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NREL works on PV cells for military areas.

NREL finds solution for powering military bases with Photovoltaic cells. Thin-film solar cells, grown on substrates such as stainless steel, titanium foils, and polyimide, produce flexible products that are ideal for solar blankets and tarps and are portable. NREL team was making lightweight CdTe solar cells on flexible glass.

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NREL expands PV modules each year.

Installing new PV modules just north of NREL parking garage in first row as demonstration project, NREL is helping PV industry for performance validation. With an intention to study with high accuracy, initial degradation of modules and to make all data available publicly, NREL researchers examined results of nearly 200 studies and found degradation rate ranges from 0.5%-1% a year depending on...

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory received three R&D 100 Awards.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) last night honored with three R&D 100 Awards, presented by R&D Magazine. The prize in Mechanical/Materials category was awarded to EcoSnap-AC Heat Pump System created by Chuck Booten and Jon Winkler from Advanced Residential Buildings research group. The award in Analytical/Test category went to Battery Internal Short-Circuit Device developed by Matthew...

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NREL Researchers discover making of bio fuels by Clostridium thermocellum bacteria.

U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists made discovery that metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in microorganism is capable of breaking down and fermenting cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels using clostridium thermos cellum bacteria. Pathway enables bacterium to use both CO2 and organic carbons during its growth, which is...

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2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows 16.7 per cent growth in U.S. renewable electricity.

Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Data Book illustrates U.S. and global energy statistics, and highlights the ongoing trend of growing renewable energy capacity and generation in the United States and globally. Including key insights, data book compiles...

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NREL's 2016 U.S. Electricity Sector Outlook forecasts significant projected growth in natural gas and renewables through 2050.

Capturing information on factors that could impact future power sector evolution, Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 2016 Standard Scenarios report discusses four areas that can change in the U.S. electricity sector: renewable energy cost declines and associated growth, abundance of low-cost natural gas and associated generation, rapid growth in distributed...

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NREL Consortium to develop materials for hydrogen production.

HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN), formed by NRELÂ- with 5 other national labs, intends to accelerate development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. By establishing this consortium, Energy Department will enhance accessibility of national lab resources to external stakeholders and establish online...

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NREL Report examines city-level carbon abatement energy policies.

In Estimating the National Carbon Abatement Potential of City Policies: A Data-Driven Approach," NREL examines carbon abatement potential of city actions inÂ- 6 policy areas: building energy codes, public transit, building energy incentives, rooftop photovoltaics, smart growth, and municipal actions. Results indicate that these policy approaches could reduce nationwide carbon emissions by...

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NREL, Colleagues propose strategy for perovskite solar cells.

Strategy for producing stable, commercially available perovskite solar cells has been proposed by Kai Zhu and Keith Emery at NREL, in collaboration with Nam-Gyu Park (Korea), Michael GrÃ-¤tzel (Switzerland), and Tsutomu Miyasaka (Japan). Study highlights possible approaches to overcoming challenges preventing perovskite solar cells from being competitive. Details are found in the paper,...

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Solar Laboratory works to ensure global measurement accuracy.

This September, scientists and engineers drove up South Table Mesa to the Solar Radiation Research Laboratory at NREL in Golden, Colorado. Researchers utilized telescope-like instruments, designed for measuring direct beam solar irradiance, and pointed them at the sun to record data for the 19th NREL Pyrheliometer Comparisons. This year's NPC functioned to ensure that devices used for...

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