Rooftop solar energy could satisfy 25% of the country’s electricity needs

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Solar energy could have a major impact on electricity consumption in the US Rooftop solar energy is gaining more attention in the United States and the demand for photovoltaic systems is rising among homeowners and businesses. This demand is growing due to the falling cost of solar panels, which has improved prospects for return on investment for those interested in solar energy. Currently, approximately 1.5% of all homes in the United States are equipped with their own solar power systems. This has removed the need for nearly 14 terawatt-hours of…

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NREL develops method to improve renewable hydrogen fuel production

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Researchers have found a way to improve the longevity of photocathodes Researchers from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new method that is meant to enhance the longevity of photocathodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting devices. These devices are often used to generate hydrogen fuel through the use of solar power. A PEC device could be a promising way to produce renewable hydrogen fuel, as it is reliant on solar power rather than natural gas. The relatively short longevity of the photocathodes used by these devices has…

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Wind energy could displace coal and natural gas in the US

NREL report highlights the potential for wind power to become the primary energy source of the US The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released data suggesting that wind energy may become the most prominent power source for the United States. According to the data, wind power may reach 65% capacity in the coming years, which would put it on par with conventional fossil-fuel capacity. Not only is wind capacity growing at a rapid pace, transmission lines are being improved, which is allowing wind turbines to funnel electrical power into…

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Renewable energy partnership formed between US Army and NREL

The US Army is seeking to improve its energy efficiency. By partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the United States Army intends to discover if net zero Army installations are possible as it seeks to bolster its energy efficiency strategies, as well as optimize its strategies for clean energy at nine of its installations. The goal is to replace 8% of the Army’s present installation energy use with renewables. If all nine military installations within the pilot project, which is better known as Net Zero Energy Installations (NZEI),…

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Wind energy may help with grid stabilization

New study highlights grid stabilization and how wind turbines might help A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests that wind energy could stabilize the energy grid of the eastern U.S. Grid stabilization is often an issue where renewable energy is concerned. At times, clean energy systems can generate more electrical power than an energy grid can handle. Frequency regulation plays a major role in grid stabilization in the U.S., and wind turbines may be a new solution to the stabilization problem. Regulating the energy grid is no…

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NREL and GM team to make hydrogen fuel cells less expensive

High cost of fuel cells will be the focus of partnership between NREL and GM The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has partnered with General Motors in order to address the issue of the high cost of fuel cell vehicles. Hydrogen fuel cells have become quite popular in the auto industry, being used as an energy system for a new generation of zero emission vehicles. The problem, however, is that fuel cells are quite expensive. These energy systems make use of platinum, which comprises their catalysts and allows them…

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Value of solar energy could be increased with the aid of thermal energy storage

Solar power continues to grow throughout the US, but energy storage remains a problematic issue Solar energy is gaining momentum, but like other forms of clean power, it is struggling to overcome problems regarding efficiency. In the U.S., solar power has moved from the realm of novelty to priority and the federal government has begun heavily investing in solar projects throughout the country. The problem, however, is that energy storage technology has not advanced at the same pace as energy technology itself. This means that there is a disparity between…

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New project aims to build a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the US

Fuel infrastructure project launched by national laboratories The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have come together to launch a new project that will support the H2USA initiative. H2USA is a public-private partnership that is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy. The initiative aims to ensure that fuel cell vehicles find success in the U.S. by helping establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure and promoting clean transportation. The new project coming from the national laboratories will focus more on infrastructure development than any of the other issues…

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Report: 23% of world’s energy comes from renewable sources

New report highlights growth of renewable energy The U.S. has released a new report concerning the state or renewable energy around the world. The report shows that clean energy has been making strong progress in recent years, with 2012 and 2013 being very prominent in terms of growth and adoption. Several countries have begun taking clean power more seriously for economic and environmental reasons and while large countries may be leading the way in clean power, smaller countries are quickly becoming more attractive markets for energy developers. Solar and wind…

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Solar energy generation shows growth in 2012

Data shows that solar generation grew in 2012 The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released new data concerning the country’s photovoltaic generation capacity in 2012. Solar energy has become quite important to the U.S. due to the country’s increasing interest in finding alternatives to fossil-fuels. While t he U.S. is likely to continue its use of fossil-fuels well into the future, solar power has become one of the leading forms of clean power in the country and may soon serve as a replacement for conventional forms of energy. Data…

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Renewable energy subsidies could end by 2025 in the US

Government subsidies help power progress in renewable energy Renewable energy in the U.S., as in other parts of the world, is heavily reliant on subsidies provided by the federal government. These subsidies help power progress in the renewable energy sector and support myriad projects that would not exist without adequate financial assistance. While subsidies have helped with progress, the fact that they are often tied to the government has been something of an issue in recent years. Because government subsidies are subjected to a great deal of bureaucracy, the financial…

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Hydrogen fuel wins more support from NREL

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Laboratory throws more support behind hydrogen fuel and transportation The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been working to increase its support of hydrogen fuel in recent months. The organization, backed by the Department of Energy, has a strong interest in all forms of alternative energy, but has shown particular interest in using hydrogen fuel for the sake of transportation. Recently, the organization has received four hydrogen-powered vehicles from Toyota, which will be used in various tests to determine the best path toward embracing hydrogen transportation. Organization eager to test…

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Renewable energy may not be the only way to boost productivity in the US

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Research suggests that energy efficiency could be just as effective as renewable energy Energy production has been a growing issue in the U.S., especially as the country begins to look for ways to break away from fossil-fuels. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been focusing on the issue for some time and have developed a fairly complex understanding of the country’s energy production and what can be done to improve it. Recently, the U.S. has been working to find new methods of energy production to meet growing demand…

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Renewable energy benefits highlighted in the US

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Researchers cite prospects of renewable energy and efficiency Energy productivity could be reaching new highs in the U.S. According to researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, energy productivity throughout the country will double by 2030, introducing strong economic benefits that could help the country break away from the financial problems it has experienced in the past. Growth is productivity is being linked to a stronger focus on renewable energy and the development of efficient clean technologies. Researchers believe that such a focus may steer the country toward a new…

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Hydrogen fuel research moves forward in the US

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Department of Energy shows more support for hydrogen fuel The U.S. Department of Energy has been leery of hydrogen fuel cells in the past, with Energy Secretary Steven Chu suggesting that it would take a miracle for the technology to become viable in the distant future. The federal agency has since revised its outlook on fuel cell technology and has begun investing heavily in its research and development. The agency’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced its acquisition of four Toyota hydrogen-powered vehicles, which will be used to research ways…

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Solar energy efficiency record broken by National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Researchers set new world record for solar energy efficiency Solar power is one of the most popular forms of alternative energy today. The concept of harnessing the energy potential of the sun has led to the development of innovative technologies and energy systems that have helped reduce the reliance on fossil-fuels that many countries around the world experience. Efficiency, however, has been a major problem that has kept solar energy from replacing traditional power sources. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been focusing on improving the efficiency of…

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