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29-Oct-2013
NREL brings precision, savings to energy audits
An energy audit tool that more accurately pinpoints potential energy savings while potentially costing 35 percent to 75 percent less than traditional audits is set to hit the multi-billion-dollar energy retrofit industry next year.

Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

27-Aug-2013
Third consecutive IEEE Cherry Award for NREL
Keith Emery always had amazing computer programming skills, but he lacked that special gift for creating solar cells. So, 30 years ago he switched to something more in his wheelhouse -- characterizing and measuring the efficiency of solar cells and modules.

Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

13-Aug-2013
Wood-boring gribbles intrigue researchers
Tiny wood borers known colloquially as gribbles make their own enzymes and use them to eat through docks in harbor towns, earning enmity from fishermen all around the world.

Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

13-Aug-2013
Interns make robust contribution to NREL
They travel far and wide, from all corners of the country. They come from a diverse set of backgrounds, and they have very different plans for their futures. But the 54 student interns at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory this summer all have something in common -- a thirst for knowledge and a desire to apply what they have learned in school to real-world science in a state-of-the-art laboratory environment.

Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

15-Jul-2013
Scientists go eye to eye with research at ESIF
Three-dimensional human-sized views give scientists clearer look at atoms, molecules, polymers.

Contact: Bill Scanlon
303-275-4051
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

16-Nov-2012
Growth Forum offers networking nirvana
A greener detergent, a better solar-cell coating, an off-the-grid freezer -- clean-tech entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to money-men and -women in 10-minute bursts at the 2012 Industry Growth Forum last month in Denver. The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory held the 25th Industry Growth Forum, an annual event that features presentations from emerging clean energy companies, provocative panels led by thought leaders, one-on-one meetings, and organized networking opportunities.

Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

22-Oct-2012
Schools raise the roof on solar energy
Colorado's largest school district leads by combining solar panels with solar curriculum.

Contact: Bill Scanlon
303-275-4051
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

7-May-2012
NREL catalyst brings drop-in fuels closer
We live in a petroleum-based society, and the oil we use comes from plants that were buried eons ago and changed under pressure and high temperatures. As countries across the globe face dwindling oil supplies and the environmental impacts of tapping hard-to-process shale oil, the question arises: is there a greener way to replicate Mother Nature?

Contact: Heather Lammers
303-275-4084
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

9-Nov-2011
Farm fields could yield jet fuel of the future
NREL is helping develop a process to cost effectively convert cellulosic biomass into a replacement for petroleum-based aviation fuel.

Contact: Heather Lammers
303-275-4084
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

9-Jun-2011
Solar and hydrogen car races spark imaginations
Fun and enthusiasm fuel competitions that are among the educational tools NREL and DOE provide to encourage students to pursue science.

Contact: Heather Lammers
303-275-4084
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

19-Jan-2011
Searching for a diamond in the muck
Prospecting for elusive fast-growing, oily microalgae is a soggy, muddy, rewarding job for one NREL researcher.

Contact: Bill Scanlon
303-275-4051
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

2-Jun-2010
Sustainable solutions abundant in new offices
Beetle kill wood is just the latest example of the resources used to make the Research Support Facility a model for sustainability.

Contact: Heather Lammers
303-275-4084
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

22-Apr-2010
NREL finds a way to give LEDs the green light
Light bulbs that last 100 years and fill rooms with brilliant ambiance may become a reality sooner rather than later, thanks to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory discovery.

Contact: Joe Verrengia
303-275-3891
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

6-Oct-2009
Conference tackles interstate transmission
The US electricity grid is strained to its limit, and the nation's windiest and sunniest places are rarely near cities that generate high demand. Finding ways to string new power lines across several states is a challenge for even the most creative regulators and energy analysts determined to increase America's use of renewable energy.

Contact: Joe Verrengia
303-275-3891
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

3-Aug-2009
Award-winning reflector to cut solar cost
In a breakthrough development that recently netted a coveted R&D Magazine top 100 award, a small solar company has teamed with scientists at NREL to develop massive curved sheets of metal that have the potential to be 30 percent less expensive than today's best collectors of concentrated solar power.

Contact: Heather Lammers
303-275-4084
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

22-Apr-2009
NREL gearbox study aims to grease wind power's future
Wind turbines are designed to last 20 years. But gearboxes and other key components are wearing out sooner. Engineers at NREL's National Wind Technology Center are working with industry to discover why and retool the design process to improve reliability, reduce the cost and help the nation reach its clean energy potential.

Contact: Joseph B. Verrengia
303-275-4090
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

17-Mar-2009
Controlling heat key to hybrid performance
Advanced hybrid-electric vehicles are poised to transform the auto market. But excess heat can sap hybrids' advantages. Researchers in NREL's Advanced Electronics Laboratory are exploring every layer of hybrid technology to reduce heat and dramatically improve performance and efficiency while reducing costs.

Contact: Joe Verrengia
303-275-3891
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

27-Dec-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 the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Contact: NREL Public Relations
303-275-4090
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

5-Apr-2007
Science and Technology Facility is first LEED Platinum Federal Building
A research facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been designated as one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly places to work in the United States by the U.S. Green Buildings Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building program.

Contact: Kerry Masson
kerry_masson@nrel.gov
303-275-4083
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

8-Mar-2007
NREL scientists win Dan David Prize in future category
Two scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been named Dan David Prize Laureates for 2007.

Contact: George Douglas
george_douglas@nrel.gov
303-275-4096
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

9-Nov-2006
US wind power industry tempers its 2006 forecast slightly
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced on October 24th that the U.S. wind energy industry remains on track to set a record for wind power installations this year, with U.S. wind generating capacity increasing by 2,750 megawatts (MW).

Contact: Kathy Belyeu
202-383-2520
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

22-Sep-2006
DOE's Solar Decathlon draws student teams worldwide
They come from around the world to participate in the Solar Decathlon, a contest focused on creating a livable, solar-powered house on a shoe-string budget.

Contact: Janice Rooney
janice_rooney@nrel.gov
303-275-3859
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

7-Mar-2006
Research shows ventilated auto seats improve fuel economy, comfort
The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has demonstrated that ventilated automotive seats not only can improve passenger comfort but also a vehicle's fuel economy. That's because ventilated seats keep drivers and passengers cooler, so they need less air conditioning to be comfortable.

Contact: George Douglas
george_douglas@nrel.gov
303-275-4096
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

10-Aug-2004
New research facility holds promise for nation's energy future
Ground was broken July 27 on a new facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), designed to increase collaboration among researchers and speed the time it takes for new technologies to move from the laboratory bench to commercial manufacturing.

Contact: Gary Schmitz
gary_schmitz@nrel.gov
303-275-4050
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

6-Feb-2003
NREL wins research and development awards
The laboratory's three R&D 100 Awards for 2002 are for the PSS Coating System; a solar power system that produces electricity while still allowing sunlight to pass through it; and an incredibly thin ceramic fiber that effectively filters out bacteria and viruses and can enhance the performance of composite materials.

Contact: Sarah Holmes Barba
sarah_barba@prodigy.net
303-275-3023
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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