The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) develops clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and provides knowledge and innovations to integrate energy systems at all scales.
NREL Mission Focus
Facts and Figures
13 research programs
About 800 + technologies for licensing
In 2014, NREL $380 million in funding
More than 1,500 employees
About 800 visiting researchers, interns, and contractors
More than 40 countries represented on staff
National Bioenergy Center - The National Bioenergy Center (NBC) was established in October 2000 to support the science and technology goals of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office. Headquartered at NREL, this virtual center unifies DOE's efforts to advance technology for producing renewable transportation fuels from biomass. A primary goal is to demonstrate the production of cost-competitive cellulosic ethanol by 2012. Collaborating with industrial, academic, and other governmental research, development, and commercialization efforts is central to achieving this goal.
National Center of Photovoltaics - The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at NREL focuses on technology innovations that drive industry growth in U.S. photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing. The NCPV is a central resource for our nation's capabilities in PV research, development, deployment, and outreach.
Nation Wind Technology Center - The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL is the nation's premier wind energy technology research facility. The NWTC advances the development of innovative land-based and offshore wind energy technologies through its research and testing facilities.
Collaborative Research Facilities
Energy Systems Integration Facility - is the U.S.’s facility for research, development, and demonstration of the components and strategies needed to optimize our entire energy system. It was established in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, on the campus of its National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is a designated U.S. Department of Energy user facility.
Process Development and Integration Laboratory - The Process Development and Integration Laboratory (PDIL) has one-of-a-kind capabilities for fabricating and studying a wide range of solar cell technologies. This unique collaborative facility enables industry and university colleagues to work closely with NREL scientists on integrated equipment to answer pressing questions related to photovoltaics (PV) development.
Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility - NREL's Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF) enables researchers and industry partners to develop, test, evaluate, and demonstrate processes for the production of bio-based products and fuels—all with a focus on reducing performance risk and improving the commercial viability of new processes.