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January 4, 2018
Five Fun Facts about NREL’s New Solar Windows Innovation
Five Fun Facts about NREL's New Solar Windows Innovation
A group of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists recently made a significant breakthrough in solar window efficiency.
December 20, 2017
A Tale of Two Trees - and Their LEDs
A Tale of Two Trees—and Their LEDs
America’s two best known Christmas trees are in full holiday-season glory right now, and they're saving energy at the same time.
December 19, 2017
While the first blog in this series focused on the floating foundations needed for U.S. offshore wind development in deep waters, this blog examines innovations in fixed-bottom foundations.
U.S. Conditions Drive Innovation in Offshore Wind Foundations
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the U.S. than in other countries.
December 18, 2017
EERE Supports 11 R&D 100 Winners
Every year, R&D Magazine chooses 100 cutting edge projects that represent the “best of the best."
December 13, 2017
Ask a Scientist - Paul Allen Johnson
In this new blog series, we ask Energy Department researchers about their life as scientists working with energy efficiency and renewable energy.
December 11, 2017
Offshore wind floating substructure designs: spar buoy (left), semisubmersible (middle), and tension-leg platform (right).
Floating Wind Power is Becoming a Reality
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the United States than in other countries.
December 11, 2017
EV with a little snow
4 Tips to Improve Electric Vehicle Battery Range this Winter
There are things you can do to stay warm and improve your EV range, including these four tips to get the most out of your EV battery this winter.
December 7, 2017
2018 Fuel Economy Guide
2018 Fuel Economy Guide
This year’s guide provides fuel economy ratings for over 1,000 light-duty vehicles, along with projected annual fuel costs and other information.
December 6, 2017
Sludge from a wastewater treatment plant
Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
This Q&A with bioenergy researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discusses creating biocrude from human waste.
December 4, 2017
Computer Science Education Week
Decoding Biology: Computer Scientists Advancing Biofuel Research
This week is Computer Science Education Week (December 4–10), which raises awareness about the significance of computer sciences in many careers
November 30, 2017
5 Tips to Stay Warm This Winter
5 Tips To Stay Warm This Winter
Cold weather is just around the corner and preparing for winter now can save you money and keep you warmer when the cold air arrives.
November 29, 2017
Ask a Scientist - Caroline Draxl
Ask a Scientist - Caroline Draxl
In this new blog series, we ask Energy Department researchers about their life as scientists working with energy efficiency and renewable energy
November 28, 2017
An abandoned mine becomes home to renewable research
An Abandoned Mine Becomes Home to Renewable Research
Scientists conduct cutting-edge renewable energy research on behalf of the Geothermal Technologies Office
November 27, 2017
5 Things You Should Know About Water Power
What You Need to Know About Water Power
Hydropower accounts for about 6% of the nation’s electricity, generating renewable energy for American homes and businesses
November 21, 2017
How to Avoid an Energy Bill Spike on Thanksgiving
Tips to Lower Your Energy Bills This Holiday
Everything You Need to know to lower your energy bills this Thanksgiving
November 20, 2017
wind rd100 idaho national lab
EERE Success Story—Unique Software Offers Tool for Securing Transmission Grid at Maximum Efficiency
INL researchers are working with partners in industry and academia to use concurrent cooling from wind to make the electrical grid more efficient.
November 16, 2017
Clusters of high-impact infrastructure assets in New Orleans
Strengthening Community Resilience in New Orleans
An article on the Grid Analysis and Design for Energy and Infrastructure Resiliency for New Orleans project.
November 15, 2017
Sr. Scientist Sarah Kurtz gives a presentation to NREL Director Dan Arvizu, Dr. John Holdren, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Tech
Ask a Scientist - Dr. Sarah Kurtz
In this new blog series, we ask Energy Department researchers about their life as scientists working with energy efficiency and renewable energy.
November 13, 2017
An image of a air source heat pump in the snow
3 Advantages to Cold Climate Heat Pumps
Air-source heat pumps are now capable of delivering heating even in cold regions such as New England and the upper Midwest.
November 8, 2017
A woman looks at a checklist with a water heater in the background.
4 Do-It-Yourself Projects Saving You Money on Energy Bills
These 4 do-it-yourself projects will help you prepare for cold days ahead and save you money on your energy bills.
November 3, 2017
Aerial photo of a concentrating solar power plant
Concentrating Solar Power Could Provide the Flexibility and Reliability the U.S. Electric Grid Needs
Developments in concentrating solar thermal power could improve grid flexibility by unlocking new choices to better meet grid operator needs.
November 1, 2017
bto radon success story
EERE Success Story—Using Advanced Modeling Tools to Make More Efficient Fans
The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is researching opportunities to make homes safer and more efficient through SBIR.
November 1, 2017
NREL map on wind turbines.
NREL Puts Clean Energy on the Map
What do actor Michael Douglas and NREL have in common? Both are featured in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
October 31, 2017
Photo of a witch stirring liquid in a cauldron with the title how to make biofuel.
How to Make Biofuel (Halloween Edition)
Boo! It’s Halloween and the Bioenergy Technologies Office's cauldron is full of biofuel! Here's how it works.
October 30, 2017
A man, in a full suit and mask works to weatherize a home.
Get Weatherization Assistance in 3 Easy Steps
Apply for weatherization assistance in 3 simple steps to save money on your energy bills.