Research, Development, and Deployment B-Roll Footage
The following video b-roll footage shows research, development, and deployment work in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. This content is provided for use by news media and educational organizations.
Algal Biofuel Laboratory
Algal biofuels have the potential to solve many of the sustainability challenges facing other biofuels today. Shown here is a laboratory where research works to drive down the cost of large-scale algal biofuel production.
Cellulosic Biomass Biorefinery — South Dakota
Cellulosic biomass—like trees and grasses—is not generally used as a food source and can be used as feedstock for ethanol production. Here, a pilot cellulosic biomass biorefinery in South Dakota uses biochemical conversion technology to produce fuel-grade ethanol from cellulosic feedstocks.
Cellulosic Biomass Biorefinery — Nebraska
Using cellulosic biomass feedstocks can not only alleviate the potential concern of diverting food crops to produce fuel, but also has a variety of environmental benefits. Shown here is a pilot cellulosic biomass biorefinery in Nebraska.
Switchgrass Biomass Feedstock
Seen here, switchgrass is a tall-growing perennial grass that is native to much of the United States and can be used as a feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Laboratory
Fuel cells have the potential to provide power in stationary and portable power applications because they are energy-efficient, clean, and fuel-flexible. Shown here are the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle and Fuel Cell Test Laboratory, where fuel cells are tested with a focus on improving performance and reducing cost.
|Hydrogen Fuel Cell Laboratory B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
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|Full-length HD video||.WMV||5:27||197 MB|
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Thermochemical Biomass Conversion Laboratory
Thermochemical conversion technologies convert biomass and its residues to fuels and chemicals. Shown here is a facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that tests a wide variety of biomass feedstocks and thermochemical conversion processes and technologies.
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Algae Fuel Research and Development Facility
Biofuels such as those made from microalgae will reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and improve our air quality. Footage of an algae research and development facility can be seen here.
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Shown here in action, electric vehicles represent a key pathway for reducing petroleum dependence, enhancing environmental stewardship, and promoting transportation sustainability—all while creating high quality jobs and economic growth.
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|Full-length HD video||.WMV||3:20||149 MB|
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Geothermal Power Plant
Geothermal power plants generate electricity by tapping into the earth's heat—a clean, abundant source of energy. Shown here are the components of a 10-MW modular plant in Utah.
|Geothermal Power Plant B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
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Energy Efficient Data Centers
Data centers consume large amounts of energy to run and maintain their computer systems, servers, and associated high-performance components. Here, an energy efficient data center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is designed to reduce the amount of energy it consumes.
|Energy Efficient Data Centers B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
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Ethanol Fuel Emissions Testing and Vehicle Certification
Vehicles using E15 fuel—gasoline blended with 15% ethanol—are tested in a Colorado facility.
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A "cool roof" can lower a building's cooling costs as it reduces heat transfer to the building by reflecting solar energy. Shown here are cool roofs made of materials such as aluminum and vinyl.
|Cool Roofs B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
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|Full-length HD video||.WMV||2:29||19 MB|
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A "green roof" grows vegetation on top of a building to provide several benefits including reduced energy use, reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and enhanced water quality. Shown here is the green roof of a Wisconsin library in an early stage of growth.
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|Full-length HD video||.WMV||1:54||69 MB|
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Solar Photovoltaic Training Facility
A solar photovoltaic (PV) module maintenance training class takes place at a working PV array in Wisconsin.
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Commercial Photovoltaic Application—Wisconsin TV Station
A television station uses a solar photovoltaic (PV) array to power its transmitter and tower with renewable energy.
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Photovoltaic Panel Installation at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are installed on the roof of the Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
|Solar PV Roof Installation B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||1:19||3 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||1:19||48 MB|
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High Gain Solar Research and Deployment
Research, testing, and demonstration of a high gain solar photovoltaic (PV) system takes place in California. A working high gain solar model with ultra-reflective, ultra-efficient PV panel material undergoes testing and demonstrates electricity production at a regional bus transit center.
|High Gain Solar Research B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||7:23||41 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||7:23||265 MB|
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High Gain Solar Pilot Project
A high gain solar photovoltaic project is piloted in California, where it produces over 80% of the electricity for a small town.
|High Gain Solar Panels B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||1:35||9 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||1:35||60 MB|
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Thin-Film Solar Cell Manufacturing
Thin-film photovoltaic cells are manufactured and deployed in Arizona. Steps shown in the manufacturing process include the screen printing of conductive material onto laminated material and the robotic assembly of solar panels.
|Solar Panel Manufacturing B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||6:00||33 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||6:00||215 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||6:00||282 MB|
Harvesting of Hybrid Poplar Trees for Cellulosic Ethanol
Biofuels can be used to produce transportation fuels, biobased products, and power. An alternative to using corn or other food-based crops is the harvesting of woody materials; here, poplar trees provide feedstock for the production of cellulosic ethanol.
