The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the main research and development center for collaborations with partners for the development and transfer of renewable energy technologies and their practical deployment and commercialization. The NREL main focus is to analyze and understand alternative energy technologies and U.S. electrical grid system support to reduce emissions and dependence on conventional fuels.
The NREL was established in 1974 and began operating in 1977 as the Solar Energy Research Institute. In 1991, it was designated as a national laboratory and put in the Department of Energy.
involves working directly with organizations and industries to transfer and commercialize energy saving and renewable energy technologies. Through technology partnership agreements, private and public organizations fund NREL’s technical support and research development. Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) allows NREL to collaborate on a development project. CRADAs use shared resources in order to retain intellectual property rights of both partners.
(by Clifford Krauss, International Herald Tribune)