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Working with NREL By partnering with companies and organizations, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory accelerates the movement of renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions into practical application. 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. A critical part of the laboratory's mission is the transfer of NREL- developed technologies
From beverage distributors to shipping companies and federal agencies, industry leaders turn to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help green their fleet operations. Cost, efficiency, and reliability are top priorities for fleets, and NREL partners know the lab’s portfolio of tools can pinpoint fuel efficiency and emissions-reduction strategies that also support operational the bottom line. NREL is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in medium- and heavy-duty vehicle research and development (R&D) and the go-to source for credible, validated transportation data. NREL developers have drawn on this expertise to create tools grounded in the real-world experiences of commercial and government fleets. Operators can use this comprehensive set of technology- and fuel-neutral tools to explore and analyze equipment and practices, energy-saving strategies, and other operational variables to ensure meaningful performance, financial, and environmental benefits.
NREL's Education Center offers a variety of program topics and experiences for student and adult groups addressing renewable energy and energy efficiency innovations and introducing the work of NREL to audiences.
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Presented at the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Spring 2015 Symposium on May 13, 2015, this presentation by Jeff Gonder of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides information about NREL's transportation energy impact analysis of connected and automated vehicles.
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Automakers, commercial fleet operators, component manufacturers, and government agencies all turn to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help put more green vehicles on the road. The lab’s independent analysis and evaluation pinpoint fuel-efficient and low-emission strategies to support economic and operational goals, while breaking down barriers to widespread adoption. Customized assessment of existing equipment and practices, energy-saving alternatives, operational considerations, and marketplace realities factor in the multitude of variables needed to ensure meaningful performance, financial, and environmental benefits. NREL provides integrated, unbiased, 360-degree sustainable transportation deployment expertise encompassing alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and related infrastructure. Hands-on support comes from technical experts experienced in advanced vehicle technologies, fleet operations, and field data collection coupled with extensive modeling and analysis capabilities. The lab’s research team works closely with automakers and vehicle equipment manufacturers to test, analyze, develop, and evaluate high-performance fuel-efficient technologies that meet marketplace needs.
Hydrogen Test Protocols for the NREL Sensor Testing Laboratory December 2011 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. Photo by Robert Burgess, NREL/PIX 18420 0 1 Standard Test Protocols for the NREL Hydrogen Sensor Test Laboratory Researchers at the NREL Hydrogen Safety Sensor Test Laboratory 1 developed a variety of test protocols to quantitatively assess critical
The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides the R&D capabilities needed for private industry, academia, government, and public entities to collaborate on utility- scale solutions for integrating renewable energy and other efficiency technologies into our energy systems. To learn more about the ESIF, visit: www.nrel.gov/esif. NREL + RAYTHEON NREL has partnered with Raytheon Company, Primus Power, and Advanced Energy to
Feedstocks Customized milling and continuous handling of a wide variety of feedstocks Integrated Biorefi nery Research Facility | NREL * Golden, Colorado | December 2011 | NREL...
Fermentation Bench-scale to pilot-scale capabilities for the conversion of biomass to sugars, fuels, and chemicals Integrated Biorefi nery Research Facility | NREL * Golden,...
Open-source software provides essential modeling and simulation help in water power research and development. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Wind Technology Center are continuing their work on the Wave Energy Converter SIMulator (WEC-Sim), a free, open-source software modeling tool being jointly developed by NREL and Sandia National Laboratories. WEC-Sim promises to help level the playing field in the wave energy converter (WEC) industry. WEC-Sim allows
This report documents the results of the environmental management assessment performed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. The onsite portion of the assessment was conducted from September 14 through September 27, 1993, by DOE`s Office of Environmental Audit (EH-24) located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety, and Health (EH-1). During this assessment, the activities conducted by the assessment team included reviews of internal documents and reports from previous audits and assessments; interviews with US Department of Energy (DOE) and NREL contractor personnel; and inspections and observations of selected facilities and operations. The environmental management assessment of NREL focused on the adequacy of environmental management systems and assessed the formality of programs employing an approach that recognizes the level of formality implementing environmental programs may vary commensurate with non-nuclear research and development operations. The Assessment Team evaluated environmental monitoring, waste management and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) activities at NREL, from a programmatic standpoint. The results of the evaluation of these areas are contained in the Environmental Protection Programs section of this report. The scope of the NREL Environmental Management Assessment was comprehensive and included all areas of environmental management. At the same time, environmental monitoring, waste management, and NEPA activities were evaluated to develop a programmatic understanding of these environmental disciplines, building upon the results of previous appraisals, audits, and reviews performed at the NREL.
Environmentally friendly process offers intriguing alternative to fossil-fuel-based ethylene for chemicals and transportation fuels. Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a new way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene. NREL scientists introduced a gene for ethylene forming enzyme (EFE) into a cyanobacterium and demonstrated that the organism remained stable through at least four generations, producing ethylene gas that could be easily captured.
In California study, greater penetration of renewable energy means greater value of CSP with thermal energy storage. The penetration of variable-generation renewable energy sources is growing in the state of California. To help utility planners understand the potential impact of this situation, research- ers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) analyzed concentrating solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage (TES), looking at the value of both CSP-TES and utility-scale
Photobiology Research Laboratory Understanding fundamental biological processes for the production of fuels and chemicals, and understanding electron transport for hybrid generation of solar fuels 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. The photobiology group's research is in four main areas: * Comprehensive studies of fuel-producing photosynthetic, fermentative, and
Crosscutting Expertise Puts More Green Vehicles on the Road Automakers, commercial fleet operators, component manufactur- ers, and government agencies all turn to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help put more green vehicles on the road. The lab's independent analyses and evaluations pinpoint fuel-efficient and low-emission strategies to support economic and operational goals, while breaking down barriers to widespread adoption. Customized
NREL's mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovations.
Engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility (VTIF) are developing strategies to address two separate but equally crucial areas of research: meeting the demands of electric vehicle (EV) grid integration and minimizing fuel consumption related to vehicle climate control. Dedicated to renewable and energy-efficient solutions, the VTIF showcases technologies and systems designed to increase the viability of sustainably powered vehicles. NREL researchers instrument every class of on-road vehicle, conduct hardware and software validation for EV components and accessories, and develop analysis tools and technology for the Department of Energy, other government agencies, and industry partners.
Renewable Fuels and Lubricants Laboratory State-of-the-Art Fuel and Vehicle Testing The Renewable Fuels and Lubricants (ReFUEL) Laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a state-of-the-art research and testing facility for advanced fuels and vehicles. Research and development aims to improve efficiency of conventional gasoline-powered vehicles and overcome barriers to the increased use of renewable diesel and other nonpetroleum-based fuels, such
NREL's fleet test and evaluation team assesses the fuel savings potential of semi-automated truck platooning of line-haul sleeper cabs with modern aerodynamics. Platooning reduces aerodynamic drag by grouping vehicles together and safely decreasing the distance between them via electronic coupling, which allows multiple vehicles to accelerate or brake simultaneously. In 2014, the team conducted track testing of three SmartWay tractor - two platooned tractors and one control tractor—at varying steady-state speeds, following distances, and gross vehicle weights. While platooning improved fuel economy at all speeds, travel at 55 mph resulted in the best overall miles per gallon. The lead truck demonstrated fuel savings up to 5.3% while the trailing truck saved up to 9.7%. A number of conditions impact the savings attainable, including ambient temperature, distance between lead and trailing truck, and payload weight. Future studies may look at ways to optimize system fuel efficiency and emissions reductions.
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Final Environmental Assessment of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) South Table Mountain Complex (DOE/EA 1440)
Simulator fOr Wind Farm Applications helps optimize layouts and controls of wind plant arrays. In 2014, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched the Simulator fOr Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA), a coupled open-source software package and framework that allows users to inves- tigate effects of weather patterns, turbulence, and complex terrain on the performance of wind turbines and plants. SOWFA simulates fluid dynam- ics on scales from regional weather to turbine
This FY2009 Annual Report surveys the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) accomplishments in renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development, commercialization and deployment of technologies, and strategic energy analysis. It offers NREL's vision and progress in building a clean, sustainable research campus and reports on community involvement.
FS-6A42-60650 * November 2013 NREL prints on paper that contains recycled content. NREL-Led Team Improves and Accelerates Battery Design The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is leading some of the best minds from U.S. auto manufacturers, battery developers, and automotive simulation tool developers in a $20 million project to accelerate the development of battery packs and thus the wider adoption of electric-drive vehicles. The Computer-Aided Engineer- ing for Electric Drive Vehicle
figures in later sections. 10.1% Nuclear 11.2% Renewables 24.7% Coal 34.6% Natural Gas 19.3% Crude Oil U.S. Energy Production (2013): 81.8 Quadrillion Btu U.S. Renewable...
Energy Storage Management for VG Integration UWIG FALL TECHNIICAL WORKSHOP Brendan Kirby National Renewable Energy Laboratory Consultant October 13, 2011 NREL/PR-5500-53295 Photo by NREL/PIX 19498 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future Increases Value Through Optimized Ancillary Service (AS) Provision: Pumped Storage Generator Example (320 MW pump, 200-400 MW gen, 40 MW reg, 200 MW spin, 400 MW non) * Total profits increased 133%; * Energy profits reduced -48%; *
Biorefinery Research Facility | NREL, Golden, Colorado | December 2011 | NREL/PO-5100-50150 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. * Designed for operation at total solids loadings greater than 20% (w/w) * Reactors are operated in a batch mode with a 36-hour turnaround time * Two reactors are staged to accept a continuous stream of pretreated biomass to achieve semi-
A collaborative at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) leads to wind turbine gearbox reliability and lowers the cost of wind energy.
