National Renewable Energy Laboratory Archives | The American Ceramic Society

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

New open-access materials database could save research time, spur material science advances

By Faye Oney / April 13, 2018

Researchers at the National Energy Renewable Laboratory have created a database of inorganic thin-film materials containing 10 years’ worth of research. This open-access database could accelerate research advances in advanced energy and beyond.

Read More

Solar window changes from transparent to tinted while generating electricity

By Faye Oney / December 19, 2017

Researchers have developed a photovoltaic device that generates electricity from sunlight that passes through thermochromic windows. Their device could provide power to buildings, smartphone batteries, and other electronics.

Read More

NREL study illustrates need for expanding EV charging infrastructure

By Faye Oney / October 10, 2017

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory claims the U.S. will need 8,000 fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations to accommodate the increasing number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the coming decades.

Read More
solar eclipse

The solar eclipse: Effects on the grid, plus 10 pieces of eclipse trivia to impress your friends

By Faye Oney / August 18, 2017

Planning on watching the eclipse? Learn how it might affect the grid—plus some interesting geeky trivia to share with and impress your fellow eclipse watchers.

Read More

Perovskite crystals ‘flip’ for better stability

By Stephanie Liverani / July 12, 2016

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University, and Rice University have developed a “new type of 2-D layered perovskite with outstanding stability and more than triple the material’s previous power conversion efficiency,” according to news from LANL.

Read More

Researchers flip a ‘chemical switch’ to improve perovskite’s thermal stability

By Stephanie Liverani / May 31, 2016

Researchers from Brown University—in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology—are getting closer to making perovskite solar cells a mass-market reality. It’s all in the “flip of a switch.”

Read More

Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / May 1, 2014

Ceramics and glass business news of the week

Read More

Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / December 2, 2013

Other materials stories that may be of interest.

Read More

Energy-saving windows getting smarter, cheaper

By Jim Destefani / November 12, 2013

Smart window technology is getting smarter and less expensive thanks to an electrochromic coating technology.

Read More

$60 million in DOE support aimed at advancing solar technology

By Jim Destefani / November 7, 2013

The US Department of Energy last week announced awards totaling about $60 million to support innovative solar energy research and development of both solar materials to improve efficiency and so-called “soft” costs such as solar photovoltaic system design, permitting, and installation.

Read More