NREL Study Uncovers Counterintuitive Relationship Between Flexibility Options & Curtailment in Power Systems with High Solar Penetration

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 03:40:08 +0000

Rising penetrations of variable renewable energy (VRE) in power systems are expected to increase curtailment — the reduction of renewable energy delivered due to oversupply or lack of system flexibility. But while curtailment may be the new normal in the evolving grid, and can even be managed in a way that makes the grid more […]

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Rethinking Hydropower for Energy & Environmental Sustainability

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2021 02:30:30 +0000

A California company, Natel Energy, is hard at work developing a low-head, low-impact hydropower approach that addresses one of the leading concerns of new deployment — impacts to natural stream flows. Of course, if environmental mitigation strategies take too big a bite out of revenues, the effort is a nonstarter. At the same time, the company […]

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Google & NREL Collaborate To Incorporate Energy Optimization Into Google Maps Route Guidance

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2021 18:51:49 +0000

To take a bite out of transportation energy use and emissions and combat climate change, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Google to develop more eco-friendly routing in Google Maps. “Google approached us after learning about our sustainable mobility research and transportation energy analysis capabilities,” said Jeff Gonder, who manages NREL’s mobility, […]

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ARIES: Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2021 23:27:37 +0000

Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) is a new research platform that can match the complexity of the modern energy system and conduct integrated research to support the development of groundbreaking new energy technologies. ARIES represents a substantial scale-up in experimentation capability from existing research platforms, allowing for research at the 20-MW level. The […]

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Scientists Studying Solar Try Solving A Dusty Problem

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2021 02:46:35 +0000

The layer of dust and pollen that settles on the windshield of your car is easily removed with a turn of the lever that activates wipers and water. Removing that layer from a solar panel — especially one inconveniently located from any source of moisture — requires considerably more work. The accumulation of dust, soot, […]

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Giving Kids the Building Blocks To Envision a Solar Future

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2021 21:31:02 +0000

As Part of the InSPIRE Project, NREL Senior Analyst Helped Dream Up a Creative Way To Educate about Energy, Water, and Food

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Waves to Water Prize: NREL Team To De-Risk Desal Device Deployment

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 03:40:47 +0000

NREL Researchers Work To Transform Seawater Into Drinking Water as We Commemorate World Water Day 2021

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NREL, NASA, & European Researchers Reveal Path to Even Safer Lithium-Ion Batteries

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2021 03:33:37 +0000

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) — working with researchers at NASA and in Europe — identified a solution to preventing a dangerous chain reaction in lithium-ion batteries known as thermal runaway. “It is very rare that batteries fail catastrophically, but when that does happen it can be very damaging,” said Donal Finegan, […]

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New Solar Farm Piles Even More Green Onto Green Energy

Credit to Author: Tina Casey| Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 21:05:43 +0000

Green energy gets a green makeover when new solar farm combines farming with solar panels and community benefits, too.

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New Perovskite LED Emits A Spin-Polarized Glow

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 06:41:03 +0000

The inclusion of a special new perovskite layer has enabled scientists to create a “spin-polarized LED” without needing a magnetic field or extremely low temperatures, potentially clearing the path to a raft of novel technologies. Details of the research conducted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Utah appear in the […]

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