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

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    Relevant Securities Regulations - News Releases | NREL Report Estimates Market Potential of Shared Solar and Discusses Relevant Securities Regulations April 27, 2015 Analysis from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site photovoltaic (PV) systems shared solar could represent 32 to 49 percent of the distributed photovoltaic market in 2020. Shared

  2. NREL: Solar Research - News

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    News The following news stories highlight solar research, technologies, and resources. ... NREL Collaboration Boosts Potential for CdTe Solar Cells A critical milestone has been ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. NREL: Technology Deployment - Solar Decathlon

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

  10. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Laboratory Capabilities

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

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

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    Southwest Concentrating Solar Power 1000-MW Initiative Photos of various concentrating solar power systems. NREL, working through SunLab, supports the U.S. Department of Energy's...

  12. Spectral Solar Radiation Data Base at NREL

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

  13. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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

  14. NREL: Solar STAT Blog -

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

  15. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - NREL Handbook Helps Industry

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    Collect and Interpret Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications NREL Handbook Helps Industry Collect and Interpret Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications Comprehensive handbook is a valuable resource for the solar industry on the collection and interpretation of solar resource data for each stage of a solar energy project. February 24, 2015 Reliable information about the solar resource is required for every solar energy application, from small installations on a rooftop to

  16. NREL: Innovation Impact - Solar

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

  17. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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

  18. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Projects

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

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

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

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

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

  1. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Partnerships

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    Partnerships NREL maintains partnerships to advance concentrating solar power research, development, and deployment efforts. Currently, NREL works with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through SunLab-a partnership developed by the U.S. Department of Energy to administer its concentrating solar power R&D and analysis activities. SolarPACES Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES), an international program of the International Energy Agency, furthers

  2. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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

  3. NREL Updates National Solar Radiation Database - News Releases | NREL

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    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.

  4. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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

  5. NREL: Technology Transfer - New NREL Report Showcases Potential...

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    New NREL Report Showcases Potential of Domestic Offshore Wind Industry October 5, 2015 Several researchers at the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy...

  6. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Projects Home Page

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    navigation to main content. NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory Concentrating Solar Power Projects: Solar Paces SolarPACES Snapshot SolarPACES, an international program of the International Energy Agency, furthers collaborative development, testing, and marketing of concentrating solar power plants. Activities include testing large-scale systems and developing advanced technologies, components, instrumentation, and analysis techniques. Three ongoing Tasks are Concentrating Solar Electric

  7. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    3 December 2, 2013 NREL Reports Soft Costs Now Largest Piece of Solar Installation Total Cost Two reports offer more in-depth look at non-hardware costs November 21, 2013 NREL Releases Renewable Energy Data Book Detailing Growing Industry in 2012 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

  8. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research Home Page

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    Concentrating Solar Power Research A collage of Concentrating Solar Power photographs. The first photo shows a dish-engine solar system. The second is of a SAIC Stirling dish collector. And the third photo shows a SkyTrough solar concentrator located on a mesa top. NREL collaborates with industry to further the research and development (R&D) of concentrating solar power (CSP) plant and solar thermal technologies. NREL's projects in concentrating solar power focus on components R&D and

  9. NREL Collaboration Boosts Potential for CdTe Solar Cells - News...

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    energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources. ... Initiative, which aims to make solar cost-competitive with traditional energy sources. ...

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

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    6 December 6, 2006 CSP's Promise in Colorado Colorado's San Luis Valley picked as potential spot for concentrating solar power project. July 21, 2006 NREL Solar Researcher Honored with ASES Abbot Award The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) honored Dr. Chuck Kutscher with the Charles Greeley Abbot Award during the recent ASES SOLAR 2006 conference. April 1, 2006 Economic, Energy, and Environmental Benefits of Concentrating Solar Power in California April 2006 Black and Veatch, under

  11. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Publications

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    including technical reports and papers, about its R&D activities in concentrating solar power, as well as related information. Below you'll find a list of selected NREL...

  12. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - News

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    News Below are news stories related to NREL Concentrating Solar Power research. Subscribe to the RSS feed RSS . Learn about RSS. May 4, 2015 Report Targets Data on Avian Issues at...

  13. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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

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

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    2016-01-01

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

  15. NREL: Energy Analysis - Solar Technology Analysis

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

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

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

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

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    Updates The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) gathers NREL solar technology and deployment experts to provide unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and...

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

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    Updates Solar Radiation Database November 27, 2012 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and collaborators released a 20-year updated version of the U.S. National Solar Radiation Database, a web-based technical report that provides critical information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in the U.S. and its territories. The updated database covers 1991-2010 and includes data from 2006-2010 for the first time. It also features

  19. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Research Expertise

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    Research Expertise NREL's research expertise in concentrating solar power technologies includes managing and supporting parabolic trough research and development (R&D); using a systems-driven modeling and analysis approach; and developing advanced components and technologies. Managing and Supporting Parabolic Trough R&D NREL has lead responsibility for managing, directing, and supporting parabolic trough R&D activities. In-house and subcontracted research and development supports the

  20. NREL Helps Consumers Tap Into Solar Energy

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

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

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    2015-05-27

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

  2. Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United...

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    Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed ... 80401 303-275-3000 * www.nrel.gov Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the ...

  3. NREL Achieves Solar-Electric Record

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

  4. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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

  5. NREL Study Shows Renewable Energy Potential in Every State

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    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.

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

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    cooling test laboratory, producing NREL's solar industrial process heat design handbook, developing stretched-membrane parabolic dish solar concentrators, inventing a...

  7. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Parabolic Trough Solar Field

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    Technology Parabolic Trough Solar Field Technology Photo of a parabolic trough. The sun bursts over a parabolic trough at Kramer Junction in Boron, California. Credit: Sandia National Laboratories Photo Database NREL works to develop less costly and more efficient parabolic trough solar field technology. This involves improving the structure of parabolic trough concentrators, receivers, and mirrors, and increasing the manufacturing of these components. Through NREL's development and testing,

  8. NREL Researchers Test Solar Thermal Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Releases | NREL NREL Quantifies Significant Value in Concentrating Solar Power CSP with thermal energy storage boosts California electric grid April 24, 2013 Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have quantified the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid. The NREL researchers evaluated the operational impacts of CSP systems with thermal energy storage within the California electric grid

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

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    Project in 14 Years - News Releases | NREL NREL Supports Development of World's Largest Solar Electric Power Plant Project in 14 Years October 19, 2005 Golden, Colo. - Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have collaborated with Solargenix Energy on the solar collector technology to be used in the development of Nevada Solar One, a 64-megawatt (MW) Solar Thermal Electric Generating Plant in Boulder City, Nev. "We are excited

  13. NREL: Distributed Grid Integration - Solar Distributed Grid Integration

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    Projects Solar Distributed Grid Integration Projects Photo of a man working on a solar photovoltaic array outdoors. NREL's solar distributed grid integration research finds solutions to enable greater penetration of solar electricity on the power grid. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL Energy System Basics Video Series Learn the essential facts on energy systems in this six-part video series sponsored by the DOE SunShot Initiative and hosted by Dr. Ravel Ammerman. NREL provides grid

  14. NREL: Learning - Solar Energy Basics

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    Energy Basics Photo of a solar electric system in Colorado with snow-covered mountain peaks in the background. Solar panels installed on a home in Colorado. Solar is the Latin word ...

  15. NREL: Solar Research Home Page

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    Solar Research A collage of solar photographs. The first photo shows a parabolic solar trough at the Eldorado Valley site. The second is of a gird-tied high-concentration solar cell MicroDish. And the third photo shows the photovoltaic panels at Oberlin College's Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental studies. Learn About Solar Energy Solar technologies use the sun's energy to provide electricity, heat, light, hot water, and even cooling for homes, businesses, and industry. Learn more about

  16. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Advanced Optical Materials for

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    Concentrating Solar Power Advanced Optical Materials for Concentrating Solar Power Photo of a 1400W solar simulator. NREL researchers use a variety of equipment, including the 1400W solar simulator shown, to test optical materials. NREL works to develop durable, low-cost optical materials for concentrating solar power systems. These optical materials-which reflect, absorb, and transmit solar energy-play a fundamental role in the overall cost and efficiency of all concentrating solar power

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

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

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

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

  19. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Staff Biographies

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    Staff Biographies Learn more about the expertise and technical skills of NREL's concentrating solar power research team and staff by reading our short biographies: Victor Castillo Greg Glatzmaier Judith Gomez Matthew Gray Will Huddleston Katelyn Kessinger Zhiwen Ma Janna Martinek Mark Mehos Ty Neises Judy Netter Teri Spinuzzi Robert Tirawat Craig Turchi Michael Wagner Tim Wendelin Guangdong Zhu Photo of Victor Castillo Victor Castillo-Research Technician IV A.S. Electronics Engineering

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

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

  1. NREL: Technology Deployment - Solar Deployment and Market Transformati...

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    Deployment and Market Transformation NREL enables faster, easier, and less expensive solar installations by applying our expertise and knowledge to projects that addresses...

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

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

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

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

  4. NREL: Solar STAT Blog - Podcasts

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

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

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

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

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    2015-06-03

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network - News

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    Releases | NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network November 13, 2008 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES have jointly deployed the first of several solar resource measuring stations as part of a planned instrumentation network throughout the United States. The stations, located across Arizona, are part of NREL's Solar Resource and Meteorological Assessment Project (SOLRMAP), a collaboration between the

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

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    4 September 16, 2014 NREL Forges Foundation for Advanced Concentrating Solar Power Receivers NREL's Thermal Systems Group is performing research and development on components for high-temperature concentrating solar power (CSP) receivers as part of DOE's SunShot effort. DOE supports R&D of CSP technologies in order to achieve SunShot Initiative cost targets with systems that can supply solar power on demand through the use of thermal energy storage. The thermal energy from the receiver can

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

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    Utility Solar Technical Assistance NREL provides technical assistance to utilities on matters that require solar market expertise related to topics like programmatic conceptualization, existing program design/redesign, and long-term utility strategic planning. This service is available to qualified applicants through an application process at no cost. To request assistance through the Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT), fill out the request form. Email this information to stat@nrel.gov. A

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

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

  17. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Research Staff

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

  18. NREL Hosts Free Workshop on Residential Solar Energy Systems

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    What: Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will describe the benefits of solar energy systems at a free consumer-oriented ...

  19. NREL Hosts Free Workshops on Solar and Wind Energy

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    NREL also will sponsor an exhibit for the duration of the Stock Show with free literature on solar and wind energy in the Hall of Education. The workshops are free with admission ...

  20. NREL: Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for...

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    Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review NREL: Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building...

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    Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review NREL: Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building ...

  2. NREL: Wind Research - New NREL Report Showcases Potential of...

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    Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)-Walt Musial, Aaron Smith, and Tyler Stehly-released the 2014-2015 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, which shows...

