Value of Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an ...

  18. NREL Launches Initiative to Build Solar Performance Database...

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    working group and detailed analysis of the opportunities and barriers to finance solar energy development with public capital. NREL contracted with SunSpec Alliance to build the ...

  19. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Collector R&D

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    Collector research at NREL focuses on developing and testing the next generation of concentrating solar power (CSP) collectors that reduce delivered electricity costs by 50%. ...

  20. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Power Block R&D

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    Power block research at NREL focuses on assessing the potential of advanced power cycles to integrate with concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. This research increases the ...

  1. NREL Studies Carrier Separation and Transport in Perovskite Solar...

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    ... NRELFS-5K00-65783 | January 2016 NREL Studies Carrier Separation and Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells Highlights in Research & Development Potential profiling and layer ...

  2. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Working with Us

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    Licensing Our Technology Your company can license any available patented concentrated solar power technology. For more information, see NREL's technologies available for...

  3. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Become Part of SOLRMAP

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    Become Part of SOLRMAP The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is inviting additional participation in SOLRMAP-the Solar Resource and Meteorological Assessment Project. In...

  4. NREL: Technology Deployment - Solar Deployment and Market Transformation

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    Solar Deployment and Market Transformation NREL enables faster, easier, and less expensive solar installations by applying our expertise and knowledge to projects that addresses challenges, inefficiencies, and market barriers to solar technology deployment. Northeast Denver Housing Center Solarize Grassroots Movement Drives Down Solar Prices 30% in Portland, Oregon Solarize Northeast Denver Housing Center NREL Identifies PV for 28 Affordable Housing Units Our technical experts work with

  5. NREL: Solar Research Home Page

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    The first photo shows a parabolic solar trough at the Eldorado Valley site. The second is of a gird-tied high-concentration solar cell MicroDish. And the third photo shows the ...

  6. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Concentrating Solar...

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    Concentrating Solar Power Resource Maps These direct-normal solar radiation maps-filtered by solar resource and land availability-identify the most economically suitable lands ...

  7. NREL: Solar Research - New Partnerships Help Utilities Break Down Solar

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    Barriers New Partnerships Help Utilities Break Down Solar Barriers May 11, 2016 The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network launched its first program of technical assistance to electric utilities and announced three new efforts to provide direct support to utility partners. The activities range from providing interconnection training to conducting detailed techno-economic modeling to leveraging community solar finance tools. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a member

  8. NREL: Solar STAT Blog - Podcasts

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    Assistance Project Map Category Archives: Podcasts Hot Topics: Electric Vehicles and Solar Technology This STAT Chat podcast features Alex Schroeder, a transportation technology...

  9. NREL Scientists Report First Solar Cell Producing More Electrons In

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    Photocurrent Than Solar Photons Entering Cell - News Releases | NREL Scientists Report First Solar Cell Producing More Electrons In Photocurrent Than Solar Photons Entering Cell December 15, 2011 Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited with photons from the high energy region of the solar

  10. NREL, SLAC Scientists Pinpoint Solar Cell Manufacturing Process |

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    Department of Energy NREL, SLAC Scientists Pinpoint Solar Cell Manufacturing Process NREL, SLAC Scientists Pinpoint Solar Cell Manufacturing Process April 4, 2016 - 10:46am Addthis News release from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, April 1. Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have been able to pinpoint for the first time what happens during a key

  11. NREL + SolarCity: Maximizing Solar Power on Electrical Grids

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    Hannegan, Bryan; Hanley, Ryan; Symko-Davies, Martha

    2015-06-03

    Learn how NREL is partnering with SolarCity to study how to better integrate rooftop solar onto the grid. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) to analyze high-penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on NREL’s campus. Results to date have been so promising that HECO has more than doubled the amount of rooftop solar it allows on its grid, showing utilities across the country that distributed solar is not a liability for reliability—and can even be an asset.

  12. NREL: Learning - Solar Energy Basics

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    Energy Basics Photo of a solar electric system in Colorado with snow-covered mountain peaks in the background. Solar panels installed on a home in Colorado. Solar is the Latin word for sun-a powerful source of energy that can be used to heat, cool, and light our homes and businesses. That's because more energy from the sun falls on the earth in one hour than is used by everyone in the world in one year. A variety of technologies convert sunlight to usable energy for buildings. The most commonly

  13. NREL: Solar Research - NREL Hosts PV Module Reliability Workshop for

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    Industry NREL Hosts PV Module Reliability Workshop for Industry March 1, 2016 Nearly 200 researchers from more than 100 companies and representing 16 countries attended the 7th annual PV Module Reliability Workshop, held Feb. 23-25, 2016, in Golden, Colo. The program was designed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories and the photovoltaic (PV) industry. "NREL's PV Module Reliability Workshop is unique in its requirement for

  14. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Report Targets Data...

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    Report Targets Data on Avian Issues at Solar Energy Facilities May 4, 2015 Understanding how birds are affected by utility-scale solar facilities is the focus of a new NREL report ...

  15. NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home' - News Feature...

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    NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home' July 30, 2010 Photo of a building coved in ... But once you find your way, you know you'll be welcomed with open arms. Transpired solar ...

  16. NREL: Solar Research - Report Targets Data on Avian Issues at...

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    Report Targets Data on Avian Issues at Solar Energy Facilities May 4, 2015 Understanding how birds are affected by utility-scale solar facilities is the focus of a new NREL report...

  17. U.S. Solar Resource Maps and Tools from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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    Solar maps provide monthly average daily total solar resource information on grid cells. The insolation values represent the resource available to a flat plate collector, such as a photovoltaic panel, oriented due south at an angle from horizontal to equal to the latitude of the collector location. [Copied from http://www.nrel.gov/gis/solar.html] Several types of solar maps are made available. The U.S. Solar resource maps show the resource potential for energy from photovoltaics and from concentrating solar power (CSP). Both sets of maps are available in low or high resolution. A dynamic map based on version 2 of PVWATTS calculates electrical energy performance estimates for a grid-connected photovoltaic system. The map of U.S. Solar Measurement Station Locations is also dynamic, showing the spatial distribution of measurement stations across the U.S. that are monitored by programs and agencies such as DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program or NREL's Cooperative Network for Renewable Resource Measurements (CONFRRM). Clicking on a station location will take the user to the website of that station. Finally, static map images providing solar resource information averaged by month are also available.

  18. Claims for Solar Cell Efficiency Put to Test at NREL - News Feature | NREL

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    Claims for Solar Cell Efficiency Put to Test at NREL February 4, 2016 A scientist sits in a laboratory at NREL, between a solar simulator and a computer. Keith Emery, a principal engineer at NREL, has made the Colorado laboratory a major presence in the field of measuring the efficiency of solar cells. Photo by Dennis Schroeder The sheet of paper taped to the door of Keith Emery's office tells the story. On the paper is a simple fever chart showing the improvements made in increasing the

  19. NREL Solar Researcher Named to National Academy of Engineering - News

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    Releases | NREL NREL Solar Researcher Named to National Academy of Engineering March 3, 2005 Golden, Colo. - Dr. Lawrence Kazmerski, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since its inception, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded an engineer, bestowed on those in the profession who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research,

  20. NREL Recognizes Solar Pioneer with National Honor - News Releases | NREL

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    December 21, 2004 Golden, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) today took the first steps toward establishing a joint research institute, one of an anticipated series of partnerships between the two leading organizations for energy research. NREL Director Richard Truly and CSM President John Trefny signed a Memorandum of Understanding, paving the way for a number of planned collaborative efforts, today at

  1. NREL-Led Efforts Help Bring Financing to Solar Projects - Continuum

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    Magazine | NREL A photo of utility-scale photovoltaics in a desert location. The Solar Access to Public Capital working group, coordinated by NREL, intends to connect low-cost financing sources with solar projects such as this facility near Tucson, Arizona. NREL engineers also evaluate the expected performance and risks of proposed solar projects to help the projects gain financing. Photo from Arizona Public Service Company NREL-Led Efforts Help Bring Financing to Solar Projects NREL is

  2. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Research Staff

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    303-384-7470 Judith Gomez, Engineer IV judith.gomez@nrel.gov 303-275-4290 Matthew Gray, Scientist IV matthew.gray@nrel.gov 303-275-3917 Will Huddleston, Undergraduate Intern...

  3. NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network...

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    "The project is a win-win collaboration between NREL and industry to optimize the quality of solar resource data used to evaluate the viability of large-scale projects in the ...

  4. SolTrace FAQs | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    ... For example, the provided sample file for the NREL High Flux Solar Furnace has three ... In the future, data from finite element analysis codes may be added as an input option. ...

  5. NREL Solar Researcher Honored with World PV Award - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Solar Researcher Honored with World PV Award May 10, 2006 Golden, Colo. - Dr. Lawrence Kazmerski, a leading research director at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), received the World PV Award at the Fourth World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion on May 9 for his outstanding contributions to the worldwide advancements of photovoltaic (PV) science and technology. The award, sponsored by professional organizations from the European,

  6. NREL Solar Researcher Honored with ASES Abbot Award - News Releases | NREL

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    Solar Researcher Honored with ASES Abbot Award July 21, 2006 Photo of Dr. Chuck Kutscher, recipient of the Charles Greeley Abbot Award. Dr. Chuck Kutscher The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) honored Dr. Chuck Kutscher of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with the Charles Greeley Abbot Award during the recent ASES SOLAR 2006 conference. The Abbot Award recognizes individuals who have made significant career contributions to the field of solar

  7. Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii - News Releases | NREL

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    Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii Utility poised to double solar rooftop capacity based on tests of inverter reliability February 12, 2015 Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting capacity for solar energy. The inverter testing at

  8. NREL: Dynamic Maps, GIS Data, and Analysis Tools - Solar Maps

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    MapSearch Searching for maps has never been easier. A screen capture of the MapSearch Map view option Solar Maps Solar maps provide monthly average daily total solar resource information on grid cells. The insolation values represent the resource available to a flat plate collector, such as a photovoltaic panel, oriented due south at an angle from horizontal to equal to the latitude of the collector location. This is typical practice for PV system installation, although other orientations are

  9. NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids -

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    News Releases | NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids Both are working together with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze and enable higher penetrations of distributed solar energy systems in Hawaii November 20, 2014 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical

  10. NREL: News - Scientific American' Recognizes Solar Cell Research

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    Scientific American' Recognizes Solar Cell Research Monday November 11, 2002 Magazine Names NREL to its First "Scientific American 50" List Golden, CO. - The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been named by Scientific American magazine as one of the Scientific American 50 - the noted magazine's first list recognizing annual contributions to science and technology that provide a vision of a better future. Announced today, the Scientific American

  11. NREL Funds Research into Low-Cost Solar Electricity

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    Funds Research into Low-Cost Solar Electricity Media contact: George Douglas (303) 275-4096 e:mail: george_douglas@nrel.gov Golden, Colo., Dec. 8, 1997 -- C Contracts worth about $60 million over three years will be awarded under the Thin Film PV (photovoltaic) Partnership program at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Recipients of the money will research ways to lower the cost of producing electricity from sunlight using photovoltaic semiconductors that

  12. NREL: State and Local Governments - Solar Technical Assistance Team

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    Team Email Updates NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team sends messages to its subscriber list approximately once every month with timely information related to its in-depth technical assistance application period, upcoming webinars, and featured publications. Note: NREL does not share its email lists with other organizations or companies. Subscribe To subscribe for email updates, please provide and submit the following information. Name (first & last): Organization/Affiliation: Email

  13. NREL: Workforce Development and Education Programs - Junior Solar

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    Sprint/Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competition NREL Model Car Competitions Photo of a small, outdoor model car racetrack. People are kneeling around the track as they watch a race that is in progress. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts car competitions that race solar- and battery-powered model vehicles. Middle School teams from all around Colorado participate in this fun, educational, and exciting event every May. Teams work together building cars with guidance from a parent,

  14. NREL and Industry Advance Low-Cost Solar Water Heating R&D (Fact Sheet)

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    NREL and Rhotech develop cost-effective solar water heating prototype to rival natural gas water heater market.

  15. NREL Studies Carrier Separation and Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    NREL scientists studied charge separation and transport in perovskite solar cells by determining the junction structure across the solar device using the nanoelectrical characterization technique of Kelvin probe force microscopy. The distribution of electrical potential across both planar and porous devices demonstrates a p-n junction structure at the interface between titanium dioxide and perovskite. In addition, minority-carrier transport within the devices operates under diffusion/drift. Clarifying the fundamental junction structure provides significant guidance for future research and development. This NREL study points to the fact that improving carrier mobility is a critical factor for continued efficiency gains in perovskite solar cells.

  16. NREL Invention Speeds Solar Cell Quality Testing for Industry

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    Invention Speeds Solar Cell Quality Testing for Industry A solid-state optical system, invented by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), measures solar cell quantum efficiency (QE) in less than a second, enabling a suite of new capabilities for solar cell manufacturers. The system was developed with funding in part by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy within the U.S. Department of Energy. QE is a measurement of how cells respond to light across the solar spectrum,

  17. NREL: State and Local Governments - Solar Technical Assistance Team

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    Team Subscribe to Email Updates The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) gathers NREL solar technology and deployment experts to provide unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and local government decision makers. In general, the expert assistance is intended to support legislators, regulators, and their staff members in order to develop the market for solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Graphic of illustrations and statistics that summary the successes of the STAT

  18. NREL Updates Solar Radiation Database - News Releases | NREL

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    Solar Radiation Database, a web-based technical report that provides critical information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in the U.S. and its territories. ...

  19. NREL Report Firms Up Land-Use Requirements of Solar - News Releases | NREL

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    Report Firms Up Land-Use Requirements of Solar Study shows solar for 1,000 homes would require 32 acres July 30, 2013 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report on the land use requirements of solar power plants based on actual land-use practices from existing solar facilities. "Having real data from a majority of the solar plants in the United States will help people make proper comparisons and informed decisions," lead author Sean Ong

  20. Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs - News Feature | NREL

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    Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs August 27, 2014 This is a close-up of a greenish-brown solar wafer, square in shape, resting slightly askew on a plate. The monocrystalline silicon solar cells made by Crystal Solar are much closer to true squares than most other silicon solar cells. The shape is one of the reasons the wafers can be stacked vertically during the gas-deposition process-and one of the reasons that the cells can be produced at about 100 times the typical rate. Photo from

  1. NREL Nano-Technology Solar Cell Achieves 18.2% Efficiency - News Releases |

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    NREL NREL Nano-Technology Solar Cell Achieves 18.2% Efficiency Breakthrough should eliminate need for anti-reflection layer, cutting costs October 12, 2012 Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have produced solar cells using nanotechnology techniques at an efficiency - 18.2% -- that is competitive. The breakthrough should be a major step toward helping lower the cost of solar energy. NREL tailored a nanostructured surface while ensuring

  2. Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs - Energy Innovation...

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    Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs National Renewable Energy Laboratory Success Story Details Partner Location Agreement Type Publication Date Crystal Solar CA Other ...

  3. NREL: International Activities - India Solar Resource Maps & Data

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    International Activities Printable Version A button that leads to NREL's National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) India Solar Resoource - Annual Average DNI Map Annual Average DNI Map JPG 12.5 MB India Annual Average GHI Map - Annual Average GHI Map Annual Average GHI Map JPG 13.3 MB The cover page of the India Solar Resource Data Fact Sheet India Solar Resource Data Fact Sheet PDF 395 KB India Solar Resource Maps & Data (updated March 2016) This page provides solar resource maps and data

  4. NREL Solar Cell Wins Federal Technology Transfer Prize - News Releases |

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    NREL Solar Cell Wins Federal Technology Transfer Prize May 7, 2009 A new class of ultra-light, high-efficiency solar cells developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been awarded a national prize for the commercialization of federally funded research. The Inverted Metamorphic Multijunction (IMM) Solar Cell was named a winner of the 2009 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. The

  5. NREL: State and Local Governments - Community Solar

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    Community Solar Community solar, also known as shared solar or solar gardens, is a solar energy deployment model that allows customers to buy or lease part of an offsite shared solar PV system. This arrangement lets customers enjoy advantages of solar energy without having to install a system on their own residential or commercial property. Community solar projects provide distributed solar access and benefits to customers who: Have insufficient solar resources (e.g. shading, roof size, etc.) Do

  6. NREL Success Stories - Quest for Inexpensive Silicon Solar Cells

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    2013-05-29

    Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) share their story about a successful partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Ampulse Corporation and how support from the US Department of Energy's Technology Commercialization & Deployment Fund has helped it and their silicon solar cell research thrive.

  7. NREL Releases New Roadmap to Reducing Solar PV "Soft Costs" by 2020 -

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    News Releases | NREL Releases New Roadmap to Reducing Solar PV "Soft Costs" by 2020 September 25, 2013 The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently issued a new report, "Non-Hardware ('Soft') Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics, 2013-2020," funded by DOE's SunShot Initiative and written by NREL and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The report builds off NREL's ongoing soft-cost benchmarking

  8. NREL Reports 31.1% Efficiency for III-V Solar Cell - News Releases | NREL

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    Reports 31.1% Efficiency for III-V Solar Cell Conversion-efficiency mark is a world record for a two-junction solar cell measured under one-sun illumination June 24, 2013 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Lab has announced a world record of 31.1% conversion efficiency for a two-junction solar cell under one sun of illumination. NREL Scientist Myles Steiner announced the new record June 19 at the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in Tampa, Fla. The previous record of

  9. NREL Measures IMM Solar Cell Performance for CPV (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights, Science

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    New measurement capability supports the development of high-efficiency solar cells for concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) application. NREL scientists recently completed a set of measurements on the performance of an inverted metamorphic multijunction (IMM) solar cell as a function of concentration and cell operating temperature. The triple-junction cell had subcell bandgaps of 1.81, 1.40, and 1.00. Much of the work focused on developing and validating the measurement techniques (i.e., the spectral response of the three subcells was measured at five temperatures, and those data were used to properly adjust the solar simulators at each temperature). Multijunction concentrator solar cells are typically evaluated under flash illumination at 25 C, but this condition significantly underestimates the thermal load on the cell in an actual real-world module, where the steady-state concentrated illumination can raise the operating temperature to as high as 100 C. The NREL-developed measurement technique addresses this issue. This work demonstrated that the IMM cell has better temperature coefficients than its traditional upright, germanium-based, lattice-matched counterpart and will thus perform better in actual CPV applications. This new measurement capability will support NREL's development of IMM cells that are optimally designed for operation at temperatures relevant to actual systems operation.

  10. NREL Hosts Free Workshop on Residential Solar Energy Systems

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    Residential Solar Energy Systems For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., Sept. 1, 1999 — Media are invited to attend the upcoming workshop. We also can arrange interviews ahead of time with the researchers leading the workshop. What: Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will describe the benefits of solar energy systems at a free consumer-oriented workshop Sept. 15 on "Converting Your Home Power Supply to

  11. SolTrace Publications | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Publications The following publications are related to SolTrace. Jorgensen, G. (1991). "Comparison of Predicted Optical Performance with Measured Results for Dish Concentrators." National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO. NREL/TP-257-4245. Wendelin, T. (2003). "SolTRACE: A New Optical Modeling Tool for Concentrating Solar Optics." Proceedings of the ISEC 2003: International Solar Energy Conference, 15-18 March 2003, Kohala Coast, Hawaii. New York: American Society of

  12. NREL Designs Promising New Oxides for Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    High-efficiency, thin-film solar cells require electrical contacts with high electrical conductivity, and the top contact must also have high optical transparency. This need is currently met by transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), which conduct electricity but are 90% transparent to visible light. Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have derived three key design principles for selecting promising materials for TCO contacts. NREL's application of these design principles has resulted in a 10,000-fold improvement in conductivity for one TCO material.

