NREL Awarded Xcel Renewable Research Energy Contracts

January 07, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

The US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, CO) has been selected to perform three research projects, worth $2.8 million, as part of a program to advance renewable energy that is funded by Xcel Energy (Minneapolis, MN).

One project is to develop a filter that can remove potential pollutants from systems that produce energy from biomass. A second project is for $935,000 in NREL research on a solid-state Titania solar cell. The third project, in which the Colorado School of Mines is the prime contractor and NREL is the subcontractor, is to develop new electrocatalysts for proton-exchange membrane fuel cells.

"Our national lab is pleased to have this opportunity to work with Xcel, the Colorado School of Mines, and innovative research and development companies in these important endeavors," said Stan Bull, NREL associate director.