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High Renewable Energy Electricity Growth Continued in 2015

The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the data book … Continue reading High Renewable Energy Electricity Growth Continued in 2015

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CPV’s LCOE may fall as low as that for photovoltaic in 2020s

The German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the US  National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, have compiled a study that describes the status of both the current market as well as the state-of-the-art for concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology.   This young technology has achieved tremendous progress and has the potential for delivering solar … Continue reading CPV’s LCOE may fall as low as that for photovoltaic in 2020s

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Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Reveals the Steady Rise of Renewables

The newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on Jan. 20 released its latest report on U.S. and global renewable energy. Published annually, NREL’s … Continue reading Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Reveals the Steady Rise of Renewables

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Concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) solar energy system sets world record

A new world record is making the future of solar energy look pretty bright. Researchers in Australia recently developed a solar energy system that can convert more than 40 percent of the sunlight that hits it into electricity — the highest efficiency ever reported for a commercially available photovoltaic system. The technology first achieved the … Continue reading Concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) solar energy system sets world record

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Solar energy prices are dropping fast, NREL says

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 – 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3 … Continue reading Solar energy prices are dropping fast, NREL says

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory tests wind turbines

National Wind Technology Center is using a new $16 million dynamometer to test how wind turbines perform. The 5-megawatt dynamometer test facility is the newest addition at the center, which is part of the Golden-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The new facility is an upgrade from a 2.5-megawatt dynamometer at the center. “As wind turbines … Continue reading National Renewable Energy Laboratory tests wind turbines

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Solar power and wind energy to be cost competitive by 2025

Wind power and solar energy electricity will become cost competitive, without the help of federal subsidies, by 2025, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NERL) has released a study, called ‘Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions Affecting the Future of Renewable … Continue reading Solar power and wind energy to be cost competitive by 2025

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Value in Concentrated Solar Power to Add to Electric Grid Calculated

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have quantified the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid. The NREL researchers evaluated the operational impacts of CSP systems with thermal energy storage within the California electric grid managed by the California Independent System Operator … Continue reading Value in Concentrated Solar Power to Add to Electric Grid Calculated

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NREL Joins Global Alliance of Solar Research Institutes

The main focus of the Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes will be a researcher exchange program where each organization will send researchers to the other participant’s labs for collaborative research lasting anywhere from six months to two years. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has joined the newly-formed … Continue reading NREL Joins Global Alliance of Solar Research Institutes

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