  13. NREL Researchers Test Solar Thermal Technology

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    Motorists who look north while driving on Interstate 70 may notice a large, alien-looking device on the mesa-top above the main research facilities of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The 40-foot high, mirror-laden machine actually is a heliostat, a down-to-earth way of converting the sun's heat into electricity. Researchers at the lab are testing the prototype heliostat developed by Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Golden

  14. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    09 October 21, 2009 Solar Technology Acceleration Center is Powering Up Members of the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) and supporters convened in Aurora, Colo., today, to mark a milestone in "Powering Up" one of the world's largest solar test and demonstration facilities. Since announcing the initial launch of SolarTAC one year ago, the site infrastructure development has progressed to the point where members can now break ground for their planned solar technology

  15. 2009 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    9 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. October 21, 2009 Solar Technology Acceleration Center is Powering Up Members of the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) and supporters convened in Aurora, Colo., today, to mark a milestone in "Powering Up" one of the world's largest solar test and demonstration facilities. Since announcing the initial launch of SolarTAC one year ago, the site infrastructure development has progressed to

  16. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Systems Analysis

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    solar financial models developed and integrated into the System Advisor Model (SAM) software Grid penetration and life-cycle analysis studies The Solar-augment study of...

  17. NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT)

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    STAT Support of Michigan's Progress INFORMATION CONNECTION SOLAR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TEAM STAT Providing unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and local ...

  18. NREL: Learning - Solar Photovoltaic Technology Basics

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    Photovoltaic Technology Basics Photo of a large silicon solar array on a roof with a blue sky and trees in background. A large silicon solar array installed on the roof of a commercial building. Photo of a traditional-looking home with blue solar tiles integrated into the brown roof. Thin-film solar tiles installed on the roof of a home in Ohio. Photo of a long, blue solar array in a field of grass. A large solar array in Germany. Solar cells, also called photovoltaic (PV) cells by scientists,

  19. NREL and Company Researchers Team Up on Thin-Film Solar Cells - News

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    Releases | NREL NREL and Company Researchers Team Up on Thin-Film Solar Cells November 12, 2003 Golden, Colo. - An Austin, Tex.-based company is moving toward commercial production of advanced solar cells by using unique facilities and capabilities of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). HelioVolt Corp. is attempting to prove the viability of patented technology it has developed for making thin-film Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (CIGS) solar

  20. NREL Collaboration Boosts Potential for CdTe Solar Cells - News Releases |

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    NREL NREL Collaboration Boosts Potential for CdTe Solar Cells February 29, 2016 A critical milestone has been reached in cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell technology, helping pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources. Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) collaborated with researchers at Washington State University and the University of Tennessee to improve the maximum voltage

  1. NREL: Learning - Student Resources on Solar Energy

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    Solar Energy The following resources can provide you with more information on solar energy. Solar Energy Technology Basics U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Sunshot Initiative U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Photovoltaic Technology Basics U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Concentrating Solar Power U.S. Department of Energy

  2. NREL'S Carlisle Earns Solar Service Award

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    Carlisle Earns Solar Service Award Media may contact: John Horst, 303-275-4709 email: John Horst Golden, Colo., July 27, 2000 - Nancy Carlisle recently received the American Solar Energy Society's (ASES) prestigious Rebecca Vories Award, named after the solar energy pioneer who dedicated her personal and professional life to promoting solar energy applications. The award recognizes those who have helped the society meet its mission. Carlisle is a senior project leader for solar energy and

  3. NREL data set shows clouds' effects on solar power - News Releases...

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    data set shows clouds' effects on solar power Measurement stations in Hawaii gauge ... The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)has ...

  4. NREL and Solarex Partner to Expand Development of Solar Technology

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    Solarex Partner to Expand Development of Solar Technology For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., August 12, 1997 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Solarex of Frederick, Md. to conduct further research on thin film photovoltaic modules. The agreement is designed to combine the expertise and capabilities of the laboratory and the company. It will focus on

  5. SolTrace Background | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    SolTrace Background Since the late 1980s, a number of different optical design codes have been developed at NREL for designing and modeling solar concentrating systems. Each of these codes was written to model a very specific optical geometry, and each one built upon the others in an evolutionary way. Examples of such codes include: OPTDSH, a code written to model circular aperture parabolic dish concentrators; ODMF, a code based on OPTDSH that modeled multifaceted parabolic dish concentrators;

  6. Solar Lab Collaborative Showcase on August 4 - News Releases | NREL

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    Solar Lab Collaborative Showcase on August 4 Tours and one-on-one meetings with scientists offered at NREL's Process Development Integration Laboratory July 11, 2011 One-of-a-kind platforms that have the ability to bridge the gap between photovoltaic (PV) module and cell efficiencies are opening their stainless steel arms to industry, academia, stakeholders , and other entities on Aug. 4 at a Collaborative Showcase at the Process Development Integration Laboratory (PDIL) at the U.S. Department

  7. 2010 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. December 21, 2010 DOE Finalizes 1.45 Billion Loan Guarantee for One of the World's Largest Solar ...

  8. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Solar Energy Research Facility

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    Solar Energy Research Facility Photo of the Solar Energy Research Facility. The exterior stepped clerestory of the Solar Energy Research Facility. Photovoltaics (PV) and basic energy sciences are two major research areas conducted in the Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF). The building incorporates a multitude of energy saving features that make it one of the government's most energy efficient buildings with 40 percent lower energy costs than similar buildings designed to meet federal energy

  9. NREL Hosts Free Workshops on Solar and Wind Energy

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    Workshops on Solar and Wind Energy For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., Dec. 15, 1999 - Engineers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) next month will host three workshops on "Solar and Wind Power for Farms and Ranches" at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The workshops will feature hands-on displays of clean, renewable energy systems that farmers and ranchers can use today. The consumer-oriented

  10. NREL: Learning - Solar Process Heat Basics

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    Solar Process Heat Basics Photo of part of one side of a warehouse wall, where a perforated metal exterior skin is spaced about a foot out from the main building wall to form part of the transpired solar collector system. A transpired collector is installed at a FedEx facility in Denver, Colorado. Commercial and industrial buildings may use the same solar technologies-photovoltaics, passive heating, daylighting, and water heating-that are used for residential buildings. These nonresidential

  11. 2007 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    7 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. December 7, 2007 Southwestern Energy Service Providers Work Together to Get Large-Scale Solar Project Built A multi-state consortium of southwestern energy service providers is issusing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a utility-scale concentrating solar power plant. The plant would be owned by a third party, with consortium members each signing long-term purchase power agreements. The plant, with size,

  12. 2011 News | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    1 News Below are news stories related to Concentrating Solar Power. RSS Learn about RSS. December 20, 2011 Thermal Energy Storage Included in California Power Purchase Agreements The value of thermal energy storage in concentrating solar power plants has become obvious?so much so that BrightSource Energy, Inc. and Southern California Edison have rewritten some power purchase agreements to include thermal energy storage in plans for three solar power tower plants. December 6, 2011 Thermal Energy

  13. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Webmaster

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    Your email address: Your message: Send Message Printable Version Concentrating Solar Power Research Home Projects Research Staff Working with Us Data & Resources Publications...

  14. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Technology Basics

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    Technology Basics Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies can be a major contributor to our nation's future need for new, clean sources of energy, particularly in the Western...

  15. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Southwest Concentrating...

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    of deployment, combined with research and development to reduce technology component costs, could help reduce concentrating solar power electricity costs to 0.07kilowatt-hour. ...

  16. NREL: Learning - Concentrating Solar Power Basics

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    a generator to produce electricity. However, a new generation of power plants with concentrating solar ... Other advanced designs are experimenting with molten nitrate salt ...

  17. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Research Expertise

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    ... Exploration of advanced components and technologies also provide a means for expanding ... Printable Version Concentrating Solar Power Research Home Projects Research Staff Working ...

  18. NREL Achieves World Record Performance For Thin Film Solar Cell Technology

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    NREL Achieves World Record Performance For Thin Film Solar Cell Technology Golden, Colo., May 10, 1996 -- Scientists at the U. S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have achieved a world record in the performance of an advanced solar cell technology designed to have a major impact on the cost of electricity from the sun. NREL established a new world record "sunlight-to-electricity" efficiency of 17.7 percent with a compound semiconductor called copper

  19. NREL and PrimeStar Solar Sign $870,000 Cooperative Research and Development

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    Agreement - News Releases | NREL and PrimeStar Solar Sign $870,000 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement February 28, 2007 The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and PrimeStar Solar, Inc. announced today that they have signed an $870,000 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to transition NREL's leading cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) technology to commercial module production. This technology has been used to produce the world record cadmium telluride

  20. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Partnerships

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    in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through SunLab-a partnership developed by the U.S. Department of Energy to administer its concentrating solar power R&D and analysis activities. ...

  1. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Particle Receiver...

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    Particle Receiver Integrated with a Fluidized Bed-Novel Components to Overcome Existing Barriers Advancing concentrating solar power (CSP) systems to the target cost of 0.06 per...

  2. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    7 December 7, 2007 Southwestern Energy Service Providers Work Together to Get Large-Scale Solar Project Built A multi-state consortium of southwestern energy service providers is issusing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a utility-scale concentrating solar power plant. The plant would be owned by a third party, with consortium members each signing long-term purchase power agreements. The plant, with size, design, and location to be determined by the RFP submissions, is expected to produce 250

  3. NREL Report Shows Big Potential for the Future of Shared Solar | Department

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    of Energy NREL Report Shows Big Potential for the Future of Shared Solar NREL Report Shows Big Potential for the Future of Shared Solar April 28, 2015 - 1:54pm Addthis NREL Report Shows Big Potential for the Future of Shared Solar David Feldman David Feldman Energy Analyst, Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory In 2014, the United States brought online as much solar energy every three weeks as it did in all of 2008. Demand for solar electricity is driving this growth in

  4. NREL Policy Stacking Theory Correlates Key Indicators with Solar Market Success (Fact Sheet)

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    NREL's Integrated Applications Group evaluated the time-dependent relationships between policy implementation and the success of solar markets using historical data for installed capacity of solar photovoltaic energy systems. This Science and Technology Highlights fact sheet summarizes their research.

  5. Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs - News Feature |...

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    Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs August 27, 2014 This is a close-up of a greenish-brown solar wafer, square in shape, resting slightly askew on a plate. The...

  6. Solar power prices are dropping fast, NREL says | OpenEI Community

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    Solar power prices are dropping fast, NREL says Home > Groups > Buildings Dc's picture Submitted by Dc(266) Contributor 21 October, 2014 - 16:03 The price of solar power panels...

  7. Winners for NREL's 25th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races - News...

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    Winners for NREL's 25th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races May 16, 2015 Sixty-three teams ... today for the 25th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions. ...

  8. Winners for NREL's 24th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races - News...

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    Winners for NREL's 24th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races May 17, 2014 Indy-500-style ... Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions for Colorado's middle schoolers. ...

  9. NREL Reports Soft Costs Now Largest Piece of Solar Installation Total Cost

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    - News Releases | NREL Reports Soft Costs Now Largest Piece of Solar Installation Total Cost December 2, 2013 Two detailed reports from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) find that solar financing and other non-hardware costs - often referred to as "soft costs" - now comprise up to 64% of the total price of residential solar energy systems, reflecting how soft costs are becoming an increasingly larger fraction of the cost of installing solar.

  10. NREL to Host Photovoltaics Presentation at 2014 Solar Day - News Releases |

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    NREL to Host Photovoltaics Presentation at 2014 Solar Day June 3, 2014 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will host several events at the 2014 Denver Solar Day on Sunday, June 8. The free expo is expected to attract more than 2,000 photovoltaics (PV) installers, PV buyers, students, utility officials and members of the public. NREL, a global leader in solar photovoltaic research, also takes a leading role in educating the public about renewable energy. Solar Day

  11. Measuring Broadband IR Irradiance in the Direct Solar Beam (Poster), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Broadband IR Irradiance in the Direct Solar Beam Ibrahim Reda 1 , Jörgen Konings 2 , Yu Xie 1 , Mike Dooraghi 1 , Manajit Sengupta 1 1 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 2 Hukseflux Thermal Sensors B.V. Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Science Team Meeting, March 12-16, 2015 in Crystal City, Virginia NREL/PO-3B10-63754 This work is funded by DOE/ASR program, NREL's PV program, and NREL's Metrology Laboratory Abstract: Solar and atmospheric science radiometers, e.g. pyranometers,

  12. NREL: Solar Research - Potential of Perovskite Solar Cells Featured in

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    Solar Today Potential of Perovskite Solar Cells Featured in Solar Today February 11, 2016 Familiar with perovskite solar cells? If not, you'll probably hear more about them soon. Perovskites are a family of materials receiving considerable attention by solar cell researchers due to the rapid rise of solar conversion efficiencies, increasing from about 4% to almost 22% in just six years. In an interview published in Solar Today (winter 2015 edition), Dr. Jao van de Lagemaat, director of the

  13. Concentrating Solar Power Projects | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Projects SolarPACES Snapshot SolarPACES, an international program of the International Energy Agency, furthers collaborative development, testing, and marketing of concentrating solar power plants. Activities include testing large-scale systems and developing advanced technologies, components, instrumentation, and analysis techniques. Three ongoing Tasks are Concentrating Solar Electric Power Systems, Solar Chemistry Research, and Solar Technology and Applications. Founded in 1977, SolarPACES

  14. NREL and Industry Advance Low-Cost Solar Water Heating R&D (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    and Rhotech develop cost-effective solar water heating prototype to rival natural gas water heaters. Water heating energy use represents the second largest energy demand for homes nationwide, offering an opportunity for innovative solar water heating (SWH) technologies to offset energy use and costs. In the Low-Cost Solar Water Heating Research and Development Roadmap, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) outlined a strategy to expand the SWH market. Recognizing that

  15. Energy Systems Integration: NREL + SolarCity and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    SOLARCITY AND THE HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANIES NREL is collaborating with solar energy company SolarCity at the ESIF to address the safety, reliability, and stability challenges of interconnecting high penetrations of distributed photovoltaics (PV) with the electric power system. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high-penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the ESIF. R&D STRATEGY The ESIF's unique megawatt-scale

  16. Simple Method Quantifies Recombination Pathways in Solar Cells (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights, Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    NREL's analytic equation uses open-circuit voltage data to determine how much recombination occurs via different channels in a solar cell. Shockley-Reed-Hall recombination plays an important role in determining the performance of solar cells that are limited by defects. Critical regions with problematic defect recombina- tion can include the space-charge region (SCR), quasi-neutral region (QNR), base-emitter interface, and surfaces. The dominant recombination mechanism in a solar cell can be

  17. Transpired Solar Collector at NREL's Waste Handling Facility Uses Solar Energy to Heat Ventilation Air

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    The transpired solar collector was installed on NREL's Waste handling Facility (WHF) in 1990 to preheat ventilation air. The electrically heated WHF was an ideal candidate for the this technology - requiring a ventilation rate of 3,000 cubic feet per meter to maintain safe indoor conditions.

  18. NREL Demonstrates 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell - News

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    Releases | NREL NREL Demonstrates 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell New design for ultra-efficient III-V multijunction cell pushes the limits of solar conversion December 16, 2014 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies achieved across all types

  19. NREL and Partners to Compare High-Efficiency Solar Cells from Three Nations

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    at Sites in Colorado and Yokohama, Japan - News Releases | NREL and Partners to Compare High-Efficiency Solar Cells from Three Nations at Sites in Colorado and Yokohama, Japan April 4, 2011 Golden, Colo., April 4, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with major international industrial technology and solar research organizations to test how solar cells from three manufacturers perform in two geographic locations with different

  20. NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future for Solar Energy -

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    Energy Innovation Portal Solar Thermal Solar Thermal Return to Search NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future for Solar Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory Success Story Details Partner Location Agreement Type Publication Date SkyFuel Inc. CO License Cooperative Research (CRADA) August 3, 2009 Video NREL Success Stories - SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future Summary Huge parabolic mirrors catching the sun's rays could crisscross America's deserts soon, thanks to a

  1. NREL Solar Cell Sets World Efficiency Record at 40.8 Percent - News

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    Releases | NREL NREL Solar Cell Sets World Efficiency Record at 40.8 Percent August 13, 2008 Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have set a world record in solar cell efficiency with a photovoltaic device that converts 40.8 percent of the light that hits it into electricity. This is the highest confirmed efficiency of any photovoltaic device to date. The inverted metamorphic triple-junction solar cell was designed, fabricated and

  2. NREL Energy Models Examine the Potential for Wind and Solar Grid Integration (Fact Sheet)

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    As renewable energy generating sources, such as wind turbines and solar power systems, reach high levels of penetration in parts of the United States, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping the utility industry to peer into the future. Using software modeling tools that the lab developed, NREL is examining the future operation of the electrical grid as renewable energy continues to grow.

  3. Detailed Physical Trough Model for NREL's Solar Advisor Model: Preprint

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    Wagner, M. J.; Blair, N.; Dobos, A.

    2010-10-01

    Solar Advisor Model (SAM) is a free software package made available by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratory, and the US Department of Energy. SAM contains hourly system performance and economic models for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems, photovoltaic, solar hot-water, and generic fuel-use technologies. Versions of SAM prior to 2010 included only the parabolic trough model based on Excelergy. This model uses top-level empirical performance curves to characterize plant behavior, and thus is limited in predictive capability for new technologies or component configurations. To address this and other functionality challenges, a new trough model; derived from physical first principles was commissioned to supplement the Excelergy-based empirical model. This new 'physical model' approaches the task of characterizing the performance of the whole parabolic trough plant by replacing empirical curve-fit relationships with more detailed calculations where practical. The resulting model matches the annual performance of the SAM empirical model (which has been previously verified with plant data) while maintaining run-times compatible with parametric analysis, adding additional flexibility in modeled system configurations, and providing more detailed performance calculations in the solar field, power block, piping, and storage subsystems.

  4. Biomass and Solar Technologies Lauded - News Releases | NREL

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    The award is shared by NREL, Genencor International and Novozymes Biotech, Inc. NREL researchers who worked on this project included Michael Himmel, Jim McMillan, Dan Schell, Jody ...

