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New Perovskite Design Shows Path to Higher Efficiency: NREL

Restructuring the way perovskite solar cells are designed can boost their efficiency and increase their deployment in buildings and beyond, according to researchers with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Perovskite photovoltaic (PV) cells are made of layers of materials sandwiched together, with the top and bottom layers key to converting sunlight to electricity. The […]

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NREL Reports Sustainability Benchmarks for Plastics Recycling and Redesign

Researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Benchmark data calculated and compiled at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provide a measurement—at […]

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Researchers develops new material for wind blades that can be recycled

A new material for wind blades that can be recycled could transform the wind industry, rendering renewable energy more sustainable than ever before while lowering costs in the process. The use of a thermoplastic resin has been validated at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Researchers demonstrated the feasibility of thermoplastic resin by manufacturing a […]

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Sugar is Key Factor in Ideal Feedstock for Biofuels: NREL

Popular wisdom holds that tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass, but new research by two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories reveals the size of trees is only part of the equation. Of equal economic importance, according to scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National […]

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End of plastic pollution? Researchers yielded insight into the workings of plastic-eating enzymes

The end of plastic pollution seems to be closers, as  collaboration of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s NREL, the University of Portsmouth in US, and other partners has yielded further insight into the workings of plastic-eating enzymes. The research determined two synergistic enzymes—PETase and MHETase—work effectively in tandem to break down polyethylene terephthalate […]

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Untapped Potential Exists for hybrid systems of floating solar and hydropower plants

According to an analysis by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)-Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe. The researchers estimate that adding floating solar panels to bodies of water […]

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Researchers at NREL Points to Strategies for Recycling of Solar Panels

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have conducted the first global assessment into the most promising approaches to end-of-life management for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. PV modules have a 30-year lifespan. There is currently no plan for how to manage this at end of their lifespan. The volume of modules no longer needed […]

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NREL develops Machine Learning Approach to Quickly Produces 50X Higher-Resolution Climate Data

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a novel machine learning approach to quickly enhance the resolution of wind velocity data by 50 times and solar irradiance data by 25 times—an enhancement that has never been achieved before with climate data. The researchers took an alternative approach […]

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EVs Can Save Thousands of Dollars in Fuel finds new study

Motorists can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years by driving an electric vehicle (EV) instead of a similar one fueled by gasoline, according to a new analysis conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Previous studies assumed […]

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NREL announces Cleantech Innovators at 2020 Virtual Industry Growth Forum

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recognized three top cleantech innovators as it wrapped up the 25th anniversary edition of the NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF). This year’s IGF was an all-virtual event held at a time when innovation in all forms is a national priority. The winners were selected from […]

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