The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping guide our nation's research-and-development effort in offshore renewable energy, which includes: Design, modeling, and analysis tools; Device and component testing; Resource characterization; Economic modeling and analysis; Grid integration.
NREL recently led the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Harmonization Project, a study that provides more exact estimates of GHG emissions for renewable and conventional generation, clarifying inconsistent and conflicting estimates in the published literature, and reducing uncertainty. This involved a systematic review and harmonization of life cycle assessment (LCA) literature of utility-scale wind power systems in order to determine the causes of life cycle greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and, where possible, reduce variability in GHG estimates.
NREL researchers use imaging technologies to broaden knowledge of plant cell wall structures and identify ideal pretreatment of plant material. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and BioEnergy Science Center combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility. This breakthrough could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering the
Results will help researchers improve microbial hydrogen production. Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated how the cyanobacterium Synechosystis sp. PCC 6803 assembles five different protein subunits to produce a functional hydrogenase enzyme complex. The NREL scientists used genetic tools to perform an in-depth study of Hox hydrogenase, an organometallic enzyme that catalyzes the photoproduction of hydrogen in Synechocystis, and generated new data on the
Renewable Portfolio Standards Resources & Technical Assistance Second 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. A renewable portfolio standard (RPS), sometimes called a renewable electricity standard, is a state-level requirement, typically established through legislation, to provide a minimum amount of energy from renewable resources.
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With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducts real-world performance evaluations of advanced medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles. Evaluation results can help vehicle manufacturers fine-tune their designs and assist fleet managers in selecting fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles that meet their economic and operational goals. In 2011, NREL launched a large-scale performance evaluation of medium-duty electric vehicles. With support from vehicle manufacturers Smith and Navistar, NREL research focused on characterizing vehicle operation and drive cycles for electric delivery vehicles operating in commercial service across the nation.
Collaborative Improves the Reliability of Wind Turbine Gearboxes Gearbox failures have a significant impact on the cost of wind farm operations. To help minimize gearbox failures, in 2007 the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) initiated the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative (GRC), which consists of manufacturers, owners, researchers, and consultants. The GRC was funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Gearbox deficiencies are the
NREL 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
Vapor Phase Upgrading With NREL's Davison Circulating Riser (DCR) Advancing technologies in biomass conversion to fuels and fuel intermediates 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. DCR System With Custom Biomass Prolyzer Highlights * Custom biomass pyrolyzer provides vapors to the DCR for upgrading to hydrocarbon fuel intermediates * 2 mass balance runs per 8 hrs: 3-6
Distributed PV Adoption - Sensitivity to Market Factors Pieter Gagnon, Ben Sigrin National Renewable Energy Laboratory February 2016 NREL/PR-6A20-65984 Executive Summary 3 Executive Summary (1/2) * NREL's dSolar model was used to explore sensitivity of distributed PV (DGPV) deployment to three market factors-technology cost, future net metering policy, and a hypothetical carbon fee. * Modeling PV costs at 25% less than the reference scenario from 2020 onward resulted in ~35% more cumulative
Gearbox Reliability Collaborative - Phase 1 and 2 Overview Sandia Turbine Reliability Workshop Aug 2-3, 2011 Hal Link NREL/PR-5000-52463 NREL PIX # 19222 NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY Why GRC? * Wind turbine gearboxes do not last their 20 year design life * Designs must meet design, manufacturer, and testing standards and certification requirements * Problems have occurred throughout the wind industry * Problems range across the turbine design cycle * load characterization * design
Algal Biofuels Research Laboratory Enabling fundamental understanding of algal biology and composition of algal biomass to help develop superior bioenergy strains 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's algal biofuels research capabilities include: * Growth platforms from 0.2 mL to 270 L scale in multi- well plates, shake flasks, photobioreactors, and open ponds
NREL/PR-5400-64420 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. Analytic Methods for Benchmarking Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies 227 th ECS Meeting, Chicago, Illinois Marc Melaina, Genevieve Saur, Todd Ramsden, Joshua Eichman May 28, 2015 2 Presentation Overview: Four Metrics Analysis projects focus on low-carbon and economic transportation and stationary fuel cell
WEC-Sim is a DOE-funded software tool being jointly developed by NREL and SNL. WEC-Sim computationally models wave energy converters (WEC), devices that generate electricity using movement of water systems such as oceans, rivers, etc. There is great potential for WECs to generate electricity, but as of yet, the industry has yet to establish a commercially viable concept. Modeling, design, and simulations tools are essential to the successful development of WECs. Commercial WEC modeling software tools can't be modified by the user. In contrast, WEC-Sim is a free, open-source, and flexible enough to be modified to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the WEC industry. By modeling the power generation performance and dynamic loads of WEC designs, WEC-Sim can help support the development of new WEC devices by optimizing designs for cost of energy and competitiveness. By being easily accessible, WEC-Sim promises to help level the playing field in the WEC industry. Importantly, WEC-Sim is also excellent at its job! In 2014, WEC-Sim was used in conjunction with NREL’s FAST modeling software to win a hydrodynamic modeling competition. WEC-Sim and FAST performed very well at predicting the motion of a test device in comparison to other modeling tools. The most recent version of WEC-Sim (v1.1) was released in April 2015.
This issue of Continuum Magazine covers the depth and breadth of NREL's ever-expanding analytical capabilities. For example, in one project we are leading national efforts to create a computer model of one of the most complex systems ever built. This system, the eastern part of the North American power grid, will likely host an increasing percentage of renewable energy in years to come. Understanding how this system will work is important to its success - and NREL analysis is playing a major role. We are also identifying the connections among energy, the environment and the economy through analysis that will point us toward a 'water smart' future.
Dynamic Impregnator Reactor System Multifaceted system designed for complex feedstock impregnation and processing Integrated Biorefi nery Research Facility | NREL * Golden, ...
states consider revising renewable portfolio standard (RPS) programs or developing new ones, careful assessments of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of existing policies will be critical. RPS programs currently exist in 29 states and Washington, D.C. Many of these policies, which were enacted largely during the late 1990s and 2000s, will reach their terminal targets by the end of this decade. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
This 2006 issue of the NREL Research Review again reveals just how vital and diverse our research portfolio has become. Our feature story looks at how our move to embrace the tenants of "translational research" is strengthening our ability to meet the nation's energy goals. By closing the gap between basic science and applied research and development (R&D)--and focusing a bright light on the valuable end uses of our work--translational research promises to shorten the time it takes to push new technology off the lab bench and into the marketplace. This issue also examines our research into fuels of the future and our computer modeling of wind power deployment, both of which point out the real-world benefits of our work.
The Wind Integration Datasets provide time-series wind data for 2004, 2005, and 2006. They are intended to be used by energy professionals such as transmission planners, utility planners, project developers, and university researchers, helping them to perform comparisons of sites and estimate power production from hypothetical wind plants. NREL cautions that the information from modeled data may not match wind resource information shown on NREL;s state wind maps as they were created for different purposes and using different methodologies.
Analysis of algorithm discrepancies helps to promote market confidence in EnergyPlus and DOE-2. Heat loss through windows represents a significant amount of the overall energy use in homes. To address discrepancies in building simulation software-and market barriers impeding building energy use analysis-researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) identified and resolved window-related energy predictions of EnergyPlus and DOE-2, thereby improving the accuracy of both simulation
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is evaluating the in-service performance of hydraulic hybrid vehicles (HHVs) and comparable conven- tional diesel vehicles operated by Miami- Dade County's Public Works and Waste Management Department in Florida. Launched in March 2015, the study aims to improve understanding of the overall usage and effectiveness of HHVs in refuse operation. The study was designed to help Miami- Dade County determine the ideal routes for maximizing the fuel-saving
Scientists have created a high-performing photo- electrode that boosts the ability of solar water-splitting to produce hydrogen. Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have taken an innovative approach to solving a drawback in the photo- electrochemical (PEC) process, which uses solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The standard approach uses precious metals such as platinum, ruthenium, and iridium as catalysts attached to a semiconductor. The downside of
Advanced process for algal biofuel production captures the value of both the lipids and carbohydrates for conversion to biofuels. The major challenges associated with algal biofuels production in a biorefinery-type setting include improving biomass uti- lization, increasing the process energetic yields, reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and providing economically viable and scalable coproduct concepts. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have dem-
test procedure evaluates quality and accuracy of energy analysis tools for the residential building retrofit market. Reducing the energy use of existing homes in the United States offers significant energy-saving opportunities, which can be identified through building simulation software tools that calculate optimal packages of efficiency measures. To improve the accuracy of energy analysis for residential buildings, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Buildings Research team
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.