  5. NREL Simulates Shade Conditions in Repeatable Test for Solar Arrays - News

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    Releases | NREL Simulates Shade Conditions in Repeatable Test for Solar Arrays New protocol finds microinverters can improve performance under shaded conditions more than 12% May 14, 2012 The US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a new repeatable test protocol that simulates real shade conditions and can predict with much greater precision the effects of shade on a solar array. The new test demonstrated that under heavy shading conditions

  6. NREL's Multi-Junction Solar Cells Teach Scientists How to Turn Plants into

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    Powerhouses - News Releases | NREL NREL's Multi-Junction Solar Cells Teach Scientists How to Turn Plants into Powerhouses May 12, 2011 Plants can overcome their evolutionary legacies to become much better at using biological photosynthesis to produce energy, the kind of energy that can power vehicles in the near future, an all-star collection of biologists, physicists, photochemists, and solar scientists has found. A U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) workshop that drew a prestigious collection

  7. NREL, UCLA Certify World Record for Polymer Solar Cell Efficiency - News

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    Releases | NREL NREL, UCLA Certify World Record for Polymer Solar Cell Efficiency At 8.6% efficiency, cells clear path for devices that can harvest a broader spectrum of the sun's radiation February 29, 2012 Scientists boosted the significance of tandem polymer solar cells by successfully testing cells with low-bandgap polymers that achieved certified conversion efficiencies of 8.62 ± 0.3% with respect to standard terrestrial reporting conditions. That's the highest independently measured

  8. Post-Deposition Treatment Boosts CIGS Solar Cell Performance (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    NREL's use of potassium fluoride process improves the open-circuit voltage and conversion efficiency. Cu(In,Ga)Se 2 (CIGS) solar cells that are fabricated using two-step seleniza- tion processes often exhibit low open-circuit voltage (V oc ). National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists have found a way to improve V oc without using a more complex three-stage co-evaporation process. Previously, NREL investigated the two-step selenization process using two different evaporated precur-

  9. NREL: State and Local Governments - Value of Solar: Program Design and

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    Implementation Considerations Value of Solar: Program Design and Implementation Considerations In the report, Value of Solar: Program Design and Implementation Considerations, policy analysts from NREL and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) present the variety of value of solar (VOS) program design options and their implications within different solar market types. The study assesses the current cost competitiveness of residential solar projects in each U.S. state, under several

  10. NREL Solar Technologies Recognized with Special R&D 100 Honors - News

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    Releases | NREL NREL Solar Technologies Recognized with Special R&D 100 Honors October 24, 2008 Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) took home high honors from Editors of R&D Magazine recently for two separate solar cell technologies that were named "the most revolutionary technologies of the year." At its annual awards gala for the winners of the R&D 100 awards in Chicago Oct. 16, R&D Magazine announced that an

  11. NREL and CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar

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    Cell | Awards and Honors | NREL NREL and CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell January 5, 2016 Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have jointly set a new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell. The newly certified record conversion efficiency of 29.8 percent was set

  12. NREL and CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar

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    Cell - News Releases | NREL NREL and CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell January 5, 2016 Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have jointly set a new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell. The newly certified record conversion efficiency of 29.8 percent was set using a

  13. NREL: Solar Radiation Research - Solar Radiation Research Laboratory

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    Photographs Solar Radiation Research Laboratory Photographs The Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (SRRL) houses more than 70 instruments to analyze and record solar radiation and surface meteorology data. Learn more about this equipment by exploring the photographs below. Click on a thumbnail to view the full image. Photo of researcher working on an instrument platform in front of the SRRL building. The SRRL is located on South Table Mountain in Golden, Colorado, at 39.74° N, 105.18° W,

  14. New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology

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    | Department of Energy GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology April 22, 2011 - 10:17am Addthis Photo courtesy of General Electric Photo courtesy of General Electric Minh Le Minh Le Deputy Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office Earlier this month, General Electric announced plans to enter the global marketplace for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in a big way - and to do it, they will

  15. India Solar Resource Data: Enhanced Data for Accelerated Deployment (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    India Solar Resource Data Enhanced Data for Accelerated Deployment Identifying potential locations for solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects requires detailed understanding of the solar resource available at various locations. Under a bilateral partnership between the United States and India- the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue-the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed solar maps and data for India to provide 15 years of hourly information by

  16. NREL's PV Incubator: Where Solar Photovoltaic Records Go to be...

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    Alta Devices, Santa Clara, California - Alta Devices single-junction thin-film Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) photovoltaic technology recently achieved an NREL-confirmed world record ...

  17. Physics-Based GOES Satellite Product for Use in NREL's National Solar Radiation Database: Preprint

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    Sengupta, M.; Habte, A.; Gotseff, P.; Weekley, A.; Lopez, A.; Molling, C.; Heidinger, A.

    2014-07-01

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), University of Wisconsin, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration are collaborating to investigate the integration of the Satellite Algorithm for Shortwave Radiation Budget (SASRAB) products into future versions of NREL's 4-km by 4-km gridded National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB). This paper describes a method to select an improved clear-sky model that could replace the current SASRAB global horizontal irradiance and direct normal irradiances reported during clear-sky conditions.

  18. NREL Teams with Berkeley Lab to Analyze Solar Pricing Trends and Benchmark

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    "Soft" Costs for PV Systems - News Releases | NREL Teams with Berkeley Lab to Analyze Solar Pricing Trends and Benchmark "Soft" Costs for PV Systems Downward pricing for solar projected to continue; soft costs made up 40-50 percent of residential and commercial PV prices in 2010 December 4, 2012 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) jointly released two reports examining solar

  19. NREL and Stanford Team up on Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells - News Releases |

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    NREL and Stanford Team up on Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells Devices could charge battery-powered products in the future January 10, 2013 It may be possible soon to charge cell phones, change the tint on windows, or power small toys with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells, thanks to a partnership between Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). A scientific paper, "Peel and Stick: Fabricating Thin Film Solar Cells on Universal

  20. NREL to Help Four Start-ups Ramp up Solar Energy Innovations - News

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    Releases | NREL to Help Four Start-ups Ramp up Solar Energy Innovations DOE to provide $5.8 million to support early-stage solar technologies through Incubator program at NREL September 1, 2011 Companies with innovative, game-changing ways to lower the cost of solar energy have been awarded $5.8 million to work with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The SunShot Incubator Program is an expansion of DOE's successful PV Technology Incubator Program, launched

  1. Winners for NREL's 26th Solar and Lithium-Ion Car Races - News Releases |

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    NREL Winners for NREL's 26th Solar and Lithium-Ion Car Races Ken Caryl Middle School sweeps the speed awards May 14, 2016 Fifty-seven teams from 15 Colorado middle schools gathered at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton today for the 26th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium-Ion Battery car competitions. The day's event drew nearly 200 students ready to compete and race the solar- and lithium-ion battery-powered vehicles they designed and built. Ken Caryl Middle School (Littleton) swept

  2. New Solar Cell Is More Efficient, Less Costly - News Feature | NREL

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    New Solar Cell Is More Efficient, Less Costly November 8, 2013 In this photo, a researcher in glasses holds a solar wafer about the size of a CD case. In the background are two computer screens displaying graphs of the performance of similar wafers. Enlarge image NREL Principal Scientist Mowafak Al-Jassim holds a TetraSun PV cell in the cathodoluminescence lab at NREL. The TetraSun cell combines increased efficiency and low cost, breaking the usual rules for solar cells. Credit: Dennis Schroeder

  3. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - SolarCity and the Hawaiian Electric

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    Companies SolarCity and the Hawaiian Electric Companies NREL is collaborating with solar energy company SolarCity at the ESIF to address the safety, reliability, and stability challenges of interconnecting high penetrations of distributed photovoltaics (PV) with the electric power system. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high-penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the ESIF. Download the project fact sheet and

  4. NREL Explores Earth-Abundant Materials for Future Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using a theory-driven technique - sequential cation mutation - to understand the nature and limitations of promising solar cell materials that can replace today's technologies. Finding new materials that use Earth-abundant elements and are easily manufactured is important for large-scale solar electricity deployment.

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    Secure & Sustainable Energy Future Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power Supercritical CO2 Geothermal Natural Gas Safety, Security & ...

  6. So You Have Questions About...Value of Solar Tariffs: Resources & Technical Assistance (Postcard), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Value of Solar Tariffs Resources & Technical Assistance Fourth in a series of Policy Basics NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. NREL/MK-7A30-62902 * October 2014 Photos by: (front page) Dennis Schroeder, NREL 17848; iStock 4637317 (back page) Warren Gretz, NREL 10598 A value of solar (VOS) tariff is an example of a rate design that reflects the value of

  7. NREL Produces Highly Efficient, Wide-Bandgap, Thin-Film Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    2012-09-01

    Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are finding new ways to manufacture thin-film solar cells made from copper, indium, gallium, and selenium - called CIGS cells - that are different than conventional CIGS solar cells. Their use of high-temperature glass, designed by SCHOTT AG, allows higher fabrication temperatures, opening the door to new CIGS solar cells employing light-absorbing materials with wide 'bandgaps.'

  8. NREL: Technology Deployment - Portland, Oregon Grassroots Solarize Campaign

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    Drives Down Solar Prices 30% Portland, Oregon Grassroots Solarize Campaign Drives Down Solar Prices 30% News Watch a video on the Solarize movement Pallets of PV: Communities Purchase Solar and Drive Down Costs Together Solarize Portland Solarize New York Solarize Connecticut Solarize Massachusetts Solarize Washington Publications The Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems Powering Your Community With Solar: Overcoming Market and

  9. NREL: State and Local Governments - Solar 101 STAT Webinars

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    Regulatory Strategies for Driving the Distributed Solar Market Solar Economics for Policymakers Solar Technology Options and Resource Assessment What a Successful Solar Market Can ...

  10. High Efficiency CdTe Ink-Based Solar Cells Using Nanocrystals (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Science, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    NREL researchers create a solution-processable "ink" to produce high-efficiency solar cells using low temperature and simple processing. Colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) provide a route toward simplified manufacturing of electronic devices compared to vacuum-based technology. Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) collaborated with researchers at the University of Chicago on the colloidal synthesis of 5-10-nm crystals by using the solution as an ink to form large

  11. Insolation data manual: long-term monthly averages of solar radiation, temperature, degree-days and global anti K/sub T/ for 248 national weather service stations

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    Knapp, C L; Stoffel, T L; Whitaker, S D

    1980-10-01

    Monthly averaged data is presented which describes the availability of solar radiation at 248 National Weather Service stations. Monthly and annual average daily insolation and temperature values have been computed from a base of 24 to 25 years of data. Average daily maximum, minimum, and monthly temperatures are provided for most locations in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Heating and cooling degree-days were computed relative to a base of 18.3/sup 0/C (65/sup 0/F). For each station, global anti K/sub T/ (cloudiness index) were calculated on a monthly and annual basis. (MHR)

  12. NREL, CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell (Fact Sheet), Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Scientists set a new world record for converting non-concentrated sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell. A joint effort between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) has resulted in a novel tandem solar cell that operates at 29.8% conversion efficiency under 1-sun conditions. The new solar cell technology combines NREL's 1.8-eV gallium indium phosphide (GaInP) technology as a top cell and

  13. Energy Systems Integration: NREL + SolarCity and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (Fact Sheet)

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    This fact sheet describes the collaboration between NREL, SolarCity, and the Hawaiian Electric Companies at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to address the safety, reliability, and stability challenges of interconnecting high penetrations of distributed photovoltaics with the electric power system.

  14. NREL Invention Speeds Solar Cell Quality Testing for Industry (Fact Sheet)

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    2013-08-01

    A solid-state optical system, invented by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), measures solar cell quantum efficiency (QE) in less than a second, enabling a suite of new capabilities for solar cell manufacturers. QE is a measurement of how cells respond to light across the solar spectrum, but traditional methods for measuring QE had been too slow, limiting its application to small samples pulled from the production line and analyzed in laboratories. NREL's technique, commercialized by Tau Science as the FlashQE(TM) system, uses a solid-state light source, synchronized electronics, and advanced mathematical analysis to parallel-process QE data in a tiny fraction of the time required by the current method, allowing its use on every solar cell passing through a production line.

  15. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Advanced Optical Materials...

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    Today, the solar collectors used in concentrating solar power systems account for approximately 50% of the total capital cost of power plants. The solar reflector costs for these ...

  16. NREL: News - Energy Department Honors Solar Decathlon Winners

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    Department Honors Solar Decathlon Winners Saturday, October 5, 2002 Energy Department Honors Solar Decathlon Winners University of Colorado at Boulder Takes First in Solar ...

  17. NREL: State and Local Governments - DIY Solar Market Analysis...

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    Scenario Solar PV Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model Top Solar Tools: What are they and how do they help policymakers? Solar Resource and Technical Potential: ...

  18. Transpired Solar Collector at NREL's Waste Handling Facility Uses Solar Energy to Heat Ventilation Air (Fact Sheet)

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    2010-09-01

    The transpired solar collector was installed on NREL's Waste handling Facility (WHF) in 1990 to preheat ventilation air. The electrically heated WHF was an ideal candidate for the this technology - requiring a ventilation rate of 3,000 cubic feet per meter to maintain safe indoor conditions.

  19. 2010 Feature Stories | NREL

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    0 Feature Stories The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. December 2010 NREL Helps Corporate Fleets Go Green NREL Helps Corporate Fleets Go Green Researchers work with companies to evaluate the latest technology commercially available in the medium and heavy-duty truck markets. NREL Solar Scientists Epitomize Teamwork NREL Solar Scientists Epitomize Teamwork Collaboration and diversity in

  20. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Potential of Perovskite Solar Cells Featured

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    in Solar Today Potential of Perovskite Solar Cells Featured in Solar Today February 11, 2016 Familiar with perovskite solar cells? If not, you'll probably hear more about them soon. Perovskites are a family of materials receiving considerable attention by solar cell researchers due to the rapid rise of solar conversion efficiencies, increasing from about 4% to almost 22% in just six years. In an interview published in Solar Today (winter 2015 edition), Dr. Jao van de Lagemaat, director of

  1. NREL Investigates Critical Properties of Perovskite Halides Solar Cells (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Science, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Results give insight on a novel, promising class of photoactive materials for solar conversion applications. Organometallic halide perovskites (e.g., CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 ) are a novel class of light- absorbing materials that have demon- strated exceptional progress in solar cell performance. But despite rapid progress in device performance, under- standing the structural and electronic properties of halide perovskites is just in its infancy-and obtaining information on charge diffusion length is

  2. NREL Spurred the Success of Multijunction Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    2013-08-01

    Many scientists once believed that high-quality gallium indium phosphide (GaInP) alloys could not be grown for use as semiconductors because the alloys would separate. However, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) thought differently, and they employed GaInP in a material combination that allowed the multijunction cell to flourish. The multijunction cell is now the workhorse that powers satellites and the catalyst for renewed interest in concentrator photovoltaic products.

  3. The Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study: Flexibility and High Penetrations of Wind and Solar (Presentation), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study: Flexibility and High Penetrations of Wind and Solar Aaron Bloom, Aaron Townsend, and David Palchak The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 1 NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. NREL/PR-6A20-64795 IEEE PES General Meeting Denver, Colorado July 26-30, 2015 2 Simulated dispatch for high solar period in FRCC Simulated

  4. NREL: Technology Deployment - Solar Decathlon Prepares Thousands of

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    Students for the Clean-Energy Workforce with Valuable Hands-On Experience Solar Decathlon Prepares Thousands of Students for the Clean-Energy Workforce with Valuable Hands-On Experience News Alumnus Builds Houses, Career on Solar Decathlon Experience Strong Ties Lead Solar Decathlon Alum to Career With Team Sponsor Solar Decathlon 2015 Kicks Off With Irvine Workshop Solar Decathlon News Blog (provides regular updates about Solar Decathlon news and events) Publications Impact Evaluation of

  5. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News Release Archives

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    Solar Working Group Releases Standard Contracts A working group representing solar industry stakeholders has developed standard contracts that should help lower transaction costs ...

  6. NREL Compares State Solar Policies to Determine Equation for...

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    Non-policy issues that have implications for a solar market, such as the amount of sunlight available for potential solar generation, community interest in renewable energy, and ...

  7. NREL: State and Local Governments - Solar Hot Topics STAT Webinars

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    The following sessions are available: Shared Solar Programs: Opportunities and Challenges Solar Finance for Residential and Commercial Customers and Potential Roles of State and ...

  8. NREL: State and Local Governments - Value of Solar: Program Design...

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    and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) present ... benefits, and line losses, to represent a of range ... Generation to the U.S. Electric Grid" Value of Solar ...

  9. NREL-Solar Technologies Market Report | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    is the U.S. solar electricity market, including photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. The report is organized into five chapters. Chapter 1...

  10. NREL: State and Local Governments - Solar Technical Assistance...

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    including an overview of solar technologies, resources, and the role that state and local governments play in supporting the development of those resources. DIY Solar Market...

  11. NREL, CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell

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    2016-01-01

    Scientists set a new world record for converting non-concentrated sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) scientists have collaborated to create a novel tandem solar cell that operates at 29.8% conversion efficiency under non-concentrator (1-sun) conditions. In comparison, the 1-sun efficiency of a silicon (Si) single-junction solar cell is probably still a few years away from converging on its practical limit of about 26%.

  12. Cooperative Research between NREL and Solar Junction Corp: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-08-306

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    Friedman, D.

    2015-03-01

    NREL and Solar Junction Corp. will perform cooperative research on materials and devices that are alternatives to standard approaches with the goal of improving solar cell efficiency while lowering cost. The general purpose of this work is to model the performance of a multi-junction concentrator cell of Solar Junction, Inc. design under normal concentrator operating conditions.

  13. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Solar Integration National Dataset

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    Toolkit Integration National Dataset Toolkit The Solar Integration National Dataset (SIND) Toolkit enables researchers to perform regional solar generation integration studies by providing modeled, coherent sub-hour solar power data, information, and tools. Sub-hour solar power data are used in the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 2 and the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study. Graph of global horizontal irradiance for July 7, 2008. Over the course of the day,

  14. NREL: Dynamic Maps, GIS Data, and Analysis Tools - Solar Data

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    Solar Data 10-Kilometer This data provides monthly average and annual average daily total solar resource averaged over surface cells of 0.1 degrees in both latitude and longitude,...

  15. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Parabolic Trough Thermal...

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    of solar power Help reduce the cost of solar electricity. Parabolic trough technology currently has one thermal energy storage option-a two-tank, indirect, molten-salt system. ...

  16. NREL Supports Development of World's Largest Solar Electric Power...

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    Solar Electric Power Plant Project in 14 Years October 19, 2005 Golden, Colo. - ... built globally in the past 14 years and the third largest solar power plant in the world. ...

  17. NREL: Solar Research - NREL Releases High-Penetration PV Handbook for

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    Distribution Engineers Releases High-Penetration PV Handbook for Distribution Engineers A new resource sponsored by the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative helps distribution engineers understand the challenges of high-penetration PV integration. January 27, 2016 As solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are increasingly installed throughout the country at distribution-level utility scale, a new challenge is emerging: how to safely and effectively integrate greater amounts of variable solar

  18. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Western Wind and Solar Integration

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    Study Western Wind and Solar Integration Study The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study, one of the largest regional solar and wind integration studies to date, explores the question: Can we integrate large amounts of wind and solar energy into the electric power system of the West? Released December 2014-Phase 3 Research Report Says Western Grid Can Weather Disturbances Under High Renewable Penetrations With good system planning, sound engineering practices, and commercially available

  19. NREL: News - Winner of Solar Decathlon to be Announced

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    Winner of Solar Decathlon to be Announced Friday, October 4, 2002 Washington, D.C.- The winner of the U.S. Department of Energy's first Solar Decathlon will be announced noon, Saturday, October 6 in the Solar Village on the National Mall. The Solar Decathlon is a team competition among 14 colleges and universities from across the country and Puerto Rico to design and build the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered homes. The winning team must blend aesthetics and modern conveniences

  20. NREL Solar Research Gains Two R&D 100 Awards - News Releases | NREL

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    Solar Research Gains Two R&D 100 Awards July 17, 2008 An ultra-light, highly efficient solar cell and use of ink-jet printing to manufacture thin-film photovoltaics-both developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory-have been named among this year's most significant innovations by Research & Development (R&D) Magazine. Known as "the Oscars of Invention," the R&D 100 Award showcases the most significant new technologies

  1. Microgrid-Ready Solar PV; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    2015-07-01

    Designing new solar projects to be 'microgrid-ready' enables the U.S. DoD, other federal agencies, and the private sector to plan future microgrid initiatives to utilize solar PV as a generating resource. This fact sheet provides background information with suggested language for several up-front considerations that can be added to a solar project procurement or request for proposal (RFP) that will help ensure that PV systems are built for future microgrid connection.

