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NREL News Releases
News releases issued by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

  • NREL Releases Report Describing Guidelines for PV Manufacturer Quality Assurance
    The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released an updated proposal that will establish an international quality standard for photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing. The document is intended for immediate use by PV manufacturers when producing modules on an industrial scale so they can increase investor, utility, and consumer confidence in PV system performance.

  • 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.

  • Industry-backed Best Practices Guides Aim to Lower Financing Costs for Solar Energy Systems
    The Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group has released new best practices guidelines for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, with the goal of increasing investor confidence in the long-term viability of PV systems. The guides — SAPC Best Practices in PV System Installation and SAPC Best Practices in PV Operations and Maintenance — were developed by SAPC subcommittees, each involving dozens of solar and finance entities.

  • NREL Director Announces His Retirement
    Dr. Dan E. Arvizu today announced that he intends to retire at the end of September from his role as the Director and Chief Executive of the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

  • NREL Tool Finds Effective Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Configurations
    The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has used the Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Tool (BLAST) to confirm that energy storage for demand-charge management can deliver attractive economic benefits. The analysis paired recent utility rate structures with historic data on solar photovoltaic electricity generation and commercial facility loads to evaluate 6,860 unique scenarios. The results revealed that, in the absence of incentives, small battery systems reducing peak demand by 2.5 percent offer the most attractive return on investment.

  • Colorado High School Students Fight for Top Spot in Battle of the Brains
    On March 7, Colorado high school students will rack their brains to quickly find answers to rapid-fire questions at the 25th Colorado High School Science Bowl. Competition rounds begin at 9 a.m. and will last until 12:30 p.m., at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO.

  • NREL Refines Method to Convert Lignin to Nylon Precursor
    A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid produced for its use as a precursor to nylon, plasticizers, lubricants, polyesters, and other popular products and chemicals.

  • Colorado High School Science Bowl Cancelled Due to Weather
    Due to the winter weather conditions forecasted for tomorrow, the Colorado High School Science Bowl has been cancelled. It is unknown at this time if the event will be rescheduled.


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