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2013-07-01 08:22:37

AUSTIN, Texas, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atonometrics, Inc., a global company providing test & measurement solutions to the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, announced today that it has delivered a Continuous Solar Simulator to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. The system includes an integrated I-V measurement system and will be used for Light Soak tests of full-size PV modules. "NREL is one of the world's premier solar testing and research...

2013-06-28 16:20:40

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Crystal Solar, a venture-funded emerging company, announced that it successfully completed a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded Incubator project ( # NEU-1-40054-01), and managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), focused on technology development and manufacturing cost-effectiveness of Epitaxial solar cells and modules. Crystal Solar's Epi Thin-Silicon(TM) technology has the capability to revolutionize the way...

2013-06-25 19:11:04

Conversion-efficiency mark is a world record for a two-junction solar cell measured under one-sun illumination The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Lab has announced a world record of 31.1% conversion efficiency for a two-junction solar cell under one sun of illumination. NREL Scientist Myles Steiner announced the new record June 19 at the 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in Tampa, Fla. The previous record of 30.8% efficiency was held by Alta Devices. The...

2013-06-19 12:21:46

Wood borer makes its own enzyme, which could thrive in industrial setting Researchers from the United Kingdom, the Energy Department´s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the University of Kentucky have recently published a paper describing a novel cellulose-degrading enzyme from a marine wood borer Limnoria quadripunctata, commonly known as the gribble. Gribbles are biologically intriguing because they exhibit a relatively unique ability to produce their own enzymes...

2013-05-22 10:08:19

Ninety-seven teams from 28 Colorado schools participated in today´s car competitions hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy´s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The student teams raced solar and lithium ion powered vehicles they designed and built themselves. Trophies for the fastest lithium-ion powered model cars were given to Colorado students from University School, Greeley, “Lucky Charms,” first place; Southern Hills Middle School, Boulder,...

2013-05-08 17:56:36

CSP with thermal energy storage boosts California electric grid 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 (CAISO). NREL used a...

2013-05-08 17:55:26

NREL research finds synergy in two approaches to breaking down cell walls of biomass Enzymes could break down cell walls faster — leading to less expensive biofuels for transportation — if two enzyme systems are brought together in an industrial setting, new research by the Energy Department´s National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests. A paper on the breakthrough, “Fungal Cellulases and Complexed Cellulosomal Enzymes Exhibit Synergistic Mechanisms in Cellulose...

2013-04-17 11:16:15

The latest national survey of 100% biodiesel (B100) "blend stock" samples by the U.S. Department of Energy´s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that 95% of the samples from 2011-12 met ASTM International fuel quality specifications. The ASTM standards serve as guidelines for industry and are designed to ensure quality at the pump for consumers — along with reliable operation of the nation´s vehicles powered by biodiesel blends. “The survey showed a...

Solar Cells Developed That Peel-And-Stick To Virtually Anything
2013-04-17 05:37:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Stanford University and the Department of Energy´s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a peel-and-stick solar cell that could one day be used to charge mobile phones and power a variety of other small devices. Peel-and-stick, or water-assisted transfer printing (WTP), technologies were developed by the Stanford group, and have been used before for nanowire based electronics. However, the Stanford-NREL...

2013-04-16 12:22:24

Leaders in Energy and Finance Seek to Develop Credit Score for Solar Projects WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and DOE's Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) extend their support for the truSolar® Working Group's efforts to develop uniform open source risk scoring standards and rating criteria for solar projects that will facilitate lower transaction and capital costs, and improve...