Renewable Energy Research

David Chandler - April 21, 2014

A Molecular Approach to Solar Power

It’s an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn’t shine.

David Stauth - April 14, 2014

Trees Go High-tech: Turning Cellulose into Energy Storage Devices

Based on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices.

- April 07, 2014

A Cold Short-cut to CO2 Energy Storage

All over the world, scientists are on the hunt for solutions that will allow CO2 to be captured from large power stations and industrial plants. Many of the methods in use today employ...

- March 31, 2014

Algae May be a Potential Source of Biofuels and Biochemicals Even in Cool Climate

Algae are organisms useful in many ways in the transition towards a bio-economy. Even in a cool climate as in Finland, algae might be used to produce biochemicals and biofuels, besides...

Bill Scanlon - March 31, 2014

US Driving Research on Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) were the belles of the ball at recent auto shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo, and researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable...

Stephanie Hobby - March 24, 2014

Clearing Up Cloudy Understanding on Solar Power Plant Output

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have been studying the most effective ways to use solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays — a clean, affordable and renewable way to keep the power on....

Peter Rüegg - March 18, 2014

The Hunt Is On for Next-Generation Battery Storage Technology

Researchers are on the lookout for new materials to be used in the next generation of batteries that may one day replace current lithium ion batteries. Today, the latter are commonplace...

Caroline Perry - March 05, 2014

Infrared: A New Renewable Energy Source?

When the sun sets on a remote desert outpost and solar panels shut down, what energy source will provide power through the night? A battery, perhaps, or an old diesel generator? Perhaps...

Bill Scanlon - February 28, 2014

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae's Sweet Spot

A unique bioreactor at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) can help find the ideal locations for farms to produce algae that could someday compete with...

John Toon - February 25, 2014

Solar-Induced Hybrid Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

Although low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass as a fuel because...

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