R&D 100 Awards Recognize NREL Innovation

Golden, Colo., Aug. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — R&D world The magazine today presented the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with one of its annual R&D 100 awards for research innovations.

Including this year’s winners, NREL has received 72 R&D 100 awards since 1982.

Awarded each year, the R&D 100 awards recognize the 100 most innovative technologies of the past year and are chosen by an independent jury. WTWH Media LLC, the Cincinnati-based publisher overseeing the awards, announced the winning NREL technology.

Developed in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the SEED (Standard Energy Efficiency Data) platform is a data management and analysis tool that helps cities improve their building stock and reduce their carbon emissions. Buildings produce a third of total carbon emissions in the United States; Yet, with 146 million unique buildings spread across the country, there is no single solution to reducing these emissions. SEED is a software tool used by state and local governments that collects, organizes, and cleans data from various buildings to create a detailed picture of the building stock, including each building’s size, energy performance, and fuel types. From there, decision makers can easily analyze construction trends and create effective programs to reduce carbon emissions.

The platform was developed in conjunction with cities such as Washington, DC, and San Francisco to ensure it would meet their needs. Today, SEED and other spinoffs are used in 10 jurisdictions across the United States to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions from their building stock and move the country closer to a zero-emissions economy.

NREL is the US Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Department of Energy by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC.