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Recent Developments in Renewable Energy Research (NREL) - Part III (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 3 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 the “last 10% problem”: costs increase as cost-effective high-renewable power systems approach 100% carbon-free electricity.
  • Course participants will know distributed embedded-energy converter technologies that could generate electricity from ocean waves or even clothing, cars, and buildings.
  • Course participants will know the three key barriers to adopting a building sensors and controls system.
  • Course participants will know the need for a process to remove oxygen from lignin, so that the resulting hydrocarbons could be used as a jet fuel blendstock.
  • Course participants will know that it is critical to understand the behavioral aspects of wind power industry stakeholders’ decisions, in advancing new technologies for recycling blades.
  • Course participants will know the concept of agrivoltaics: the idea of using photovoltaic installations to both create renewable energy and provide space for local agriculture or native habitats.
  • Course participants will know the "three Rs of power system reliability": resource adequacy, operational reliability, and resilience.
  • Course participants will know that moving rows of solar panels farther apart can increase efficiency and improve economics in certain instances by allowing greater airflow to remove heat.
  • Course participants will know that a process has been developed that can convert mixed plastics to a single chemical product, thus working toward a solution that would allow recyclers to skip sorting plastic by type.
  • Course participants will know that NREL has engaged in a multiyear project with a major utility that identified least-cost pathways for carbon-free power in the region.
  • Course participants will know that a database exists that identifies every company in North America involved in building lithium-ion batteries from mining to manufacturing to recycling.
  • Course participants will know that biofuels have been shown to be competitive alternatives to petroleum across the board.
  • Course participants will know that glass-walled skyscrapers can be made more energy efficient through the addition of thermally efficient photovoltaic windows. 
This course is Part III of a series of 3 courses and can be taken independently as a stand alone course. 

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