DOE Report: U.S. clean energy technologies are accelerating

The Energy Department recently released the 2015 Revolution…Now report, detailing the state of several clean energy technologies available today in the United States, which provide technology solutions to climate change.

NREL finds renewable-energy generation economically viable in the U.S.

Editor’s Note: Analysts at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) devised a new method for measuring the economic potential of renewable energy across the United States. By applying this method, the NREL has found that renewable generation is economically viable in many parts of the country primarily because of declining technology costs. Here is a press release on their

NREL innovation gives electric vehicle batteries a safety upgrade

Nika Durham and Anya Breitenbach / NREL Every day, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are used safely in millions of cell phones, laptops, and electric-drive vehicles (EVs). At the same time, Li-ion batteries have a tendency to overheat in very rare occasions, which has led to electronics product recalls and the grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner airplane

NREL program investigates the impact of wind flow on wind farms

Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) is a multi-year, U.S. Department of Energy research initiative with the goal of reducing wind-power project costs through an improved, physics-based understanding of the wind plant operating environment through advanced modeling and simulation capability. According to the research initiative, better insight into flow physics has the potential to reduce energy losses

NREL fills leadership role at wind technology center

Dr. Daniel Laird will join the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Oct. 12 as director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the country’s premier wind energy technology research facility. Laird, who earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Madison-Wisconsin, is relocating from the Energy Department’s Sandia National Laboratories in

NREL dedicates hydrogen fueling station

Editor’s note: This modest event might be of interest to wind advocates because the hydrogen used will probably electrolyzed from water using power ideally generated by Colorado wind. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) held a dedication ceremony for its 700 bar hydrogen fueling station, the first of its kind in Colorado, on

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