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2013-07-17 23:26:24

HOMER Energy will convene Microgrid Deployment Forum 2013 in Cancun, Mexico, November 8 and 9, 2013, for the purpose of examining the business models, optimal technology mix, and critical steps necessary for deploying microgrids that are both technically and economically successful. This international forum will be the first microgrid conference to focus on the hands-on reality of creating microgrid projects – from identifying needs to optimizing design to lining up financing. Boulder,...

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...


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