Reimagining What's Possible: How NREL's Energy Analysis and Decision Support Capabilities are Guiding Energy Systems Transformation at Home and Around the World (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
REIMAGINING WHAT'S POSSIBLE How NREL's Energy Analysis and Decision Support Capabilities are Guiding Energy Systems Transformation at Home and Around the World 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. Table of Contents Reimagining What's Possible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD) What is WILD? The Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD), developed and main- tained by the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is comprised of over 1,000 citations pertaining to the effects of land-based wind, offshore wind, marine and hydrokinetic power systems, power lines, and communication and television towers on wildlife. For the wind energy sector, WILD serves as an
High-Tech Garage Showcases Strategies for Reducing Energy Even from a distance, the parking structure on the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus doesn't look like an ordinary parking garage. And it doesn't act like one either. NREL's parking structure, which opened in 2012, proves that large garages can be designed and built sustainably-at no additional cost. In addition to meeting staff needs with up to 1,800 parking spaces, this 578,320 square-foot,
This presentation provides an overview of hydrogen and energy storage, including hydrogen storage pathways and international power-to-gas activities, and summarizes the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's hydrogen energy storage activities and results.
Western Grid Can Handle High Renewables in Challenging Conditions NREL and GE fnd that with good system planning, sound engineering practices, and commercially available technologies, the Western grid can maintain reliability and stability during the crucial frst minute after grid disturbances with high penetrations of wind and solar power. Phase 3 of the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS-3) investigated the dynamic performance of the Western Interconnection in the fractions of a
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This presentation provides a summary of NREL's FY15 fuel cell electric vehicle evaluation project activities and accomplishments. It was presented at the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program 2015 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting on June 10, 2015, in Arlington, Virginia.
NREL Evaluates Thermal Performance of Uninsulated Walls to Improve Accuracy of Building Energy Simulation Tools (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights, Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
researchers discover ways to increase accuracy in building energy simulations tools to improve predictions of potential energy savings in homes. Uninsulated walls are typical in older U.S. homes where the wall cavities were not insulated during construction or where the insulating material has settled. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are investigating ways to more accurately calculate heat transfer through building enclosures to verify the benefit of energy
Dynamic portal documents and shares state-of-the-art residential field test tools and techniques. Field testing is a science and an art-a tricky process that develops through a lot of trial and error. Researchers in the Advanced Residential Buildings group at the National Renewable Energy Labora- tory (NREL) regularly conduct field experiments and long-term monitoring in occupied and unoc- cupied houses throughout the United States. The goal is to capture real-world performance of energy-
Near-blackbody enclosed particle receiver can support high-temperature thermal energy storage and high- efficiency power cycles. National Renewable Energy Labora- tory (NREL) scientists are designing and developing an innovative high-temper- ature particle receiver and integrated heat-exchanger system to be used in high-efficiency concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. This configuration is addressing the temperature, efficiency, and cost barriers associated with current molten-salt CSP
demonstrates that zonal climate control can reduce air conditioning power and improve range while maintaining driver thermal sensation. When the climate control system in an electric-drive vehicle (EDV) is operating, the energy consumed has a significant impact on range. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are seeking to increase in-use EDV range by minimizing climate control energy requirements. The goal is to increase EDV range by 10% during operation of the climate
Photovoltaic module quality has remained high even as module prices have declined. Scientists at the National Renew- able Energy Laboratory (NREL) have analyzed the annual performance data from almost 50,000 photo- voltaic (PV) systems that total 1.7 gigawatts of capacity installed in the United States from 2009 to 2012. The overall conclusion is that the vast majority performed as expected. Since 2009, the price of PV modules has fallen dramatically-and with this drop has come concerns about
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Improvements in medium- and heavy-duty work truck energy efficiency can dramatically reduce the use of petroleum-based fuels and the emissions of greenhouse gases. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is working with industry partners to develop fuel-saving, high-performance vehicle technologies, while examining fleet operational practices that can simulateneously improve fuel economy, decrease emissions, and support bottom-line goals.
Motor Fuel Excise Taxes A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) explores the role of alternative fuels and energy efficient vehicles in motor fuel taxes. Throughout the United States, it is common practice for federal, state, and local governments to tax motor fuels on a per gallon basis to fund construction and maintenance of our transportation infrastructure. In recent years, however, expenses have outpaced revenues-creating substantial funding shortfalls that have
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. Hydrogen Vehicle and Infrastructure Codes and Standards Citations This document lists codes and standards typically used for U.S. hydrogen vehicle and infrastructure projects. To determine which codes and standards apply to a specific project, identify the codes and standards currently in effect within the jurisdiction where the
Dispensing Infrastructure 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. CONTROLLING AUTHORITIES: State and Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions CONTROLLING AUTHORITIES: Local Building and Fire Departments CONTROLLING AUTHORITIES: DOT/NHTS Many standards development organizations (SDOs) are working to develop codes and standards needed for the utilization of alternative fuel
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. Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Codes and Standards Citations This document lists codes and standards typically used for U.S. electric vehicle and infrastructure projects. To determine which codes and standards apply to a specific project, identify the codes and standards currently in effect within the jurisdiction where the
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. Propane Vehicle and Infrastructure Codes and Standards Citations This document lists codes and standards typically used for U.S. propane vehicle and infrastructure projects. To determine which codes and standards apply to a specific project, identify the codes and standards currently in effect within the jurisdiction where the
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. Stationary and Portable Fuel Cell Systems Codes and Standards Citations This document lists codes and standards typically used for Stationary and Portable Fuel Cell Systems projects. To determine which codes and standards apply to a specific project, you need to identify the codes and standards currently in effect within the
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
Infrastructure Analysis Tools: A Focus on Cash Flow Analysis Marc Melaina, Michael Penev National Renewable Energy Laboratory Presented at the Hydrogen Infrastructure Meeting International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) Breakthrough Technologies Institute (BTI) Toronto, 5 June 2012 NREL/PR-5600-55563 This presentation does not contain any proprietary, confidential, or otherwise restricted information 2 Introduction: Cash flow and related models Inputs needed to analyze a business case
A robust workforce is essential to growing domestic wind manufacturing capabilities. NREL researchers conducted research to better understand today's domestic wind workforce, projected needs for the future, and how existing and new education and training programs can meet future needs. This presentation provides an overview of this research and the accompanying industry survey, as well as the Energy Department's Career Maps, Jobs & Economic Development Impacts models, and the Wind for Schools project.
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a controllable grid interface (CGI) test system that can significantly reduce certification testing time and costs. The CGI also provides system engineers with a better understanding of how wind turbines, photovoltaic (PV) inverters, and energy storage systems interact with the grid and react to grid disturbances. For the energy industry, this will save time and resources while minimizing integration issues, improve
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) controllable grid interface (CGI) test system at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) is one of two user facilities at NREL capable of testing and analyzing the integration of megawatt-scale renewable energy systems. The CGI specializes in testing of multimegawatt-scale wind and photovoltaic (PV) technologies as well as energy storage devices, transformers, control and protection equipment at medium-voltage levels, allowing the determination of the grid impacts of the tested technology.
Activities at NREL HTAC Josh Eichman, PhD Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee Meeting 4/21/2015 NREL/PR-5400-64137 2 Outline * Hydrogen and Energy Storage Overview o Hydrogen storage pathways o International Power-to-gas activities * Hydrogen energy storage activities o NREL - DOE storage analysis results (FY14) o NREL - DOE storage analysis tasks (FY15) o Energy Storage Workshop results o Clean Energy Dialogue - US/Canada * Update: INTEGRATE activities * Newly Proposed CARB-DOE
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
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New test facility will be used to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation wind energy technologies. This fall, the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will open a new dynamometer test facility. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new facility will offer wind industry engineers a unique opportunity to conduct a wide range of tests on the
NREL's high-throughput screen facilitates the selection of novel H 2 -producing algae. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a powerful method for screening through million-member algal libraries for strains with increased hydro- gen production. The screen uses H 2 -sensing bacteria that fluoresce when hydrogen is detected and is used as an agar overlay on top of growing algal colonies. The screen was first verified by comparing algal strains that
Assessing the Energy Impact of Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Technologies SAE 2016 Government/Industry Meeting January 21, 2016 Jeff Gonder, Yuche Chen, Mike Lammert, Eric Wood Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center (THSC) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) NREL/PR-5400-65743 2 Outline * Overall energy impact assessment * Example feature-level impacts * Real-world/off-cycle benefit calculation * On-going work by DOE and its national labs 3 "Bookending" CAV Energy
This presentation provides information on the activities conducted through the Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP), initiated in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and executed through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support the distributed wind industry. The CIP provides research and development funding and technical support to improve distributed wind turbine technology and increase the competitiveness of U.S. small and midsize wind turbine manufacturers. Through this project, DOE/NREL assists U.S. manufacturers to lower the levelized cost of energy of wind turbines through component improvements, manufacturing process upgrades, and turbine testing. Ultimately, this support is expected to lead to turbine certification through testing to industry-recognized wind turbine performance and safety standards.
1 | ESIF 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. Bring us your challenges | 2 | | 3 | What if solving our energy challenges wasn't just about producing more, but finding better ways to use what is already there? Energy Systems Integration (ESI) is an approach to solving these big energy challenges that explores ways for energy systems to work more efficiently on their
An NREL study found that platooning of long-haul trucks reduces fuel consumption at all tested highway speeds. Vehicle automation is a promising fuel-saving strategy; semiautomated platooning systems for heavy-duty vehicles represent a likely first step toward public acceptance. Platooning reduces aerodynamic drag by grouping vehicles and safely decreasing the distance between them via electronic coupling, which allows multiple vehicles to accelerate or brake simultaneously. Researchers at the
SOLECTRIA 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 Solectria to test its inverters using simulated utility grid and solar PV emulation so researchers can see the impact of the inverter's advanced features on power reliability and quality. The ESIF's grid simulator allows researchers
and structural dynamics such as power take-off and control system responses. Offshore Wind Modeling Researchers at NREL have developed a new complex modeling and analysis tool...