  2. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Hawaii Solar Integration Study

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    Hawaii Solar Integration Study The Hawaii Solar Integration Study was a detailed technical examination of the effects of high penetrations of solar and wind energy on the operations of the electric grids of two Hawaiian islands: Maui and Oahu. Carried out under the auspices of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, the study was jointly sponsored by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Hawaiian Electric Company. Unlike mainland power grids, island power grids

  3. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Western Wind and Solar Integration

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    Study Phase 1 Research 1 Research The first phase of the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study investigated the benefits and challenges of integrating up to 35% wind and solar energy in the WestConnect subregion and, more broadly, the Western Interconnection, in 2017. The study showed it is operationally possible to accommodate 30% wind and 5% solar energy if utilities substantially increase their coordination of operations over wider geographic areas and schedule their generation and

  4. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - TroughNet Home Page

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    Steam is coming out of the generation system building. Power Plant Systems Parabolic Trough Data and Resources Industry Partners Solar Data Power Plant Data Models and Tools System ...

  5. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Solar Power Data for Integration...

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    Power Data for Integration Studies The Solar Power Data for Integration Studies are synthetic ... 2006. The data are intended for use by energy professionals such as transmission ...

  6. NREL: State and Local Governments - State Solar Technical Assistance

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    What suite of solar PV policies and finance or incentive programs could be implemented in your state to maximize economic development opportunities? If your state agency implements ...

  7. NREL Assembles Industry Working Group to Advance Solar Securitization...

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    and commercial deployment, and the development of robust datasets to assess ... in the fields of solar deployment, finance, counsel, and analysis. "It's exciting to ...

  8. NREL: State and Local Governments - In-Depth Solar Technical...

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    policies to best practices with suggestions for policy changes to better serve the solar distributed generation market Unbiased analysis of economic and market impacts of...

  9. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - 10-Megawatt Supercritical...

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    Advancing concentrating solar power (CSP) systems ... CSP plants are typically located in hot, dry climates where water is scarce. ... CSP goal of 50% net thermal-to-electric ...

  10. NREL: News - Energy Secretary Abraham Opens Solar Village on...

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    Thursday, September 26, 2002 14 University Teams Competing in DOE's First Solar Decathlon Washington, D.C.-This morning, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham officially opened the ...

  11. NREL Quantifies Significant Value in Concentrating Solar Power...

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    The analysis is detailed in a recent publication, Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a California 33% Renewable Scenario, by Paul Denholm, ...

  12. NREL Report Estimates Market Potential of Shared Solar and Discusses...

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    Report Estimates Market Potential of Shared Solar and Discusses Relevant Securities Regulations April 27, 2015 Analysis from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy ...

  13. NREL Assembles Industry Group to Explore Solar Lending Potential...

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    Assembles Industry Group to Explore Solar Lending Potential May 7, 2014 Increasingly, banks, credit unions, and other lenders are beginning to offer loan products to homeowners and ...

  14. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News Release Archives

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    1 December 20, 2011 Thermal Energy Storage Included in California Power Purchase Agreements The value of thermal energy storage in concentrating solar power plants has become ...

  15. NREL: State and Local Governments - Utility Solar Technical Assistance

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    design of community solar Strategies for implementing advanced inverter protocols Deployment considerations for photovoltaic (PV)-enabling technologies such as storage, grid...

  16. NREL: Renewable Resource Data Center - Solar Resource Data

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    Data The following solar resource data collections can be found in the Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC). Cooperative Networks for Renewable Resource Measurements (CONFRRM)...

  17. New Multijunction Design Leads to Ultra-Efficient Solar Cell; Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    2015-09-01

    NREL has demonstrated a 45.7% conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies ever achieved across all types of solar cells. NREL's new solar cell, which is designed for operation in a concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) system where it can receive more than 1,000 suns of concentrated sunlight, greatly improves earlier designs by adding an additional high quality absorber layer to achieve an ultra-high efficiency.

  18. NREL: Solar Research - NREL and Partners Demonstrate First-of-a-Kind Use of

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    Utility-Scale PV for Ancillary Services and Partners Demonstrate First-of-a-Kind Use of Utility-Scale PV for Ancillary Services Demonstration project shows utility-scale photovoltaic plants that incorporate "grid-friendly" controls can contribute to grid stability and reliability. January 28, 2016 While utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants are being increasingly deployed across the country, some believe higher penetrations of PV technologies may potentially impact

  19. 2004 News Releases | NREL

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    4 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search News Search December 21, 2004 NREL Recognizes Solar Pioneer with National Honor November 23, 2004 NREL Recognizes Solar Pioneer with National Honor November 17, 2004 Basalt Middle School Teacher Recognized for Renewable Energy Efforts October 5, 2004 NREL Theorist Recognized for Highest Citation Impact September 24, 2004 NREL Selects Contractor for New Science & Technology

  20. NREL Updates National Solar Radiation Database - News Releases...

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    It provides hourly solar radiation and meteorological data for 1991-2005 for 1,454 stations and features a new hourly 10-kilometer gridded data set for 1998-2005. This expands the ...

  1. NREL: Renewable Resource Data Center - Solar Resource Information

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    Solar Resource Information The Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC) offers a collection of data and ... The proper siting of any renewable energy system is critical to its success. ...

  2. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News Release Archives

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    ... plant in the world to use molten-salt as a heat transfer fluid and to store ... integrate a combined-cycle gas facility and a solar thermal power plant for electricity generation. ...

  3. NREL, SLAC Scientists Pinpoint Solar Cell Manufacturing Process...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    The paste used in the manufacturing of the solar cells contains silver powder, glass frit (a mixture of metal oxides, such as lead oxide, boron oxide, zinc oxide, and bismuth oxide...

  4. NREL: News - Solar Decathlon Graphics and Communication Results Announced

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    Graphics and Communication Results Announced Tuesday, October 1, 2002 First Place Goes to University of Colorado Washington, D.C.-The University of Colorado at Boulder took first place in the Graphics and Communication results announced today at the U. S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Auburn University placed second and Crowder College placed third. The Solar Decathlon runs through Oct. 5. With today's third round contest results, and

  5. NREL Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (SRRL): Baseline Measurement System (BMS); Golden, Colorado (Data)

    DOE Data Explorer [Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

    Stoffel, T.; Andreas, A.

    The SRRL was established at the Solar Energy Research Institute (now NREL) in 1981 to provide continuous measurements of the solar resources, outdoor calibrations of pyranometers and pyrheliometers, and to characterize commercially available instrumentation. The SRRL is an outdoor laboratory located on South Table Mountain, a mesa providing excellent solar access throughout the year, overlooking Denver. Beginning with the basic measurements of global horizontal irradiance, direct normal irradiance and diffuse horizontal irradiance at 5-minute intervals, the SRRL Baseline Measurement System now produces more than 130 data elements at 1-min intervals that are available from the Measurement & Instrumentation Data Center Web site. Data sources include global horizontal, direct normal, diffuse horizontal (from shadowband and tracking disk), global on tilted surfaces, reflected solar irradiance, ultraviolet, infrared (upwelling and downwelling), photometric and spectral radiometers, sky imagery, and surface meteorological conditions (temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, precipitation, snow cover, wind speed and direction at multiple levels). Data quality control and assessment include daily instrument maintenance (M-F) with automated data quality control based on real-time examinations of redundant instrumentation and internal consistency checks using NREL's SERI-QC methodology. Operators are notified of equipment problems by automatic e-mail messages generated by the data acquisition and processing system. Radiometers are recalibrated at least annually with reference instruments traceable to the World Radiometric Reference (WRR).

  6. NREL Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (SRRL): Baseline Measurement System (BMS); Golden, Colorado (Data)

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    Stoffel, T.; Andreas, A.

    1981-07-15

    The SRRL was established at the Solar Energy Research Institute (now NREL) in 1981 to provide continuous measurements of the solar resources, outdoor calibrations of pyranometers and pyrheliometers, and to characterize commercially available instrumentation. The SRRL is an outdoor laboratory located on South Table Mountain, a mesa providing excellent solar access throughout the year, overlooking Denver. Beginning with the basic measurements of global horizontal irradiance, direct normal irradiance and diffuse horizontal irradiance at 5-minute intervals, the SRRL Baseline Measurement System now produces more than 130 data elements at 1-min intervals that are available from the Measurement & Instrumentation Data Center Web site. Data sources include global horizontal, direct normal, diffuse horizontal (from shadowband and tracking disk), global on tilted surfaces, reflected solar irradiance, ultraviolet, infrared (upwelling and downwelling), photometric and spectral radiometers, sky imagery, and surface meteorological conditions (temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, precipitation, snow cover, wind speed and direction at multiple levels). Data quality control and assessment include daily instrument maintenance (M-F) with automated data quality control based on real-time examinations of redundant instrumentation and internal consistency checks using NREL's SERI-QC methodology. Operators are notified of equipment problems by automatic e-mail messages generated by the data acquisition and processing system. Radiometers are recalibrated at least annually with reference instruments traceable to the World Radiometric Reference (WRR).

  7. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Western Wind and Solar Integration

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    Study Phase 2 Research 2 Research Phase 2 of the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS-2) was initiated to determine the wear-and-tear costs and emissions impacts of cycling and to simulate grid operations to investigate the detailed impacts of wind and solar power on the fossil-fueled fleet in the West. Key Findings The negative impact of cycling on overall plant emissions is relatively small. The increase in plant emissions from cycling to accommodate variable renewables are more

  8. NREL Confirms Large Potential for Grid Integration of Wind, Solar Power (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-10-01

    To fully harvest the nation's bountiful wind and solar resources, it is critical to know how much electrical power from these renewable resources could be integrated reliably into the grid. To inform the discussion about the potential of such variable sources, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched two key regional studies, examining the east and west sections of the U.S. power grid. The studies show that it is technically possible for U.S. power systems to integrate 20%-35% renewable electricity if infrastructure and operational improvements can be made.

  9. NREL Researchers Demonstrate External Quantum Efficiency Surpassing 100% in a Quantum Dot Solar Cell (Fact Sheet)

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    A new device that produces and collects multiple electrons per photon could yield inexpensive, high-efficiency photovoltaics. A new device developed through research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reduces conventional losses in photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, potentially increasing the power conversion efficiency-but not the cost-of the solar cells. Solar cells convert optical energy from the sun into usable electricity; however, almost 50% of the incident energy is lost as heat with present-day technologies. High-efficiency, multi-junction cells reduce this heat loss, but their cost is significantly higher. NREL's new device uses excess energy in solar photons to create extra charges rather than heat. This was achieved using 5-nanometer-diameter quantum dots of lead selenide (PbSe) tightly packed into a film. The researchers chemically treated the film, and then fabricated a device that yielded an external quantum efficiency (number of electrons produced per incident photon) exceeding 100%, a value beyond that of all current solar cells for any incident photon. Quantum dots are known to efficiently generate multiple excitons (a bound electron-hole pair) per absorbed high-energy photon, and this device definitively demonstrates the collection of multiple electrons per photon in a PV cell. The internal quantum efficiency corrects for photons that are not absorbed in the photoactive layer and shows that the PbSe film generates 30% to 40% more electrons in the high-energy spectral region than is possible with a conventional solar cell. While the unoptimized overall power conversion efficiency is still low (less than 5%), the results have important implications for PV because such high quantum efficiency can lead to more electrical current produced than possible using present technologies. Furthermore, this fabrication is also amenable to inexpensive, high-throughput roll-to-roll manufacturing.

  10. NREL: News - Solar Decathlon Design Presentation and Simulation Results

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    Announced Design Presentation and Simulation Results Announced Monday, September 30, 2002 Second Round Goes to Virginia Tech Washington, D.C.-Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University took first place in the Design Presentation and Simulation Contest at the Solar Village on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. today. Carnegie Mellon University placed second and the University of Maryland placed third. With today's contest results, and results from ongoing contests, the overall

  11. NREL: News - Solar Decathlon Engineering Design Results Announced

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    Engineering Design Results Announced Thursday, October 3, 2002 Distinguished Panel Picks University of Colorado and Crowder College The University of Colorado at Boulder and Crowder College tied for first place in the Engineering Design results announced today at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, DC, today. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University took the second highest number of points and the University of Maryland

  12. NREL: Solar Research - Materials and Chemical Science and Technology

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    Materials and Chemical Science and Technology The Materials and Chemical Science & Technology (MCST) directorate's capabilities span fundamental and applied R&D for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Key program areas include solar energy conversion for electricity and fuels, materials discovery and development for renewable energy technologies, hydrogen production and storage, and fuel cells. The MCST directorate-led by Associate Laboratory Director William Tumas-includes the

  13. SolTrace Background | Concentrating Solar Power | NREL

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    Download Current Official Release SolTrace Version 2012.7.9 is now available. The plug-in for Trimble SketchUp requires SketchUp Version 8 to be loaded on your computer. The current version of the plug-in is SolTrace 0.6. SolTrace and the plug-in are available for both Windows (XP and Windows 7 32-bit) and Mac (OS X 10.6). All fields are required. First Name: Last Name: Email Address: Organization: Planned Use of SolarTrace: Platform: Windows (XP and Windows 7 32-bit) Mac (OS X 10.6) Do you want

  14. 2009 Feature Stories | NREL

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    2009 Feature Stories The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. December 2009 New Labs to Concentrate on Solar Thermal Energy New Labs to Concentrate on Solar Thermal Energy DOE funds facilities to advance concentrating solar power technologies; global capacity could reach 20 gigawatts by 2020. NREL Works with Truckers to Reduce Fuel Use NREL Works with Truckers to Reduce Fuel Use Excessive

  15. Innovation Impact Publications | NREL

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    Innovation Impact Publications NREL has a rich history of scientific innovation and partnering with industry in research and development across our primary areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency research: analysis, bioenergy, buildings, manufacturing, solar, transportation, and wind technologies. Learn more about NREL's Innovation Impact by viewing the fact sheets below on our key breakthrough results. Analysis NREL Case Study Leads to International Partnership In 2012, NREL analysts

  16. 2001 News Releases | NREL

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    Awards to Boost Research into Cheaper Solar ... Leaders in Future and Current Technology Teaming Up to Improve Ethanol Production - (053001) NREL Hosts Consumer Energy Expo - (05...

  17. 2016 News Releases | NREL

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    2016 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search News Search May 14, 2016 Winners for NREL's 26th Solar ...

  18. NREL: Sustainable NREL - News

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    News Below are news stories related to NREL's sustainability efforts. February 22, 2016 NREL analysis finds tax credit extensions can impact renewable energy deployment and ...

  19. NREL: Sustainable NREL - About

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    About Sustainable NREL NREL proactively pursues sustainability in all its operations to ... Sustainability Integrated in Mission and Operation Fully integrated in the lab's mission ...

  20. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Transportation

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    occupant vehicles trips throughout the day. Printable Version Sustainable NREL Home About Sustainable NREL Environment Greenhouse Gases Water Waste & Pollution Green Purchasing...

  1. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Webmaster

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    email address: Your message: Send Message Printable Version Sustainable NREL Home About Sustainable NREL Environment Buildings Community Outreach Did you find what you needed?...

  2. 2011 News Releases | NREL

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    1 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search News Search December 20, 2011 NREL Licenses Technology to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that Natcore Technology Inc. has been granted a patent license agreement to develop a line of black silicon products. December 15, 2011 NREL Scientists Report First Solar Cell Producing More

  3. NREL: Technology Transfer - NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects...

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    NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future for Solar Energy In this video, NREL Principal Scientist Gary Jorgensen and SkyFuel Chief Technology Officer Randy Gee talk...

  4. Visiting NREL | NREL

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    Visiting NREL To plan your visit, select the location below. Not sure? Contact your NREL host to confirm the location for your meeting. NREL Golden Campus, Laboratories, and Administrative Offices National Wind Technology Center Education Center Washington, D.C. Office Community Members and General Public Sign up for an NREL tour or group program. LEARN MORE

  5. Technology Licensing | NREL

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    a successful start-up company in Rochester, NY. GeoSolarHeat licensed NREL's transpired solar collector (TSC) technology, used in commercial poultry farming. Learn more on the...

  6. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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    4 November 26, 2014 NREL Releases User Guide for PV Dynamic Model Simulation Report explains how to use NREL's tool for modeling the dynamic behavior of photovoltaic inverters. November 20, 2014 NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on

  7. Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study: Flexibility and High Penetrations of Wind and Solar; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Bloom, Aaron; Townsend, Aaron; Palchak, David

    2015-07-29

    Balancing wind and solar in a model is relatively easy. All you need to do is assume a very large system with infinite flexibility! But what if you don't have an infinitely flexible system? What if there are thousands of generators nestled in a handful of regions that are unlikely to change their operational practices? Would you still have enough flexibility to balance hundreds of gigawatts of wind and solar at a 5 minute level? At NREL, we think we can, and our industry partners agree. This presentation was presented at the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting by Aaron Bloom, highlighting results of the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study.

  8. NREL: Resource Assessment and Forecasting - Working with Us

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    Submit a proposal in response to any active solicitation for assisting NREL with a solar radiation research R&D activity Work with NREL researchers through mentored research...

  9. Boosting Accuracy of Testing Multijunction Solar Cells (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    has developed a more precise technology for measuring efficiency of concentrating solar cells, enabling the industry to advance. Solar researchers have long been unable to reduce an error that occurs during efficiency measurements of triple-absorber, concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) cells- one that is caused by too much spectral irradiance from unfiltered, pulsed xenon solar simulators entering into the bottom subcell during testing. This condition causes an artificial increase in the measured

  10. NREL teams with Dutch Energy Research Center - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL teams with Dutch Energy Research Center Collaboration expected in energy analysis, wind and photovoltaic research May 28, 2009 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has signed a research collaboration agreement with the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). NREL and ECN will join forces on areas such as policy studies, energy analysis, wind energy and solar photovoltaic energy. The cooperation between ECN and NREL ranges from an

  11. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Partnerships

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    Partnerships Watch how NREL is partnering with SolarCity to study how to better integrate rooftop solar onto the grid. Industry, academia, and government entities are working together with NREL at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on transformative projects to optimize the way we use, produce, and deliver energy. Learn more about how to partner with NREL at the ESIF. Current Partners Our current partners include the following organizations, among others: Abengoa Solar Advanced

  12. NREL: Technology Transfer - NREL's Battery Life Predictive Model...

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    NREL 32696 Companies that rely on batteries for enhanced energy efficiency-including electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, solar and wind energy generation companies, and...

  13. NREL: Photovoltaics Research Home Page

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    Photovoltaic (PV) research and development (R&D) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on (1) boosting solar cell conversion efficiencies, (2) lowering the ...

  14. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Forecasting

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    Forecasting NREL researchers use solar and wind resource assessment and forecasting techniques to develop models that better characterize the potential benefits and impacts of ...

  15. 2015 News | Buildings Research | NREL

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    April 27, 2015 NREL Report Estimates Market Potential of Shared Solar and Discusses Relevant Securities Regulations Analysis from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy ...