  3. Potential of Perovskite Solar Cells Featured in Solar Today | Community |

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

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

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

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

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

  6. NREL's PV Incubator: Where Solar Photovoltaic Records Go to be Broken |

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    Department of Energy NREL's PV Incubator: Where Solar Photovoltaic Records Go to be Broken NREL's PV Incubator: Where Solar Photovoltaic Records Go to be Broken June 28, 2011 - 11:44am Addthis NREL Principal Engineer Keith Emery prepares to load three-junction concentrator cells into NREL's
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  7. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Report Targets Data on Avian

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    Issues at Solar Energy Facilities Report Targets Data on Avian Issues at Solar Energy Facilities May 4, 2015 Understanding how birds are affected by utility-scale solar facilities is the focus of a new NREL report that was completed in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. The report, A Review of Avian Monitoring and Mitigation Information at Existing Utility-Scale Solar Facilities, summarizes incidence, monitoring, and mitigation of avian fatality at solar energy facilities.

  8. NREL: Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building

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    America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review | Department of Energy Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review NREL: Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review Presenter: Scott Horowitz, NREL View the Presentation PDF icon NREL: Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review More Documents &

  9. NREL: Technology Deployment - Remote Shading Tool Has Potential...

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    to determine the accuracy of Solar Census' remote online shading tool. NREL conducted a blind study to determine the accuracy of the remote shading algorithms in the software and...

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

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

  11. NREL Research Identifies Increased Potential for Perovskites...

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    Research Identifies Increased Potential for Perovskites as a Material for Solar Cells October 30, 2015 Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

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

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    NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home' July 30, 2010 Photo of a building coved in perforated metal, with two men standing next to it. Enlarge image NREL's Craig Christensen and Chuck Kutscher stand next to a wall at the RSF that uses their award-winning transpired air collector technology. Credit: Dennis Schroeder Sometimes the way back home isn't straightforward. But once you find your way, you know you'll be welcomed with open arms. Transpired solar air collector technology PDF ,

  13. NREL Funds Research into Low-Cost Solar Electricity

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

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

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

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

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    Modeling and Analysis NREL has the following capabilities, which include software development, for modeling and analyzing a variety of concentrating solar power technologies: Solar Resource Maps Optical Analysis and Modeling Advanced Coatings Modeling and Analysis Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Systems Analysis Concentrating Solar Deployment System Job and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) A map providing a concentrating solar power siting analysis of the southwestern United States. This

  16. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Parabolic Trough Thermal Energy

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    Storage Technology Parabolic Trough Thermal Energy Storage Technology NREL works to develop efficient and lower cost thermal energy storage technologies for parabolic trough concentrating solar power systems. Improved thermal energy storage is needed to: Increase solar plant capacity factors above 25% Increase dispatchability of solar power Help reduce the cost of solar electricity. Parabolic trough technology currently has one thermal energy storage option-a two-tank, indirect, molten-salt

  17. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - SolTrace Home Page

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

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

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

  19. NREL: Technology Deployment - Portland, Oregon Grassroots Solarize...

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    30% News Watch a video on the Solarize movement Pallets of PV: Communities Purchase Solar and Drive Down Costs Together Solarize Portland Solarize New York Solarize Connecticut...

  20. EPA, NREL Partner to Develop Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated

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    Sites - News Releases | NREL EPA, NREL Partner to Develop Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Sites Clean Energy Project Aims to Benefit Local Economies and Create Jobs February 23, 2010 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites. Superfund sites are the most

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

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

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

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

  3. NREL Compares State Solar Policies to Determine Equation for Solar Market

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

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

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

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

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    8 November 13, 2008 NREL and Private Industry Begin Nationwide Solar Measuring Network The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES have jointly deployed the first of several solar resource measuring stations as part of a planned instrumentation network throughout the United States. September 19, 2008 DOE to Invest $35 Million in Concentrating Solar Power Projects The U.S. Department of Energy selected 15 new projects to facilitate developing

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

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    0 December 21, 2010 DOE Finalizes $1.45 Billion Loan Guarantee for One of the World's Largest Solar Generation Plants A $1.45 billion loan guarantee has been finalized for Abengoa Solar Inc.'s Solana project, the world's largest parabolic trough concentrating solar plant. October 26, 2010 NREL Scientists Lauded as Industry Pioneers At the recent World Renewable Energy Congress/Network (WREN) in Abu Dhabi, three researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy

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

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    3 November 5, 2013 Solar Working Group Releases Standard Contracts A working group representing solar industry stakeholders has developed standard contracts that should help lower transaction costs and make it easier to access low-cost financing for residential and commercial solar power projects. October 24, 2013 NREL Researcher Honored with Hispanic STEM Award A national organization devoted to getting more Hispanics into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), has

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

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    Webinars Solar Technical Assistance Team Webinars NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT), with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, presents multiple webinars each year that are targeted to state and local policymakers. 2015 Webinar Topics This year, STAT is providing fact-based information that may prove useful in public utility commission hearings or other legislative discussions as part of the Solar Stats for Policymakers educational series. These

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

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    data set shows clouds' effects on solar power Measurement stations in Hawaii gauge second-by-second impact August 31, 2011 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)has produced and made available a rich data set showing what happens, second-by-second, when clouds pass over a solar power installation. Seventeen measurement stations near Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu collected data at 1-second intervals over the course of a

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

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

  11. NREL: State and Local Governments - Community Solar

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

  12. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Solar Energy Research Facility

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    Solar Energy Research Facility Photo of the Solar Energy Research Facility. The exterior stepped clerestory of the Solar Energy Research Facility. Photovoltaics (PV) and basic ...

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

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

  14. NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future for Solar...

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

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

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

  16. NREL Releases Estimate of National Offshore Wind Energy Potential - News

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    Releases | NREL Releases Estimate of National Offshore Wind Energy Potential September 10, 2010 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announces the release of a new report that assesses the electricity generating potential of offshore wind resources in the United States. According to the Assessment of Offshore Wind Energy Resources for the United States, 4,150 gigawatts of potential wind turbine nameplate capacity (maximum turbine capacity) from offshore

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

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

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

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    2 November 30, 2012 NREL Analysis Calculates Value of Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an analysis of concentrating solar power integrated with thermal energy storage, using simulations created by recognized, commercially available software. The analysis quantifies the incremental operational value of CSP with TES in multiple scenarios, and will help utilities, grid operators, and state regulators to verify

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

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

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

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

  1. NREL Researchers Test Solar Thermal Technology

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

  2. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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    5 December 9, 2015 2014 Data Book Shows Increased Use of Renewable Electricity The 2014 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 15.5 percent of total installed capacity and 13.5 percent of total electricity generation. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable

  3. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Solar Integration National...

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    solar generation integration studies by providing modeled, coherent sub-hour solar power data, information, and tools. Sub-hour solar power data are used in the Western Wind...

  4. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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

  5. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Systems Analysis

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

  6. NREL'S Carlisle Earns Solar Service Award

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

  7. NREL: Learning - Student Resources on Solar Energy

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

  8. 20 Years of Solar Measurements: The Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (SRRL) at NREL

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    Years of Solar Measurements: The Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (SRRL) at NREL Tom Stoffel April 6, 2005 The development of SRRL began immediately following President Carter's visit to SERI on May 3, 1978, when Roland Hulstrom directed me to develop an outdoor research laboratory to provide for: * Maximum annual solar access * Continuous measurements of key solar radiation resources * Calibrations of instruments used to measure solar radiation * Training of meteorological station operators

  9. 2016 News | Community | NREL

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    2016 News Below are news stories related to Community. RSS Learn about RSS. February 11, 2016 Potential of Perovskite Solar Cells Featured in Solar Today In an interview published in Solar Today, Dr. Jao van de Lagemaat, director of the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center at the National Renewable Laboratory (NREL), highlighted various aspects of perovskites, which have received considerable attention by solar cell researchers at NREL and other institutions. February 4, 2016 Claims for Solar Cell

  10. NREL: Learning - Solar Photovoltaic Technology Basics

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    Photovoltaic Technology Basics Photo of a large silicon solar array on a roof with a blue sky and trees in background. A large silicon solar array installed on the roof of a...

  11. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Abengoa Solar

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    Abengoa Solar Photo of a person standing in front of a large 3D visualization screen. Abengoa Solar is leveraging the 3D visualization capabilities of the ESIF Insight Center to...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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...

  16. NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT)

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    PATH TO SUCCESS STAT Support of Michigan's Progress INFORMATION CONNECTION SOLAR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TEAM STAT Providing unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and local government decision makers. Government o cial asks a question Œ STAT answers the question and shares knowledge at the local and state level through presentations, webinars, and whitepapers Knowledge sharing results in development of solar market in communities across the United States  General

  17. NREL: Learning - Concentrating Solar Power Basics

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    Concentrating Solar Power Basics Many power plants today use fossil fuels as a heat source to boil water. The steam from the boiling water spins a large turbine, which drives a generator to produce electricity. However, a new generation of power plants with concentrating solar power systems uses the sun as a heat source. The three main types of concentrating solar power systems are: linear concentrator, dish/engine, and power tower systems. Linear concentrator systems collect the sun's energy

  18. NREL: Learning - Solar Process Heat Basics

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

  19. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Webmaster

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

  20. NREL: Concentrating Solar Power Research - Technology Basics

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

  1. NREL: Technology Deployment - Solar Technical Assistance Team

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    ... and Program Technical Assistance Requested: Assistance on renewable energy regulatory considerations and financing options to inform net-positive solar energy community initiative. ...

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

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

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

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

  4. NREL: International Activities - India Solar Resource Maps

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    - updated April 2013 India Weather Files Designed to be Used in System Advisor Model (SAM) Download SAM solar resource files for all Indian locations in TMY3 format SAM weather...

  5. NREL: Solar Research - News Release Archives

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

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

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

  7. NREL Reports Examine Economic Trade-offs of Owning versus Leasing a Solar

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    Photovoltaic System - News Releases | NREL Reports Examine Economic Trade-offs of Owning versus Leasing a Solar Photovoltaic System January 21, 2015 Two new reports from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examine the economic options customers face when deciding how to finance commercial or residential solar energy systems. NREL analysts found that businesses that use low-cost financing to purchase a photovoltaic (PV) system and homeowners who use

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    2014-11-01

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

  13. Solar System Tops Off Efficient NREL Building - News Feature...

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    efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability that have been advocated by NREL ... Enlarge image Although NREL's sustainability program is more than a decade old, a ...