This presentation will discuss current research activities in PEV grid integration at NREL. Presented at the 2015 IEEE Power and Energy Systems General Meeting, Denver, Colorado.
ESTIMATE OF GEOTHERMAL ENERGY RESOURCE IN MAJOR U.S. SEDIMENTARY BASINS Colleen Porro and Chad Augustine April 24, 2012 National Renewable Energy Lab, Golden, CO NREL/PR-6A20-55017 NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY Sedimentary Basin Geothermal WHAT IS SEDIMENTARY BASIN GEOTHERMAL? 2 Geothermal Energy from Sedimentary Rock - Using hot" geothermal fluids (>100 o C) produced from sedimentary basins to generate electricity - Advantages: * Reservoirs are porous, permeable, and well
This NREL highlight describes a simulation-based study that analyzes the energy impacts of oversized residential air conditioners. Researchers found that, if parasitic power losses are minimal, there is very little increase in energy use for oversizing an air conditioner. The research demonstrates that new residential air conditioners can be sized primarily based on comfort considerations, because capacity typically has minimal impact on energy efficiency. The results of this research can be useful for contractors and homeowners when choosing a new air conditioner or heat pump during retrofits of existing homes. If the selected unit has a crankcase heater, performing proper load calculations to be sure the new unit is not oversized will help avoid excessive energy use.
Laboratory (NREL) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Capabilities Overview 2014 Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition National Lab Showcase Keith Wipke, NREL Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Program Manager November 11, 2014 2 NREL Overview o Founded in 1977 o Location: Golden, Colorado o ~1,750 full-time staff o Full spectrum of RD&D, from basic science to deployment o Unique research and testing capabilities across multiple scales o Systems approach o Strong history of partnering with industry
INNOVATION IMPACT Breakthrough Research Results NREL's campus in Golden, Colorado, is a model of sustainable energy and energy efficiency. INNOVATION IMPACT NREL has a rich history of scientific innovation and partnering with industry in research and development to bring new products and technologies into manufacturing production. In these pages we have captured key breakthrough results across our primary areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency research: solar, wind, bioenergy,
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The demand for clean, sustainable, secure energy is growing... and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is answering the call. NREL's National Bioenergy Center is pioneering biofuels research and development and accelerating the pace these technologies move into the marketplace.
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
3367 A P R I L 2 0 1 5 A N A LY S I S I N S I G H T S RENEWABLE ENERGY ON THE GRID Redefining What's Possible 2 RENEWABLE ENERGY ON THE GRID Environmental regulations, state-level portfolio standards, new methods for accessing natural gas reserves and aging power plants are opening opportunities for new electricity generation from renewable resources and natural gas. Advances in efficiency and smart grid technologies also have the potential to change historical demand curves. New renewable
Releases | NREL NREL, Universities Hail Renewable Energy 'Collaboratory' Bill June 8, 2006 Denver, Colo. - Leaders of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado welcomed Governor Owens' signature on House Bill 1322 - legislation that provides funding to a new Colorado renewable energy research collaboration. NREL and the three Colorado research universities have been
Financing - News Releases | NREL NREL Seeks Industry Input to Illuminate Trends in Renewable Energy Financing August 8, 2011 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking input from energy developers and financiers as part of an ongoing effort to collect and share quantitative data on renewable energy financing terms and to assess barriers to renewable energy development. The current Renewable Energy Finance Tracking Initiative (REFTI)
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When electricity is generated - either from a renewable or non-renewable power plant - the electrons added to the grid are indistinguishable. So, on what basis can a consumer of electricity claim to be using renewables? In the United States, renewable energy certificates (RECs) were developed as states passed renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) and were requiring fuel mix disclosure labels. RECs are also used in the voluntary market, where customers are buying renewables to meet sustainability goals. The concept of RECs is used most widely in the United States, but international markets also have tradable renewable electricity certificates. This fact sheet reviews how to ensure that RECs are not double-counted, roles of electricity regulators, renewable generators and purchasers. It concludes with a discussion of the international use of RECs.
Ignites New Renewable Fuels Heating Plant Innovative DOE Contract Helps Lab Reduce Fuel Use, Carbon Emissions November 20, 2008 Golden, Colo. - With the spark from a high intensity road flare, engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory lit its new, smoke-free Renewable Fuels Heating Plant today. The $3.3 million project is the Laboratory's latest step toward operating as a net-zero energy facility. The RFHP will heat NREL's South Table Mountain Campus
After a massive tornado destroyed or severely damaged 95% of Greensburg, Kansas on May 4, 2007, key leaders in Greensburg and Kansas made a crucial decision not just to rebuild, but to remake the town as a model sustainable rural community. To help achieve that goal, experts from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) arrived in Greensburg in June 2007.
A recent overhaul of the tool makes it a powerful, robust, and flexible modeling software to aid the development of innovative wind and water power technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Labora- tory (NREL) recently released an expanded version of its FAST wind turbine computer-aided engineer- ing tool under a new modularization framework. The new release includes: an upgraded version of the AeroDyn aerodynamics module that includes tower drag loading; the
helps reduce contaminants in fuel cells, enabling the industry to cut costs and commercialize state-of-the-art technologies. As fuel cell systems become more commercially com- petitive, and as automo- tive fuel cell research and development trend toward decreased catalyst loadings and thinner membranes, fuel cell operation becomes even more susceptible to contaminants. Therefore, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners have performed research on contaminants derived from
Wind and Water Power Modeling and Simulation at the NWTC Researchers at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a variety of computer modeling and simulation software tools to support the wind and water power industries and research communities with state-of-the-art design and analysis capabilities. Computer modeling and simulations allow designers to analyze many factors affecting wind turbines and plants, at a fraction of the
L L 2 0 1 4 / I S S U E 7 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. WWW.NREL.GOV/CONTINUUM P A R T N E R I N G : A N E N G I N E F O R I N N O V A T I O N 2 Continuum DAN SAYS PARTNERING: AN ENGINE FOR INNOVATION Collaborative research truly is an engine for innovation. While the term "partnership" may seem straightforward, there are actually many ways in which
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The Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit provides information about permits and regulations that affect renewable energy and bulk transmission projects.
Nominations Sought for Award Named for NREL's Founding Director Golden, Colo., May 23, 2002 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking nominees for the first Paul Rappaport Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Award. The national award will recognize outstanding contributions by an individual, team or organization that support NREL's mission of advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, either through research or through the
NREL Renewable Fuels from Algae Boosted by NREL Refinery Process February 9, 2016 A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research. The process, dubbed Combined Algal Processing (CAP), is detailed in a new paper by NREL's Tao Dong, Eric Knoshaug, Ryan Davis, Lieve Laurens, Stefanie Van Wychen, Philip Pienkos, and Nick
Automated robot mimics fueling action to test hydrogen hoses for durability in real-world conditions. With at least three major auto manufacturers expected to release fuel cell electric vehicles in the 2015 to 2017 timeframe, the need for a reliable U.S. hydrogen fueling infrastructure is greater than ever. That's why the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with fund- ing from the U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technologies Office, is using a robot in the Energy Systems Integration
Two natural enzyme systems-one produced by fungi and the other by bacteria-break down cel- lulose faster if used in combination. The resulting process shows promise for less expensive biofuels. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their partners studied a cocktail of individual fungal enzymes that depoly- merize biomass, and an alternative bacterial system in which multiple biomass-degrading enzymes, termed the cellulosome, are linked together by a protein
Scientists at NREL use near-infrared spectroscopy to predict the composition of a variety of biomass types. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL 26528 Biomass Compositional Analysis: NIR Rapid Methods Developing rapid calibration models to predict the composition of biomass NREL biomass analysis scientists use near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy correlated with compositional data, produced using traditional wet chemical techniques, to develop rapid calibration models. These models dramatically decrease
m o d e l s & t o o l s Renewable Energy Optimization (REopt) REopt is an energy planning platform offering concurrent, multiple technology integration and optimization capabilities to help clients meet their cost savings and energy performance goals. Key Features * Integration. REopt models the complex interactions of multiple thermal and electrical technologies operating concurrently. * Optimization. The REopt solver engine is based on a mixed integer linear program that provides optimal,
Learning About Renewable Energy For more information about renewable energy basics, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration Energy Kids Web site for fun kids' games and activities, teacher resources, and energy basics. Visit NREL's Education Resources for hands-on projects and curriculum suggestions for K-12 grade teachers and students. The United States currently relies heavily on coal, oil, and
Since 1990, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL's) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) has tested more than 150 wind turbine blades. NWTC researchers can test full-scale and subcomponent articles, conduct data analyses, and provide engineering expertise on best design practices. Structural testing of wind turbine blades enables designers, manufacturers, and owners to validate designs and assess structural performance to specific load conditions. Rigorous structural testing can reveal design and manufacturing problems at an early stage of development that can lead to overall improvements in design and increase system reliability.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Alternative Fuels Utilization Program, which is widely known for its alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) emissions information, is also doing much to bring better alternative fuel vehicles to the field. Many of the AFVs of tomor- row will include components developed through NREL's research, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Most of NREL's projects involve ethanol, methanol, natural gas, biodiesel, and propane, but researchers are
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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.
