National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


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15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401-3393
United States

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) primary Laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. Established in 1974, NREL began operating in 1977 as the Solar Energy Research Institute. It was designated a DOE national Laboratory in September 1991 and its name changed to NREL. NREL also provides research expertise for DOE's Office of Science, and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. NREL is managed for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.


NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals. The Laboratory's scientists and researchers support critical market objectives to accelerate research from scientific innovations to market-viable alternative energy solutions. At the core of this strategic direction are NREL's research and technology development areas. These areas span from understanding renewable resources for energy, to the conversion of these resources to renewable electricity and fuels, and ultimately to the use of renewable electricity and fuels in homes, commercial buildings, and vehicles. The Laboratory thereby directly contributes to our nation's goal for finding new renewable ways to power our homes, businesses, and cars. NREL's R&D areas of expertise are:

  • Renewable Electricity - solar, wind, biomass, geothermal;
  • Renewable Fuels - biomass, hydrogen;
  • Integrated Energy System Engineering and Testing - buildings, electric systems and transportation infrastructures;
  • Strategic Development and Analysis - economic, financial, and market analysis, planning and portfolio prioritization.

Technology Disciplines

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Weatherable Solar Reflector with High Abrasion Resistance
Wet Chemical Surface Passivation Treatments for CdTe
Wind Turbine Blade Testing System Using Base Excitation: Base Excitation Test System (B.E.T.S.)
Wind Turbine Blade Testing System Using Base Excitation: Base Excitation Test System (B.E.T.S.)
Wind Turbine Tower for Storing Hydrogen and Energy
Wind Turbine Tower for Storing Hydrogen and Energy


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Science and Technology Facility
Solar Energy Research Facility
Thermal Test Facility
Thermochemical Process Development Unit
Thermochemical Users Facility
Wind Dynamometer Test Facilities
Wind Research High Bay
Wind Structural Testing Laboratory
Wind Turbine Field Test Sites



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