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

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    Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs National Renewable Energy Laboratory Success Story Details Partner Location Agreement Type Publication Date Crystal Solar CA Other August 27, 2014 Summary A faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has won a coveted R&D 100 award as one of the top technology innovations of 2013. Crystal Solar's approach to growing

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

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

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

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

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

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    Study Phase 3 Research 3 Research All of the large-scale regional wind and solar integration studies performed by NREL and others have identified the lack of power system dynamic analysis as a significant research gap. Acceptable dynamic performance of the grid in the fractions of a second to one minute following a large disturbance (e.g., loss of a large power plant or a major transmission line) is critical to system reliability, thus there is a need to analyze the dynamic behavior of North

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

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

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

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    2010-09-08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2010-10-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Releases | NREL Takes First In-Depth Look at Solar Project Completion Timelines Report examines new data to show how long the PV interconnection process takes in the U.S. February 11, 2015 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has gathered and analyzed data for more than 30,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations across the United States to better understand how interconnection regulations align with actual project completion timelines. The findings indicate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    NREL Winners for NREL's 25th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races May 16, 2015 Sixty-three teams from 17 Colorado middle schools gathered at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton today for the 25th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions. The day's event drew nearly 200 students eager to show and race the solar- and lithium ion-battery powered vehicles they designed and built. The trophy for fastest solar powered model car was given to students from Stargate School

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

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

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

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    performance issues with existing parabolic trough collectors and to ensure that lower-cost designs maintain high performance. NREL is also working on innovative, low-cost...

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

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    Thermal Energy Storage R&D Featured Resource Learn more about NREL's capabilities in thermal storage and advanced heat transfer fluids. Thermal energy storage (TES) research at ...

  18. NREL: Wind Research - New Study Reveals Potential 30% Penetration...

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    New Study Reveals Potential 30% Penetration of Wind and Solar for the Eastern Interconnection An illustrated map of the U.S. northeast and midwest showing transmission lines...

  19. Kauai, Hawaii: Solar Resource Analysis and High Penetration PV Potential

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    Helm, C.; Burman, K.

    2010-04-01

    Overview of the solar resource assessment conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in cooperation with Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) in Hawaii to determine the technical feasibility of increasing the contribution of solar renewable energy generation on the island of Kauaii through the use of photovoltaic (PV) arrays. The analysis, which was performed using a custom version of NREL's In My Back Yard (IMBY) software tool, showed that there is potential to generate enough energy to cover the peak load as reported for Kauai in 2007.

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

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

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    NREL Winners for NREL's 24th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races May 17, 2014 Indy-500-style checkered flags, high-tech neoprene rubber tracks, and of course, sponsor decals graced the site of today's Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions for Colorado's middle schoolers. Nearly 300 students on 74 teams from 21 Colorado schools converged on Dakota Ridge High School to vie for a spot in the final races using solar and lithium ion battery powered vehicles they designed and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  6. Better Internal Optics Can Improve III-V Solar Cell Performance (Fact Sheet), Highlights in Science, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    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

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

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

  8. NREL: State and Local Governments - Solar Requests for Proposals

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    Solar Requests for Proposals A request for proposal (RFP) is a solicitation device used by agencies looking to obtain products or services from potential providers. This process is most often accomplished through bidding. A solar request for proposal outlines the photovoltaic (PV) product or service requirements, the contract terms, and bidding process. Once the proposals are received, they are evaluated according to the goals of the issuing agency and a vendor is selected. Background Prior to

  9. NREL: Continuum Magazine Home Page

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    Help Bring Financing to Solar Projects NREL is helping remove barriers that prevent pension and mutual funds from investing in solar power. NREL's Winning Hand of Clean...

  10. NREL: Sustainable NREL - News

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    News Below are news stories related to NREL's sustainability efforts. February 22, 2016 NREL analysis finds tax credit extensions can impact renewable energy deployment and electric sector CO2 emissions 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. February

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

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

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

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    DIY Solar Market Analysis STAT Webinars The DIY Solar Market Analysis series introduces web-based solar analysis tools as part of the Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT)...

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

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    Manufacturers and Create Jobs Policy for Distributed Solar 101: What Makes a Solar DG Market? Regulatory Strategies for Driving the Distributed Solar Market Solar Economics for...

  14. NREL Solar Research Garners Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards - News Releases

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    | NREL NREL Solar Research Garners Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards July 8, 2010 An etching technique that makes silicon wafers more efficient and a mammoth power generator that sets a new standard for the production of solar energy - both developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory - have been named among this year's most significant innovations by Research & Development (R&D) Magazine. The two prestigious awards, known in the research

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

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

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

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

  17. NREL Study Shows Renewable Energy Potential in Every State - News Releases

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    | 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

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

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

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    - Sandia Energy Energy Search Icon Sandia Home Locations Contact Us Employee Locator Energy & Climate Secure & Sustainable Energy Future Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Solar Energy Wind Energy Water Power Supercritical CO2 Geothermal Natural Gas Safety, Security & Resilience of the Energy Infrastructure Energy Storage Nuclear Power & Engineering Grid Modernization Battery Testing Nuclear Fuel Cycle Defense Waste Management Programs Advanced Nuclear Energy Nuclear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Renewable Generation Integration Study Oahu Wind Integration & Transmission Study Hawaii Solar Integration Study Solar Integration National Dataset Toolkit Wholesale Electricity...

  4. Solar and Lithium Ion Car Race Winners Announced - News Releases | NREL

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    Solar and Lithium Ion Car Race Winners Announced May 18, 2013 Ninety-seven teams from 28 Colorado schools participated in today's car competitions hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The student teams raced solar and lithium ion powered vehicles they designed and built themselves. Trophies for the fastest lithium-ion powered model cars were given to Colorado students from University School, Greeley, "Lucky Charms," first place;

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

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

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

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

  7. Potential Economic Impact of Constructing and Operating Solar Power Generation Facilities in Nevada

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    * NREL/SR-550-35037 The Potential Economic Impact of Constructing and Operating Solar Power Generation Facilities in Nevada R. K. Schwer and M. Riddel Center for Business and Economic Research University of Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada National Renewable Energy Laboratory 1617 Cole Boulevard Golden, Colorado 80401-3393 NREL is a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory Operated by Midwest Research Institute * Battelle Contract No. DE-AC36-99-GO10337 February 2004 * NREL/SR-550-35037 The Potential

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. NREL in the Community | NREL

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    NREL in the Community NREL takes pride in its world-class research, talented staff, sustainable campus, and results that positively impact our local, national, and global communities. There are many ways for those in our community to discover what we're all about. Group of adults wearing hard hats and holding informational banner. NREL staff gives back to the community in a number of ways including volunteering for local organization such as Grid Alternatives. Grid Alternatives installs solar

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

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    Research TroughNet is a technical resource for evaluation of parabolic trough solar power plant technologies. Parabolic Trough Technology Parabolic trough solar technology offers the lowest cost solar electric option for large power plant applications. To learn more, read our technology overviews: A photo of a solar field featuring rows and rows of parabolic troughs at a power plant. Solar Field A photo of two, gray, thermal energy storage system tanks, which are very large, at a parabolic

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

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    Studies Power Data for Integration Studies The Solar Power Data for Integration Studies are synthetic solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant data points for the United States for the year 2006. The data are intended for use by energy professionals such as transmission planners, utility planners, project developers, and university researchers who perform solar integration studies and need to estimate power production from hypothetical solar plants. Alert! The solar power datasets are modeled

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

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

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

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    2015-03-01

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

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

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

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

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

  18. Breakthrough Furnace Can Cut Solar Costs - News Feature | NREL

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    Breakthrough Furnace Can Cut Solar Costs October 21, 2011 In this photo, the cavity inside the furnace is glowing white-hot during a simulated firing, while a drawer-like door is open to show the mouth of the furnace. Enlarge image The cavity inside the Solar Optical Furnace glows white hot during a simulated firing of a solar cell. Credit: Dennis Schroeder Solar cells, the heart of the photovoltaic industry, must be tested for mechanical strength, oxidized, annealed, purified, diffused, etched,

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

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    Solar Resource Information The Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC) offers a collection of data and tools to assist with solar resource research. Learn more about RReDC's solar resource: Data Models and tools Publications Related links The proper siting of any renewable energy system is critical to its success. However, siting a solar energy system can be particularly challenging because of the varying nature of the sun. Daily weather fluctuations and seasonal position changes can have

  20. NREL Studies Carrier Separation and Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells (Fact Sheet), Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    The discovery of a p-n junction in these solar devices may help to advance R&D toward better cell performance. Studies by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are exploring the detailed physics involved in the operations of perovskite solar cells. These cells have shown increasingly high power conversion efficiencies over the last few years; however, the continued improvement in cell performance requires a deeper understanding of the basic physics and chemistry

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

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

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

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

  3. Collaboratory Funds 12 New Solar Research Projects - News Releases | NREL

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    Collaboratory Funds 12 New Solar Research Projects October 15, 2008 Photo of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory logo. The Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP) is launching 12 novel solar research projects totaling more than $1.1 million in its inaugural round of research and development funding. CRSP is the newest research center of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory. The center concentrates on ways to directly convert the sun's energy to clean, low-cost

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

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    1 December 20, 2011 Thermal Energy Storage Included in California Power Purchase Agreements The value of thermal energy storage in concentrating solar power plants has become obvious?so much so that BrightSource Energy, Inc. and Southern California Edison have rewritten some power purchase agreements to include thermal energy storage in plans for three solar power tower plants. December 6, 2011 Thermal Energy Storage in CSP Plants Could Boost Penetration of Solar, Wind Power The ability of

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

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

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

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

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

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    2015-07-01

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

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

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    Key program areas include solar energy conversion ... for renewable energy technologies, hydrogen production and storage, and ... problem-solving for current and next-generation ...

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

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    Solar Technical Assistance Team sends messages to its subscriber list approximately once every month with timely information related to its in-depth technical assistance...

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

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

  11. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - SolarCity and the Hawaiian...

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    ESIF to optimize PV inverter technology will ultimately enable greater deployment of solar PV on homes and buildings across the country. Printable Version Energy Systems...

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

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    contains teacher background on photovoltaics, classroom activities for measuring solar cell output and understanding transmission components, tips on the vehicle construction...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  17. Permitting Best Practices Make Installing Solar Easier: Technical Assistance (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    NREL staff can help states and local jurisdictions assess permitting processes, standardization approaches across a region, and permit fee options. t e c h n i c a l a s s i s ta n c e Permitting Best Practices Make Installing Solar Easier Common-Sense Improvements Address Top-Three Permitting Issues The U.S. solar industry has reached a turning point. While photovoltaic (PV) hardware costs exhibit rapid decline, non-hardware balance of system (BOS) costs such as permitting and inspection have

  18. NREL: State and Local Governments - Value-of-Solar Tariffs

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    Value-of-Solar Tariffs A value-of-solar (VOS) tariff is a rate design policy that gives customers with solar installations credit for the electricity generated by a photovoltaic (PV) system. Utility customers with distributed PV panels on their homes or businesses can give power to and take power from the grid. A VOS tariff clarifies how much energy is sold in each direction (customer to utility and utility to customer) and at what rate the energy is valued. A VOS tariff should not be confused

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

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    2015-09-01

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

  20. NREL Invention Speeds Solar Cell Quality Testing for Industry

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    Renewable Energy within the U.S. Department of Energy... fraction of the time required by the current method, allowing its use on every solar cell passing through a production line. ...