  16. NREL: Technology Deployment Home Page

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    Technical Assistance Overcoming Market Barriers Biopower Buildings Transportation Microgrid Design Solar Wind Learn about NREL's work with: Federal Agencies Islands Research...

  17. NREL: Buildings Research - Publications

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    ... NREL Provides Guidance to Improve Air Mixing and Thermal ... FS-5500-54845. Solar Water Heater Roadmap Leads Path to Market ... Evaluation of Humidity Control Options in Hot-Humid ...

  18. 2013 Feature Stories | NREL

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    ... high performance computing (HPC) power for NREL researchers, the new facility will be the most energy-efficient HPC ... wafers before money is spent making them into solar cells

  19. NREL: Technology Transfer - News

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    non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-VSi solar cell. January 4, 2016 NREL's Cybersecurity Initiative Aims to Wall Off the Smart Grid...

  20. NREL Report Says Insurance Industry Can Benefit by Using Solar Power for

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    Renewable Energy Grant Program | Department of Energy NREL Report Highlights Positive Economic Impact and Job Creation from 1603 Renewable Energy Grant Program NREL Report Highlights Positive Economic Impact and Job Creation from 1603 Renewable Energy Grant Program April 6, 2012 - 10:26am Addthis Table: Estimates of the Direct and Indirect Jobs, Earnings, and Economic Output Supported by PV and Large Wind Projects Funded Under the §1603 Grant Program. Table: Estimates of the Direct and

  1. 2011 Feature Stories | NREL

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    1 Feature Stories The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. December 2011 Retailers Checking 'Nice' on Energy Savings List Retailers Checking 'Nice' on Energy Savings List NREL is working with the nation's commercial building owners to discover new and innovative ways to reduce energy use. Tiny Solar Cell Could Make a Big Difference Tiny Solar Cell Could Make a Big Difference Semprius is

  2. NREL: Innovation Impact - Analysis

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    Analysis Menu Home Home Solar Solar Wind Wind Analysis Analysis Bioenergy Bioenergy Buildings Buildings Transportation Transportation Manufacturing Manufacturing Energy Systems Integration Energy Systems Integration Analysis at NREL Close NREL complements its scientific research with high-quality, credible, and technology-neutral analysis that spans the entire energy portfolio to inform policy and investment decisions. These studies help to illuminate what is possible and provide critical

  3. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News

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    News The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory Photovoltaic (PV) Research Program provides links to a variety of solar news sources to keep you apprised of PV Research subprogram and solar industry activities. NREL PV News Keep current on all the latest news releases and news stories about NREL PV research. See also PV events. Printable Version Photovoltaics Research Home Polycrystalline Thin Films Multijunctions New Materials, Devices, & Processes Testing &

  4. NREL: Technology Deployment - Technology Acceleration

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    Technology Acceleration NREL offers technology-specific assistance to federal and private industry to help address market barriers to sustainable energy technologies. Learn more about NREL's work in the following areas: Biopower and Waste-to-Energy Biopower and Waste-to-Energy Buildings Buildings Fuels, Vehicles, & Transportation Fuels, Vehicles, and Transportation Microgrid Design Microgrid Design Solar Solar Wind Wind Contact Us For more information on NREL's market transformation work,

  5. Science and Technology Highlights | NREL

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    Science and Technology Highlights NREL researchers' accomplishments in fundamental energy science contribute to a clean energy future for the nation. Take a look at recent technical highlights and learn about the key results and impacts in NREL's energy science research involving: Solar January 2016 NREL, CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell Scientists set a new world record for converting non-concentrated sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si

  6. CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cell Research at NREL: FY04 Results and...

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    Subject: 14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; BUFFERS; PERFORMANCE; SOLAR CELLS; SOLAR ENERGY; THIN FILMS PV; HIGH-EFFICIENCY; SOLAR CELLS; BUFFER LAYERS; POLYCRYSTALLINE; THIN ...

  7. NREL Demonstrates Efficient Solar Water Splitting by Metal Oxide Photoabsorber (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Science, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    New development demonstrates that inexpensive and robust metal oxide photoabsorbers hold great promise as photoanodes for water oxidation. The production of solar fuels (e.g., H 2 from H 2 O, hydrocarbons from CO 2 ) via direct photoelectrochemical reactions is a promising approach in the pursuit of renewable energy sources. Production of O 2 is the only scalable and renewable oxidation that can balance these fuel-forming reduction reactions. However, few materials have the necessary properties

  8. NREL Develops ZnSiP2 for Silicon-Based Tandem Solar Cells (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Combining an Earth-abundant chalcopyrite with a silicon layer could significantly boost conversion efficiency above that of single-junction silicon solar cells. A current technological challenge in photovoltaics (PV) is to implement a lattice-matched, optically efficient material to be used in conjunction with silicon for tandem PV cells. III-V materials currently hold the world-record conver- sion efficiencies for both single- and multijunction cells. Researchers at the National Renewable

  9. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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    2 December 28, 2012 Award-Winning PV Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar cell. December 4, 2012 NREL Teams with Berkeley Lab to Analyze Solar Pricing Trends and Benchmark "Soft" Costs for PV Systems The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) jointly released two reports examining solar photovoltaic (PV)

  10. NREL GHP [Geothermal Heat Pump] Showcase: GHP Installation and Intensive in situ and Performance Monitoring at NREL's Solar Radiation and Research Laboratory; Preprint

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    Anderson, E. R.

    2010-07-01

    This document provides an overview of the geothermal heat pump (GHP) showcase at NREL and how it will help the SRRL site move forward with the goal of being a model of sustainability within the NREL campus, providing an effective demonstration of GHP systems and needed space conditioning for laboratory expansion.

  11. Solar Resource Measurements in Cocoa, Florida (FSEC) - Equipment Loaned to NREL: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-08-318

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    Stoffel, T.; Afshin, A.

    2014-01-01

    Site-specific measurements of global and diffuse solar irradiance components, passively separated by alternate shading and unshading of a pyranometer mounted under a shading band with alternating opaque and open panels (for a site other than NREL) are needed to verify the underlying theory and mathematical techniques for developing direct, global and diffuse renewable resource data from such a system. These data are used for several research and development activities consistent with the NREL mission: Establish a national 30-year climatological database of measured solar irradiances; Support development of radiative transfer models for estimating solar irradiance from available meteorological observations; Provide solar resource information needed for technology deployment and operations. NREL will provide the supporting equipment (Shadow Bank Stand) for the specially designed shading band. FSEC will provide the calibrated pyranometer and perform data acquisition of the radiometer signal. Data acquired under this agreement will be shared with the NREL Principle Investigator for the purposes of validating techniques for estimating direct radiation from global and diffuse components measured with the ZEBRA system.

  12. NREL: Measurement and Instrumentation Data Center (MIDC) Home Page

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    the following stations: NREL Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (BMS) NREL/SRRL, Golden, Colorado National Wind Technology Center M2 Tower NREL/NWTC, Boulder, Colorado Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility RSR NREL/VTIF, Golden, Colorado Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) MRI, Aurora, Colorado SOLRMAP: Southwest Solar Research Park (SSRP) Southwest Solar Technologies Inc, Phoenix, Arizona SOLRMAP: University of Arizona (OASIS) University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona SOLRMAP: La

  13. Tracking the Path of the Sun: Profiling an NREL Senior Scientist

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    NREL scientists developed a Solar Positioning Algorithm that tracks the precise position of the sun.

  14. The Impact of Improved Solar Forecasts on Bulk Power System Operations in ISO-NE (Presentation), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Improved Solar Forecasts on Bulk Power System Operations in ISO-NE 4 th Solar Integration Workshop Carlo Brancucci Martinez-Anido, Anthony Florita, and Bri-Mathias Hodge Berlin, Germany November 10, 2014 NREL/PR-5000-63082 2 Motivation and Scope * The economic benefits from renewable energy forecasting are largely unquantified in the power community o Current renewable energy penetration levels in the United States are often too low to appreciably quantify the value of improving renewable energy

  15. An Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a California 33% Renewable Scenario (Report Summary) (Presentation), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    An Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a California 33% Renewable Scenario (Report Summary) Paul Denholm, Yih-Huei Wan, Marissa Hummon, Mark Mehos March 2013 NREL/PR-6A20-58470 2 Motivation * Implement concentrating solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage (TES) in a commercial production cost model o Develop approaches that can be used by utilities and system planners to incorporate CSP in standard planning tools * Evaluate the optimal dispatch of CSP with

  16. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Cafeteria

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    Cafeteria A photo of a grey, single-story cafeteria on a large campus. NREL's onsite Café. Take a Closer Look NREL Café Fact Sheet NREL's state-of-the-art cafeteria (Café) on the South Table Mountain campus, certified to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum-level rating, uses about 25% less energy than a cafeteria built to current commercial code. Fast Facts Square feet: 12,140 Occupants: 240 Energy Use: 150 kBtu per square-foot,

  17. R&D 100 Awards Honor NREL Research

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    NREL's other R&D 100 award came for the lab's part in the development of Siemens Solar ... In tests conducted at NREL, the Siemens Solar modules demonstrated efficiencies of more ...

  18. Jessica Olstad | Bioenergy | NREL

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    Jessica Olstad Staff Engineer Jessica.Olstad@nrel.gov | 303-384-7937 Research Interests Jessica Olstad has been with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since 2009. She has experience in materials characterization, analytical method development, and materials development and testing for concentrating solar applications, and she has worked on various bench-scale systems in the past, including micro-activity test systems and fluidized bed reactors, to study the effects of feedstocks

  19. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Raytheon

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    Raytheon Photo of two men pointing to a computer screen in a laboratory. Raytheon and its project partners worked with NREL engineers to perform system-level testing of a simulated microgrid in the ESIF. The actual microgrid will be installed at MCAS Miramar in 2015. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL 32580 NREL has partnered with Raytheon Company, Primus Power, and Advanced Energy to successfully demonstrate an advanced microgrid system that draws on batteries and solar photovoltaic energy for its

  20. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Solectria

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    Solectria Photo of two men in a laboratory behind electrical wiring. Solectria is using the unique capabilities of the Energy Systems Integration Facility at NREL to test its advanced inverter technology. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL Solar inverter manufacturer Solectria is partnering with NREL to test its SGI-500 utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) inverter at the ESIF. The testing will focus on the inverter's response to frequency and voltage normal and abnormal conditions. The ESIF's

  1. NREL: Measurement and Instrumentation Data Center (MIDC) Home Page

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    these stations: NREL Restore original map zoom magnification Click station on map above or select from drop down and click go NREL Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (BMS) NREL National Wind Technology Center (M2) NREL Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility RSR Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) SOLRMAP Southwest Solar Research Park SOLRMAP University of Arizona (OASIS) SOLRMAP La Ola Lanai (RSR) SOLRMAP Kalaeloa Oahu (RSR) SOLRMAP Tri-State Escalante (RSR) SOLRMAP Loyola

  2. NREL: Innovation Impact - Wind

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    Wind Energy Menu Home Home Solar Solar Wind Wind Analysis Analysis Bioenergy Bioenergy Buildings Buildings Transportation Transportation Manufacturing Manufacturing Energy Systems Integration Energy Systems Integration Wind turbines must withstand powerful aerodynamic forces unlike any other propeller-drive machines. Close NREL's work with industry has improved the efficiency and durability of turbine blades and gearboxes. Innovations include: Specialized airfoils Variable-speed turbines

  3. NREL + SOLECTRIA - Energy Innovation Portal

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    Solar Photovoltaic Solar Photovoltaic Return to Search NREL + SOLECTRIA National Renewable Energy Laboratory Success Story Details Partner Location Agreement Type Publication Date Solectria Massachusetts Other February 2, 2015 Summary NREL is partnering with solar inverter manufacturer Solectria at the ESIF to develop 500- and 750-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) inverters with advanced features that can support the electric grid. R&D STRATEGY The ESIF's utility-scale power hardware allows

  4. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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    1 December 20, 2011 NREL Licenses Technology to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that Natcore Technology Inc. has been granted a patent license agreement to develop a line of black silicon products. December 15, 2011 NREL Scientists Report First Solar Cell Producing More Electrons In Photocurrent Than Solar Photons Entering Cell Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy

  5. NREL Investigates Critical Properties of Perovskite Halides Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    Results give insight on a novel, promising class of photoactive materials for solar conversion applications.

  6. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV...

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    Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) Report - Fraunhofer ISE and NREL Analyze Status of Market and Technology February 4, 2015 The German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems...

  7. NREL: Technology Deployment - State and Local Governments

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    Two NREL teams were dispatched to New York and New Jersey in February-April to support ... Blog Education & Outreach Policy Basics Publications Solar Technical Assistance Team ...

  8. NREL: Energy Analysis - Models and Tools

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    for hydrogen, with this geospatial and temporal infrastructure analysis model. Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) Model Use NREL's geospatial toolkit to visualize ...

  9. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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    April 27, 2015 NREL Report Estimates Market Potential of Shared Solar and Discusses Relevant Securities Regulations Analysis from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy ...

  10. NREL: Technology Transfer - News Release Archives

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    from inks and other solutions. July 7, 2009 NREL Collaborating with Spire to Develop Solar Cells with 42% Efficiency Through a Photovoltaic Technology Incubator Award, Spire...

  11. 1997 News Releases | NREL

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    7 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search Local Middle School Receives School-to-Career Grant - (12/24/97) Free Consumer Workshops On Solar & Wind Power For Farm & Ranch At National Western Stock Show - (12/9/97) NREL Funds Research into Low-Cost Solar Electricity - (12/8/97) NREL Provides PV Holiday Lights for Christmas Tree - (12/2/97) Energy Saving Buildings Win National and Local Honors - (11/21/97)

  12. Site insolation and wind power characteristics: technical report western region (south section)

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    1980-08-01

    This phase of the Site Insolation and Wind Power Characteristics Study was performed to provide statistical information on the expected future availability of solar and wind power at various sites in the Western Region (South Section) of the US Historic data (SOLMET), at 22 National Weather Service stations with hourly solar insolation and collateral meteorological information, were interrogated to provide an estimate of future trends. Solar data are global radiation incident on a horizontal surface, and wind data represent wind power normal to the air flow. Selected insolation and wind power conditions were investigated for their occurrence and persistence, for defined periods of time, on a monthly basis. Global horizontal insolation is related to inclined surfaces at each site. Ratios are provided, monthly, for multiplying global insolation to obtain insolation estimates on south-facing surfaces inclined at different angles with respect to the horizontal. Also, joint probability distribution tables are constructed showing the number of occurrences, out of a finite sample size, of daily average solar and wind power within selected intervals, by month. Information of this nature is intended as an aid to preliminary planning activities for the design and operation of solar and wind energy utilization and conversion systems.

  13. Two New Reports on Utility-Scale Solar from NREL | OpenEI Community

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    on First Solar projects). A full quarter of the 16,043 MW were from concentrated solar thermal power projects: 9% parabolic troughs and 16% tower systems. Tower technology...

  14. Passive Solar Industries Council | Open Energy Information

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    Passive Solar Industries Council Jump to: navigation, search Name: Passive Solar Industries Council Place: Ashland, OR Information About Partnership with NREL Partnership with NREL...

  15. Solar Technical Assistance Team | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    SunShot funds the work of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT). STAT leverages the expertise of NREL solar energy technology and ...

  16. NREL: MIDC/University of Texas Panamerican Solar Radiation Lab (26.49 N,

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    98.17 W, 45 m, GMT-6) University of Texas Panamerican (UTPA) Solar Radiation Lab (SRL)

  17. NREL Webinar: Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning

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    In this free webinar, you will hear how utilities are incorporating solar generation into their resource planning processes.

  18. NREL Scientist Brian Gregg Named AAAS Fellow - News Releases | NREL

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    Scientist Brian Gregg Named AAAS Fellow Gregg honored for distinguished contributions to the field of organic solar photoconversion January 19, 2015 photo of Brian Gregg Photo of Brian Gregg, NREL Scientist Brian Gregg, a scientist at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS cited Gregg for "distinguished contributions to the field of solar photoconversion,

  19. The NREL Spectrum of Clean Energy Innovation - Continuum Magazine | NREL

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    Continuum is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's publication that showcases the laboratory's latest and most impactful clean energy innovations and the researchers and unique facilities that make it all happen. Dan Says From our director Dan says NREL Leads Wind Farm Modeling Research 01 NREL Leads Wind Farm Modeling Research Researchers study the atmosphere surrounding large turbines to optimize performance. Driving Solar Innovations from Laboratory to Marketplace 02 Driving Solar

  20. NREL: Energy Analysis - Andrew Weekley

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    2014. Variability of Photovoltaic Power in the State of Gujarat Using High Resolution Solar Data. NRELTP-7A40-60991. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (US). ...

  1. NREL Technologies Win National Awards

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    Programs like these can revolutionize the development of low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. NREL also earned 1997 R&D 100 honors in a multi-laboratory effort that combined the ...

  2. NREL: Energy Analysis - Parthiv Kurup

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    number: 303-275-4013 E-mail: Parthiv.kurup@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) as a large scale power generation technology Worked on and developed CSP...

  3. Homeowners Guide to Leasing a Solar Electric System (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    The benefits of leases for solar electric equipment include lower upfront costs and no operation and maintenance responsibilities. t e c h n i c a l a s s i s ta n c e Homeowners Guide to Leasing a Solar Electric System This guide provides an introduction to solar leases for homeowners considering installing a solar electric system on their home. Introduction Solar electric systems, also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems, allow owners to generate a portion of their own electricity. Homeowners

  4. NREL + GOOGLE - Energy Innovation Portal

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    Vehicles and Fuels Vehicles and Fuels Solar Photovoltaic Solar Photovoltaic Energy Storage Energy Storage Electricity Transmission Electricity Transmission Early Stage R&D Early Stage R&D Return to Search NREL + GOOGLE National Renewable Energy Laboratory Success Story Details Partner Location Agreement Type Publication Date Google CA User Facility February 2, 2015 Summary Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society are working with NREL at the ESIF on the Little Box Challenge, an open

  5. NREL: Technology Deployment - News Release Archives

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    4 December 11, 2014 NREL Compares State Solar Policies to Determine Equation for Solar Market Success Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used statistical analyses and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate that while no standard formula for solar implementation exists, a combination of foundational policies and localized strategies can increase solar

  6. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Environmental Stewardship

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    Environmental Stewardship Through the laboratory's Sustainable NREL program and its integration in the environmental management system, NREL protects and enhances the vegetation, wildlife, water quality, and natural resources; complies with environmental requirements; protects air quality; and encourages continuous improvement in environmental protection. NREL has several programs that: Reduce greenhouse gases Increase water efficiency Reduce waste and prevent pollution Assist with and encourage

  7. NREL Develops ZnSiP2 for Silicon-Based Tandem Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    2014-08-01

    Combining an Earth-abundant chalcopyrite with a silicon layer could significantly boost conversion efficiency above that of single-junction silicon solar cells.

  8. Winners for NREL's 25th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races | Awards...

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    The batteries used in the competition are supplied by DOE, and teams purchase authorized solar panels, then design and build the rest of their cars themselves. The competition...

  9. Opportunities and Challenges for Solar Minigrid Development in Rural India

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    Thirumurthy, N.; Harrington, L.; Martin, D.; Thomas, L.; Takpa, J.; Gergan, R.

