Reducing Wind Turbine Wakes Could Save Wind Farms Millions

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2022 21:15:23 +0000

Researchers Are Collecting the Most Comprehensive Data on How Winds Move Through Wind Power Plants To Help Design More Efficient Plants and Reduce Wind Energy Costs “Windmills,” Bob Kerr said, “don’t eat.” Through years of drought, Kerr, an Oklahoma cattle rancher and wheat farmer, watched the ponds on his farmland disappear into caked earth. Without […]

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REopt Targets Emissions for Tomorrow’s Cleaner, Healthier Built Environment

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 04:20:21 +0000

The REopt® web tool is a techno-economic decision support platform used by researchers to optimize energy systems for buildings, campuses, communities, microgrids, and more. Users enter site-specific data to determine the optimal size and combination of energy systems to maximize cost savings while meeting resilience or energy performance goals. With the current administration’s ambitious new goals to reduce […]

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10 Significant Water Power Accomplishments From 2021

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2022 00:50:54 +0000

NREL Experts Are Advancing Marine Energy and Hydropower To Help Build a 100% Clean Energy Future Over the last year, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers worked hard to advance water power, a clean, carbon-pollution-free energy source. From surging oceans to rushing rivers, flowing waters are a constant and bountiful source of renewable energy. Today, […]

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NREL Scientists Dive Into Data In Search Of Answers

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 12:00:08 +0000

Escape into nature. Inhale the mountain air. Glimpse a hawk kiting on the wind. These are the experiences Lindy Williams cherishes as a born-and-raised Coloradan. They are also the experiences she is working to preserve for others as a data scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). With that mission in mind, Williams immerses […]

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Happy Hours: Energy Storage Could Support the Grid Every Hour of the Day, All Year Long

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 02:50:09 +0000

Latest Phase of Storage Futures Study Finds the Grid Operates More Efficiently With High Levels of Energy Storage Across All Studied System Configurations and Grid Mixes

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A Year in Review: Advancing Energy Storage & Conversion Research

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:52:45 +0000

The energy system of the future must successfully utilize large amounts of variable and intermittent renewable energy sources to meet demand for power generation, decarbonization, grid resilience, and energy efficiency.

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Aligning Utilities & Electric Vehicles, for the Greater Grid

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 21:58:17 +0000

New Research Explores Potential Value of Implementing EV Managed Charging To Move Toward Realizing Effective Vehicle-Grid Integration It is 5 p.m., and you arrive home from work when it is peak demand for the grid. Your electric vehicle (EV) is 50% charged — you could either plug it in and charge right away or, if […]

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Python Opens Up New Applications For EnergyPlus Building Energy Simulation

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2022 01:15:18 +0000

Users Can Now Leverage Python and Its Ecosystem To Customize EnergyPlus, Connect It to Building Equipment, Embed It Into Real-Time Applications, and More

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Understanding the Impact of Wind Conditions on Concentrating Solar Power Structures

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2022 23:10:58 +0000

NREL Embarks on Two-Year, SETO-Funded Computational Modeling Project High wind loads increase structural design costs of concentrating solar power (CSP) collector structures, such as heliostats and parabolic troughs. In a new two-year project, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work with the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies […]

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US Transit Buses Idle For 3.7 Hours Out Of 9 Hours Per Day — New Study

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 21:22:47 +0000

On a typical weekday, a transit bus idles for an average of 3.7 of the 9 hours that the bus is in operation. The analysis of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Fleet DNA data included 415 conventional heavy-duty vehicles with over 120,000 hours of operation from 36 states. Combination-unit long-haul trucks had the next highest […]

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