NREL's Nate Blair and Suzanne Tegen take a look at NREL's Solar Prospector tool, which provides information about the sun's resource potential at any spot in the nation. Industry is using models created by NREL to plan for renewable energy installations.
Photos by NREL’s Dennis Schroeder

Investors find assistance with NREL wind and solar models

This article, from Nrel, is authored by Bill Scanlon Whenever utilities debate the merits of a wind farm or investors mull the potential return on a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, there’s a good chance that the performance and risk models created by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) come into play. Questions investors

Sandia blade repair collab

Materials, reliability, & standards blade reliability collaborative

The Blade Reliability Collaborative (BRC) has focused recently on inspection methods to find flaws and damage in blades, and the effect of those defects on structural and aerodynamic performance.  Additionally, the project has started a new effort looking at repair methods. Researchers at Sandia have completed design and manufacturing of non-destructive inspection (NDI) test panels

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Successful FAA trial announced of Laufer Wind radar-activated obstruction lighting system

Laufer Wind has announced the successful demonstration of its Aircraft Detection Sight Solution (ADSS), the first-ever trial against a radar-activated obstruction lighting system on a wind farm in the U.S. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) participated in the trial. The company develops radar-activated lighting for utility

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NREL supercomputer tackles grid challenges

“Big data” is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation’s electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Imagined by NREL leaders who

A hydrogen powered car refuels at an NREL station.

NREL and General Motors announce R&D partnership to reduce cost of automotive fuel cells

Editor’s note: This is significant because hydrogen will be a primary fuel for fuel cells and wind generated power will have a role to play electrolyzing water into hydrogen and oxygen. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and General Motors (GM) are partnering on a multiyear, multimillion dollar joint effort to accelerate the

Scenes of this sort may  be more common if DOE investments in hydrogen production pay off.

Energy Department invests $20 million to advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies

The Energy Department recently announced $20 million for ten new research and development projects that will advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies.  Developing technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic, and renewable resources can enable substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions.  Advancing these technologies will

NREL Scientist Chunmei Ban spends a lot of time in the electrochemical storage lab working to improve lithium-ion batteries with nanomaterials.

NREL bolsters batteries with nanotubes

Editor’s note: Less expensive power storage will assist in the spread of renewable energy.  This article comes from NREL and is authored by Bill Scanlon with photos by Dennis  and Joelynn Schroeder. Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability

NREL RPS report with Berkeley

Survey of state-level cost and benefit estimates of Renewable Portfolio Standards

The report A Survey of State-Level Cost and Benefit Estimates of Renewable Portfolio Standards has been authored and released by Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies are in place in more than half of all U.S. states and have played a critical role in driving renewable energy deployment

From left, NREL Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration Bryan Hannegan, U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, and NREL Director Dan Arvizu tour the control room at the Energy Systems Integration Facility. Photo: Dennis Schroeder

A changing climate calls for upgrades to national energy system

This article comes from NREL. The U.S. National Climate Assessment report says every region of the nation is seeing the effects of climate change.”It’s more vital than ever that the nation have a secure, reliable energy infrastructure that can respond to extreme weather events, integrate sustainable sources of energy onto the grid, and keep the lights on,”

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Fuel cell buses in U.S. transit fleets

Editor’s note: This study should be of interest to the wind community, because fuel cells will use DC voltage to electrolyzed hydrogen from water, a supply for which wind turbines are well-suited. This is the executive summary. The full report can be found here: www.nrel.gov/publications. By Leslie Eudy, of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and