    2012-09-01

    The goal of this report is to inform investors about the potential of solar minigrid technologies to serve India's rural market. Under the US-India Energy Dialogue, the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is supporting the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)'s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in performing a business-case and policy-oriented analysis on the deployment of solar minigrids in India. The JNNSM scheme targets the development of 2GW of off-grid solar power by 2022 and provides large subsidies to meet this target. NREL worked with electricity capacity and demand data supplied by the Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency (LREDA) from Leh District, to develop a technical approach for solar minigrid development. Based on the NREL-developed, simulated solar insolation data for the city of Leh, a 250-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system can produce 427,737 kWh over a 12-month period. The business case analysis, based on several different scenarios and JNNSM incentives shows the cost of power ranges from Rs. 6.3/kWh (US$0.126) to Rs. 9/kWh (US$0.18). At these rates, solar power is a cheaper alternative to diesel. An assessment of the macro-environment elements--including political, economic, environmental, social, and technological--was also performed to identify factors that may impact India?s energy development initiatives.

  10. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Myles A. Steiner, Ph.D.

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Steiner 303-384-7675 Myles.Steiner@nrel.gov Myles Steiner is a scientist in the High Efficiency Crystalline PV group at NREL, working primarily on III-V multijunction solar cells...

  11. NREL Seeks Proposals, Announces Awards for Photovoltaic Technology

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    Incubator Program - News Releases | NREL NREL Seeks Proposals, Announces Awards for Photovoltaic Technology Incubator Program Program provides $16.5 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act June 9, 2009 The U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking project proposals as part of recently announced DOE funding to accelerate commercialization of solar energy technologies. NREL also announced partnerships with 13 U.S. small solar

  12. NREL Takes First In-Depth Look at Solar Project Completion Timelines...

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    Takes First In-Depth Look at Solar Project Completion Timelines Report examines new data to show how long the PV interconnection process takes in the U.S. February 11, 2015 The ...

  13. NREL's Optical Cavity Furnace Brings Together a Myriad of Advances for Processing Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-08-01

    Fact sheet on 2011 R&D 100 Award winner, the Optical Cavity Furnace. The innovative furnace uses light and unique light-induced effects to make higher-efficiency solar cells at lower cost.

  14. Claims for Solar Cell Efficiency Put to Test at NREL | Community...

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    ... will require the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for solar in the continental United ... To reach that goal, system prices will have to drop. Manufacturing costs will have to ...

  15. The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 2 (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This is one-page, two-sided fact sheet presents high-level summary results of the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 2, which examined operational impacts of high penetrations of variable renewable generation in the West.

  16. NREL Solar Research Garners Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards -...

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    efficient and a mammoth power generator that sets a new standard for the production of solar energy - both developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable...

  17. NREL: Innovation Impact - Manufacturing

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    Buildings Menu Home Home Solar Solar Wind Wind Analysis Analysis Bioenergy Bioenergy Buildings Buildings Transportation Transportation Manufacturing Manufacturing Energy Systems Integration Energy Systems Integration Buildings Use 40% of U.S. Energy Close Americans spend $400 billion annually to power homes and commercial buildings. An estimated $80 billion could be saved through energy efficiency. Close NREL's net-zero-energy Research Support Facility employs cutting-edge energy efficiency

  18. Disclaimer | NREL

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    Disclaimer The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC ("Alliance"). As such the...

  19. NREL Scientists Spurred the Success of Multijunction Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-09-01

    Before 1984, many scientists believed that high-quality gallium indium phosphide (GaInP) alloys could not be grown for use as semiconductors because the alloys would separate. One researcher at the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) thought differently. His name was Jerry Olson, and his innovative thinking changed solar history. Olson identified a material combination that allowed the multijunction cell to flourish. It is now the workhorse that powers satellites and the catalyst for renewed interest in concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) products.

  20. Incorporation of NREL Solar Advisor Model Photovoltaic Capabilities with GridLAB-D

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    Tuffner, Francis K.; Hammerstrom, Janelle L.; Singh, Ruchi

    2012-10-19

    This report provides a summary of the work updating the photovoltaic model inside GridLAB-D. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar Advisor Model (SAM) was utilized as a basis for algorithms and validation of the new implementation. Subsequent testing revealed that the two implementations are nearly identical in both solar impacts and power output levels. This synergized model aides the system-level impact studies of GridLAB-D, but also allows more specific details of a particular site to be explored via the SAM software.

  1. Photovoltaic Potential and Insolation Maps (Canada) | Open Energy...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Insolation Maps (Canada) Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Photovoltaic Potential and Insolation Maps (Canada) Focus Area: Renewable Energy Topics:...

  2. NREL Highlights Leading Utility Green Power Programs - News Releases | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Highlights Leading Utility Green Power Programs Pricing Programs give Consumers Clean Power Choices February 21, 2003 Golden, CO. - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual ranking of leading utility "green pricing" programs. Under green pricing, consumers can choose to help support additional electrical production from renewable resources such as solar and wind. More than 300 utilities in 32 states now offer these

  3. NREL Highlights Leading Utility Green Power Programs - News Releases | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Highlights Leading Utility Green Power Programs March 4, 2004 Golden, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual ranking of leading utility "green pricing" programs. Under green pricing, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as solar and wind. More than 500 utilities in 33 states now offer these programs. Using information provided by utilities,

  4. NREL Highlights Leading Utility Green Power Programs - News Releases | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Highlights Leading Utility Green Power Programs Pricing programs give consumers clean power choices March 15, 2006 Golden, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual ranking of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as solar and wind. More than 600 utilities across the United States now

  5. NREL Highlights Leading Utility Green Power Programs - News Releases | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Highlights Leading Utility Green Power Programs Pricing programs give consumers clean power choices April 22, 2008 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual ranking of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as solar and wind. More than 800 utilities across the United States offer these programs.

  6. NREL Highlights Utility Green Power Leaders - News Releases | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Highlights Utility Green Power Leaders Annual assessment shows more consumers making clean power choices April 13, 2009 GOLDEN, CO. - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar. According to the NREL analysis, more than 850

  7. NREL Highlights Utility Green Power Leaders - News Releases | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Highlights Utility Green Power Leaders Annual assessment shows more consumers making clean power choices May 3, 2010 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar. According to the NREL analysis, more than 850 utilities across the

  8. NREL Ranks Leading Utility Green Power Programs - News Releases | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Ranks Leading Utility Green Power Programs Pricing programs give consumers clean power choices April 3, 2007 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual ranking of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as solar and wind. More than 600 utilities across the United States offer these programs. Using

  9. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Water Efficiency

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    Water Efficiency A photo of water spilling out of a downspout from the roof of a multi-story office building. NREL conserves water in a number of innovative ways. A photo of water passing through a landscaped area. Rain water from NREL's Research Support Facility passes through landscaped areas before discharging into Lena Gulch. To remain resilient in the arid climate of the southwest, NREL is committed to the efficient use of water throughout the laboratory. Best Practices All new buildings on

  10. NREL in the Community | NREL

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    are met while protecting native wildlife and vegetation. NREL continuously improves its environmental protection efforts as proven in the Annual Site Environmental Report. Events...

  11. NREL: Sustainable NREL -Green Purchasing

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    Green Purchasing Committed to protecting the natural environment, NREL promotes green purchasing-also referred to as sustainable acquisition-by: Implementing new policies,...

  12. NREL: Technology Transfer - Contacts

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    you may have about NREL's technology transfer opportunities. Partnering with NREL Anne Miller, 303-384-7353 Licensing NREL Technologies Eric Payne, 303-275-3166 Printable Version...

  13. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Wyle

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    Wyle Photo of a glass cube containing power electronics equipment in a laboratory Prototype CUBE system at the ESIF PSIL. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL Under a research agreement with Wyle Labs, NREL is working with the U.S. Army to develop the Consolidated Utility Base Energy (CUBE) System-a power distribution device that delivers power from solar, battery, and diesel generators to loads on forward operating bases. The CUBE was originally developed for the Army's Expeditionary Energy and

  14. NREL: Dynamic Maps, GIS Data, and Analysis Tools - Solar Maps Development

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    Solar Maps Development - How the Maps Were Made 10km The State University of New York/Albany satellite radiation model was developed by Richard Perez and collaborators at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other universities for the U.S. Department of Energy. Specific information about this model can be found in Perez, et al. (2002). This model uses hourly radiance images from geostationary weather satellites, daily snow cover data, and monthly averages of atmospheric water vapor,

  15. NREL: Geothermal Technologies - News Release Archives

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    5 November 17, 2015 New Geothermal Lab Manager Joins NREL Henry (Bud) Johnston joined NREL on October 12 as the new Laboratory Program Manager for the Geothermal Technologies Program. June 10, 2015 Geothermal Energy Association Honors Two NRELians with Top Recognition Dan Getman and Jordan Macknick were recognized by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) during its National Geothermal Summit on June 3, 2015, in Reno, Nevada. June 8, 2015 Kuwait Visitors Interested in NREL Solar and Geothermal

  16. NREL: Technology Deployment - Technical Assistance for Islands

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    Islands NREL provides technical assistance to help islands reduce dependence on fossil fuels and increase energy security by implementing energy efficiency measures and leveraging indigenous renewable resources. Hawaii NREL Helps Design LEED Platinum Affordable Housing U.S. Virgin Islands Landmark Solar Deal Completed with NREL Support This tailored technical assistance includes: Establishing baseline energy use Measuring available renewable resources Assessing the viability of various energy

  17. NREL: Transportation Research - Working with Us

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    Working with Us Partnerships Drive Transportation Solutions Photo of two men standing in front of a large solar panel and an electric vehicle. NREL offers industry, academia, and other government agencies opportunities to work with us and leverage our research expertise. There are several ways for your organization to get involved with us: Partner with NREL through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or a Work-for-Others Agreement. License NREL-developed technologies. The Energy

  18. 1996 News Releases | NREL

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    6 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search Companies Selected for Small Wind Turbine Project - (11/27/96) DOE Forms National Center for Photovoltaics - (11/19/96) The Brightest in Solar Homes to Shine in Public Tour - (10/4/96) New NREL Research Facility Slashes Energy Use by 66 Percent - (10/3/96) Agreement Moves Nevada Solar Plant Step Closer to Reality - (10/3/96) Would-Be Solar Electric Homeowners Sought For

  19. 2011 News | Buildings | NREL

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    1 News Below are news stories related to Buildings. RSS Learn about RSS. December 30, 2011 St. Thomas Airport Installs Largest Solar Project in U.S. Virgin Islands Solar energy is making its mark in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), as evidenced by the large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. December 13, 2011 NREL Employees Recognized by Industry Peers Trade media and industry groups recently have honored several employees at the U.S.

  20. NREL: Measurements and Characterization - Computational Modeling

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    Computational Modeling Graphic of a computational modeling graph Computational modeling sheds light how grain-boundary charge can affect solar cell current collection. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is making advances in computational modeling. Previous technology was limited to one-dimensional solar cell models and focused on current-voltage curves and quantum-efficiency spectra. NREL has advanced this technology to two-dimensional solar cell models, and expanded modeling

  1. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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    8 November 13, 2008 NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES have jointly deployed the first of several solar resource measuring stations as part of a planned instrumentation network throughout the United States. November 13, 2008 NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA

  2. 2011 News | Awards and Honors | NREL

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    1 News Below are news stories related to Awards and Honors. RSS Learn about RSS. December 15, 2011 NREL Scientists Report First Solar Cell Producing More Electrons In Photocurrent Than Solar Photons Entering Cell Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited with photons from the high energy region of the

  3. NREL: Technology Deployment - REopt Renewable Energy Planning and

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    Optimization REopt Renewable Energy Planning and Optimization Solar Screenings for Universities In support of the U. S. Department of Energy's SunShot initiative, NREL is offering technical assistance to universities seeking to go solar. NREL will provide no-cost technical assistance through REopt modeling and implementation support. Learn more about solar screenings and implementation assistance for universities. NREL's REopt energy planning platform can help you understand the optimal mix

  4. NREL Center for Photovoltaics

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    2013-05-29

    Solar cells, also called photovoltaics (PV) by solar cell scientists, convert sunlight directly into electricity. Solar cells are often used to power calculators and watches. The performance of a solar cell is measured in terms of its efficiency at turning sunlight into electricity. Only sunlight of certain energies will work efficiently to create electricity, and much of it is reflected or absorbed by the material that make up the cell. Because of this, a typical commercial solar cell has an efficiency of 15%?about one-sixth of the sunlight striking the cell generates electricity. Low efficiencies mean that larger arrays are needed, and that means higher cost. Improving solar cell efficiencies while holding down the cost per cell is an important goal of the PV industry, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, and they have made significant progress. The first solar cells, built in the 1950s, had efficiencies of less than 4%. For a text version of this video visit http://www.nrel.gov/learning/re_photovoltaics_video_text.html

  5. NREL Center for Photovoltaics

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2009-01-01

    Solar cells, also called photovoltaics (PV) by solar cell scientists, convert sunlight directly into electricity. Solar cells are often used to power calculators and watches. The performance of a solar cell is measured in terms of its efficiency at turning sunlight into electricity. Only sunlight of certain energies will work efficiently to create electricity, and much of it is reflected or absorbed by the material that make up the cell. Because of this, a typical commercial solar cell has an efficiency of 15%about one-sixth of the sunlight striking the cell generates electricity. Low efficiencies mean that larger arrays are needed, and that means higher cost. Improving solar cell efficiencies while holding down the cost per cell is an important goal of the PV industry, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, and they have made significant progress. The first solar cells, built in the 1950s, had efficiencies of less than 4%. For a text version of this video visit http://www.nrel.gov/learning/re_photovoltaics_video_text.html

  6. NREL Helps Federal Agencies Reach New Efficiency Targets - News Feature |

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    NREL NREL Helps Federal Agencies Reach New Efficiency Targets August 19, 2015 Three people stand in front of solar panels on top of the NREL parking garage. NREL researchers, from left, Andy Walker, a principal engineer in the Integrated Applications Center's Engineering and Modeling Group; Kate Anderson, manager of the Engineering and Modeling Group; and Marguerite Kelly, manager of the Market Partnerships and Tools Group, are working to help federal agencies become more energy efficient as

  7. Bioenergetics | Bioenergy | NREL

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    Bioenergetics NREL works at the molecular and cellular level to understand and optimize microbial production of biofuels and bioproducts. We are developing biological hydrogen technologies, and working to understand the capture of solar energy in photosynthetic systems and the development of microbial systems. four flask beakers containing green algae set in bins surrounded by light and attached to sensors, hoses, and valves Photosynthetic Energy Transduction Woman working with a bioreactor

  8. NREL Releases Updated Typical Meteorological Year Data Set -...

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    Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released an updated typical meteorological year (TMY) data set derived from the 1991-2005 National Solar Radiation Data Base update. ...

  9. NREL: Energy Analysis - Energy Data for Decision Makers

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    Energy Data for Decision Makers The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is home to ... renewable energy development, wind power, solar energy, geothermal power, biopower, ...

  10. NREL: Dynamic Maps, GIS Data, and Analysis Tools - Geographic...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Geographic Information System Data Background NREL's GIS Team develops technology-specific GIS data maps for a variety of areas, including biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, and...

  11. NREL Success Stories - SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future

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    Jorgensen, Gary; Gee, Randy

    2013-05-29

    NREL Scientists and SkyFuel share a story about how their partnership has resulted in a revolutionary concentrating solar power technology ReflecTech Mirror Film.

  12. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 2007 Research Review

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    2008-08-01

    This 24-page document focuses on NREL's technology transfer activities for solar cells, hydrogen production, biofuels, nanotechnology, lithium batteries, grid integration, and building technologies.

  13. Integrated: Geospatial Toolkit GIS data for Nicaragua from NREL...

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    Nicaragua from NREL (Abstract): Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data intended for use in the Geospatial toolkit or with any GIS software. (Purpose): The Solar and Wind Energy...

  14. Integrated: Geospatial Toolkit GIS data for Cuba from NREL -...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Cuba from NREL (Abstract): Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data intended for use in the Geospatial toolkit or with any GIS software. (Purpose): The Solar and Wind Energy...

  15. NREL Study Shows Power Grid can Accommodate Large Increase in...

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    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released an initial study assessing the operational impacts and economics of increased contributions from wind and solar ...

  16. NREL Calculates Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling Necessary...

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    New research from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the ...

  17. NREL Supports China PV Investment and Financing Alliance to Open...

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    China PV Investment and Financing Alliance to Open Capital for Solar Deployment May 14, 2015 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the China PV ...

  18. Bioenergy | NREL

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    Both men are reaching into the bin to touch the biomass inside. Partnerships DuPont-NREL Partnership Delivered Key Innovations for Large Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Iowa ...

  19. Sustainability | NREL

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    Sustainability NREL is a leader in sustainability and our goal is to minimize the use of energy, materials, and water while carrying out the lab's mission of clean energy research. ...

  20. Newsroom | NREL

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    Newsroom Search News Search Connect Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Featured Video More videos YouTube News Releases View all news releases Feature News View all feature stories Subscribe Receive NREL feature stories, news releases, and Continuum Magazine. Name*: Organization*: Email*: * Indicates a required field. Submit Unsubscribe Tweets by @NREL Resources for Media Media Contacts Heather Lammers 303-275-4084 David Glickson 303-275-4097 Wayne Hicks 303-275-4051 Image Gallery Awards

  1. Procurement | NREL

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    Procurement The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) offers numerous procurement opportunities to help commercialize renewable energy technologies and supply the laboratory with essential products and services. NREL acquires a variety of products and services, all of which helps federally funded research and technologies reach the marketplace. The following types of goods or services are typically procured: Laboratory supplies/office supplies Scientific equipment and periodicals

  2. Research | NREL

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    Research Researching energy systems and technologies-and the science behind them-for a future powered by clean energy. Subscribe Stay connected with the latest news and research breakthroughs from NREL. Sign up now Photo of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Systems Integration Facility at NREL. Energy Systems Integration Facility The only facility in the nation focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration. Learn More National Bioenergy Center National Center for Photovoltaics

  3. NREL Expo to Showcase Energy Products and Services - News Releases | NREL

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    Expo to Showcase Energy Products and Services Solar and Building Technologies for Homes and Businesses Featured July 25, 2005 Golden, Colo. - Consumers can learn how to save energy and money at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) NREL Residential & Commercial Building Expo from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the NREL Visitors Center. The Expo will feature educational presentations, children's activities, and a showcase of energy products and

  4. NREL: Sustainable NREL Home Page

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    Aerial photo of the South Table Mountain Campus at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in sustainability. The lab's sustainability practices are fully integrated into the campus and operations through resource optimization and innovative and high-performance buildings that showcase state-of-the-art energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. NREL's sustainability model can be replicated by homeowners, universities,

  5. 1999 News Releases | NREL

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    9 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search Sunlight Helps Laboratory Get Ready for Y2K - (12/27/99) NREL Hosts Free Workshops on Solar and Wind Energy - (12/15/99) Seminar Explores Benefits of Using Solar Power for Disaster Management - (11/17/99) Choices for a Brighter Future - (11/12/99) Better "Bugs" Lead to Cheaper Ethanol from Biomass - New Agreements Could Boost U.S. Biofuels Industry - (11/10/99)

  6. NREL: Energy Sciences - Jao van de Lagemaat

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    worked as a postdoctoral researcher at NREL. His studies focused on charge transport and recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells. His papers in this field have proven seminal...

  7. 2008 News | Awards and Honors | NREL

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    (NREL) took home high honors from Editors of R&D Magazine recently for two separate solar cell technologies that were named "the most revolutionary technologies of the year."...