  1. NREL Investigates Critical Properties of Perovskite Halides Solar...

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    CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 Solar Cells: Charge Trans- port, Recombination, and Diffusion Length." Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (5); 490-494. DOI: 10.1021jz500003v. Comparison of...

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

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

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

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

  4. Potential for Development of Solar and Wind Resource in Bhutan

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    Gilman, P.; Cowlin, S.; Heimiller, D.

    2009-09-01

    With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) produced maps and data of the wind and solar resources in Bhutan. The solar resource data show that Bhutan has an adequate resource for flat-plate collectors, with annual average values of global horizontal solar radiation ranging from 4.0 to 5.5 kWh/m2-day (4.0 to 5.5 peak sun hours per day). The information provided in this report may be of use to energy planners in Bhutan involved in developing energy policy or planning wind and solar projects, and to energy analysts around the world interested in gaining an understanding of Bhutan's wind and solar energy potential.

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

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    Stoffel, T.; Andreas, A.

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

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

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    Stoffel, T.; Andreas, A.

    1981-07-15

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

  7. 2004 News Releases | NREL

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

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

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    Biomass and Solar Technologies Lauded July 12, 2004 Golden, Colo. - Two technologies developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are among this year's most significant innovations, as judged by Research & Development (R&D) Magazine. The Laboratory's two R&D 100 Awards for 2004 are for an innovative, lower-cost method for transforming plant material into the sugars that can be used to make fuels and chemicals, and a thin-film solar cell that

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

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

  10. NREL: Technology Transfer - News Release Archives

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    0 June 15, 2010 NREL to Partner with University of Delaware on Offshore Wind Research The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Delaware (UD) today announced they will work to facilitate the potential establishment of a test site for commercial wind turbines off the Delaware coast. June 10, 2010 EPRI Joins SolarTAC The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has become a sponsoring member of the Solar Technology Acceleration Center

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

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

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

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

  13. NWTC Helps Chart the World's Wind Resource Potential (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Chart the World's Wind Resource Potential The potential wind capacity of the United States at a hub height of 140 meters. This resource map represents near-future technology options. It shows land area with a gross capacity factor of 35% and higher, which may be suitable for wind energy development. The darker the color, the larger the potentially developable area. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) provide the wind industry,

  14. Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production...

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

    Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis Webinar Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and ...

  15. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Parking Garage

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    Parking Garage A photo of a grey, five-story, above-ground parking garage. Solar panels are seen installed on the roof of the structure. NREL's multi-story parking garage. NREL's parking garage proves that large garages can be designed and built sustainably-at no additional cost. And although parking garages don't qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification, NREL designed the parking garage to LEED Platinum standards to

  16. 2012 Feature Stories | NREL

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    Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher Award-Winning PV Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar...

  17. 2011 Feature Stories | NREL

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    Prestigious Cherry Award Goes to NREL Scientist Jerry Olson's idea for a multi-junction solar cell now powers spacecraft and is the basis of today's photovoltaic...

  18. Innovation Impact Publications | NREL

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

  19. Research highlights potential for improved solar cells

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    Potential for improved solar cells Research highlights potential for improved solar cells Research has shown that carrier multiplication is a real phenomenon in tiny semiconductor...

  20. Concentrating Solar Power Facilities and Solar Potential | Department of

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

    Energy Concentrating Solar Power Facilities and Solar Potential Concentrating Solar Power Facilities and Solar Potential Concentrating Solar Power Facilities and CSP Energy Potential Gradient Click icons to filter by CSP Plant Type All Plants In Operation New in 2014 In Progress Tower and Heliostat Trough or Fresnel Parabolic Dish Concentrating Solar Energy Potential (watt hours/m²/day) 2500 4000 6000 8000 Data provided by CSP World. Map by Daniel Wood

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

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    India Solar Resource Data Enhanced Data for Accelerated Deployment Identifying potential locations for solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects requires an understanding of the underlying solar resource. Under a bilateral partnership between the United States and India-the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue-the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has updated Indian solar data and maps using data provided by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the National

  2. Hydrogen Infrastructure Expansion: Consumer Demand and Cost-Reduction Potential (Presentation), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    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

  3. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Transportation

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

  4. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Webmaster

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

  5. 2011 News Releases | NREL

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

  6. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Projects

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    Projects NREL's transmission integration projects provide data and models that help utilities and policymakers make informed decisions about the integration of variable generation, such as solar and wind energy, into the electric power system. Researchers are exploring the potential impacts of higher penetrations of solar and wind power on system operations. Our projects provide insights that enable improved and economical operation practices. Some projects also analyze bulk power market

  7. Visiting NREL | NREL

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

  8. About NREL | NREL

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    About NREL At NREL, we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy. Take a photo tour through NREL's campus. Start the tour NREL Quick Facts 3 National Centers National Bioenergy Center National Center for Photovoltaics National Wind Technology Center 3 Collaborative Research Facilities

  9. Technology Licensing | NREL

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

  10. 1999 News Releases | NREL

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    Search Sunlight Helps Laboratory Get Ready for Y2K - (122799) NREL Hosts Free Workshops on Solar and Wind Energy - (121599) Seminar Explores Benefits of Using Solar Power for ...

  11. NREL Calculates Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling Necessary for

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    Increased Wind and Solar in the West - News Releases | NREL Calculates Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling Necessary for Increased Wind and Solar in the West September 24, 2013 New research from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the operators of fossil-fueled power plants in the West. To accommodate higher amounts of wind and solar power on the electric grid, utilities

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

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    ... of New York Clean Fund CleanPath Clean Power Finance The Climate Bonds Initiative Coalition for Green Capital Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Congressional Bank ...

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

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    Bloom, Aaron; Townsend, Aaron; Palchak, David

    2015-07-29

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

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

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

  15. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. NREL: Continuum Magazine Home Page

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    Solar Expertise-A Launch Pad to the Future NREL is speeding solar devices from the lab to utility-scale operation. Paint It Black: One-Step Etch Cuts Solar Cell Costs Paint...

  20. Mission and Programs | NREL

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    Mission and Programs NREL develops clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and provides knowledge and innovations to integrate energy systems at all scales. NREL Mission Focus Sustainable Transportation Vehicle Technologies Hydrogen Biofuels Energy Productivity Residential Buildings Commercial Buildings Renewable Electricity Solar Wind Water: Marine Hydrokinetics Geothermal Systems Integration Grid Integration of Clean Energy

  1. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Toyota

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    hydrogen production, and vehicle performance. The vehicles, on loan to NREL, are fueled with renewable hydrogen made from wind and solar energy thanks to the...

  2. NREL: Technology Transfer - News

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

  3. NREL: Sustainable NREL - About

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    About Sustainable NREL NREL proactively pursues sustainability in all its operations to meet the lab's environmental stewardship goals. NREL is also charged with providing leadership within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) complex to achieve energy and environmental goals as described in Executive Order 13693. Sustainability Integrated in Mission and Operation Fully integrated in the lab's mission and operations, sustainability leadership is demonstrated by our involvement in optimizing

  4. Webinar: Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen...

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

    Eastern Standard Time (EST). An analysis conducted by Sandia National Laboratories explored potential synergies that may be realized by integrating solar hydrogen production and ...

  5. New Fellows to Help Guide NREL Research - News Releases | NREL

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    New Fellows to Help Guide NREL Research Solar Scientist and Biochemist will join five others in leading research February 23, 2012 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) named Dr. Howard Branz and Dr. Michael Himmel to its Research Fellows Council, the Laboratory's top advisory council comprised of internationally recognized NREL scientists and engineers. Branz is a leader in silicon photovoltaics who produced a world record in nano-structured solar cells,

  6. Inventive Thinkers at NREL Reach Record Number - News Feature | NREL

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    Inventive Thinkers at NREL Reach Record Number December 17, 2015 A man wearing safety glasses stands next to large solar panels. NREL engineer Chris Deline came up with an idea for a device that would allow firefighters to quickly power down solar panels in case of a fire. Photo by Dennis Schroeder The eureka moments can come fast and furious at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which last fiscal year racked up a record 169 inventions. Chris Deline's idea came

  7. NREL: Technology Deployment - Technology Acceleration

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

  8. Science and Technology Highlights | NREL

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

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

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    Anderson, E. R.

    2010-07-01

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

  10. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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

  11. NREL Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes - News Feature | NREL

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    NREL Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes June 11, 2014 This photo shows a scientist in a white lab coat and with her right arm in a glove box. The glove box has a busy collection of plastic containers. Enlarge image NREL Scientist Chunmei Ban assembles a lithium-ion battery in the materials lab at the Solar Energy Research Facility at NREL. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods

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

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    Stoffel, T.; Afshin, A.

    2014-01-01

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

  13. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Cafeteria

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

  14. Community Shared Solar: Policy and Regulatory Considerations (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    1 COMMUNITY SHARED SOLAR POLICY AND REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS ABSTRACT Shared solar, also called community solar, is an increasingly popular business model for deploying distributed solar technology. Shared solar projects allow customers that do not have suffcient solar resource, that rent their homes, or that are otherwise unable or unwilling to install solar on their residences, to buy or lease a portion of a shared solar system. The participant's share of the electricity generated is credited

  15. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Sustainable Buildings

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    the Annual Sustainability Report FY2014. Printable Version Sustainable NREL Home About Sustainable NREL Environment Buildings Research Support Facility Science & Technology...

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

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

  17. NREL: Technology Transfer - News Release Archives

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    2 October 25, 2012 NREL's Industry Growth Forum The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 25th Industry Growth Forum this week attracted nearly 400 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers to Denver. December 28, 2012 Award-Winning PV Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar cell. December 20, 2012 Concentrated Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage Can Help

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

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

  19. Solar Power Potential in SE New Mexico

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    solar energy with 6-7 kWhsq meter power production potential As the accompanying map of New Mexico shows, the WIPP site enjoys abundant year-round sunshine. With an...

