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Recent Developments in Renewable Energy Research (NREL) - Part II (2 credit hours/2 HSW Hours)
In this 2 hour course, recent news and research breakthroughs from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are described.    
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for research on renewable energy and energy efficiency. NREL’s mission is to advance the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies and provide the knowledge to integrate and optimize energy systems. Every year, in addition to publishing technical articles and reports, NREL publishes dozens of short articles (NREL News & Feature Stories) that take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the latest news and research breakthroughs. The present course is Part 2 of a three-part series of courses based on excerpts of recently published News & Feature Stories. In general, all three courses should be of interest to anyone wanting to keep up with recent developments from a laboratory regularly recognized for national and global leadership in energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.
US Department of Energy

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:


·       Course participants will know that regions with the highest potential for distributed wind tend to have a combination of high-quality wind, relatively high electricity rates for behind-the-meter applications, higher wholesale power rates for front-of-the-meter applications, and siting availability.

·       Course participants will know that a study has been completed on the ability of New York City’s EV charging network and local utility to meet the eventual demands of more than 100,000 electric cars for hire.

·       Course participants will know that NREL has created the highest efficiency (39.5%) solar cell, of any type, measured using standard 1-sun conditions.

·       Course participants will know that thermophotovoltaics have been developed that capture light from heat at 40% efficiency and may be applicable to thermal energy storage systems.

·       Course participants will know that direct air carbon capture and sequester strategies are being studied.

·       Course participants will know that abandoned oil and gas wells could possibly be used for energy storage.

·       Course participants will know that data from mining companies’ unsuccessful exploratory drilling projects could be useful for geothermal companies looking for deep underground heat sources.

·       Course participants will know that NREL maintains two databases of state and local energy zoning laws and ordinances for siting wind and solar energy projects.

·       Course participants will know that an advanced pyrolysis process is being developed that converts biomass into refinery-ready biocrude oil for eventual use in producing sustainable aviation fuel.

·       Course participants will know that a new three-year consortium intended to accelerate the development of cadmium telluride technologies by lowering the cost and increasing the efficiency of the thin-film solar cells has been announced.

·       Course participants will know that an engineered bacteria will be sent into space as part of ongoing research into solving the problem of plastic waste mitigation on Earth.

·       Course participants will know that NREL will analyze the electric-charging infrastructure at airports planning to support sustainable aircraft.

·       Course participants will know that NREL will research development of technologies that can transform buildings into carbon storage structures.

·       Course participants will know that the emissions generated by the manufacture of silicon and cadmium telluride photovoltaic technologies could become very significant as PV manufacturing increases in the coming decades.

This course is Part II of a series of 3 courses and can be taken independently as a stand alone course.

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