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

NREL researcher Jason Roadman, right, works with falconer Sam Dollar and Houdini, a peregrine falcon. The falcon is part of a research project to test radar technology being developed by Laufer Wind and NREL that may decrease the number of bird interactions with wind turbines. (Photo by Ismael Mendoza, NREL)

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


NREL and partners review key issues and lessons learned from U.S. wind integration studies

As a complement to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) recently released Wind Vision report, a new paper summarizes the lessons learned from actual power systems operational practice, along with some of the most relevant and comprehensive wind integration studies conducted during the past several years. In the years since the DOE’s “20% Wind Energy by

Dr. Erfan Ibrahim

NREL fills key leadership role for energy systems security and resilience

Dr. Erfan Ibrahim has joined the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory as director of Cyber Physical Systems Security and Resilience for NREL’s Energy Systems Integration directorate. This critical area of research and development addresses the challenges of integrating clean energy sources into the national energy infrastructure. “Erfan’s experience, creativity and vision complements our existing

Illustration of a complete wind energy system. NREL researchers are looking at ways to improve system-level performance and cost reductions across all wind plants.

NREL researchers advance wind energy systems engineering

In recent years, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have been making progress in multiple avenues of wind systems engineering. This includes the study of how to integrate wind energy engineering and cost models across wind plants, finding the important interactions between various subsystems to achieve a better understanding of how to improve