  20. 2000 News Releases | NREL

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    0 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search NREL's Zunger Receives Top Scientific Honors - (11/29/00) Report Outlines Promising Opportunities for Addressing Climate Change - (11/15/00) Conference to Focus on Vast Need for 'Village Power' Solar, Wind Power Seen as Solutions for Developing World - (11/10/00) Energy Department Announces National Bioenergy Center - (11/01/00) NREL and California Air Agency to Test Clean

  1. 2016 Feature Stories | NREL

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    2016 Feature Stories The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. March 2016 Colorado School Earns Return Trip to National Science Bowl Colorado School Earns Return Trip to National Science Bowl Ridgeview Classical Charter School scores convincing victory at Colorado Science Bowl to secure trip to national competition. February 2016 Claims for Solar Cell Efficiency Put to Test at NREL Claims

  2. NREL: Innovation Impact - Wind

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

  3. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Raytheon

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

  4. Dan Says - Continuum Magazine | NREL

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    Dan Says NREL Analysis: Reimagining What's Possible for Clean Energy A headshot of a man in a suit, smiling. Dr. Dan Arvizu An objective, credible analysis capability has been part and parcel of NREL's mission from our inception as the Solar Energy Research Institute in 1977. Our founders understood the vital role of providing technology-neutral analysis to ensure that innovations developed in the lab fit the needs of the energy consumer. Today, NREL continues to develop tools that increase our

  5. Potential of Securitization in Solar PV Finance

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    Lowder, T.; Mendelsohn, M.

    2013-12-01

    This report aims to demonstrate, hypothetically and at a high level, what volumes of solar deployment could be supported given solar industry access to the capital markets in the form of security issuance. Securitization is not anticipated to replace tax equity in the near- to mid-term, but it could provide an additional source of funds that would be comparatively inexpensive and could reduce the weighted average cost of capital for a given solar project or portfolio. Thus, the potential to securitize solar assets and seek financing in the capital markets could help to sustain the solar industry when the investment tax credit (ITC) -- one of the federal incentives that has leveraged billions of dollars of private capital in the solar industry -- drops from 30% to 10% at the close of 2016. The report offers analysis on the size of the U.S. third-party financed solar market, as well as on the volumes (in MW) of solar asset origination possible through a $100 million securitization fund (assuming no overcollateralization). It also provides data on the size of the relevant securities markets and how the solar asset class may fit into these markets.

  6. Africa - Technical Potential of Solar Energy to Address Energy...

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    - Technical Potential of Solar Energy to Address Energy Poverty and Avoid GHG Emissions Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Technical Potential of Solar...

  7. Webinar November 19: Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar...

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    Webinar November 19: Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis Webinar November 19: Potential Strategies for...

  8. NREL + SOLECTRIA - Energy Innovation Portal

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

  9. NREL: Photovoltaics Research Home Page

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    Photovoltaics Research Photo of Photovoltaic Solar Panels. Photovoltaic (PV) research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on boosting solar cell conversion efficiencies, lowering the cost of solar cells, modules, and systems, and improving the reliability of PV components and systems. NREL's PV effort contributes to these goals through fundamental research, advanced materials and devices, and technology development. Our scientists are pursuing critical activities that will

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

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

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

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    NREL and CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell January 5, 2016 Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and...

  12. Webinar: Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and

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    Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis | Department of Energy Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis Webinar: Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis January 21, 2016 12:00PM to 1:00PM EST The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar

  13. 2012 News | Awards and Honors | NREL

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    RSS. December 28, 2012 Award-Winning PV Cell Pushes Efficiency Higher NREL and Solar Junction outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record with a 44%-efficient solar cell....

  14. NREL: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research - Basics

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    Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Basics Photo of vehicle filling up at renewable hydrogen fueling station. NREL's hydrogen fueling station dispenses hydrogen produced via renewable electrolysis. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL NREL researchers are working to unlock the potential of hydrogen as a fuel and to advance fuel cell technologies for automobiles, equipment, and buildings. View the Hydrogen Program video on NREL's YouTube channel to learn more about the basics of NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell

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

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

  16. NREL: Energy Systems Integration Home Page

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    Energy Systems Integration Photo of the Energy Systems Integration facility.NREL Learn how NREL's ESI experts and facilities will play a leading role in DOE's Grid Modernization Lab Consortium. Photo of two men standing in front of a visualization screen modeling the electricity grid. Get the latest updates from NREL's ESI program in our monthly newsletter. Photo of photovoltaic panels installed on a rooftop in Hawaii. Learn how NREL is working with Hawaiian Electric and SolarCity to make

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

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

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

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

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

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

  20. Fuel Savings Potential from Future In-motion Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) (Presentation), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Fuel Savings Potential from Future In-motion Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) E. Burton, L. Wang, J. Gonder, A. Brooker, and A. Konan Conference on Electric Roads & Vehicles February 10, 2015 Park City, Utah NREL/PR-5400-63758 2 Regional Road Usage * 1% of roads are used for 25% of the vehicle miles traveled * Extensive overlap in road usage apparent across regional vehicle population * Overlap occurs on high capacity roads Transportation Secure Data Center Vehicle GPS samples 3 In-Motion Power

  1. 2001 News Releases | NREL

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    1 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search Customer Choice Would Advance Renewable Energy - (10/31/01) NREL Appointments Announced - (10/19/01) NREL Research Teams Win Three R&D 100 Awards - (10/04/01) Solar Home Tour and Exhibitor Showcase Open Doors to Renewable Energy Information - (10/04/01) Pricing Programs Spur Growth of Renewable Energy Technologies - (09/24/01) Awards to Boost Research into Cheaper Solar

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

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

  3. NREL: Energy Analysis - Technology Systems Analysis

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    Technology Systems Analysis NREL's Technology Systems Analysis examines RD&D areas in terms of potential costs, benefits, risks, uncertainties, and timeframes. The following pages provide information on specific technology areas: Biomass Building Electric Infrastructure Systems Energy Sciences Geothermal Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Solar Vehicles and Fuels Research Wind Key staff analyst Summary bios of staff expertise and interests Team Lead: Margaret Mann Administrative Support: Catherine

  4. Procurement | NREL

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    Construction Facilities management. A photo showing scientists at NREL's Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility Purchasing and Subcontracting Opportunities View a complete...

  5. Sarah Kurtz - Research Fellow | NREL

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    Publications Kurtz and NREL colleague Jerry Olson championed the early use of multi-junction solar cells by showing that a top cell of gallium indium phosphide (GaInP) and a...

  6. NREL Develops ZnSiP2 for Silicon-Based Tandem Solar Cells (Fact...

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

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

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

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

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    2014-08-01

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

  9. Webinar January 21: Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar...

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

    Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A ... January 14, 2016 - 12:00pm Addthis The Energy Department will present a live ...

  10. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Toyota

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    Toyota One of Toyota's Highlander fuel cell hybrid vehicles on loan at NREL. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL At the ESIF, NREL is collaborating with Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing to study the potential grid impacts of plug-in electric vehicles when a large number of charging vehicles share common-and potentially inadequate-residential electrical grid components. Toyota has relocated 20 Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to the ESIF's Medium Voltage Outdoor Test Area (MVOTA),

  11. A New Method to Stabilize Solar Water-Splitting Electrodes (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Science, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    A two-step surface modification of high-efficiency III-V photoelectrolysis materials provides corrosion protection for hundreds of hours without sacrificing conversion efficiency. Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a method of treating semiconductor surfaces that can stabilize the material under hydrogen evolution conditions in an electrolyte. This method can specifically benefit photoelectrochemical (PEC) devices, which use sunlight to directly split

  12. NREL + GOOGLE - Energy Innovation Portal

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

  13. Passive Solar Industries Council | Open Energy Information

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

  14. NREL: Technology Deployment - News Release Archives

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

  15. NREL: Continuum Magazine - Two New R&D 100 Awards Uphold NREL...

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    to be cost-effective and meet the demand for power. Solution: NREL, in partnership with Solar Junction, a manufacturer of high efficiency multijunction cells for the concentrated...

  16. NREL Releases Report Card on Environmental Efforts - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Releases Report Card on Environmental Efforts October 23, 2015 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) continued to improve its environmental protection efforts at its South Table Mountain and National Wind Technology Center sites during 2014 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adding bird-safety features to campus structures, and assessing environmental impacts of potential laboratory development. NREL annually reports on the environmental performance and

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

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

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

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

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    2011-08-01

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

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

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    the latter were used for the bulk of the process development work, and a 14.4%-efficient solar cell was fabricated. The deposition method is new and offers some advantages over...

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

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    Disaster Management Report Says Insurance Industry Can Benefit by Using Solar Power for Disaster Management For more information contact: Kerry Masson 303-275-4083 e:mail: Kerry Masson Golden, Colo., Sept. 3, 1999 — The insurance industry can save millions of dollars in property claims resulting from natural disasters by adopting solar and other renewable energy technologies when planning for nature's fury. A report from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  1. NREL: Innovation Impact - Manufacturing

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

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

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

  3. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - News Release Archives

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    NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids The Energy Department's ... Integration Facility is the hub for testing devices that can power through outages. ...

  4. Publications | NREL

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    More Ways to Obtain Publications Through the NREL Library or one of our publication services, we'll assist with your research and help obtain the documents needed. Document Assistance For assistance with finding a publication, email or call NREL's Document Distribution Service, 303-275-4363. SciTech Connect Search for NREL and/or other U.S. Department of Energy publications, as well as bibliographic citations, using this database. National Technical Information Service Request hard copies of

  5. Newsroom | NREL

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

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

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

  7. Distributed Solar Photovoltaics for Electric Vehicle Charging: Regulatory and Policy Considerations (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    PHOTOVOLTAICS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING REGULATORY AND POLICY CONSIDERATIONS ABSTRACT Increasing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging provides an opportunity for market expansion of distributed solar technology. A major barrier to the current deployment of solar technology for EV charging is a lack of clear information for policymakers, utilities, and potential adopters. This paper introduces the pros and cons of EV charging during the day versus at night, summarizes the benefts and

  8. Potential Federal On-Site Solar Aggregation in Washington, D...

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

    Potential Federal On-Site Solar Aggregation in Washington, D.C., and Maryland Potential Federal On-Site Solar Aggregation in Washington, D.C., and Maryland Presentation describes...

  9. NREL Seeks Proposals, Announces Awards for Photovoltaic Technology

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

  10. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Water Efficiency

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

  11. NREL: Sustainable NREL Home Page

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    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in sustainability. The lab's sustainability practices are fully integrated into the campus and operations through ...

  12. NREL: Sustainable NREL -Green Purchasing

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

  13. Publications | NREL

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    Publications The NREL Publications Database contains bibliographic information about publications developed or written by NREL staff and subcontractors. Search the database for publications from 1977 to the present on subjects related to renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Many publications are available electronically as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. The database includes technical reports, journal articles, conference papers, patents, presentations, books, fact sheets, and brochures.

  14. The potential impact of ZT=4 thermoelectric materials on solar...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    Journal Article: The potential impact of ZT4 thermoelectric materials on solar thermal energy conversion technologies. Citation Details In-Document Search Title: The potential ...

