NREL puts SeaRAY’s brain into fifth gear

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been working with the U.S.-based marine energy company C-Power on the integration of its novel field data collection and control system in the SeaRAY device ahead of upcoming sea trials in Hawaii. NREL … Read More

NREL takes deep dive into thermoplastic blade research for tidal energy turbines

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers have started testing thermoplastic composite blades, said to have the potential to revolutionise the marine energy industry, on a large-scale tidal power turbine. Verdant Power’s three-turbine array mounted on TriFrame (Courtesy of U.S. DOE) … Read More

DOE waves hello to 2022 MECC contenders

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled the 17 teams chosen to participate in the 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition: Powering the Blue Economy. Illustration (Courtesy of Marcus Lehmann, U.S. Department of Energy) Administered by the National Renewable Energy … Read More

VayuAI, Cycle Development Partner to Pursue Wind Farm Repowering

VayuAI Corp., a provider of cloud automation technology solutions for improving wind farm energy output, and Cycle Development, an Oregon-based wind farm repowering developer, have entered a reseller agreement under which they will offer combined solutions to increase production at … Read More

NREL to fire starting gun for MECC 2022 in early April

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has announced it will start accepting applications for the 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC) on 5 April 2021. Illustration (Courtesy of Curtis Rusch; U.S. Department of Energy) Managed by NREL on behalf of … Read More

NREL: Los Angeles Can Reach Renewable Goals with Rapid Wind Deployment

Meeting Los Angeles’ ambitious goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2045 – or even 2035 – is achievable with the rapid deployment of wind, solar, storage and other renewable energy technologies this decade, according to a years-long analysis by the … Read More

NREL’s wave energy shape-shifter gets concrete footing

Rethinking traditional wave energy converter designs, the researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have started developing the next-generation cost-competitive wave energy system – a variable-geometry oscillating surge wave energy converter (OSWEC) placed on a raised foundation. Concept for … Read More

NREL researcher to patent novel wave energy device design

National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) researcher Scott Jenne has designed an inflatable wave pump device that could lead the way to affordable wave energy of the future. Jenne’s inflatable wave pump design (Courtesy of Josh Bauer, NREL) Said to be … Read More

NRG Systems Working with NREL on Bat Deterrent Tech

As wind energy installations increase, so does the potential impact on various wildlife species, including bats. Based on available data, migratory tree-roosting bats, such as the Eastern Red Bat and the Hoary Bat, are at the highest risk, though much … Read More