Reimagining What's Possible: How NREL's Energy Analysis and Decision Support Capabilities are Guiding Energy Systems Transformation at Home and Around the World; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
This engaging brochure shows examples of how NREL enables energy system transformation through robust capabilities in energy analysis and decision support. By reimagining what's possible for renewable energy, NREL contributes to the Department of Energy mission to create energy systems that are cleaner, more reliable, and more secure.
A new study of renewable energy's technical potential finds that every state in the nation has the space and resources to generate clean energy. The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) produced the study, U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials, which looks at each state's available renewable resources for solar, wind, biopower, geothermal, and hydropower energy.
JEDI: Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models are user-friendly tools that estimate the gross economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation, transmission, and biofuel plants at the state or national level. First developed by NREL's researchers to model wind energy jobs and impacts, JEDI has been expanded to also estimate the economic impacts of biofuels and biopower, coal, conventional hydro, concentrating solar power,
JEDI: Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models are user-friendly tools that estimate the gross economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation, transmission, and biofuel plants at the state or national level. First developed by NREL's researchers to model wind energy jobs and impacts, JEDI has been expanded to also estimate the economic impacts of biofuels and biopower, coal, conventional hydro, concentrating solar power,
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
NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Academy February 13, 2012 Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2012 Executive Energy Leadership Academy (Energy Execs). Energy Execs is a leadership program focused on educating business, community, and government leaders about clean energy solutions through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The two Energy Execs learning opportunities are the
At the Biomass Compositional Analysis Laboratory, NREL scientists have more than 20 years of experience supporting the biomass conversion industry. They develop, refine, and validate analytical methods to determine the chemical composition of biomass samples before, during, and after conversion processing. These high-quality compositional analysis data are used to determine feedstock compositions as well as mass balances and product yields from conversion processes. Compositional Analysis
Campus Cafeteria Serves As Sustainable Model for Energy- Efficient Food Service Unlike the less-than-appealing, traditional cafeteria you may have eaten at in school, the state-of-the-art Café on the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus, which opened in 2012, is breaking stereotypes from aesthetics to energy- effcient design. In addition to meeting staff needs as the primary dining location to grab snacks and eat lunch on the Golden, Colorado, campus,
Releases | NREL Estimates Economically Viable U.S. Renewable Generation November 19, 2015 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. A study applying this new method found that renewable energy generation is economically viable in many parts of the United States largely due to rapidly declining technology costs. The report,
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.
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MERCEDES-BENZ NREL is partnering with Mercedes-Benz to test the user experience with refueling a fuel cell electric vehicle, the B-Class F-CELL. NREL is employing its Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility for each refueling of the compact, front-wheel-drive hatchback from Mercedes-Benz. While using the vehicle, NREL is also making it available for outreach, education, and public events to raise awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. R&D STRATEGY Multiple employees
Testing of DEVAP prototype validates modeled predictions of 40% to 85% energy savings. Researchers in the NREL Buildings group are moving the award-winning desiccant enhanced evaporative (DEVAP) air conditioning technol- ogy further toward commercialization by demonstrating that its energy-saving perfor- mance matches closely with thermodynamic model predictions. Industry partners Synapse Product Development and AIL Research built two prototypes of DEVAP based on NREL's design and modeling,
Studies Wind Farm Aerodynamics to Improve Siting NREL researchers are using advanced remote sensing instruments and high- performance computing to understand atmospheric turbulence and turbine wake behavior-a key to improving wind turbine design and siting within wind farms. As turbines and wind farms grow in size, they create bigger wakes and present more complex challenges to wind turbine and wind farm designers and operators. NREL researchers have confirmed through both observation and
WYLE Under a research agreement with Wyle Labs, NREL is working with the U.S. Army to complete development and testing of 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 Sustainment Systems, formerly known as Mobile Electric Power. The Army's Rapid Equipping Force is funding NREL to complete
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NREL Signs Agreement With China's National Utility Scope of MOU Covers Coordination on Research Projects September 11, 2015 Representatives of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and China's State Grid Energy Research Institute today signed a first-ever memorandum of understanding between the two organizations. The State Grid Energy Research Institute (SGERI), located in Beijing, is a subsidiary of China's national utility, State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).
NREL NREL Names Director for National Center for Photovoltaics Ryne Raffaelle to join NREL August 31, 2009 July 30, 2009 Photo of Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle has been named director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL. Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle has been named director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Raffaelle most recently has been Academic Director for the Golisano
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deployment and electric sector CO2 emissions - News Releases | NREL analysis finds tax credit extensions can impact renewable energy deployment and electric sector CO2 emissions February 22, 2016 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released new analysis exploring the potential impact of recently extended federal tax credits on the deployment of renewable generation technologies and related U.S. electric sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The report,
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This presentation gives an overview of the National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center (NFCTEC), describes how NFCTEC benefits the hydrogen and fuel cell community, and introduces a new fuel cell cost/price aggregation project.
from Algae | Department of Energy NREL Refinery Process Shows Increased Effectiveness of Producing Ethanol from Algae NREL Refinery Process Shows Increased Effectiveness of Producing Ethanol from Algae February 11, 2016 - 5:07pm Addthis A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has proven to be significantly more effective at
Built Environment Energy Analysis Tool Overview Prepared by: Chris Porter Cambridge Systematics, Inc. Cambridge, Massachusetts NREL Technical Monitor: Laura Vimmerstedt March 2013 NREL/PR-6A20-58101 2 Built Environment Energy Analysis Tool Overview Subcontractor: Chris Porter Cambridge Systematics, Inc. 100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400 Cambridge, MA 02140 Period of Performance: June 2011-February 2013 NREL Technical Monitor: Laura Vimmerstedt Prepared under Subcontract No. DGJ-1-11857-01 This
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
Evaluating Behind-the- Meter Energy Storage Systems with NREL's System Advisor Model A new model helps companies assess the performance and economic effects of integrating battery energy storage systems into the electric grid. The Challenge Battery energy storage is a key enabling technology for the integration of large amounts of solar generation onto the electric distribution system. With an 80% drop in battery prices in the last six years and new mandates for energy storage solutions in
LIQUIDCOOL SOLUTIONS NREL is working with LiquidCool Solutions, Inc. (LCS) to demonstrate and characterize the performance of LCS's liquid-submerged technology for cooling computers and servers. LCS employs a dielectric fluid strategically directed onto electronic components in a liquid tight server enclosure. The fluid's high heat-carrying capacity enables efficient heat removal from temperature-sensitive electronics such as central processing units, graphics processing units, and memory. The
NREL engineers evaluate the functionalities of advanced power strips (APS) and help consumers choose the right one for their plug loads. Many consumer electronics devices waste energy even after they are turned off via "vampire" loads, mean- ing they continue to draw current as long as they remain plugged into receptacles. In a typical home with 40 plug loads, vampire loads can account for nearly 10% of household electricity use. Advanced power strips (APS) are a convenient and
Releases | NREL NREL Partnerships to Help the Grid Accommodate More Renewable Energy June 15, 2015 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announces five new partnerships that will award up to $6.5 million in federal funds to technical teams throughout the country. The cost-shared projects with industry, universities, and other stakeholders will address the challenge of enabling the nation's electric grid to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy. NREL is
Wind to Hydrogen Project: Renewable Hydrogen Production for Energy Storage & Transportation NREL Hydrogen Technologies and Systems Center Todd Ramsden, Kevin Harrison, Darlene Steward November 16, 2009 NREL/PR-560-47432 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 Wind2H2 RD&D Project * The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with Xcel Energy and
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A webinar about the Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit was presented by Bri-Mathias Hodge and Caroline Draxl on July 14, 2015. It was hosted by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. The toolkit is a grid integration data set that contains meteorological and power data at a 5-minute resolution across the continental United States for 7 years and hourly power forecasts.
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Reducing Idle Power Consumption in Office Spaces Saves U.S. Navy in Energy Costs As part of a two-year project to demonstrate energy efficiency measures, renewable energy generation, and energy systems integration, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has identified advanced plug load controls as a promising technology for reducing energy use and related costs in the U.S. Navy's Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) office spaces. The demonstration was one of eight
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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
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NREL has developed a device to test one of the most challenging failure mechanisms of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries -- a battery internal short circuit. Many members of the technical community believe that this type of failure is caused by a latent flaw that results in a short circuit between electrodes during use. As electric car manufacturers turn to Li-ion batteries for energy storage, solving the short circuit problem becomes more important. To date, no reliable and practical method exists to create on-demand internal shorts in Li-ion cells that produce a response that is relevant to the ones produced by field failures. NREL and NASA have worked to establish an improved ISC cell-level test method that simulates an emergent internal short circuit, is capable of triggering the four types of cell internal shorts, and produces consistent and reproducible results. Internal short circuit device design is small, low-profile and implantable into Li-ion cells, preferably during assembly. The key component is an electrolyte-compatible phase change material (PCM). The ISC is triggered by heating the cell above PCM melting temperature (presently 40 degrees C – 60 degrees C). In laboratory testing, the activated device can handle currents in excess of 300 A to simulate hard shorts (< 2 mohms). Phase change from non-conducting to conducting has been 100% successful during trigger tests.
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
The Fleet Test and Evaluation Team at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is evaluating and documenting the performance of electric and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems in medium duty trucks across the nation. U.S. companies participating in this evaluation project received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to cover part of the cost of purchasing these vehicles. Through this project, Navistar will build and deploy all-electric medium-duty trucks. The trucks will be deployed in diverse climates across the country.
