National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency R&D. Established in 1974, NREL began operating in 1977 as the Solar Energy Research Institute. It was designated a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September 1991 and its name changed to NREL. NREL is the principal research laboratory for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy which provides the majority of its funding. Other funding comes from DOE’s Office of Science and Office of Electricity Transmission and Distribution. NREL is home to three national centers: the National Center for Photovoltaics, the National Wind Technology Center and the

National Bioenergy Center (NBC). ‘The NBC fosters capability building in renewable bio-based fuels, chemicals, industrial products, and power to catalyze the creation of new industries and supports technical improvements in efficient and economical use of biomass in agriculture – and forest-based industries.’



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