  15. NREL: Resource Assessment and Forecasting - Capabilities

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    Capabilities Best Practices Handbook Helps Industry Collect and Interpret Solar Resource Data Read about this new comprehensive resource for the solar industry. NREL's resource assessment and forecasting research staff provides expertise in renewable energy measurement and instrumentation. Major capabilities include solar resource measurement, instrument calibration, instrument characterization, solar monitoring training, and standards development and information dissemination. Solar Resource

  16. NREL: Technology Transfer - Contacts

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

  17. 2015 Feature Stories | NREL

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    NREL's Min Zhang Keeps Her "Bugs" Happy, Leading to Biofuel Breakthroughs NREL's Min Zhang Keeps Her "Bugs" Happy, Leading to Biofuel Breakthroughs NREL researcher's partnership ...

  18. 2010 Feature Stories | NREL

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    how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. December 2010 NREL Helps Corporate Fleets Go Green NREL Helps Corporate Fleets Go Green Researchers work ...

  19. Garry Rumbles - Research Fellow | NREL

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    Garry Rumbles - Research Fellow Photo of Garry Rumbles Research Fellows Dr. Garry Rumbles is a Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He joined NREL in 2000 and is widely recognized for his research in photochemistry and photophysics of conjugated molecular systems, energy conversion in organic light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaic devices, and nanoscale morphology. Dr. Rumbles' current research interests are in solar energy with a focus on the basic science

  20. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Wyle

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

  1. Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production...

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    ... Future Central Hydrogen Production from Nuclear Energy via High Temperature Electrolysis, H2A Case Study Current analysis assumes solar thermal energy Assume solar ...

  2. START Site Visit Examines Viability of Tribal Community Solar...

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    From left to right: James Jensen, Tom Johnson, Jody Rosier, and Rebecca Kauffman of Southern Ute Alternative Energy, and Otto VanGeet and Alex Dane of NREL, tour a potential solar ...

  3. 1996 News Releases | NREL

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

  4. NREL: Technology Deployment - Technical Assistance for Islands

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

  5. NREL: Transportation Research - Working with Us

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

  6. NREL: Geothermal Technologies - News Release Archives

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

  7. NREL: Technology Transfer - News Release Archives

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    7 November 8, 2007 Wakonda Technologies is the Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year A small company commercializing a novel solar energy technology has been named the Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year at the 20th Industry Growth Forum sponsored by NREL. October 31, 2007 Chevron and NREL to Collaborate on Research to Produce Transportation Fuels using Algae Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and NREL announced today that they have entered into a collaborative research and development agreement

  8. Solar and the City: Online Map to Show NYC's Solar Potential | Department

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

    of Energy and the City: Online Map to Show NYC's Solar Potential Solar and the City: Online Map to Show NYC's Solar Potential October 13, 2010 - 11:32am Addthis Stephen Graff Former Writer & editor for Energy Empowers, EERE What does this project do? The online tool allows people to determine solar potential of homes and businesses. Think Google Maps for solar. Type in an address and instead of directions to a restaurant or movie theater, a home's solar potential comes up-and not just

  9. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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

  10. NREL Center for Photovoltaics

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    2009-01-01

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

  11. NREL Center for Photovoltaics

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    2013-05-29

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

  12. 2012 News Releases | NREL

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    2 News Releases Access news stories about the laboratory and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Search December 21, 2012 NREL Names New Executive The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory today named Barbara Goodman as Associate Laboratory Director for Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Systems to replace Dale Gardner who is retiring at the end of the year. December 20, 2012 Concentrated Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage Can Help Utilities' Bottom

  13. Sustainability | NREL

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

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

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

  15. Research | NREL

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

  16. Distributed Solar PV for Electricity System Resiliency: Policy and Regulatory Considerations (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    PV FOR ELECTRICITY SYSTEM RESILIENCY POLICY AND REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS ABSTRACT Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have the potential to supply electricity during grid outages resulting from extreme weather or other emergency situations. As such, distributed PV can signifcantly increase the resiliency of the electricity system. In order to take advantage of this capability, however, the PV systems must be designed with resiliency in mind and combined with other technologies, such as

  17. NREL Releases Updated Typical Meteorological Year Data Set - News Releases

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    | NREL NREL Releases Updated Typical Meteorological Year Data Set May 1, 2008 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released an updated typical meteorological year (TMY) data set derived from the 1991-2005 National Solar Radiation Data Base update. The TMY3 data and user's manual are available at http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsrdb/1991-2005/tmy3. The new data sets update and expand the TMY2 data sets released by NREL in 1994. The TMY3 data

  18. NREL Success Stories - SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future

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    Jorgensen, Gary; Gee, Randy

    2013-05-29

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

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

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    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.

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

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

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

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

  2. NREL: Renewable Resources Maps and Data Home Page

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    Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC) NREL's online RReDC is the world's largest free collection of renewable energy resource data, offering comprehensive information on solar ...

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

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

  4. NREL to Advance Technologies for Microgrid Projects - News Releases...

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    such as wind and solar energy, combined heat and power, energy storage, and demandresponse," NREL's Associate Director for Energy Systems Integration Bryan Hannegan said. ...

  5. Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact...

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    Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation David Feldman, 1 Anna M. Brockway, 2 Elaine Ulrich, 2 and Robert Margolis 1 1...

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

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    Hale, Elaine

    2015-07-30

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

  7. NREL: Energy Analysis - Pieter Gagnon

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    Pieter Gagnon Photo of Pieter Gagnon Pieter Gagnon is a member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Engineering Analyst of Solar Policy and Technoeconomics On staff since June 2015 Phone number: 303-275-4910 E-mail: Pieter.Gagnon@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Design and economic analysis of solar photovoltaic systems Energy system modeling in the hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and solar domains Primary research interests Characterizing modern

  8. NREL: TroughNet - Publications

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    Publications This site features publications about parabolic trough power plants by the following topics: Parabolic trough technology Solar field Thermal energy storage Power plant systems Research and development Market and economic assessment Solar data Models and tools Also see presentations and posters from past parabolic trough technology workshops. For more publications on parabolic trough technology and concentrating solar power, search the NREL Publications database. Printable Version

  9. Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis Webinar

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Access the recording and download the presentation slides from the Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinar "Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis" held on January 21, 2016.

  10. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - NREL Study Indicates Economic

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    Potential for Wyoming Wind Transmission to California Study Indicates Economic Potential for Wyoming Wind Transmission to California March 24, 2014 A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that the economic benefit of transmitting wind energy from Wyoming to the California energy market are likely to exceed the cost. The study, "California-Wyoming Grid Integration Study, Phase 1-Economic Analysis" was conducted by NREL for the

  11. NREL: Technology Deployment - Mobile App Puts Alternative Fueling Station

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    Locations in the Palm of Your Hand Mobile App Puts Alternative Fueling Station Locations in the Palm of Your Hand News NREL Developed Mobile App for Alternative Fueling Station Locations Released Energy Department Launches Alternative Fueling Station Locator App Using the Enhanced Alternative Fueling Station Locator Alternative Fueling Stations Database Sponsors U.S. Department of Energy Related Stories Remote Shading Tool Has Potential to Reduce Solar Soft Costs by 17 Cents/Watt Contact

  12. NREL: Water Power Research - Projects

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    Projects NREL's water power R&D projects support industry efforts to develop and deploy cost-effective water power technologies and to better understand the value and potential of...

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

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

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

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

  15. Solar Energy Potential | Department of Energy

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    Sources Home Fossil Nuclear Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Home Biomass Geothermal Solar Water Wind Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Home Building Design Building Design...

  16. NREL: Energy Sciences - Jao van de Lagemaat

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

  17. 2008 News | Awards and Honors | NREL

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

  18. NREL: Technology Deployment - Federal Agency Technical Assistance

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    National Park Service From Prison Cells to Solar Cells: Alcatraz Island Goes Green U.S. Department of Energy As a DOE laboratory, NREL works hand-in-hand with the DOE to help ...

  19. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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    of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) who was a pioneer in multi-junction solar cells for use in outer space and on Earth has been awarded the prestigious...

  20. 2011 News | Awards and Honors | NREL

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    of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) who was a pioneer in multi-junction solar cells for use in outer space and on Earth has been awarded the prestigious...

  1. NREL Technology Partnership Agreement Process

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    NREL Technology Partnership Agreement Process NREL/Partner Discuss Project Proposal DOE Reviews and Approves Partner Sends Funds to NREL NREL/Partner Start Work NREL/Partner Manage Commitment NREL Determines if Project Meets Qualifications Parties Sign Agreement NREL/DOE Review. Negotiate as Needed. NREL/Partner Determine Agreement Type NREL/Partner Develop Statement of Work NREL Provides Draft Agreement For more information about the technology partnership agreement process, see the NREL

  2. Project Profile: Solar Power Tower Improvements with the Potential to

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

    Reduce Costs | Department of Energy Solar Power Tower Improvements with the Potential to Reduce Costs Project Profile: Solar Power Tower Improvements with the Potential to Reduce Costs Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne logo Rocketdyne, under the Baseload CSP FOA, is designing, fabricating, and testing a several components of a molten salt solar power tower that is in line with SunShot Initiative cost targets. Approach Receiver test panel design incorporates significant cost reductions. Rocketdyne is

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

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

  4. Potential Role of Concentrating Solar Power in Enabling High...

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    Potential Role of Concentrating Solar Power in Enabling High ... of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy ... and the potential role of CSP in a future energy mix. ...

  5. NREL: Technology Deployment - News Release Archives

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

  6. Disclaimer | NREL

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    Disclaimer The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC ("Alliance"). As such the following rules apply: Copyright Status NREL-authored documents are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC36-08GO28308. Accordingly, with respect to such documents, the U.S. Government and others acting on its behalf retain a paid-up nonexclusive, irrevocable world-wide license to

  7. Advancing Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations | Department of

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    Energy Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations Advancing Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations April 19, 2011 - 5:17pm Addthis At NREL's High-Intensity Pulse Solar Simulator, NREL's Keith Emery removes an array of multijunction solar cells produced by PV Incubator partner Solar Junction. The NREL instrument can produce the intensity of up to 90 suns. | Photo credit: Dennis Schroeder At NREL's High-Intensity Pulse Solar Simulator, NREL's Keith Emery removes an array of

  8. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - News Release Archives

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

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

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

    2012-07-01

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

  10. NREL: Technology Transfer - NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright

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    Future for Solar Energy NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future for Solar Energy In this video, NREL Principal Scientist Gary Jorgensen and SkyFuel Chief Technology Officer Randy Gee talk about their partnership to develop a thin film to substitute for bulkier glass mirrors on solar-collecting parabolic troughs. Get the Adobe Flash Player to see this video. Credit: Fireside Production More Information For more information about NREL's partnership with SkyFuel, read Award-Winning

  11. NREL Employees Honored at Annual Awards Luncheon - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Employees Honored at Annual Awards Luncheon April 18, 2006 Golden, Colo. & During the past 25 years at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Bob Noun and Walter Short have shaped the way renewable energy and energy efficient technologies are seen and understood by the public, elected officials and other stakeholders. With a realistic and technically sound vision of the potential of renewable energy, Noun has built strategic national and

  12. NREL: Transportation Research - NREL Study Predicts Fuel and Emissions

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    Impact of Automated Mobility District NREL Study Predicts Fuel and Emissions Impact of Automated Mobility District January 21, 2016 With emerging technologies, travel behavior may shift from personal vehicles to automated transit systems. An NREL study shows that a campus-sized -- ranging from four to 10 square miles -- automated mobility district (AMD) has the potential to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 4% to 14% depending on various operating and ridership factors.