The Fleet Test and Evaluation Team at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is evaluating and documenting the performance of electric and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems in medium-duty trucks across the nation. U.S. companies participating in this evaluation project received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to cover part of the cost of purchasing these vehicles. Through this project, Smith Electric Vehicles is building and deploying 500 all-electric medium-duty trucks that will be deployed by a variety of companies in diverse climates across the country.
Updates National Solar Radiation Database May 25, 2007 The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and collaborators have updated the National Solar Radiation Database, a planning tool that provides critical information about the amount of solar energy that is available at any given location. The database is widely used by solar system designers, building architects and engineers, renewable energy analysts and others to plan, size and site solar energy systems.
The Fleet Test and Evaluation Team at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is evaluating and documenting the performance of electric and plug-in hybrid electric drive systems in medium duty trucks across the nation. U.S. companies participating in this evaluation project received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to cover part of the cost of purchasing these vehicles. Through this project, Navistar will build and deploy all-electric medium-duty trucks. The trucks will be deployed in diverse climates across the country. This cumulative report covers the project from initiation through the second quarter of 2013.
Bowen, A.; Huskey, A.; Hur, J.; Jager, D.; van Dam, J.; Smith, J.
Poster presented at the AWEA 2010 conference illustrates NREL's testing of five small wind turbines in the first round of its independent testing project. Tests include power performance, noise, duration, safety and function, and power quality (where applicable).
This NREL Highlight discusses a recent state-of-the-art review of membrane processes for air conditioning that identifies future research opportunities. This highlight is being developed for the June 2015 S&T Alliance Board meeting.
Sinclair, K.; Bowen, A.
WindPower 2008 conference sponsored by AWEA held in Houston, Texas on June 1-4, 2008. This poster describes four small wind electric systems that were tested to IEC and AWEA standards at NREL's NWTC.
Melaina, Marc; Saur, Genevieve; Ramsden, Todd; Eichman, Joshua
This presentation summarizes NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell analysis work in three areas: resource potential, greenhouse gas emissions and cost of delivered energy, and influence of auxiliary revenue streams. NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell analysis projects focus on low-carbon and economic transportation and stationary fuel cell applications. Analysis tools developed by the lab provide insight into the degree to which bridging markets can strengthen the business case for fuel cell applications.
September 17, 1997Technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have been selected to receive two 1997 R&D 100 Awards by Research and Development Magazine. The annual awards recognize the years 100 most important, unique and useful innovations. The magazine recognized PV Optics as one of the most important technological advances of 1997. PV Optics is the first computer program capable of accurately analyzing light trapping
May 23, 2013 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected ... Kelly de la Torre - de la Torre Law, LLC Thom Johnson - Eaton Energy Solutions, Inc. ...
at Home | Department of Energy So You Want to Go Solar? 3 Things to Consider When Installing Solar Power at Home So You Want to Go Solar? 3 Things to Consider When Installing Solar Power at Home October 3, 2014 - 12:37pm Q&A What do you want to know about solar energy at home? Tell Us Addthis Installing solar panels requires the proper orientation and tilt, and it is best to use a professional contractor. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Blair, Nate; Cory, Karlynn; Hand, Maureen; Parkhill, Linda; Speer, Bethany; Stehly, Tyler; Feldman, David; Lantz, Eric; Augusting, Chad; Turchi, Craig; O'Connor, Patrick
Consistent cost and performance data for various electricity generation technologies can be difficult to find and may change frequently for certain technologies. With the Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an organized and centralized dataset that was reviewed by internal and external experts. It uses the best information from the Department of Energy laboratory's renewable energy analysts and Energy Information Administration information for conventional technologies. The ATB will be updated annually in order to provide an up-to-date repository of current and future cost and performance data. Going forward, we plan to revise and refine the values using best available information. The ATB includes both a presentation with notes (PDF) and an associated Excel Workbook. The ATB includes the following electricity generation technologies: land-based wind; offshore wind; utility-scale solar PV; concentrating solar power; geothermal power; hydropower plants (upgrades to existing facilities, powering non-powered dams, and new stream-reach development); conventional coal; coal with carbon capture and sequestration; integrated gasification combined cycle coal; natural gas combustion turbines; natural gas combined cycle; conventional biopower. Nuclear laboratory's renewable energy analysts and Energy Information Administration information for conventional technologies. The ATB will be updated annually in order to provide an up-to-date repository of current and future cost and performance data. Going forward, we plan to revise and refine the values using best available information.
Releases | NREL Director Arvizu Elected to National Academy of Engineering February 6, 2014 Photo of NREL Director Dan Arvizu NREL Director Dan Arvizu Dan Arvizu, director of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding
Bobi Garrett Associate Director 12 August 2008 State Energy Advisory Board National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Overview National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future Energy Solutions Are Enormously Challenging Must address all three imperatives National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future To Impact Speed and Scale of Impact, An Integrated Approach is Required National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future INL NREL Lawrence
This presentation is an overview of NREL's Controllable Grid Interface capabilities for testing renewable energy technologies.
NREL developed the Geospatial Toolkit (GsT), a map-based software application that integrates resource data and geographic information systems (GIS) for integrated resource assessment. A variety of agencies within countries, along with global datasets, provided country-specific data. Originally developed in 2005, the Geospatial Toolkit was completely redesigned and re-released in November 2010 to provide a more modern, easier-to-use interface with considerably faster analytical querying capabilities. Toolkits are available for 21 countries and each one can be downloaded separately. The source code for the toolkit is also available. [Taken and edited from http://www.nrel.gov/international/geospatial_toolkits.html
Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST) Marc Melaina, Ph.D. Team Lead for Infrastructure Analysis Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, NREL H2FAST Team: Brian Bush, Melanie Caton, Jon Duckworth, Dan Getman, Sara Havig, Marc Melaina, Michael Penev HTAC Meeting - April 21-22, 2015 Arlington, Virginia NREL/PR-5400-64138 Overview * Hydrogen Financial Analysis Simulation Tool (H2FAST) * H2FAST is a standard financial accounting framework applied to the DOE's H2A cost analysis models * There
NREL Furthers U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar's Move Toward Net Zero Energy The U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar is striving toward its goal of becoming a "net zero energy installation" (NZEI), which entails producing as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has partnered with MCAS Miramar to develop a plan for meeting this
This issue of Continuum highlights the many ways NREL partners with private industry and other research institutions. You will find references to many of the partnerships and examples of the scope of our engagement with industry leaders, government organizations, and startups.
NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY Outline 3 * Water scarcity and resources in the US * Desalination technologies * "GDsalt" decision support tool * Project status and conclusions to date * Future plans Huffingtonpost.com NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY NREL / Mines Partnership NREL Team - Craig Turchi and Michael Hillesheim CSM Team - Dr. Tzahi Cath, Civil & Environmental Engineering * Dr. Mengistu Geza, Research Assistant Professor * Dr. Johan Vanneste, Postdoctoral
NREL investigates how best to protect tanks and piping used for thermal energy storage and heat transfer fluids. Molten salts and supercritical carbon dioxide (s-CO 2 ) are thermal energy storage (TES) and heat transfer fluids (HTFs) that are good candidates for next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. However, these fluids are corrosive, and combined with extreme operating temperatures, can damage tanks and piping. To increase the lifetime of such vessels, they must be composed
NREL analysis identifies potential cost-effective scenarios for using small fuel cell power units to increase the range of medium-duty battery electric vehicles. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) offer great potential for decreasing lifecycle costs in medium-duty applications, a market segment currently dominated by internal combustion technology. Charac- terized by frequent repetition of similar routes and daily return to a central depot, medium-duty vocations such as parcel delivery are well
NREL Analysis Insights mines our body of analysis work to synthesize topical insights and key findings. In this issue, we examine transportation systems, alternative fuels, and implications of increasing electrification of transit. Moving people and goods from point A to B has never been easier, but our current transportation systems also take a toll on our environment. Transportation currently accounts for 71% of total U.S. petroleum use and 33% of the nation’s total carbon emissions. With new technology, can we make our transportation system cleaner and more cost effective? NREL is applying its analytical expertise and imagination to do just that. Solutions start with systems thinking. Connecting the dots between physical components - vehicles, fueling stations, and highways - and institutional components - traffic laws, regulations, and vehicle standards - helps illuminate solutions that address the needs of the transportation system's many stakeholders.
model that calculates external luminescent efficiency has potential to enhance performance of solar cells dominated by radiative recombination. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) wanted to improve the internal optics of solar cells domi- nated by radiative recombination to significantly enhance cell per- formance. Considering real, non- idealized solar cells, the scientists developed a detailed model that calculates the external luminescent efficiency. It does so
Impact of Direct Financial Incentives in the Emerging Battery Electric Vehicle Market: A Preliminary Analysis Bentley Clinton 1,2 , Austin Brown 1 , Carolyn Davidson 1 , Daniel Steinberg 1 1 National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2 Department of Economics, University of Colorado - Boulder February 2015 NREL/PR-6A20-63263 2 Overview Question * How have incentives changed purchasing for battery electric vehicles in the United States? Method * Regression analysis at the state level to isolate
Santhanagopalan, Shriram.; Yang, Chuanbo.; Pesaran, Ahmad
This report documents the successful completion of the NREL July milestone entitled “Modeling Lithium-Ion Battery Safety - Complete Case-Studies on Pouch Cell Venting,” as part of the 2013 Vehicle Technologies Annual Operating Plan with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This work aims to bridge the gap between materials modeling, usually carried out at the sub-continuum scale, and the
Suzanne Tegen presented this information as part of the June 17, 2015 WINDExchange webinar: Overcoming Wind Siting Challenges III: Public Acceptance and Land Use. This presentation provides an overview of current NREL research related to wind energy deployment considerations, the DOE Wind Vision as it relates to public acceptance and land use, why public acceptance of wind power matters, where the U.S. wind resource is best, and how those rich resource areas overlay with population centers.
