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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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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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Similar value for tower and parabolic trough Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies

NREL Report Finds Similar Value in Two Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Technologies. Findings demonstrate increasing importance for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems with thermal energy storage. Parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles, a new report by the Energy Department

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Active Power Control of Wind Turbines Can Improve Power Grid Reliability

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Colorado have completed a comprehensive study to understand how wind power technology can assist the power grid by controlling the active power output being placed onto the system. The rest of the power system’s … Continue reading Active Power Control of Wind Turbines Can Improve Power Grid Reliability

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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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NREL calculates emissions and costs of power plant cycling necessary for increased wind energy and solar power

New research from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the operators of fossil-fueled power plants in the West. To accommodate higher amounts of wind and solar power on the electric grid, utilities must ramp down and ramp up or stop and … Continue reading NREL calculates emissions and costs of power plant cycling necessary for increased wind energy and solar power

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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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3TIER Selected by NREL to Update National Wind Integration Dataset

3TIER®, a global leader in renewable energy risk analysis, announced that it was selected through a competitive solicitation process by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to update the U.S. wind integration dataset. Dataset will help inform energy policy, infrastructure, and market planning to accelerate integration of wind energy in the … Continue reading 3TIER Selected by NREL to Update National Wind Integration Dataset

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Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Make Rapid Progress in Range, Durability

EVWIND “The project results show that fuel cell electric vehicles have advanced rapidly,” said Keith Wipke, acting manager of NREL’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Program. The National Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Learning Demonstration Final Report shows progress in extending vehicle driving ranges and increasing fuel cell durability and discusses NREL’s key findings from the … Continue reading Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Make Rapid Progress in Range, Durability

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New Database from NREL Makes Costs of Energy Technologies More Transparent

A new web application collects cost and performance estimates for electric generation, advanced vehicles, and renewable fuel technologies and makes them available for utilities, policy makers, consumers, and academics. The Transparent Cost Database (TCDB) app provides technology cost and performance estimates that can be used to benchmark company costs, model energy scenarios, and inform research … Continue reading New Database from NREL Makes Costs of Energy Technologies More Transparent

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