Author: Dr. Jim

NREL Connects EVs and Grid Integration

Engineers working at the Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility (VTIF) enjoy a stunning view of the Denver skyline. However, some days the view includes Denver’s ‘brown cloud’ — air pollution caused in part by vehicle emissions. While disheartening, the brown cloud helps the engineers focus on future technologies that will drastically reduce — and ultimately eliminate — those emissions.

Here Comes Another Solar Trade Dispute

Trade complaints are nothing unusual, but they seem to have become more common in the world of solar these days. The U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Wednesday he’s taking the first step toward lodging a World Trade Organization complaint agains…

The Often Unprofitable, Always Challenging Road to Success of the Photovoltaic Industry

Now you see it now you don’t – disappearing margins for PV manufacturers are not a magician’s trick, nor are they the phenomenon of current solar times. The low to zero to negative margins un-enjoyed by today’s technology manufacturing sector are the result of years of choices made by an industry stalwart in its belief that solar is the answer yet beset by end users who, having many choices, many times choose something else.

Geothermal JEDI: Less Intimidating than That Other JEDI

For most people, the word “JEDI” conjures up images of distant galaxies, epic light-saber battles, fuzzy Ewoks, and fatherly plot twists. For us here at NREL, however, JEDI is more likely associated with a series of models rather than a series of movies. But just like any dedicated movie franchise fan, we are bursting with excitement over the recent release of the newest model in the series — JEDI for geothermal development.