Infrastructure Expansion: Consumer Demand and Cost-Reduction Potential Hydrogen Infrastructure Investment Forum- Palo Alto, California Dr. Marc Melaina Senior Engineer April 16, 2014 NREL/PR-5400-61966 2 Presentation Overview * How much do consumers value hydrogen station availability? * How much will station costs decline with volume? * What kind of market growth is needed to ensure station cost reductions (and adequate return on investment, or ROI)? How much do consumers value hydrogen station
Releases | NREL NREL Announces Leaders for National Executive Education Program May 18, 2011 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 20 national leaders to participate in its 2011 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), a premier leadership program focused on delivering clean energy solutions. The five-month program gives executive decision-makers throughout the United States an in-depth look at renewable energy and energy
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This presentation summarizes opportunities for hydrogen energy storage and power-to-gas and presents the results of a market analysis performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to quantify the value of energy storage. Hydrogen energy storage and power-to-gas systems have the ability to integrate multiple energy sectors including electricity, transportation, and industrial. On account of the flexibility of hydrogen systems, there are a variety of potential system configurations. Each configuration will provide different value to the owner, customers and grid system operator. This presentation provides an economic comparison of hydrogen storage, power-to-gas and conventional storage systems. The total cost is compared to the revenue with participation in a variety of markets to assess the economic competitiveness. It is found that the sale of hydrogen for transportation or industrial use greatly increases competitiveness. Electrolyzers operating as demand response devices (i.e., selling hydrogen and grid services) are economically competitive, while hydrogen storage that inputs electricity and outputs only electricity have an unfavorable business case. Additionally, tighter integration with the grid provides greater revenue (e.g., energy, ancillary service and capacity markets are explored). Lastly, additional hours of storage capacity is not necessarily more competitive in current energy and ancillary service markets and electricity markets will require new mechanisms to appropriately compensate long duration storage devices.
VanSant, Kaitlyn; Wilson, Greg; Berry, Joseph; Al-Jassim, Mowafak; Kurtz, Sarah
The National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on technology innovations that drive industry growth in U.S. photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing. The NCPV is a central resource for our nation's capabilities in PV research, development, deployment, and outreach.
VanSant, Kaitlyn; Wilson, Greg; Berry, Joseph; Al-Jassim, Mowafak; Kurtz, Sarah
The National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on technology innovations that drive industry growth in U.S. photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing. The NCPV is a central resource for our nation's capabilities in PV research, development, deployment, and outreach.
- News Releases | NREL Releases Renewable Energy Data Book Detailing Growing Industry in 2012 November 21, 2013 The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The annual report is an important assessment of U.S. energy statistics for 2012, including renewable electricity, worldwide renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and data on specific
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.
and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Implementation Scenarios for Electric Vehicle Roadway Wireless Power Transfer A. Meintz, T. Markel, E. Burton, L. Wang, J. Gonder, A. Brooker, and A. Konan Work sponsored by United States Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicles Technologies Office, Vehicle Systems Program The information contained in this poster is subject to a government license. 2015 IEEE PELS Workshop on
Rewards Teenaged Renewable Energy Expert at International Competition For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., May 14, 1998 The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Midwest Research Institute selected Josephine Norris from Detroit, Mich. to receive a special renewable energy award at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Fort Worth, Texas. Norris will receive $500 and a plaque today in recognition of her exemplary science project on
The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models are user-friendly tools that estimate the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation and biofuel plants at the local (usually state) level. First developed by NREL's Wind Powering America program to model wind energy jobs and impacts, JEDI has been expanded to biofuels, concentrating solar power, coal, and natural gas power plants. Based on project-specific and default inputs (derived from industry norms), JEDI estimates the number of jobs and economic impacts to a local area (usually a state) that could reasonably be supported by a power generation project. For example, JEDI estimates the number of in-state construction jobs from a new wind farm. This fact sheet provides an overview of the JEDI model as it pertains to wind energy projects.
A robust workforce is essential to growing domestic wind manufacturing capabilities. This presentation provides an overview of an NREL analysis of wind-focused education at American colleges and universities. The second part of the presentation discusses DOE/NREL workforce-related projects, such as the Wind Career Map, the Collegiate Wind Competition, and the Wind for Schools project.
Beam Mass Spectrometry Enabling fundamental understanding of thermochemical biomass conversion and biomass composition recalcitrance NREL has six molecular beam mass spectrometers (MBMS): two stationary systems; two field-deployable systems, customized for use in industrial environments; and two additional high-throughput stationary systems with autosamplers. NREL's custom-built molecular beam mass spectrometers provide: * Rapid quantitation of reactive species in high temperature environments *
| NREL NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Education Program February 17, 2010 Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2010 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs). Energy Execs is a leadership program focused on educating business, community and government leaders about clean energy solutions through renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The 5-month leadership program gives
NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy December 12, 2013 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 learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools and financing. Leaders in government, communities,
Releases | NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy 2013 January 30, 2013 Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a leadership program for non-technical decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools
2015 - News Releases | NREL Seeks National Executive Energy Leadership Academy Participants for 2015 December 15, 2014 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accepting applications for its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a program which enables decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools and
Program - News Releases | NREL Seeks Participants for 2016 National Executive Energy Leadership Program February 23, 2016 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Executive Energy Leadership Program. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Program, also known as Energy Execs, provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders throughout the country an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy
Gonder, J.; Cosgrove, J.; Pesaran, A.
Automakers have been mass producing hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) for well over a decade, and the technology has proven to be very effective at reducing per-vehicle fuel use. However, the incremental cost of HEVs such as the Toyota Prius or Ford Fusion Hybrid remains several thousand dollars higher than the cost of comparable conventional vehicles, which has limited HEV market penetration. The b b b b battery energy storage device is typically the component with the greatest contribution toward this cost increment, so significant cost reductions/performance improvements to the energy storage system (ESS) can correspondingly improve the vehicle-level cost/benefit relationship. Such an improvement would in turn lead to larger HEV market penetration and greater aggregate fuel savings. The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Storage Program managers asked the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to collaborate with a USABC Workgroup and analyze the trade-offs between vehicle fuel economy and reducing the decade-old minimum energy requirement for power-assist HEVs. NREL’s analysis showed that significant fuel savings could still be delivered from an ESS with much lower energy storage than the previous targets, which prompted USABC to issue a new set of lower-energy ESS (LEESS) targets that could be satisfied by a variety of technologies. With support from DOE, NREL has developed an HEV test platform for in-vehicle performance and fuel economy validation testing of the hybrid system using such LEESS devices. This presentation describes development of the vehicle test platform, and laboratory as well as in-vehicle evaluation results with alternate energy storage configurations as compared to the production battery system. The alternate energy storage technologies considered include lithium-ion capacitors -- i.e., asymmetric electrochemical energy storage devices possessing one electrode with battery
News Releases | NREL NREL wins first Governor's Award for Research Impact in Renewable Energy February 18, 2009 A non-profit coalition advocating for federal research in Colorado has honored the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory with one of its first Governor's Awards for Research Impact. Gov. Bill Ritter presented the Governor's Award for Research Impact in Renewable Energy to NREL officials at a reception on Feb. 17 at the Governor's Mansion. It is one of
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
This National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) success story fact sheet highlights a June 2012 solar power purchase agreement between the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and three corporations. The fact sheet describes how technical assistance from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory enabled the U.S. Virgin Islands to realistically assess its clean energy resources and identify the most viable and cost-effective solutions to its energy challenges--resulting in a $65 million investment in solar energy in the territory.
LCA can help determine environmental burdens from "cradle to grave" and facilitate more consistent comparisons of energy technologies. Figure 1. Generalized life cycle stages for energy technologies Source: Sathaye et al. (2011) Life cycle GHG emissions from renewable electricity generation technologies are generally less than those from fossil fuel-based technologies, based on evidence assembled by this project. Further, the proportion of GHG emissions from each life cycle stage
and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. INITIAL ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF UTILITY-SCALE WIND INTEGRATION IN HAWAII NOTICE This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States government. Neither the United States government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any informa-
This profile provides a snapshot of the energy landscape of Jamaica, an island nation located in the north Caribbean Sea.