  13. Biogas Potential in the United States (Fact Sheet), Energy Analysis, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center [Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)]

    Energy Analysis Biogas Potential in the United States Biogas is the gaseous product of anaerobic digestion, a biological process in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. Biogas is comprised primarily of methane (50%-70%) and carbon dioxide (30%-50%), with trace amounts of other particulates and contaminants. It can be produced from various waste sources, including landfll material; animal manure; wastewater; and industrial, institutional, and commercial

  14. High Penetration PV: How High Can We Go? (Brochure), Energy Systems Integration (ESI), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    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

  15. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Publications

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

  16. NREL: News - NREL Researchers Use Sunlight to Power Laser

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    Researchers Use Sunlight to Power Laser Golden, Colo., December 14, 1995 -- Commercial prospects for solar-powered lasers recently got a little brighter when researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Chicago powered a laser with concentrated sunlight instead of electricity. The solar laser works in the same manner as other lasers except it uses concentrated sunlight for power instead of electricity. The sunlight was supplied

  17. NREL: Energy Analysis - Janine Freeman

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    Janine Freeman Photo of Janine Freeman Janine Freeman is a member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Energy System Modeling Engineer On staff since March 2013 Phone number: 303-275-4694 E-mail: janine.freeman@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Solar instrumentation PV energy production modeling Solar resource estimates Vertical axis wind turbine analysis/wind tunnel experimentation PVsyst CAD modeling Campbell Scientific LoggerNet Matlab Primary

  18. NREL: Energy Analysis - Michael Woodhouse

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    Woodhouse Photo of Michael Woodhouse Michael Woodhouse is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Solar PV Technologies and Economics Analyst On staff since 2008 Phone number: 303-384-7623 E-mail: Michael.Woodhouse@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Fundamental science of photovoltaics (PV) and solar hydrogen technologies Economics of PV - From manufacturing to levelized cost of energy (LCOE) Primary research interests Manufacturing

  19. NREL: Energy Analysis - Nate Blair

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    Nate Blair Photo of Nate Blair. Nate Blair is the group manager of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Group Manager On staff since September 2002 Phone number: 303-384-7426 E-mail: nate.blair@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Linear programming with General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS) Building and system simulation tools, especially the TRaNsient SYstem Simulation Program (TRNSYS) EES Concentrating solar power system modeling Experimental solar

  20. Energy Department Report Calculates Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling Necessary for Increased Wind and Solar in the West

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    A new report released today by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examines the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the operators of coal and gas plants in the West.

  1. Procurement Forms | NREL

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

  2. NREL: Buildings Research - Publications

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    (2012). 1 pg.; NREL Report No. FS-5500-53735; DOEGO-102012-3491. NREL Demonstrates Game-Changing Air Conditioner Technology (Fact Sheet), Highlights in Research &...

  3. NREL: Energy Storage - News

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    Energy Storage News Keep up-to-date with NREL energy storage activities, research, and developments. October 30, 2015 NREL Innovation Improves Safety of Electric Vehicle Batteries ...

  4. 2014 News | Community | NREL

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    September 19, 2014 NREL Interns Look Toward the Future Forty-four interns spend summer at NREL researching topics from genetic engineering to technologies for hydrokinetic turbines...

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Leadership | NREL

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    Leadership The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is managed for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, a partnership between Battelle and MRIGlobal. Our management team is led by Dr. Martin Keller. A photo of NREL's lab director Martin Keller. Dr. Martin Keller Director and Alliance President, Acting Deputy Laboratory Director, Science & Technology Photo of a woman smiling Ms. Bobi Garrett Deputy

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

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

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

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

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    Research Earns Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards Breakthroughs in silicon solar cells and ultra-efficient supercomputers honored July 11, 2014 A growth system that can produce thin solar cells quickly and at low cost, and an ultra-efficient supercomputer platform - both developed or advanced by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners - have been named among this year's most significant innovations by R&D Magazine. "We at NREL are gratified

  11. NREL Photovoltaic Program FY 1993

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

  12. Energy Innovations: Science & Technology at NREL, Spring 2009 (Brochure)

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    2009-04-01

    This new Energy Innovations newsletter will increase the awareness of successes, progress, and activities at NREL. Audiences include VIP visitors to NREL, current and potential partners in our work, and key decision makers who want to know why NREL's R&D is worth funding.

  13. NREL: Transportation Research - Heavy-Duty Vehicle Thermal Management

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    Heavy-Duty Vehicle Thermal Management Infrared image of a semi cab and two people. NREL testing and modeling assess the energy saving impact of advanced climate control materials and equipment on heavy-duty vehicles. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL Illustration of a truck with labeled energy-saving elements. NREL researchers assess the energy saving potential of films, paints, advanced insulation, micro-environmental design, and idle reduction technologies. Illustration by Ray David, NREL

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

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

  15. NREL: Geothermal Technologies - News Release Archives

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

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

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    Milligan, Michael

    2015-05-15

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

  17. NREL: Biomass Research - Research Staff

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

  18. Solar Power Prospector | Open Energy Information

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

  19. Solar Power Prospector | Open Energy Information

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

  20. 2009 News | Awards and Honors | NREL

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

  1. NREL's Buildings Research Honored by Architecture Magazine

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

  2. Local Students Celebrate Earth Day at NREL

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

  3. 2007 Feature Stories | NREL

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    7 Feature Stories The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. December 2007 Major Construction Begins on NREL's Main Campus Major Construction Begins on NREL's Main Campus NREL is in the process of designing and building key facilities to meet the nation's crucial research objectives for clean and sustainable energy technologies. A $101 million increase to NREL's budget makes it possible for

  4. NREL: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research - Success Stories

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    Success Stories Photo of robotic equipment in laboratory setting. NREL engineers use this automated fueling robot for accelerated hydrogen hose reliability testing. Photo by Devonie McCamey, NREL The following success stories highlight NREL's contribution to advancements in sustainable hydrogen production and cost-effective, high-performance fuel cell systems. Learn about the R&D projects that led to these accomplishments. A New Method to Stabilize Solar Water-Splitting Electrodes Making

  5. Federal Laboratory Consortium Highlights NREL Research - News Releases |

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    NREL Federal Laboratory Consortium Highlights NREL Research Mid-continent region selects parabolic trough and microbattery for tech transfer excellence September 16, 2009 The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer's (FLC) Mid-Continent Region recently recognized the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners with two awards for excellence in technology transfer. The SkyTrough(tm) Parabolic Trough Solar Concentrating Collector uses

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

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

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

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

  8. NREL: Biomass Research - NREL Cyanobacteria Ramps Up Photosynthesis-and

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    New Challenges NREL Cyanobacteria Ramps Up Photosynthesis-and New Challenges June 3, 2015 Illustration showing Photosynthetic ethylene production by engineered cyanobacteria that produce EFE (ethylene-forming enzyme). Photosynthesis is nature's solar energy conversion process-it makes O2 from water while turning CO2 into organic compounds. Cyanobacteria were the first organisms to develop this capability in the course of evolution, and they passed it to other photosynthetic microbes and

  9. NREL: News - NREL Wins Research and Development Awards

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    Wins Research and Development Awards Golden, Colo., July 15, 2002 Three technologies developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are among this year's 100 most significant innovations, as judged by Research & Development (R&D) Magazine. The laboratory's three R&D 100 Awards for 2002 are for a new material that protects and extends the life of key components in geothermal power plants; a solar power system that produces electricity while

  10. NREL: Energy Analysis - Cara Marcy

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

  11. NREL: Energy Analysis - Josh Novacheck

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

  12. NREL: Energy Analysis - Timothy Remo

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    Timothy Remo Photo of Timothy Remo Timothy Remo is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Solar PV Technologies Analyst and Engineer On staff since March 2015 Phone number: 303-275-3882 E-mail: Timothy.Remo@nrel.gov Areas of expertise Photovoltaic and Semiconductor Manufacturing Cost analysis Process development and process optimization Design of Experiments and data analysis Primary research interests PV growth as cost

  13. NREL: Sustainable NREL - Greenhouse Gas Reduction

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    Greenhouse Gas Reduction A leader in federal greenhouse gas (GHG) management, NREL has conducted GHG inventories, developed reduction goals, and reported emissions since 2000. NREL was the first federal facility to become a partner in the Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program, and has played a critical support role in the development of federal guidelines for GHG accounting and reporting through DOE's Federal Energy Management Program. Carbon Neutrality NREL is committed to

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

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

  15. Modeling and Analysis of Solar Radiation Potentials on Building Rooftops

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    Omitaomu, Olufemi A; Kodysh, Jeffrey B; Bhaduri, Budhendra L

    2012-01-01

    The active application of photovoltaic for electricity generation could effectively transform neighborhoods and commercial districts into small, localized power plants. This application, however, relies heavily on an accurate estimation of the amount of solar radiation that is available on individual building rooftops. While many solar energy maps exist at higher spatial resolution for concentrated solar energy applications, the data from these maps are not suitable for roof-mounted photovoltaic for several reasons, including lack of data at the appropriate spatial resolution and lack of integration of building-specific characteristics into the models used to generate the maps. To address this problem, we have developed a modeling framework for estimating solar radiation potentials on individual building rooftops that is suitable for utility-scale applications as well as building-specific applications. The framework uses light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data at approximately 1-meter horizontal resolution and 0.3-meter vertical resolution as input for modeling a large number of buildings quickly. One of the strengths of this framework is the ability to parallelize its implementation. Furthermore, the framework accounts for building specific characteristics, such as roof slope, roof aspect, and shadowing effects, that are critical to roof-mounted photovoltaic systems. The resulting data has helped us to identify the so-called solar panel sweet spots on individual building rooftops and obtain accurate statistics of the variation in solar radiation as a function of time of year and geographical location.

  16. NREL Climate Activities | Open Energy Information

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

  17. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Home Page

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    NREL's Focus on Research Science and Technology Highlights NREL's Focus on Research Innovation Impact NREL's Focus on Research DOE's Energy Systems Integration Facility at NREL...

  18. Concentrating Solar Deployment System (CSDS) -- A New Model for Estimating U.S. Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Market Potential: Preprint

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    Blair, N.; Mehos, M.; Short, W.; Heimiller, D.

