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July 5, 2017
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
7 Things You Didn't Know about NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is celebrating 40 years of innovation. Here are 7 surprising projects that came from the lab.
July 3, 2017
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Catch Waves with an Algae-Based Surfboard
As you head to the beach this year, you may find some new products at the surf shop, made of bioplastics from algae.
June 28, 2017
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Electric Vehicle Update: Charging Infrastructure Research
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its national laboratories have made significant advances in the research and development of electric vehicles.
June 28, 2017
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In the Future, Your iPad Could Come from Geothermal: 3 Facts about Critical Materials
To improve technologies from the onset, the Geothermal Technologies Office is focusing on rare earths and critical materials recovery.
June 26, 2017
5 bioenergy daily uses
5 Everyday Products Made from Biomass: A Few May Surprise You
You likely use products made from biomass—organic plant, algae, and waste material—every day.
June 26, 2017
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5 Promising Water Power Technologies
Today more than 2,000 hydropower plants generate clean, reliable energy across America. Read about five water power technologies under research here.
June 20, 2017
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How Do Wind Turbines Survive Severe Storms?
Wind turbines need to protect themselves just as communities do during severe storms. Find out how wind turbines survive severe storms.
June 19, 2017
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Can this House Survive a Hurricane? It SURE Can!
The SURE House, winner of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, was designed by the Stevens Institute of Technology.
June 16, 2017
Sunvapor Success Story Solar
EERE Success Story—Concentrating Solar Power Transforms Food Processing with Solar Steam
Sunvapor designed a solar collector to cut costs and optimize the supply chain by using less energy to manufacture the structural components.
June 15, 2017
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11 Clean Energy Ties Dad Can’t Live without this Father’s Day
With Father’s Day right around the corner, why not get dad the gift that keeps on giving—clean energy!
June 15, 2017
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7 of the Fastest Growing Jobs for Women in Wind
Women working in the wind industry are on the rise.
June 13, 2017
LLNL researcher Congwang Ye visits with professors at UC Davis to see their pilot-scale winery and brewery and learn about fermentation tank operations.
Carbon Capture for Beer?
A national lab technology that improves power plant carbon capture could also save money and energy for micobreweries.
June 12, 2017
Researchers growing algae to study how it can be used as a renewable source of food, fuels, and other products.
5 Things You Need to Know about Algae
5 things you should know about algae and why the Energy Department is excited to invest in this "green" technology.
June 9, 2017
Solar neighborhood fly over
EERE Success Story—Real Estate Professionals Embrace Solar Power
As solar energy’s popularity continues to grow among homeowners, it’s changing the way people buy and sell homes.
June 6, 2017
LED street lighting in a residential area.
Myths on LED Street Lighting
Potential effects of LED street lighting on health and the environment have been a hot topic so we decided to separate fact from fiction.
June 5, 2017
Matt Sallas shows Energy Secretary Rick Perry some of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's work.
From Afghanistan to Advanced Manufacturing: Meet Matt Sallas
Veteran Matt Sallas participated in a 6-week internship at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
June 1, 2017
3 Ways to Increase Your Energy Literacy
3 Ways to Increase Your Energy Literacy
Energy literacy can open doors to a growing energy workforce of more than 6 million Americans.
May 31, 2017
East Meets West? Lab Study Focuses on Connecting Power Grid from Coast to Coast
East Meets West? Lab Study Focuses on Connecting Power Grid from Coast to Coast

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Interconnections Seam Study focuses on expanding grid flexibility by increasing the number of points...

May 30, 2017
Greening-Up a High Performance Sports Car
Greening-Up a High Performance Sports Car

The EcoCAR 3 Year 3 competition recently wrapped up with 16 student teams bringing the vehicles they’ve built over the past 3 years to Washington,...

May 24, 2017
Science on a Sphere? This is the New Way of Looking at Data
Science on a Sphere? This is the New Way of Looking at Data

Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration developed Science on a Sphere to help explain Earth system science to people of...

May 22, 2017
Q&A: This is Why Energy Savings Performance Contracts are a "Big Deal"

Energy savings performance contracts are a big deal because they help federal agencies implement energy savings projects at no up-front cost.

May 19, 2017
Photo showing the base of the 984-foot (300-meter) meteorological tower and several of the atmospheric instruments used during the XPIA field experiment. Photo by Andy Clifton/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Unique Experiment Provides Data to Strengthen Future Wind Plant Research
A one-of-a-kind experiment combined multiple measurement devices and methods to simultaneously measure atmospheric conditions in one location. One ...
May 18, 2017
5 Concentrating Solar Power Technologies Impacting Industry
5 Concentrating Solar Power Technologies Impacting Industry

These five concentrating solar power technologies could have a big impact on industry in the next 10 years.

May 17, 2017
3 Technologies that Will Make Your Home Smarter

How smart is your home? Check out these three innovative products that have hit the market in the last 5 years and are changing the way we live...

May 15, 2017
Hail No! National Lab's Solar Panels Survive Severe Storm
Hail No! National Lab's Solar Panels Survive Severe Storm

A severe hailstorm pelted the Denver area on May 8, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. But, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's...