Geothermal, Solar

NREL Receives Innovation Awards

July 17, 2002 [SolarAccess.com]Three technologies developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are among this year’s 100 most significant innovations, as judged by Research & Development (R&D) Magazine. Recognized for 2002 was the Smart, High-Performace Polyphenylenesulfide (PPS) Coating System, which resists corrosion at high temperatures and can repair itself when damaged, providing a reliable surface for heat exchangers and resolves for geothermal power plants. Also, the PowerView Semi-Transparent Photovoltaic Module, developed by NREL and BP Solar, that serves as a roof or window while creating power for a building. The third winner, the NanoCeram Nanoalumina Fiber, is a nanoscale alumina-based ceramic fiber that when incorporated in a filter can eliminate 99.99999 percent of viruses and bacteria from contaminated air or water.