    2006-04-01

    This paper presents the Concentrating Solar Deployment System Model (CSDS). CSDS is a multiregional, multitime-period, Geographic Information System (GIS), and linear programming model of capacity expansion in the electric sector of the United States. CSDS is designed to address the principal market and policy issues related to the penetration of concentrating solar power (CSP) electric-sector technologies. This paper discusses the current structure, capabilities, and assumptions of the model. Additionally, results are presented for the impact of continued research and development (R&D) spending, an extension to the investment tax credit (ITC), and use of a production tax credit (PTC). CSDS is an extension of the Wind Deployment System (WinDS) model created at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). While WinDS examines issues related to wind, CSDS is an extension to analyze similar issues for CSP applications. Specifically, a detailed representation of parabolic trough systems with thermal storage has been developed within the existing structure.

  19. START Site Visit Examines Viability of Tribal Community Solar Project |

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    Department of Energy START Site Visit Examines Viability of Tribal Community Solar Project START Site Visit Examines Viability of Tribal Community Solar Project August 21, 2013 - 12:50pm Addthis From left to right: James Jensen, Tom Johnson, Jody Rosier, and Rebecca Kauffman of Southern Ute Alternative Energy, and Otto VanGeet and Alex Dane of NREL, tour a potential solar array site on Southern Ute tribal land in Ignacio, CO. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL From left to right: James Jensen,

  20. 2016 News | Awards and Honors | NREL

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    2016 News Below are news stories related to Awards and Honors. RSS Learn about RSS. January 5, 2016 NREL and CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have jointly set a new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell. Archives 2015 | 2014 | 2013

  1. NREL: Technology Deployment - Other Federal Agency Support

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

  2. NREL Research Team Wins R&D 100 Award - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Research Team Wins R&D 100 Award September 12, 2003 Golden, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and First Solar have been selected to receive a 2003 R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine for developing a new process for depositing semiconductor layers onto photovoltaic (PV) modules. The annual awards recognize the year's 100 most significant technological innovations. The process, High-Rate Vapor Transport Deposition (HRVTD)

  3. Microalgae bioprospecting at NREL

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    2011-01-01

    Prospecting for elusive fast-growing, oily microalgae is a soggy, muddy, rewarding job for NREL researcher Lee Elliott. Not only do algae grow in unlikely settings, but their ability to convert the light they receive into biomass has the potential to outperform that of land plants. Trees, grasses and shrubs typically are not very efficient in capturing and converting the sun's energy into biomass, but some algae are believed to be capable of much higher efficiencies, with some scientists thinking ideal strains may be able to approach the maximum theoretical photosynthetic efficiency under the right conditions.

  4. Microalgae bioprospecting at NREL

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    2013-05-29

    Prospecting for elusive fast-growing, oily microalgae is a soggy, muddy, rewarding job for NREL researcher Lee Elliott. Not only do algae grow in unlikely settings, but their ability to convert the light they receive into biomass has the potential to outperform that of land plants. Trees, grasses and shrubs typically are not very efficient in capturing and converting the sun's energy into biomass, but some algae are believed to be capable of much higher efficiencies, with some scientists thinking ideal strains may be able to approach the maximum theoretical photosynthetic efficiency under the right conditions.

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

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

  6. NREL: Technology Deployment - DGIC Interconnection Insights

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

  7. NREL: Wind Research - News

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    Wind Technology Center at NREL provides a number of wind news sources to help you stay up-to-date with its activities, research, and new developments. NREL Wind News See...

  8. NREL: Biomass Research - News

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

  9. NREL: Wind Research - Awards

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    Awards NREL has received many awards for its technical innovations in wind energy. In addition, the research conducted at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL has led...

  10. NREL: Buildings Research - Events

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

  11. NREL: Technology Transfer - African Delegation Exchanges Knowledge...

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    Experts May 18, 2015 Tapping into 14,000 megawatts of geothermal potential in eastern Africa is the focus one new collaboration at NREL. Six visitors from Djibouti, Ethiopia, and...

  12. News Unsubscribe | NREL

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

  13. NREL: Geothermal Technologies - News

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

  14. 2004 Feature Stories | NREL

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    4 Feature Stories The following feature stories take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how NREL is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. December 2004 NREL - Keeping Up with the Rapidly Growing Wind Industry NREL - Keeping Up with the Rapidly Growing Wind Industry Wind energy-it's the fastest growing electricity-generating technology in the world. And thanks to the successful research and development partnerships between industry and DOE's Wind Program at NREL and

  15. Partnering with NREL

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

  16. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - Seminar Series

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    Seminar Series NREL's Energy Systems Integration Seminar Series features speakers from industry-related technical, economic, and social disciplines presenting on critical integration challenges and innovative solutions. Insecure Field Devices on the Smart Grid: Cyber Risks, Damage Potential, and Practical Solutions Maurice Martin, Technology Leader for NREL's Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Resilience Center, hosted a webinar on February 25, 2016, on the cyber risks, damage potential, and

  17. Solar | Department of Energy

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

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

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

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

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    Cherry Award winner from NREL. In 2011, Jerry Olson, who developed the multi-junction solar cell, won the award. Last year, Sarah Kurtz, who helped Olson develop the...

  20. NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Andrew G. Norman, D. Phil.

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    materials issues in III-V and other novel semiconductor alloys of interest for multi-junction solar cells. He became a permanent employee at NREL in 2000. Since then he has...

  1. Webinar January 21: Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis

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    The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis" on Thursday, January 21, from 12 to 1 p.m. EST. This webinar will present the results of an analysis conducted by Sandia National Laboratories that explored potential synergies that may be realized by integrating solar hydrogen production and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies.

  2. Webinar November 19: Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis

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    The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis" on Thursday, November 19, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST. This webinar will present the results of an analysis conducted by Sandia National Laboratories that explored potential synergies that may be realized by integrating solar hydrogen production and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies.

  3. Energy Innovations: Science & Technology at NREL, Fall 2009

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    The Energy Innovations newsletter serves as a key outreach tool for NREL to tout the lab's accomplishments, progress, and activities to key stakeholders who can impact the lab's level of funding and potential resources. Audiences include VIP visitors to NREL, current and potential partners in our work, and key decision makers who want to know about NREL's R&D directions and the quality and significance of our results.

  4. Energy Innovations: Science & Technology at NREL, Winter 2010 (Brochure)

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    The Energy Innovations newsletter serves as a key outreach tool for NREL to tout the lab's accomplishments, progress, and activities to key stakeholders who can impact the lab's level of funding and potential resources. Audiences include VIP visitors to NREL, current and potential partners in our work, and key decision makers who want to know about NREL's R&D directions and the quality and significance of our results.

  5. Energy Innovations: Science & Technology at NREL, Summer 2010 (Brochure)

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    The Energy Innovations newsletter serves as a key outreach tool for NREL to tout the lab's accomplishments, progress, and activities to key stakeholders who can impact the lab's level of funding and potential resources. Audiences include VIP visitors to NREL, current and potential partners in our work, and key decision makers who want to know about NREL's R&D directions and the quality and significance of our results.

  6. Energy Innovations: Science & Technology at NREL, Winter 2011 (Brochure)

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    The Energy Innovations newsletter serves as a key outreach tool for NREL to tout the lab's accomplishments, progress, and activities to key stakeholders who can impact the lab's level of funding and potential resources. Audiences include VIP visitors to NREL, current and potential partners in our work, and key decision makers who want to know about NREL's R&D directions and the quality and significance of our results.

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

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

  8. DOE-NREL Minority University Research Associates Program

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    Posey Eddy, F.

    2005-01-01

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

  9. Advancing Solar Through Photovoltaic Technology Innovations ...

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

  10. Uni-Solar | Open Energy Information

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

  11. Solar Thermal Success Stories - Energy Innovation Portal

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    Success Stories 1 Success Stories Category Title and Abstract Company Laboratories Date Solar Thermal NREL and SkyFuel Partnership Reflects Bright Future for Solar Energy Huge ...

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

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

  13. NREL: Technology Deployment - Distributed Generation Interconnection

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

  14. NREL: Distributed Grid Integration - Technology Development Projects

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

  15. Small Business Vouchers Pilot at NREL | NREL

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    Small Business Vouchers Pilot at NREL SBV Pilot Round 2 Opens February 2016 Find out more, on the SBV Pilot website NREL is a participating lab in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot, which matches clean energy small businesses with experts from NREL and other DOE national laboratories. The pilot provides businesses vouchers valued at $50,000 to $300,000 that can be exchanged for technical assistance from

  16. NREL: Sustainable NREL - South Entrance Building

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    South Entrance Building A photo of a grey building with a red and white security checkpoint to the right. NREL's South Entrance Building NREL's South Entrance Building on the South Table Mountain campus is designed to be a net zero-energy building and achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 1,575-square-foot facility is the the entry/exit point for many NREL and Golden Field Office staff and provides

  17. NREL: Transportation Research - Truck Platooning Testing

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    Truck Platooning Testing Photo of two tractor trailer trucks driving in close proximity. NREL conducted track testing of platooned tractors with 53-ft trailers at the 8.5-mile Uvalde track in San Antonio, Texas. Photo courtesy of Peloton NREL's fleet test and evaluation team assesses the fuel savings potential of semiautomated truck platooning of line-haul sleeper cabs with modern aerodynamics. Platooning reduces aerodynamic drag by grouping vehicles together and safely decreasing the distance

  18. NREL: Wind Research - Market Acceleration and Deployment

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    Market Acceleration and Deployment Three participants in the Collegiate Wind Competition work on computer components of a small wind turbine. Photo by U.S. Department of Energy NREL's market acceleration and deployment team provides accurate information that articulates the potential impacts and benefits of wind and water power technologies to state and local communities. In addition, NREL's WINDExchange team focuses its outreach efforts on education, rural economic development, public power

  19. NREL: Wind Research - Offshore Wind Resource Characterization

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    Wind Resource Characterization Map of the United States, showing the wind potential of offshore areas across the country. Enlarge image US offshore wind speed estimates at 90-m height NREL scientists and engineers are leading efforts in resource mapping, remote sensor measurement and development, and forecasting that are essential for the development of offshore wind. Resource Mapping For more than 15 years, NREL's meteorologists, engineers, and Geographic Information System experts have led the

  20. Visual-SOLAR: Modeling and Visualization of Solar Radiation Potential on Individual Building Rooftops

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    2013-05-01

    We have developed a modeling framework for estimating solar radiation potentials on individual building rooftops that is suitable for utility-scale applications as well as building-specific applications. The framework uses light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data at approximately 1-meter horizontal resolution and 0.3-meter vertical resolution as input for modeling a large number of buildings quickly. One of the strengths of this framework is the ability to parallelize its implementation. Furthermore, the framework accounts for building specific characteristics, such as roof slope, roof aspect, and shadowing effects, that are critical to roof-mounted photovoltaic system. The resulting data has helped us to identify the so-called "solar panel sweet spots" on individual building rooftops and obtain accurate statistics of the variation in solar radiation as a function of time of year and geographical location.