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March 26, 2019
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Department of Energy Announces $130 Million for Early-Stage Solar Research Project
Projects will help to achieve affordable and reliable energy to enhance America’s economic growth and energy security.
March 25, 2019
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Department of Energy Selects $36 Million to Advance Solar Energy Integration
Projects will help advance solar energy’s role in strengthening the resilience of the Nation’s electricity grid.
March 22, 2019
Tao Song, a researcher  from the Cell Performance and Measuring group at NREL,  takes area measurements in his lab.
Department of Energy Launches Round Two of $3 Million Solar Manufacturing Prize
Energy Department launches second round of the American-Made Solar Prize, a $3 million competition designed to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing.
February 27, 2019
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Innovators Selected to Advance in Competition Designed to Boost Solar Manufacturing
A group of 20 teams will advance to the next stage in the American-Made Solar Prize, a $3 million competition to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing.
February 6, 2019
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EERE Success Story—Material Mash-Up Could Increase Efficiency of Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Plants
A new metal composite for heat exchangers could improve energy conversion and cut costs in CSP plants.
January 24, 2019
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DOE Announces $40 Million for Grid Modernization Initiative
Funding will go toward innovations and technologies designed to increase the resilience, reliability and security of an integrated grid.
January 9, 2019
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Revised IEEE 1547 Standard Will Aid Solar Integration
IEEE 1547-2018 will help utilities better communicate with distributed energy resources, like solar, on the grid.
December 20, 2018
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EERE Success Story—Small Wonder: New Converter and Wiring Setup Can Improve Photovoltaic Module Performance
eIQ Energy’s power electronics device enables modules to work independently while increasing power output.
December 18, 2018
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Announces $20 Million Available for Small Business Innovation Research and Technolog...
EERE expects to fund more than 100 new projects, totaling approximately $20 million
December 3, 2018
The first prototype of the non-contact scanner
EERE Success Story—Inspector Gadget: New Device Can Spot Defects in Photovoltaic Modules
Startup Tau Science’s scanner shows signs of module damage and keeps repair crews safe.
October 29, 2018
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EERE Success Story—X Marks the Spot: Solar Site Design Goes High Tech
Utility-scale solar plants can power thousands of homes but finding an ideal location for them isn’t easy.
October 23, 2018
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Department of Energy Announces $53 Million in New Projects to Advance Solar Technologies
The projects announced today span across 21 states, help lower solar electricity costs and support a growing solar workforce.
October 15, 2018
Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar Generation
Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar Generation
DOE announced $46 million in funding to advance solutions that provide grid operators mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats.
September 19, 2018
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Five Organizations Selected to Boost American-Made Solar Prize
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory selected 5 organizations to grow the American-Made Solar Prize.
June 19, 2018
Department of Energy Announces $21 Million to Advance Solar Desalination Technologies
Projects aim to reduce cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology to reach new markets, areas not connected to the electric grid.
June 7, 2018
Department of Energy Launches $3 Million Prize Competition to Boost Domestic Solar Manufacturing
Department of Energy Launches $3 Million Prize Competition to Boost Domestic Solar Manufacturing
Entrepreneurial individuals and teams will compete through a series of three successive prize contests designed to develop American-made products.
May 29, 2018
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Measuring the Impact of the 2017 Solar Eclipse
A new report released by NREL looks at the impact of eclipses and other major weather events on solar generation.
May 24, 2018
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Austin Energy’s Solar Storage Project Wows Again with Greentech Media Award
Since 2016, Texas utility Austin Energy has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a low-cost integrated solar plus storage solution.
May 15, 2018
Department of Energy Announces $72 Million to Advance High-Temperature Concentrating Solar Power Systems
New systems would enable significant progress toward 2030 goals.
April 18, 2018
Department of Energy Announces $20 Million in New Projects to Lower Cost of Power Electronics in Solar Energy Systems
Innovations are critical to address solar photovoltaic reliability challenges and driving down costs.
April 17, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $105 Million in New Funding to Advance Solar Technologies
Funding support America’s continued leadership in energy innovation through solar technology.
April 4, 2018
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Catalyst Winner's Software Recognized for Helping Thousands Pay Bills
Technology developed by former Catalyst winner, Gridmates, played a critical role in helping Direct Energy win a best practices award in Texas.
February 28, 2018
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EERE Success Story—Researchers Illuminate Solar Panel Wear and Tear to Improve Longevity
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University use electroluminescence and machine learning to reveal the evolution of solar module degradation.
January 24, 2018
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Department of Energy Announces Prize Competition to Accelerate U.S.-Based Solar Manufacturing
The American Made Solar Prize will incentivize the nation’s entrepreneurs to develop new processes and products for the solar marketplace.
January 12, 2018
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National Lab Uses Artificial Intelligence to Optimize Solar and Other Distributed Energy Resources
New Research at SLAC National Accelerator Lab uses artificial intelligence applications to help utilities better integrate their solar resources.