NREL Industry Growth Forum attracts clean energy startups and investors

The Forum will feature business presentations from 30 clean energy start-ups, networking opportunities, panels and speakers featuring industry experts Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts Nov. 3 and 4 in Denver, Colorado, as the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual

NREL and Statoil collaborate to make first multi-turbine floating offshore wind array

Editor’s Note: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is collaborating with Norway company, Statoil, for the development of what could be the world’s first multi-turbine floating offshore wind structure. The following article, written by Sheri Anstedt, provides more details and is reprinted with permission from the NREL.   A recent study performed by the National Wind

New wind resource maps reach higher heights

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and AWS Truepower recently released maps that illustrate the potential for wind-energy development using more advanced wind turbine technologies. Wind resource maps are one tool wind industry professionals use in the early stages of wind project planning to understand the potential for wind development in a region. Because stronger

Battery second use offsets electric vehicle expenses, improves grid stability

Editor’s Note: The article posted here was originally posted on NREL’s Newsroom by Anya Breitenbach. Breitenbach examines battery second use (B2U) strategies that may be able to offset expenses for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). For more information on B2U strategies, click this link. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have the potential to dramatically drive down consumption of

NREL partnerships to help the grid accommodate more renewable energy

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announces five new partnerships that will award up to $6.5 million in federal funds to technical teams throughout the country. The cost-shared projects with industry, universities, and other stakeholders will address the challenge of enabling the nation’s electric grid to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy. NREL is

U.S. strides forward with lidar-controlled turbine

An industry landmark moment occurred on Oct. 29, 2014, when a team that included NREL, Stuttgart University and DNV GL achieved control of an operational wind turbine using a ZephIR wind lidar. “This new installation of a ZephIR DM has taken a new direction in reducing yaw misalignment by providing the opportunity for full turbine

NREL and Clemson University collaborate on wind energy testing facilities

Through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clemson University will partner to share resources and capabilities in the operation and development of testing facilities. The CRADA also includes the exchange of staff for training and research and development purposes, including collaborative participation in facility commissioning

NREL’s economic impact tops $872 million

The economic impact of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was $872.3 million nationwide in fiscal year 2014, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. The study estimates NREL’s impact to Colorado’s economy totaled $701 million, a decline of 1.6 percent from the prior year. The

Nation’s first power-to-gas project explores solution for storing excess renewable energy

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has joined with the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) to launch demonstration projects to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time ever in the United States. The technology converts electricity into gaseous energy and could provide North

Learning how to prevent bird-turbine collisions

A trained falcon named Houdini darts and soars next to a wind power plant in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, gathering radar data that could someday save the lives of his avian brethren. Peregrine gyrfalcon Houdini is the VIP guest of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and he performs his strategic