Because original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicles designed to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) have only been available in limited models in past years, many fleets have had to rely on conversions as a source for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). The Federal fleet is no different-so far it has converted approximately 900 vehicles to CNG or LPG, providing the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with an opportunity to test a variety of conversion
Installed Capacity - News Releases | NREL Releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, Detailing Increases in Installed Capacity January 20, 2015 The newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
NREL Opens New Doors to Renewable Energy Data Developer.nrel.gov empowers Web developers to use renewable energy data for Web and mobile applications October 25, 2011 The U.S. ...
| NREL NREL Study Shows Renewable Energy Potential in Every State U.S. RE Technical Potential study produces estimates across technologies July 26, 2012 A new study of renewable energy's technical potential finds that every state in the nation has the space and resource to generate clean energy. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory produced the study, U.S. RE Technical Potential, which looks at available renewable resources in each state. It establishes an
This article investigates upgrading biomass pyrolysis vapors to form hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals using catalysts with different concentrations of acid sites. It shows that greater separation of acid sites makes catalysts more efficient at producing hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals. The conversion of biomass into liquid transportation fuels has attracted significant attention because of depleting fossil fuel reserves and environmental concerns resulting from the use of fossil fuels. Biomass is a renewable resource, which is abundant worldwide and can potentially be exploited to produce transportation fuels that are less damaging to the environment. This renewable resource consists of cellulose (40–50%), hemicellulose (25–35%), and lignin (16–33%) biopolymers in addition to smaller quantities of inorganic materials such as silica and alkali and alkaline earth metals (calcium and potassium). Fast pyrolysis is an attractive thermochemical technology for converting biomass into precursors for hydrocarbon fuels because it produces up to 75 wt% bio-oil,1 which can be upgraded to feedstocks and/or blendstocks for further refining to finished fuels. Bio-oil that has not been upgraded has limited applications because of the presence of oxygen-containing functional groups, derived from cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, which gives rise to high acidity, high viscosity, low heating value, immiscibility with hydrocarbons and aging during storage. Ex situ catalytic vapor phase upgrading is a promising approach for improving the properties of bio-oil. The goal of this process is to reject oxygen and produce a bio-oil with improved properties for subsequent downstream conversion to hydrocarbons.
High Penetration PV: How High Can We Go? ENERGY SYSTEMS INTEGRATION ESI optimizes the design and performance of electrical, thermal, fuel, and water pathways at all scales. "We know how important the option of solar is for our customers. Solving these issues requires that everyone-utilities, the solar industry, and other leading technical experts like NREL-work together. That's what this work is all about. With the highest amount of solar in the nation, our utilities are facing potential
Center | Department of Energy Tour the National Renewable Energy Lab's Latest Research Center SLIDESHOW: Tour the National Renewable Energy Lab's Latest Research Center June 20, 2013 - 1:16pm Addthis The Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL. The Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL. NREL Senior
This profile provides a snapshot of the energy landscape of Antigua and Barbuda, an independent nation in the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Antigua and Barbuda’s utility rates are approximately $0.37 U.S. dollars (USD) per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is above the Caribbean regional average of $0.33 USD/kWh.
This profile provides a snapshot of the energy landscape of Trinidad and Tobago, a two-island nation located off the coast of Venezuela. Trinidad and Tobago’s electricity rates are some of the lowest in the Caribbean at approximately $0.04 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), well below the regional average of $0.33/kWh.
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,
NREL Director Dan Arvizu Dan Arvizu, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been elected Chairman of the National Science Board. The ...
Compliance with the following permit will allow the installation and operation of electric vehicle charging equipment at a residence in the City, State jurisdiction. This permit addresses one of the following situations: Only an additional branch circuit would be added at the residence A hard-wired charging station would be installed at the residence. The attached requirements for wiring the charging station are taken directly out of the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) NFPA
Analysis & Projections Glossary › FAQS › Overview Projection Data Monthly Short-Term Forecasts to 2012 Annual Projections to 2035 International Projections Analysis & Projections Most Requested All Reports Models & Documentation AEO Working Groups Purpose of Working Groups The Annual Energy Outlook, prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), presents long-term projections of energy supply, demand, and prices, based on results from EIA's National Energy Modeling
Renewable Energy Certificate and Green Power Markets NREL's market analysis group examines the implications of customer choice on the market demand for renewable energy as well as ...
National Center for Photovoltaics Research Cell Efficiency Records Chart image Download the latest chart on record cell efficiencies and check out explanatory notes. The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on technology innovations that drive industry growth in U.S. photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing. The NCPV is a central resource for our nation's capabilities in PV research, development, deployment, and outreach. To help the U.S.
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Installation of fast charging infrastructure is considered by many as one of potential solutions to increase the utility and range of electric vehicles (EVs). This is expected to reduce the range anxiety of drivers of EVs and thus increase their market penetration. Level 1 and 2 charging in homes and workplaces is expected to contribute to the majority of miles driven by EVs. However, a small percentage of urban driving and most of inter-city driving could be only achieved by a fast-charging network. DC fast charging at 50 kW, 100 kW, 120 kW compared to level 1 (3.3 kW) and level 2 (6.6 kW) results in high-current charging that can adversely impact the life of the battery. In the last couple of years, we have investigated the impact of higher current rates in batteries and potential of higher temperatures and thus lower service life. Using mathematical models, we investigated the temperature increase of batteries due to higher heat generation during fast charge and have found that this could lead to higher temperatures. We compared our models with data from other national laboratories both for fine-tuning and calibration. We found that the incremental temperature rise of batteries during 1C to 3C fast charging may reduce the practical life of the batteries by less than 10% over 10 to 15 years of vehicle ownership. We also found that thermal management of batteries is needed for fast charging to prevent high temperature excursions leading to unsafe conditions.
Provides an overview of NREL's licensing opportunities and processes, and commercialization programs.
Energy Innovation Portal National Renewable Energy Laboratory Technology Marketing Summaries Here you'll find marketing summaries for technologies available for licensing from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage. National Renewable Energy Laboratory 129 Technology Marketing Summaries Category Title and Abstract Laboratories Date Solar Photovoltaic
Professional Experience Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Bioenergy Center (NBC), 2014-present Staff Scientist, NREL, NBC, 2013-2014 Staff ...
Releases | NREL Announces Participants in National Executive Education Program May 12, 2014 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 17 leaders to participate in its 2014 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), which empowers executives to integrate clean energy solutions in their communities. The five-month program offers executive decision-makers from throughout the U.S. an in-depth look at renewable energy and energy efficiency
News Releases | NREL Announces Participants in the National Executive Education Program June 4, 2012 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 19 leaders to participate in its 2012 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), a premier leadership program focused on delivering clean energy solutions. The five-month program gives executive decision-makers from throughout the United States an in-depth look at renewable energy and energy
This document summarizes the tasks identified for National Laboratory technical support of Ocean Renewable Power Corporation (ORPC) DOE grant awarded under the FY10 Industry Solicitation DE-FOA-0000293: Technology Readiness Advancement Initiative. The system ORPC will deploy in Cobscook Bay, ME is known as the TidGen™ Power System. The Turbine Generator Unit (TGU) each have a rated capacity of 150 to 175 kW, and they are mounted on bottom support frames and connected to an onshore substation using an underwater power and control cable. This system is designed for tidal energy applications in water depths from 60 to 150 feet. In funding provided separately by DOE, National Laboratory partners NREL and SNL will provide in-kind resources and technical expertise to help ensure that industry projects meet DOE WWPP (Wind and Water Power Program) objectives by reducing risk to these high value projects.
Ernest Moniz will dedicate a new clean energy research facility and supercomputer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Secretary Moniz will ...
strategy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will dedicate a new clean energy research facility and supercomputer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. ...
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Researchers at NREL leveraged the recent on-site development of gas fermentation capabilities and novel genetic tools to directly convert methane to lactic acid using an engineered methanotrophic bacterium. Key Result The results provide proof-of-concept data for a gas-to-liquids bioprocess that concurrently produces fuels and chemicals from methane. NREL researchers developed genetic tools to express heterologous genes in methanotrophic organisms, which have historically been difficult to
About Us » Business Operations » Golden Field Office » Golden Field Office Reading Room » National Renewable Energy Laboratory Documents National Renewable Energy Laboratory Documents The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in Golden, Colorado, is the United States' primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable
Gevorgian, Vahan; Wallen, Robb; McDade, Mark; Shirazi, Mari; Lundstrom, Blake
This presentation provides a high-level overview of NREL's multi-megawatt testing facilities and capabilities for the grid integration of renewable technologies.
Kreycik, C.; Couglin, J.
Clean renewable energy bonds (CREBs) present a low-cost opportunity for public entities to issue bonds to finance renewable energy projects. The federal government lowers the cost of debt by providing a tax credit to the bondholder in lieu of interest payments from the issuer. Because CREBs are theoretically interest free, they may be more attractive than traditional tax-exempt municipal bonds. In February 2009, Congress appropriated a total of $2.4 billion for the "New CREBs" program. No more than one-third of the budget may be allocated to each of the eligible entities: governmental bodies, electric cooperatives, and public power providers. Applications for this round of "New CREBs" were due to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on August 4, 2009. There is no indication Congress will extend the CREBs program; thus going forward, only projects that are approved under the 2009 round will be able to issue CREBs. This factsheet explains the CREBs mechanism and provides guidance on procedures related to issuing CREBs.
Releases | NREL Picks 20 Leaders for National Executive Education Program June 1, 2010 Photo of a large group of people standing under a blue sky. Additional photos available upon request. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 20 national leaders to participate in its 2010 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), a premier leadership program focused on educating business, community and government leaders about clean energy
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) applies its technical expertise and capabilities to promote the use of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) technologies throughout the world. NREL's international work spans our full range of capabilities, which include three primary areas of expertise: 1. Analysis - NREL provides technology-neutral information, global and regional assessments and decision tools, and expert advice. 2. Research and Development - NREL conducts collaborative research and development (R&D) and shares methods and results with leading research institutions throughout the world. 3. Deployment/Commercialization - NREL teams with private industry, other countries, and international institutions to invest in RE and EE technologies. This fact sheet highlights NREL's international multilateral partnerships, bilateral partnerships, climate and environmental initiatives, and energy assessments and resources.