|Poplar Tree B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||3:46||25 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||3:46||138 MB|
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Hydroelectric Power Plant
A hydropower system uses a dam to store river water in a reservoir. Water released from the reservoir flows through a turbine, spinning it, which then activates a generator to produce renewable electricity.
|Hydroelectric Power Plant B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||2:01||12 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||2:01||73 MB|
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Concentrating Solar Power Generation: Parabolic Troughs – Nevada
A large-scale solar farm in Nevada generates renewable solar energy using parabolic troughs, a form of concentrating solar power (CSP) technology.
|Solar Farm B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||2:15||13 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||2:15||81 MB|
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Commercial Photovoltaic Application – California Convention Center
Several photovoltaic arrays turn a California convention center rooftop and parking structure into a source of clean energy.
|Commercial Photovoltaic B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
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|Full-length HD video||.WMV||1:46||63 MB|
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Residential Geothermal Heat Pump Drilling and Installation
A horizontal heat pump is installed in a Colorado residence; as this geothermal technology regulates space-heating and -cooling using the constant temperature of the earth, it uses 25% to 50% less electricity than traditional temperature regulation systems.
|Residential Geothermal B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||4:03||25 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||4:03||148 MB|
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Residential Photovoltaic Solar Panels
Footage shows exteriors of two Colorado residences that use photovoltaic panels to collect renewable solar energy, thereby reducing their dependence on external electric power. Net metering reveals one home's grid-connected energy system "turning back" its electricity meter as excess energy generated by the solar panels is fed back into the grid.
|Residential Photovoltaic B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||6:18||41 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||6:18||229 MB|
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Smart Grid Pilot Program — Colorado
An effort to modernize the electrical distribution system is piloted in Fort Collins, Colorado, where a smart grid connects industrial and commercial buildings employing renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and cogeneration systems. Footage shows the grid's electrical load as it is evaluated and monitored in a laboratory.
|Smart Grid B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||5:51||35 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||5:51||215 MB|
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Wind Turbines: Converting the Energy of the Wind to Electricity
Wind turbines produce electricity for the power grid on a wind farm in southern Wyoming.
|Wyoming Wind Farm B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||2:08||10 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||2:08||79 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||2:08||103 MB|
Large Scale Application of Wind Energy
One of the largest and oldest wind farms in the U.S. is located in Southern California and consists of a variety of turbine designs and models.
|Large Scale Wind B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||1:32||9 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||1:32||55 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||1:32||70 MB|
Concentrating Solar Power Tower Technology
Solar power towers are systems that use an array of mirrors to focus the sun's energy on a tower-mounted heat exchanger to generate electricity.
|Power Tower B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||4:50||28 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||4:50||174 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||4:50||230 MB|
Concentrating Solar Power Dish Systems
Each solar dish in a CSP plant focuses the sun's heat toward a Stirling engine that converts the energy to electricity.
|Solar Dish Systems B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||3:26||19 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||3:26||123 MB|
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Concentrating Solar Power Parabolic Trough Systems
The parabolic solar trough is just one of the several types of concentrating solar power technologies that focus the sun's heat using reflective surfaces to generate electricity.
|Parabolic Trough B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
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|Full-length HD video||.WMV||5:20||192 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||5:20||268 MB|
Cellulosic Biofuels Produced from Corn Cobs
Major farm equipment manufacturers have developed new harvesters that collect corn cobs to convert them into renewable biofuels. The United States could produce billions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol over the next decade.
|Cellulosic Biofuels B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||4:01||17 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||4:01||110 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||4:01||259 MB|
Microalgae strains grown in flasks, bottles, and transitional "raceways" are being monitored, tested, and cryogenically preserved in laboratory facilities at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
|Microalgae B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||4:42||18 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||4:42||179 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||4:42||211 MB|
Geothermal Heat Pump Test Drilling
A 300-foot hole is being drilled and PVC pipe is being inserted as part of initial testing for a geothermal heat pump demonstration project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
|Geothermal Test Drilling B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||4:07||16 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||4:07||157 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||4:07||192 MB|
Geothermal Heat Pump Systems Installed in Commercial Buildings
Geothermal heat pumps provide energy-efficient heating and cooling to a firehouse and a church.
|Geothermal Heat Pump B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||5:14||30 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||5:14||188 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||5:14||253 MB|
Thin-Film Lithium Rechargeable Microbattery Technology
Senior researchers fabricate and test thin film microbattery components and surface analysis equipment and facilities at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
|Microbattery B-Roll||Format||Length||File Size|
|Preview reel||.WMV||2:19||9 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.WMV||2:19||91 MB|
|Full-length HD video||.MOV||2:19||140 MB|
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Building Exteriors
Footage shows exteriors and signage of laboratories and facilities at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.