  8. Improving PbS Quantum Dot Solar Cell Power Conversion Efficiency to an NREL-Certified 4.4% (Fact Sheet)

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    Transition metal oxide improves overall efficiency and maintains performance with inexpensive metals. A research team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has demonstrated that inserting a transition metal oxide (TMO) between the lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dot (QD) layer and the metal electrode eliminates the Schottky barrier that impedes efficient hole extraction and thereby improves the overall conversion efficiency. This allows for inexpensive metals such as Al to be employed without loss of performance. n-type TMOs consisting of molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub x}) and vanadium oxide (V{sub 2}O{sub x}) were used as an efficient hole extraction layer (HEL) in heterojunction ZnO/PbS QD solar cells. A 4.4% NREL-certified device was reported based on the MoO{sub x} HEL with Al as the back contact material, representing a more than 65% efficiency improvement compared with the case of Au contacting the PbS QD layer directly. The team finds the acting mechanism of the HEL to be a dipole formed at the MoO{sub x} and PbS interface, which enhances band bending to allow efficient hole extraction from the valence band of the PbS layer by MoO{sub x}. The carrier transport to the metal anode is likely enhanced through shallow gap states in the MoO{sub x} layer.

  9. Energy Systems Integration Partnerships, NREL + Abengoa, Energy Systems Integration (ESI), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    NREL + ABENGOA NREL is collaborating with solar power company Abengoa at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to develop a new, more cost-effective manufacturing process for critical components of concentrating solar power systems. Concentrating solar power is positioned to become a major source of renewable electricity generation in the United States. The goal of the partnership is to lower the cost of the technology-currently a barrier to more widespread implementation-by introducing

  10. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Science and Technology Facility

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    Science and Technology Facility Photo of the Science and Technology Facility (S&TF) at NREL. NREL's Science and Technology Facility (S&TF) has a sustainable and energy efficient design and will support solar cell, thin film, and nanostructure research. Solar cell, thin film, and nanostructure research are conducted in our Science and Technology Facility (S&TF) with the benefits of a forty percent reduction in energy use compared to standard laboratory buildings; energy recovery for

  11. NREL: Technology Deployment - News Release Archives

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    08 July 2, 2008 NREL Recognized for Work on Denver Federal Center's Solar Park Otto VanGeet, of NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis and Applications Center, was recognized for his technical support to the General Services Administration (GSA) Rocky Mountain Region at the official dedication of the Denver Federal Center's (DFC) $6.9 million solar park on June 26. Archives Current News | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

  12. NREL: Resource Assessment and Forecasting - Facilities

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    Printable Version Facilities Photo of two researchers standing on a platform near a solar tracker at the Solar Radiation Research Laboratory. The Solar Radiation Research Laboratory gathers solar radiation and meteorological data on South Table Mountain. NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (SRRL) has been collecting continuous measurements of basic solar radiation components since 1981. Since then, it has expanded its expertise to include integrated metrology, optics, electronics, and

  13. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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    3 November 8, 2013 New Solar Cell Is More Efficient, Less Costly Innovation by NREL and First Solar acquisition TetraSun wins a 2013 R&D 100 Award. November 6, 2013 NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility Garners LEED® Platinum The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the campus of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., has earned a LEED® Platinum designation for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council

  14. Site insolation and wind power characteristics. Summary report

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    Bray, R E

    1980-08-01

    Design and operation of either large or small scale solar and wind energy conversion systems should be based, in part, on knowledge of expected solar and wind power trends. For this purpose, historic solar and wind data available at 101 National Weather Service stations were processed statistically. Preliminary planning data are provided for selected daily average solar and wind power conditions occurring and persisting for time periods of interest. Solar data are global radiation incident on a horizontal surface, and wind data represent wind power normal to the air flow. Empirical probabilities were constructed from the historic data to provide a reasonable inference of the chance of similar climatological conditions occurring at any given time in the future. (Diurnal wind power variations were also considered.) Ratios were also generated at each station to relate the global radiation data to insolation on a south-facing surface inclined at various angles. In addition, joint probability distributions were derived to show the proportion of days with solar and wind power within selected intervals.

  15. NREL's Keith Emery Awarded Prestigious Cherry Award - News Releases |

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    NREL NREL's Keith Emery Awarded Prestigious Cherry Award Top PV award goes to researcher who brought credibility to testing of solar cells and modules June 19, 2013 An engineer from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) whose testing and characterization laboratory brings credibility to the measurement of efficiency of solar cells and modules has been awarded the prestigious William R. Cherry Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

  16. High-Efficiency Solar Cogeneration with Thermophotovoltaic &...

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    targeted 'Solar Cogeneration' technologies to maximize energy generation & energy efficiency from the building's solar insolation resources. Project presents a novel, low-cost...

  17. NREL Analysis: Cost-Effective and Reliable Integration of High-Penetration Solar in the Western United States (Poster)

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    Lew, D.; Brinkman, G.; Ibanez, E.; Hodge, B.; Lefton, S.; Kumar, N.; Agan, D.; Jordan, G.; Venkatataman, S.

    2012-07-01

    SunShot Initiative awardee posters describing the different technologies within the four subprograms of the DOE Solar Program (Photovoltaics, Concentrating Solar Power, Soft Costs, and Systems Integration).

  18. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Publications

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    Publications Want updates about future transmission grid integration webinars and publications? Join our mailing list. NREL has an extensive collection of publications related to transmission integration research. Explore the resources below to learn more. Selected Project Publications Read selected publications related to these transmission integration projects: Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study Oahu Wind Integration and Transmission Study

  19. 2015 Feature Stories | NREL

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    ... DuPont-NREL Partnership Delivered Key Innovations for Large Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Iowa NREL Science Central to Success of New Biofuels Projects: DuPont-NREL ...

  20. 2015 News | Bioenergy | NREL

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    NREL Science Central to Success of New Biofuels Projects: DuPont-NREL Partnership Delivered Key Innovations for Large Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Iowa DuPont-NREL ...

  1. Solar: monthly and annual average direct normal (DNI) GIS data...

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    Download Carribean Islands Central America DNI GIS Mexico NREL GEF SWERA UNEP atmospheric water v... solar Additional Info Field Value Source www.nrel.gov Author National Renewable...

  2. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Report Targets Data on Avian Issues...

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    Report Targets Data on Avian Issues at Solar Energy Facilities May 4, 2015 Understanding how birds are affected by utility-scale solar facilities is the focus of a new NREL report...

  3. NREL: Technology Transfer - Report Targets Data on Avian Issues...

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    Report Targets Data on Avian Issues at Solar Energy Facilities May 4, 2015 Understanding how birds are affected by utility-scale solar facilities is the focus of a new NREL report...

  4. 2016 Feature Stories | NREL

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    advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. January 2016 NREL's Cybersecurity Initiative Aims to Wall Off the Smart Grid from Hackers NREL's Cybersecurity...

  5. Impacts | Bioenergy | NREL

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    New Cellulase Identification Method Holds Promise for Lower-Cost Biofuels NREL Breaks New Ground in Plant Pretreatment for Biofuels Cellulosic Ethanol DuPont-NREL Partnership ...

  6. Procurement Forms | NREL

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    Proposal Form National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Checklist NEPA Checklist - Instruction and Preparation NREL Request for ACH Banking Information NREL Request for...

  7. NREL Launches Partnership with Solarmer Energy to Extend Lifetime of

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    Plastic Solar Cells - News Releases | NREL Launches Partnership with Solarmer Energy to Extend Lifetime of Plastic Solar Cells June 21, 2010 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Solarmer Energy, Inc., have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to collaborate on improving the lifetime of plastic solar cells, a promising new solar conversion technology. The joint research covered by the CRADA will explore the lifetime

  8. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Photovoltaic Manufacturing R&D Project

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    Photovoltaic Manufacturing R&D Project Photo of blue solar cells being sorted in a production line. A woman works behind the protective glass in the background. BP Solar's manufacturing capabilities include automatic sorting of solar cells after final testing. NREL's Photovoltaic (PV) Manufacturing Research and Development (R&D) Project was a cost-shared partnership between NREL and a number of private-sector solar companies. The primary project goals were to reduce costs for consumers

  9. Advancing Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations ...

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    Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations Advancing Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations April 19, 2011 - 5:17pm Addthis At NREL's High-Intensity Pulse Solar ...

  10. Solar Power Prospector | Open Energy Information

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    Solar Power Prospector Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Solar Power Prospector AgencyCompany Organization: NREL Sector: Energy Focus Area: Solar Topics:...

  11. Solar Power Prospector | Open Energy Information

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    Solar Power Prospector (Redirected from Solar Prospector) Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Solar Power Prospector AgencyCompany Organization: NREL...

  12. Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    2015-05-27

    This presentation provides a high-level overview of the current U.S. shared solar landscape, the impact that a given shared solar program's structure has on requiring federal securities oversight, as well as an estimate of market potential for U.S. shared solar deployment.

  13. NREL Photovoltaic Program FY 1993

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    This report reviews the in-house and subcontracted research and development (R&D) activities under the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Photovoltaic (PV) Program from October 1, 1992, through September 30, 1993 (fiscal year [FY] 1993). The NREL PV Program is part of the U.S. Department of Energy`s (DOE`s) National Photovoltaics Program, as described in the DOE Photovoltaics Program Plan, FY 1991 - FY 1995. The FY 1993 budget authority (BA) for carrying out the NREL PV Program was $40.1 million in operating funds and $0.9 million in capital equipment funds. An additional $4.8 million in capital equipment funds were made available for the new Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF) that will house the in-house PV laboratories beginning in FY 1994. Subcontract activities represent a major part of the NREL PV Program, with more than $23.7 million (nearly 59%) of the FY 1993 operating funds going to 70 subcontractors. In FY 1993, DOE assigned certain other PV subcontracting efforts to the DOE Golden Field Office (DOE/GO), and assigned responsibility for their technical support to the NREL PV Program. An example is the PV:BONUS (Building Opportunities in the U.S. for Photovoltaics) Project. These DOE/GO efforts are also reported in this document.

  14. NREL: Geothermal Technologies - News Release Archives

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    3 July 8, 2013 NREL Research Earns Three Prestigious R&D 100 Awards A new energy-efficient approach to building occupancy detection, a better way to detect heat loss in electric-vehicle batteries and a high-efficiency silicon solar cell - all developed or advanced at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) - have been named among this year's most significant innovations by R&D Magazine. July 1, 2013 NREL Names Santiago Grijalva Director for Power Systems

  15. NREL: Biomass Research - Research Staff

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    Thomas.Foust@nrel.gov Bratis, Adam Management, Biomass Laboratory Program Manager Adam.Bratis@nrel.gov Chum, Helena Management, Biomass Fellow Helena.Chum@nrel.gov Pienkos,...

  16. FAQs | Working With Us | NREL

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    international organizations? Yes. See information about NREL's bilateral and multilateral international partnerships. Does NREL partner with start-ups? Yes. Learn more about NREL's...

  17. NREL's Buildings Research Honored by Architecture Magazine

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    NREL's Buildings Research Honored by Architecture Magazine For more information contact: Kerry Masson, (303) 275-4083 Golden, Colo., January 15, 1997—Architecture magazine's Progressive Architecture Award went to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Passive Solar Industries Council today for their joint efforts in designing energy-efficient buildings. The prestigious award is one of two given annually for outstanding contributions to architectural

  18. Local Students Celebrate Earth Day at NREL

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    Students Celebrate Earth Day at NREL For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., April 17, 1998 — Media are invited to cover Earth Day celebration designed to inspire a new generation of scientists to discover better ways of using our natural resources. What: The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will host an Earth Day celebration for 60 elementary students. Hands-on activities will include building model solar cars and

  19. 2009 News | Awards and Honors | NREL

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    9 News Below are news stories related to Awards and Honors. RSS Learn about RSS. July 22, 2009 NREL Research Garners Three Prestigious R&D 100 Awards An ultra-accelerated weathering system, a parabolic trough solar concentrating collector, and a microbattery -- all developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) -- were honored today as top 100 innovations for 2009 by R&D Magazine. February 17, 2009 Chuck Kutscher Receives

  20. NREL: Technology Deployment - Federal Agency Technical Assistance

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    Federal Agency Technical Assistance NREL supports various federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Defense, and others by providing technical and project assistance, training, and resources to help meet and exceed energy and environmental targets. National Park Service From Prison Cells to Solar Cells: Alcatraz Island Goes Green U.S. Department of Energy As a DOE laboratory, NREL works hand-in-hand with the DOE to help shape, execute, and evaluate

  1. NREL: Transportation Research - Electric Vehicle Grid Integration

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    Electric Vehicle Grid Integration Illustration of a house with a roof-top photovoltaic system. A wind turbine and utility towers appear in the background. A car, parked in the garage, is connected via a power cord to a household outlet. A sustainable transportation future will rely on multiple solutions, including innovative systems connecting vehicles, utilities, renewable energy sources, and buildings. Illustration by Josh Bauer, NREL Photo of two cars parked under a solar array. NREL uses

  2. Passive Solar Building Design and Solar Thermal Space Heating Webinar

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    Webinar of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Senior Engineer Andy Walker's presentation about passive solar building design and solar thermal space heating technologies and applications.

  3. 20 Years of Solar Measurements: The Solar Radiation Research...

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    Years of Solar Measurements: The Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (SRRL) at NREL Tom ...midcsrrlbms). Of course, in the early years before the internet, we could only ...

  4. NREL Seeks Proposals for Photovoltaic Technology Incubator Program - News

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    Releases | NREL Seeks Proposals for Photovoltaic Technology Incubator Program August 3, 2010 The U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking project proposals as part of recently announced DOE funding to accelerate commercialization of solar energy technologies. The Photovoltaic (PV) Technology Incubator project fosters collaboration between U.S. small businesses and NREL and other DOE laboratories and facilities. Funding is intended to focus

  5. NREL, Xcel Energy Sign Photovoltaic Development Agreement - News Releases |

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    NREL NREL, Xcel Energy Sign Photovoltaic Development Agreement September 29, 2005 Denver, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) announced a first-of-a-kind agreement today to develop software to evaluate siting options for off-grid and grid-connected, commercial rooftop solar electricity systems in Colorado. The partnership between the two organizations was developed through Xcel Energy's Utility Innovations (UI)

  6. Advanced Inverter Functions to Support High Levels of Distributed Solar: Policy and Regulatory Considerations (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    ADVANCED INVERTER FUNCTIONS TO SUPPORT HIGH LEVELS OF DISTRIBUTED SOLAR POLICY AND REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS The use of advanced inverters in the design of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can address some of the challenges to the integration of high levels of distributed solar generation on the electricity system. Although the term "advanced inverters" seems to imply a special type of inverter, some of the inverters currently deployed with PV systems can already provide advanced

  7. Chapter 4: Advancing Clean Electric Power Technologies | Solar...

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    Chapter 4: Technology Assessments Introduction Solar energy offers a number of strategic ... calculated by using hourly insolation data and models. 15 The solar resource ...

  8. Missing Money--Will the Current Electricity Market Structure Support High (~50%) Wind/Solar?; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Milligan, Michael

    2015-05-15

    This presentation summarizes the missing money problem and whether the current electricity market structure will support high penetration levels of wind and solar.

  9. NREL Highlights 2010 Utility Green Power Leaders - News Releases | NREL

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    Highlights 2010 Utility Green Power Leaders New, innovative community programs support local power generation May 9, 2011 Golden, Colo., May 9, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar. Green power sales from utility

  10. NREL Highlights 2012 Utility Green Power Leaders - News Releases | NREL

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    Highlights 2012 Utility Green Power Leaders Top 10 programs support more than 4.2 million MWh of voluntary green power June 5, 2013 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, residential and commercial consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources - such as wind and solar - that diversify our nation's energy portfolio

  11. NREL Staff Recognized for Top Innovations - News Releases | NREL

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    Staff Recognized for Top Innovations Principal Engineer Bhushan Sopori honored for solar research impacts May 9, 2014 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently recognized the professionals behind the lab's greatest innovations from the past year during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony. The event also celebrated NREL's commercialization and partnering successes, recognizing the researchers and engineers-including three honorees in the new

  12. DOE to establish Energy Frontier Research Center at NREL - News Releases |

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    NREL DOE to establish Energy Frontier Research Center at NREL Center to study new solar materials by combining predictive theory with experiment May 27, 2009 The U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be home to a new multi-million-dollar Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) established by the DOE Office of Science. NREL's Center for Inverse Design will pursue advanced scientific research on material discovery for energy. It is one of 46 Centers

  13. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Webinars

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    Webinars Want updates about future transmission grid integration webinars and publications? Join our mailing list. NREL periodically offers webinars on transmission grid integration topics to provide insight into its research. Explore the resources below to learn more. Past Webinars The Rise of Renewables: Integration Challenges and Opportunities Thursday, May 29, 2014 As states reach higher levels of renewable energy, challenges can arise because of larger amounts of wind and solar energy on

  14. NREL: Energy Analysis - Cara Marcy

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    Cara Marcy Photo of Cara Marcy Cara Marcy is a member of the Market and Policy Impact Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Renewable Electricity Analyst On staff since September 2015 Phone number: 303-275-3740 E-mail: Cara.Marcy@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Energy policy analysis Data analysis and modeling Utility-scale wind, solar, and energy storage Primary research interests Renewable electricity policy and market modelling Renewable generation and energy storage integration Regional

  15. NREL: Energy Analysis - Jennie Jorgenson

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    Jennie Jorgenson Photo of Jennie Jorgenson Jennie Jorgenson is a member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Energy Systems Modeling Engineer On staff since September 2012 Phone number: 303-275-3103 E-mail: jennie.jorgenson@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Energy systems modeling with SAM Unit commitment and dispatch modeling Integrating concentrating solar power, energy storage, and demand response into power grid models Quantitative/statistical

  16. NREL: Energy Analysis - Jenny Heeter

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    Jenny Heeter Photo of Jenny Heeter Jenny Heeter is a member of the Market and Policy Impact Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Senior Energy Analyst On staff since August 2009 Phone number: 303-275-4366 E-mail: jenny.heeter@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Market analysis Policy analysis Utility regulation and analysis Primary research interests Voluntary green power market Renewable energy certificate markets and pricing Solar renewable energy certificate markets Renewable

  17. NREL: Energy Analysis - Josh Novacheck

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    Josh Novacheck Photo of Josh Novacheck Josh Novacheck is a member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Electricity System Flexibility Analyst On staff since April 2015 Phone number: 303-275-3269 E-mail: joshua.novacheck@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Unit commitment and economic dispatch model of the power system Systems modeling and optimization Primary research interests Wind and solar energy integration into the grid Sustainable energy systems

  18. Publications | NREL

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    The basic research components of the collection include: Biological, biomolecular, and ... Science Concentrating Solar Power Electricity Integration Energy Analysis Energy ...

  19. NREL Climate Activities | Open Energy Information

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    NREL Climate Activities (Redirected from Climate Activities at NREL) Jump to: navigation, search Logo: Climate Activities at NREL Name Climate Activities at NREL AgencyCompany...

  20. NREL Takes "Green Powered" To Next Level - News Releases | NREL

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    Takes "Green Powered" To Next Level Comprehensive Efforts Shrink Laboratory's Environmental Footprint June 28, 2006 By installing on-site solar and wind power systems and purchasing renewable energy certificates, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has gone beyond being 'green powered.' The Laboratory is employing renewable energy to offset not only the total energy use of its buildings, but the energy used by NREL vehicles, employee commuting,

  1. NREL: Technology Deployment - Other Federal Agency Support

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    Other Federal Agency Support Photo of a man and a woman standing behind a ground-mounted solar panel installation. Merry Edwards Winery in California is almost 100% solar powered and just one example of the more than 77,511 project applications reviewed by NREL prior to receiving funding through the U.S. Department of Treasury Recovery Act Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program. Courtesy of Ben Miller, Merry Edwards Winery Through work-for-others agreements, NREL supports other federal agencies in

  2. Solar | Department of Energy

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    How much do you know about solar power? Take our quiz and test your solar energy IQ. | Photo courtesy of NREL. How much do you know about solar power? Take our quiz and test your...

  3. NREL: Technology Deployment - DGIC Interconnection Insights

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    DGIC Interconnection Insights The Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) Insights provide answers to questions posed by DGIC participants, deliver timely updates on pressing interconnection issues, and disseminates analysis findings to inform decision making and planning. Utility Owned Roof Top Solar March 2016 by Kristen Ardani, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) These leaders are pioneering utility-owned rooftop solar programs to broaden the reach of solar PV

  4. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Data and Resources

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    Data and Resources NREL offers the following transmission integration-related data and resources. Wind Integration Datasets The Wind Integration Datasets provide energy professionals with a consistent set of wind profiles for the United States. These include the Eastern Wind Dataset, Western Wind Dataset, and Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit. Solar Power Data for Integration Studies The Solar Power Data for Integration Studies consist of one year (2006) of 5-minute solar power

  5. NREL: Buildings Research - Events

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    Events Below are upcoming events related to buildings research. March 2016 Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour March 18, 2016, 9:30 - 11:15 am Golden, CO Contact: NREL Education...

  6. NREL: Biomass Research - News

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    News Below are news stories related to NREL biomass research. Subscribe to the RSS feed RSS . Learn about RSS. June 3, 2015 NREL Cyanobacteria Ramps Up Photosynthesis-and New...

  7. 2003 Feature Stories | NREL

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    feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. September 2003 NREL Scientists Take On...

  8. Solar PV Incentive Programs

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    Development Authority Solar PV Incentive Programs Presentation at NREL Webinar on ... 14 Research & Development: - New & Improved PV Panels - Reduced Costs of Balance of System ...

  9. NREL: Education Center - Events

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    Education Center Printable Version Events Unless otherwise notified, events listed here will be held at the NREL Education Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO. The Education Center phone number is 303-384-6565. June 2016 Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour June 17, 2016, 9:30 - 11:15 am Golden, CO Contact: NREL Education Center 303-384-6565 NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations. Visitors learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as

  10. NREL: Energy Storage - Publications

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    Publications Explore NREL's most recent and popular publications. A complete collection of NREL's transportation and energy storage publications can be found in the NREL Publications Database. Papers, Presentations, and Posters Fact sheets Papers, Presentations, and Posters 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 2016 NREL Multiphysics Modeling Tools and ISC Device for Designing

  11. Partnering with NREL

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    An overview for industry and organizations about NREL's partnering opportunities including information about technology partnership agreements and technical area contacts.

  12. NREL: Geothermal Technologies - News

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    Geothermal News Below are news stories involving geothermal research. March 10, 2016 NREL's Geothermal Experts Present at the 41st Annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop NREL geothermal experts attend the 41st Annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop--one of the world's longest-running technical meetings on the topic of geothermal energy. March 2, 2016 U.S. Bureau of Land Management Looks to NREL for Geothermal Technical Support The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has entered into an

  13. NREL: Transportation Research - News

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    News NREL provides a number of transportation and hydrogen news sources. Transportation News Find news stories that highlight NREL's transportation research, development, and deployment (RD&D) activities, including work on vehicles and fuels. Hydrogen and Fuel Cells News Find news stories that highlight NREL's hydrogen RD&D activities, including work on fuel cell electric vehicle technologies. Transportation and Hydrogen Newsletter Stay up to date on NREL's RD&D of transportation and

  14. NREL: Wind Research - News

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    The National Wind Technology Center at NREL provides a number of wind news sources to help you stay up-to-date with its activities, research, and new developments. NREL Wind News See NREL's most recent wind-related news and announcements. @NWTC Newsletter @NWTC is a bi-annual newsletter that contains articles on current wind energy research projects and highlights the latest reports, papers, articles, and events published or sponsored by NREL. Printable Version Wind Research Home Research &

  15. News Unsubscribe | NREL

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    contact public.affairs@nrel.gov. Mission & Programs Impact Leadership Community Education Center Community Involvement Economic Impact Sustainability Environment, Health, &...

  16. Community Events | NREL

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    Events and Activities See below for a list of upcoming NREL events and activities planned for our local community and Colorado visitors. Join our email list for campus events and information. May 2016 Outdoor Emergency Communication Speaker Installed on NREL Campus May 1 - 31, 2016 Golden, CO Contact: NREL Public Affairs 303-275-4090 A Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), outdoor speaker, allows NREL's Office of Security & Emergency Preparedness to communicate vital information to staff

  17. Leading the Way to Energy Systems Research (Brochure), NREL ...

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    NREL started as the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) in 1977, spurred by national concern during the 1973 oil embargo. President Jimmy Carter visited SERI in 1978, and in ...

  18. File:NREL-brazil-glo.pdf | Open Energy Information

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    File Edit with form History File:NREL-brazil-glo.pdf Jump to: navigation, search File File history File usage Brazil - Annual Global Horizontal Solar Radiation Size of this...

  19. DOE-NREL Minority University Research Associates Program

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    Posey Eddy, F.

    2005-01-01

    The DOE-NREL Minority University Research Associates Program (MURA) encourages minority students to pursue careers in science and technology. In this program, undergraduate students work with principal investigators at their universities to perform research projects on solar technology. Then, students are awarded summer internships in industry or at national laboratories, such as NREL, during the summer. Because of its success, the program has been expanded to include additional minority-serving colleges and universities and all solar energy technologies.

  20. Accelerating Geothermal Research (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Accelerating Geothermal Research Supporting a Cleaner Environment NREL is a strategic partner of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO). NREL teams are leading the research and deployment efforts through various projects. Summaries of a few key activities follow. Geothermal-Solar Hybrids: The objective is to examine the viability of using solar thermal heat combined with geother- mal energy to improve plant efficiency and reduce cost. This project, performed by

  1. Solar Position Algorithm (SPA) - Energy Innovation Portal

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    Thermal Solar Thermal Energy Analysis Energy Analysis Find More Like This Return to Search Solar Position Algorithm (SPA) National Renewable Energy Laboratory Contact NREL About ...

  2. Advancing Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations ...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Advancing Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations Advancing Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations April 19, 2011 - 5:17pm Addthis At NREL's High-Intensity ...

  3. Concentrating Solar Power (Fact Sheet), Electricity, Resources...

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    optical concentrators. * NREL's High-Flux Solar Furnace consists of a tracking heliostat ... to determine if the materials meet the optical requirements of CSP solar field components. ...

  4. Uni-Solar | Open Energy Information

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    Type Test & Evaluation Partner Partnering Center within NREL National Center for Photovoltaics Uni-Solar is a company located in Auburn Hills, MI. References "Uni-Solar"...

  5. NREL's Sarah Kurtz Wins Prestigious Cherry Award from IEEE - News Releases

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    | NREL NREL's Sarah Kurtz Wins Prestigious Cherry Award from IEEE Physicist helps advance solar industry with multi-junction cell, Concentrating PV June 7, 2012 Sarah Kurtz Sarah Kurtz A physicist from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) who helped launch super-efficient multi-junction solar cells and who is a leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems reliability has been awarded the prestigious Cherry Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics

  6. Drivers for the Value of Demand Response under Increased Levels of Wind and Solar Power; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Hale, Elaine

    2015-07-30

    Demand response may be a valuable flexible resource for low-carbon electric power grids. However, there are as many types of possible demand response as there are ways to use electricity, making demand response difficult to study at scale in realistic settings. This talk reviews our state of knowledge regarding the potential value of demand response in several example systems as a function of increasing levels of wind and solar power, sometimes drawing on the analogy between demand response and storage. Overall, we find demand response to be promising, but its potential value is very system dependent. Furthermore, demand response, like storage, can easily saturate ancillary service markets.

  7. NREL: Distributed Grid Integration - Technology Development Projects

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    Technology Development Projects NREL works on several distributed energy integration technology development projects, including the following: High Penetration Photovoltaics Hydrogen Systems Research Metering Solutions Mobile Electric Power Printable Version Distributed Grid Integration Home Capabilities Projects Codes & Standards Data Collection & Visualization Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Microgrids Power Systems Modeling Solar Distributed Grid Integration Technology Development High

  8. NREL Success Stories - Energy Innovation Portal

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    Graphic of a full-grown tree with many leaves. National Renewable Energy Laboratory Success Stories These success stories highlight some of the effective licensing and partnership activity between National Renewable Energy Laboratory and industry. Success Stories 8 Success Stories Category Title and Abstract Company / Laboratories Date Electricity Transmission Solar Photovoltaic Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation NREL has joined forces with Australia's Commonwealth

  9. NREL: Technology Deployment - Distributed Generation Interconnection

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    Collaborative Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative Become a Member DGIC members are included in quarterly informational meetings and discussions related to distributed PV interconnection practices, research, and innovation. For more information, contact Kristen Ardani. Subscribe to DGIC Updates Learn about upcoming webinars and other DGIC announcements. NREL facilitates the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) with support from the Solar Electric Power

  10. NREL's Capabilities Boost a Wide Range of Innovative ARPA-E Research - News

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    Releases | NREL NREL's Capabilities Boost a Wide Range of Innovative ARPA-E Research NREL's ARPA-E funded projects range from solar cell and wind turbine innovation to novel controls and open-access models for improving the U.S. electric grid. March 17, 2016 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will play key roles in a variety of projects recently funded by the Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). NREL's innovative approaches have

  11. NREL: Performance and Reliability R&D - Photovoltaic Performance and

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    Reliability Workshops Photovoltaic Performance and Reliability Workshops NREL hosts workshops focused on photovoltaic (PV) performance and reliability to encourage collaboration and communication among solar program staff, national laboratory teams, and industry partners. Workshop summaries and presentation content are available for the following meetings. NREL also coordinates an annual Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop (PVMRW) so that solar technology experts can share information

  12. NREL Research Earns Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards - News Releases | NREL

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    Research Earns Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards June 20, 2012 A revolutionary new approach to air conditioning, and a three-junction solar cell that holds the world efficiency record - both developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) - have been named among this year's most significant innovations by R&D Magazine. "These two R&D 100 awards honoring our work in solar cells and energy efficiency demonstrate how NREL research

  13. Two New R&D 100 Awards Uphold NREL Winning Streak - Continuum Magazine |

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    NREL Two New R&D 100 Awards Uphold NREL Winning Streak Photo provided by Solar Junction Two New R&D 100 Awards Uphold NREL Winning Streak Solar cell and cooling technology solve industry problems. Photo of a man in a white hood, mask, and contamination suit looks through his glasses at a blue white light emanating from the deposition equipment. An inset photo shows a hand grasping forceps that are holding a round, gold-colored solar wafer. Solar Junction's SJ3 solar cell is based on

  14. NREL: Wind Research - NREL and Clemson University Put Wind Turbine...

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    NREL and Clemson University Put Wind Turbine Drivetrains to the Test A photo of a large dynamometer at the National Wind Technology Center. NREL's 5-megawatt dynamometer test...

  15. NREL Employees Lauded by Industry Peers - News Releases | NREL

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    advancement and electrochemistry. NREL was also named an Outstanding Large Company by IEEE. Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group Recognizes Five NREL Employees The...

  16. NREL: Technology Transfer - New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining...

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    New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining What's Possible for Renewable Energy Through Grid Integration January 23, 2015 NREL is spearheading engineering innovations that will help...

  17. NREL: Wind Research - New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining...

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    New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining What's Possible for Renewable Energy Through Grid Integration January 23, 2015 NREL is spearheading engineering innovations that will help...

  18. NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges - News Feature | NREL

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    NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges June 26, 2014 Photo of NREL's Peregrine supercomputer. Enlarge image "Big data" is playing an increasing role in the renewable energy ...

  19. NREL: Education Center - Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour

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    Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations. Visitors to our main South Table Mountain campus will learn about ...

  20. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Videos of the Research Support Facility

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    Management Instructional Video (YouTube) Printable Version Sustainable NREL Home About Sustainable NREL Environment Buildings Community Outreach Did you find what you needed?...

  1. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Company Partners in Photovoltaic

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    Manufacturing R&D Company Partners in Photovoltaic Manufacturing R&D More than 40 private-sector companies partnered with NREL on successful efforts within the PV Manufacturing R&D Project. They included manufacturers of crystalline silicon, thin-film, and concentrator solar technologies. The companies are listed below. Advanced Energy Systems Alpha Solarco ASE Americas AstroPower/GE Energy Boeing Aerospace BP Solar Cronar Crystal Systems Dow Corning Energy Conversion Devices

  2. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Photovoltaic Energy Ratings Methods

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    Validation Photovoltaic Energy Ratings Methods Validation The Photovoltaic (PV) Engineering group at NREL validates energy ratings methods by standards committees to establish an energy rating methodology. We are evaluating techniques to account for the impact on PV performance from variations in the spectral distribution of solar radiation. Two types of methods were evaluated for correcting the short-circuit current of PV modules for variations in the solar spectrum under clear skies: (1)

  3. NREL: Energy Analysis - Kelsey A. W. Horowitz

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    Kelsey A. W. Horowitz Photo of Kelsey A. W. Horowitz Kelsey A. W. Horowitz is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Solar Manufacturing Costs and Competitiveness Analyst On staff since May 2014 Phone number: 303-275-4347 E-mail: Kelsey.horowitz@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Techno-economic analysis Clean energy technologies Solar PV engineering and fundamentals International issues in manufacturing Primary research interests

  4. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Advanced Energy

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    Advanced Energy Photo of a large gray inverter connected to numerous power cords. 500-kilowatt Advanced Energy inverter at the ESIF PSIL. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL As the first industry partner to use the ESIF, Advanced Energy Industries is using the ESIF's Power Systems Integration Laboratory (PSIL) to test its new solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter technology with the facility's hardware-in-the-loop system and megawatt-scale grid simulators. Solar inverters are responsible for a number of

  5. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration Home Page

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    Photo of transmission lines with a city in the background. NREL works with electric utilities, energy policymakers, and other industry partners to integrate large-scale renewable energy into the transmission system. Researchers study transmission and grid integration issues and provide data, analysis, and models to enable the electric power system to more efficiently manage the variability of renewables such as solar and wind power. Wind and solar energy offer environmental benefits, low

  6. Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Energy Applications (Fact Sheet), Energy Systems Integration (ESI), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications Comprehensive handbook helps the solar industry collect and interpret solar resource data for each stage of a solar energy project. About the Handbook The Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Radiation Data for Solar Energy Applications provides the solar energy industry with a single document addressing key aspects of solar resource characterization needed for planning

  7. NREL: Buildings Research Home Page

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    Buildings Research Artist's rendering of the courtyard view of NREL's new Research Support Facility. NREL's buildings research teams lead efforts in developing cutting-edge...

  8. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Bill Marion

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    NREL Publications View NREL publications for this staff member. Printable Version Photovoltaics Research Home Silicon Polycrystalline Thin Films Multijunctions New Materials,...

  9. NREL: Energy Analysis Home Page

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    NREL is working to effectively, reliably, and economically integrate more renewable energy into the grid. In this 3-minute video, see how NREL is redefining what's possible for...

  10. Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Research (Fact Sheet)

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    Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provide scientific, engineering, and analytical expertise to help advance innovation in concentrating solar power (CSP). This fact sheet summarizes how NREL is advancing CSP research.

  11. Email Contact for NREL.gov | NREL

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    Email Contact for NREL.gov Use this form to send us your comments and questions, to report problems with the site, or to ask for help in finding information on our site. To...

  12. NREL Buildings Research Video

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    Through research, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed many strategies and design techniques to ensure both commercial and residential buildings use as little energy as possible and also work well with the surroundings. Here you will find a video that introduces the work of NREL Buildings Research, highlights some of the facilities on the NREL campus, and demonstrates these efficient building strategies. Watch this video to see design highlights of the Science and Technology Facility on the NREL campus?the first Federal building to be LEED® Platinum certified. Additionally, the video demonstrates the energy-saving features of NRELs Thermal Test Facility. For a text version of this video visit http://www.nrel.gov/buildings/about_research_text_version.html

  13. Community Solar Scenario Tool: Planning for a Fruitful Solar Garden

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    As part of a Do-It-Yourself Solar Market Analysis summer series, NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) is presenting a live webinar titled, "Community Solar Scenario Tool: Planning for a...

  14. NREL: Energy Analysis - Joyce McLaren

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    Joyce McLaren Photo of Joyce McLaren Joyce McLaren is a member of the Market and Policy Impact Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Research Analyst On staff since February 2009 Phone number: 303-384-7362 E-mail: joyce.mclaren@nrel.gov Publications Areas of Expertise & Primary Research Interests Emerging solar-plus-storage market Impact of regulation and policy on solar adoption Distributed solar business models Utility rate structures for solar State and local technical

  15. NREL: Energy Storage - News

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    Energy Storage News Keep up-to-date with NREL energy storage activities, research, and developments. May 3, 2016 NREL Convenes Gathering of U.S.-China Electric Vehicle Battery Experts On April 25-26, NREL and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) hosted the 11th United States (U.S.)-China Electric Vehicle and Battery Technology Information Exchange to share insights on battery technology advancements and identify opportunities to collaborate on electric vehicle battery research. The meeting

  16. Building Awards | NREL

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    Building Awards NREL's high-performance buildings are sustainability models for the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Each building on NREL's South Table Mountain campus is designed to meet the Gold or Platinum standards of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program. Find information about awards for NREL's exceptional buildings below. Energy Systems Integration Facility Energy Systems Integration Facility 2014

  17. Working With Us | NREL

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    Working With Us Join us in building a clean energy future. NREL offers many opportunities to industry, organizations, government, researchers, businesses, students, educators, and vendors. At NREL, we work with organizations large and small through research partnerships, licensing of NREL technologies, support for cleantech stakeholders, and fostering the clean energy economy. Join us to accelerate the movement of renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions into practical applications.

  18. 2013 News Releases | NREL

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    3 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search News Search December 12, 2013 NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accepting applications for its 2014 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a program for non-technical decision-makers throughout the country to

  19. 2011 News | Bioenergy | NREL

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    1 News Below are news stories related to Bioenergy. RSS Learn about RSS. October 3, 2011 NREL Issues RFI on Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility Services and Capabilities NREL seeks feedback from industry, academia, and other stakeholders on methods of working with the Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF). June 2, 2011 Science & Industry Peers Turn to NREL for Biomass Solutions The biomass industry looks to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  20. 2014 News | Bioenergy | NREL

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    4 News Below are news stories related to Bioenergy. RSS Learn about RSS. October 31, 2014 Reviving Algae from the (Almost) Dead NREL's cryogenic tank holds 500 dormant algae samples, and each must ease back into life. October 30, 2014 Industry Growth Forum Cultivates Clean Energy Entrepreneurship NREL's Industry Growth Forum brings together clean energy entrepreneurs and investors to facilitate the movement of innovation into the marketplace. September 19, 2014 NREL Industry Growth Forum